A well-deserved victory and suddenly Arsenal appear to be back on track. A ground and a team that we’ve had previous history with of being one of our ‘bogey-teams’ and undoubtedly a ‘bogey’ manager in Big Sam – only because his teams consistently play the opposite of good football. We went a goal down, after Aaron Ramsey positioned himself poorly and then got twisted inside-out by Diame, who to be fair did finish quite well. He should never have been allowed in that position however. Arsenal had the best of the chances, and most of the possession. We actually played some good football which had been missing from the last couple of games. A rise in confidence perhaps? I also believe that Giroud gives us a little bit extra. He works off the ball and makes darting runs. Not only does this give an attacking option, but he draws out other defenders opening up gaps for likes of Cazorla, who were in turn allowed to play their best. Needless to say, Santi had a blinder.
Just before the halftime whistle came, Giroud sprang the ball out wide to Poldi, who crossed it in low to the near post where Giroud had bust a gut to get to and then he produced a neat finish. That is the kind of run that has been missing at times when Gervinho or Podloski have played upfront. It’s that strikers instinct to get into those positions. Furthermore, it gave him a confidence boost, with his first Premier League goal, and he went on to have a very good game and perhaps should have scored at least one if not two more.
The introduction of Walcott gave us another dimension, and Wenger has recently said he will give Walcott his chance considering his finishing has greatly improved; as we were to witness once again when he got the winning goal 14 minutes from time. An assist from Giroud who played Walcott clean through. He remained onside and as we all know, no one’s catching him then. In the past he’s wasted many chances. But not today. He buried it to the right of the keeper, and celebrated like a real Gooner. Well done Theo. Now sign the contract.
The best however was saved ’til last. A simply stunning shot from outside the box, swerved into the top corner from the one and only, Santi Cazorla. On fire he was, Saturday afternoon. Again, he proved why he was our best signing as shown so far, and arguably the best value for money purchase of the entire window. I say arguably because even though us Gooners know it’s true, other fans will inevitably disagree and talk of players such as Hazard, Oscar, Van Mercenary etc. But I don’t even think they can touch him when he’s on it. He also brings a happiness and upbeat mood to the time. A lover of football, and the right way to play, he enjoys every second and it’s truly a pleasure to watch him. Even Mr.Wenger said it was a delight to see him play on the pitch. Wenger also said that ‘When Cazorla plays, everyone plays’ which seems to be invariably true.
Time to move on and start climbing back up that table.