I’m in a loopy mood after a crazy Sunday of football, so don’t be surprised if that comes across in the rest of the post. Just look at the headline, for goodness sakes.
First things first, let’s talk about our game.
A 3-1 win against Stoke, our sixth home win in a row and we’re up to seventh on the table. A couple of weeks ago we were 16th and in all sorts of bother, so that is improvement that cannot be denied.
Our cobbled-together defence is looking a little better with each outing as Koscielny and Mertesacker acclimatise to each other and Santos works hard to fit in. Koscielny, for the third game in a row, was excellent.
There were clear similarities with last week’s win at Sunderland against Stoke. We scored a good opening goal, played some very decent football and then conceded out of nowhere. Then we ambled along for half an hour, producing very little quality until a late Robin van Persie goal (or two, in this case) made the difference.
His seventh league goal of the season will give our captain the plaudits again but I thought Gervinho was our outstanding player on show. His pace and movement, both with the ball and without it, was excellent and he was constantly thinking, something you should probably expect from a man with a brain head thing as big as his.
The Brain has married the searing pace of Theo Walcott with the trickery of Andrey Arshavin and has become our most important support-striker in a short space of time. His directness is refreshing and he has made an obvious connection with van Persie and that bodes well for the rest of the season.
Further back I thought Alex Song took responsibility in his first ever start as a captain, driving on from deep when the game became too static. He misplaced passes in an attempt to be positive but his willingness to take control was more than encouraging.
A fine evening became an excellent late-night for me in Australia after I tuned into a recorded telecast of Manchester City’s assassination of city rivals United. Their 6-1 defeat was just as shocking as our 8-2 loss, even moreso if you consider the quality of the team United had on the park, and for a person like me, who absolutely hates the red team, it was pretty damn sweet.
Then came Chelsea. A 1-0 loss, two red cards and several yellows means that we will face their team without Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa and Ashley Cole missing through suspension. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Glorious.
This was probably the first weekend this season that was just plain fun for us Arsenal supporters. Let’s enjoy it!
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