Today was Sunday and a good Sunday indeed. We took on Burnley at our place and dismissed then 3-0. Eduardo and Vela started up front, a very exciting forward line. Arsene chose today to rest key players ahead of the Roma game and give Arshavin another run out. Toure wasn't included in the squad but he's recovered from his injury. He should be back on Wednesday though. Arshavin of course can't play on Wednesday so he started the game today on the left with Eboue on the right.
Denilson was rested too and Van Persie started ion the bench. The line up was:
Sagna – Djourou – Gallas – Gibbs
Eboue – Song – Diaby – Arshavin
Vela – Eduardo
It was a game which saw us dominate the play after a shaky start and we went on to play very attractive football, with some really good forward play. Vela opened the scoring with an awesome lob over the keeper from an acutish angle and he was my man of the match. He came deep when needed, ran forward when needed and always had the defence on the back foot. I think I prefer Vela up front rather than the wing but maybe that’s a comment more justified at the end of the season.
Eduardo scored the second and it was another great goal. Alex Song flighting the ball into Eduardo’s path and the Crozilian volleying the ball into the back of the net. The third courtesy of some brilliant link up play – again Song involved and Eboue finishing well.
Today was a great game for Alex Song and in all honesty, he has been playing very well recently. Both Denilson and Song have been very good in midfield in different ways – yes they lack something, but in games like this and against WBA (where Denilson was my man of the match) you can see why Arsene has faith in them. Sometimes I think maybe our attack has been more of the culprit than our midfield / defence this season.
Arsene spoke after the game:
“We did the job in a serious way. In the first half they made the job very difficult for us because they marked us tightly. We kept good defensive tightness and we scored a goal. In the second half we scored brilliant goals. We could have had a few more but overall we did the job in a conscientious and serious way. Before going to Roma it is good that we didn’t concede and we scored.”
“We are going into the game with belief and extreme desire to qualify. The positive is we didn’t concede and we go there knowing that, not only can we go there and defend, but we want to go forward and attack at every opportunity.”
Eduardo’s goal was amazing and a contender for goal of the month, and possibly goal of the season.
“It looked a little bit like a beach goal; with the outside of his left foot into the top corner. It is surprising that he sliced the ball as well. He is a surprising finisher and a very intelligent player.
“He has short back-lift and he makes quick decision on what to do. He makes decisions very quickly. When you look at the goalscorers they move in the box while everyone else is standing and watching – he has that. Those people always score goals.”
The end to the season could be very exciting. Walcott looked good when he came on, quick and incisive. Eduardo is back and we’ll have a few more in the next couple of weeks.
Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Djourou, Gallas, Gibbs, Eduardo (Walcott 71), Song Billong, Diaby (Ramsey 71), Vela (Van Persie 60), Eboue, Arshavin.
Subs Not Used: Almunia, Clichy, Bendtner, Bischoff.
Goals: Vela 25, Eduardo 51, Eboue 84.
Burnley: Jensen, Alexander, Caldwell, Carlisle, Kalvenes, McDonald (MacDonald 75), McCann, Gudjonsson (Thompson 58), Eagles (Elliott 53), Paterson, Blake.
Subs Not Used: Penny, Mahon, Rodriguez, Jordan.
Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside).]]>