It’s been a very sunny bank holiday weekend so far, and of course, we all hope that today will be the same. For those of you who had a chance to go to the game yesterday or had a chance to watch the game or highlights on TV, then you’d appreciate the carnival atmosphere that was prevalant yesterday. The march, organised by REDaction, had an amazing turnout with thousands of Arsenal fans joining in the support of Arsene.
Pre-game, the sun was shining and smiles all round. When the line-up was announced there were a few confused people, seeing a 4-5-1 formation named, but as soon as the game started, it was clear to see that it was a 4-3-3, very much intent on attacking… the line up was:
Sagna – Toure – Song – Gibbs
Denilson – Cesc – Diaby
Walcott – Van Persie – Arshavin
With the fluidity of the team, players seemed to move around different positions with ease, and attacking wise, it was masterful. The background noise pre-game was the omission of Adebayor through a groin injury – something reported by Arsene but not substatiated by the medical staff.
The game started well with the home team obviously ready to attack and it looked the order of the day was to put on a show, the pressure was off and the boys duly applied the pressure. So much pressure, that the first goal came through an own goal by none other than Stoke’s player of the season, Beattie. It was 2-0 surely after as Van Persie was fouled in the area and scored his 19th from the penalty spot, before his pinpoint free kick saw Diaby head the ball in emphatically to make it 3-0 within 20 minutes.
Ricardo Fuller was the only player on the Stoke side with anything really menacing going forward, and won a penalty and converted it to make it 3-1 – Fuller not being in the good books having feigned injury earlier on. An instant reply from Van Persie made it 4-1 after a very bad header back to the header was intercept and volleyed into the back of the net by Van Persie. And the scoreline of 4-1 doesn’t tell the story of the first