Apologies for the lack of blog yesterday - I was unfortunately without internet access as my electrician is trying to sort out the BT line and... - it's a very boring and long story - but nevertheless, the good old 3g data card is up and running and I'm back online.
Yesterday saw us win against Hull, 3-1 at Hull and it was a very important victory and a very important three points. As expected, Arsene fielded the following line up:
Sagna – Toure – Djourou – Clichy
Eboue – Denilson – Diaby – Nasri
Van Persie – Adebayor
It was a game that we really wanted to win, of course, added pressure after the final 10 minutes of the 3 O’clock kick offs saw all teams above us (Chelsea, United and Villa) all come back from a draw or loss to end up winning their games. So onto us and a nervy game that we simply had to win.
Van Persie is the player who has been really inspiring for us this season. He’s always a goal threat, can create chances and always gives 100%. It was clear from the kick off that he knew he was a player who could make the difference. We’ve not had the chance to experience a fully fit Van Persie for a long while, but he’s now back to full fitness.
It was fitting that he had a hand in all three goals. The first coming from a corner which Adebayor duly dispatched in the back of the net. And even Ade looked more interested in the game than previously. Revenge was surely on the mind. Despite dominating the rest of the first half, we were eventually pegged back when Mendy crossed to Cousin who managed to get into between the back line and head past Almunia.
But we plugged away and eventually made the breakthrough when Van Persie passed the ball out wide and Nasri finished well with his left foot. And the third goal came when Bendtner and Van Persie played well together with some good link up play – this time VP set up Bendtner for a tap in past the keeper.
All in all, it was a very good result, a result which sees us 6 points off the top of the league, albeit it with United having a game in hand.
Arsene was happy with the resolve and had this to say after the game:
“Bernard Mendy was a handful with his pace and determination, but overall it was a good contest between him and Gael Clichy. I believe this team goes from strength to strength. Mentally they were up for it, we were focused, united, and ready for the battle. And we gave it a go until the end.”
Good stuff boys, time to focus on the FA cup and the tie with Cardiff… more tomorrow…
Hull:Myhill, Doyle, Turner, Ricketts, Kilbane, Mendy, France (Fagan 83), Ashbee, Halmosi (Manucho 53), Geovanni (Garcia 87), Cousin.
Subs Not Used: Duke, Dawson, Folan, Giannakopoulos.
Goals: Cousin 65.
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Djourou, Clichy, Eboue (Bendtner 69), Diaby, Denilson, Nasri, Adebayor (Song Billong 87), Van Persie.
Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Gibbs, Merida.
Goals:Adebayor 30, Nasri 82, Bendtner 86.
Ref: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire).]]>