Wolves 1 – 4 Arsenal, Match Report…

Wolves 1 – 4 Arsenal

Eduardo (2), which were own goals, Cesc, Arshavin

The line up was similar to the last game – but Song was rested and Sagna in for Eboue, with Eduardo coming in for Nasri…

Almunia

Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Gibbs

Ramsey – Diaby

Arshavin – Cesc – Eduardo

Van Persie

With a bench of Mannone, Eboue, Silvestre, Senderos, Song, Nasri and Rosicky.

Don’t let the score let you think this was an easy game. It wasn’t. Wolves came out guns blazing and for the first 15 – 20 minutes, they had the game – they had possession, and they had the chances. But we defended well and our unit was resilient. We had some cameo’s going forward, but nothing of note.

The main change of the game was when Diaby got injured on the 23rd minute, and Song came on for the Frenchman. We did seem more comfortable with the Cameroonian player in front of our back four and within 5  minutes of him arriving on the pitch, we were one nil up. Not because he was on the pitch so much, but maybe because the other players became freer, or maybe because Wolves got tired after their great first half of the first half.

The first goal came through a corner when Cesc whipped the ball over, and Eduardo prodded it goalwards, it felt like our first real attack of the game. The ball seems to ricochet off Wolves defender Zubar, so it probably goes down as an own goal. One became two quickly and it was that man again Eduardo who applied a finish to a counter attack when both Ramsey and him broke free against Craddock. The ball hit the Wolves player, so again, it goes down as an own goal.

Before the end of the game, it was 3-0, and it was a brilliant run by Sagna, an excellent cross to Van Persie and an even better lay off to Cesc, who finished with aplomb… the scoreline did flatter us to be honest, but we were good for the lead by the end of the half.

In the second half, we took our foot off the gas, and it didn’t have the intensity of the first – don’t get me wrong, it was a great second half, with attacking intent from both sides, but clearly at 3-0, it was also more subdued in terms of goal intent. We did get the fourth through an excellent shot from Arshavin. Cesc swung a corner over and it ricocheted out to the Russian, who first time, on the half volley, accurately place the ball to the left of the keeper.

It was unfortunate at the end to concede, but Wolves did deserve a goal through their attacking intent anyhow, but a timely reminder that it’s not always easy to keep a clean sheet.

The win takes us above Manchester United and into 2nd place, and it all hangs on tomorrow’s game to see how far off the top we are, with Chelsea and Man United playing at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are currently on 27 points from 11, we’ve on 25 from 11 and Man U are also on 25 from 11. A 0-0 draw would suit us down to a tee, and a win in our game in hand would send us to the top of the table.

Arsene reflected on the games tomorrow and spoke about the big win:

“It [Chelsea vs United] will be very interesting, yes. A draw is fantastic for us. But the most important thing is that it is a good game, it is too early to calculate too much. Is it good or bad to win? Let’s hope it is a good game and enjoy it. You enjoy it always when you have won your game!”

“We were already out of it last year. Two years ago, we were very close to winning it, and people forget that. And last year we were out very early because in 14 games we had lost five. Now it is very different. We are in a strong position because we have a game in hand. Let’s keep strength in our belief, keep humility, and enjoy our game.”

“I wouldn’t discount Liverpool at the moment. The problem we had last year, the others had not lost two. Now everybody has lost two, so the difference with Liverpool is not as big.”

Arsene spoke about the quality of the game, the pressure we were under and the counter attacking skills we had:

“We had chances, we had been under pressure in the first 10-15 minutes and after that I felt we controlled the game. Overall we could have scored many more. We know that on every counter-attack we looked dangerous and as soon as we could win the second ball and put it on the ground, we looked always capable to play through their lines and score goals. I feel that where we were maybe a bit surprising when we came here we expected to suffer on set-pieces, to not necessarily to score on set pieces, and that’s what happened on the first corner. Apart from that, we controlled the game.

And he also took time out to praise Aaron Ramsey, whom personally I thought had a great game. I think he excels next to someone like Song, as he’s very creative and a good dribbler.

“He’s 18 years old and people forget. I set him a target to play between 15 and 20 games this year. So at some stage when you set a boy a target you give him a chance. When we play every three days, I rotated it a little bit because I believe we have a real squad of 20 field players who are of a fantastic level and you can talk and talk and talk, but you have to do it on the pitch as well and give them a chance. He has improved a lot. He has a tremendous engine and he already has good experience for an 18-year-old player.”

So, just as I return from my International travels, we enter an International break, which means I don’t get a chance to watch a game until the 21st November – away against Sunderland, and my next home game will be on the 24th Nov against Standard Liege. I’ve missed three home games in a row against Liverpool, Sp*rs and AZ, and three terrific games too – I’m not a happy man!

But in all honesty, I couldn’t have asked for better during my absence… well done to the boys, sitting pretty in the league – let’s hope Chelsea and United draw tomorrow and don’t score, and maybe have a brawl, a few red cards and a few suspensions… nice.

Til tomorrow…

  • Debs

    Maybe you should go away often, Dev? Lol. Not seen the highlights yet, but it’s an awesome scoreline, even th0ugh there were 2 own goals! It’s all about the 3 points at this stage of the season. Oh, and was anyone ecstatic when the Burnley equaliser went in??

  • tom G

    yes, me too Debs, over the moon! had been gutted at 3-2 to city..
    any news on Diaby injury Dev? anyone else quietly hoping (while not wishing an injury on anyone) it gives Ramsey, Nasri or Denilson when he comes back more of a chance?

  • Richiebacardi

    Oh yeah…come on Burnley was all you could hear from my house.

    BTW I’m also happy to see we’re on the scoring end of MOTD’s goals of the month rather that the receiving end!!!

  • jeffvip

    hope to see Man United n Chelsea draw tonight. hehe

  • jien

    i say lets hope for a “super brawl” in the Chelsea-MU game, involving players, coaches and fans. plus half a dozen of red cards,and lastly, 3 points deduction for both sides!!

  • yemi

    was a good result for us, good goal for cesc again and even a better one from arshavin seeing that he has not been scoring of late. It will certainly build his confidence . So so sad abt diaby, just wn u tot he would havd a good long injury free run in the team. I hope its not much

  • arseneKnows

    It is so impossibly important that Usminov doesn’t get anywhere near our club! for a start – that would be the end of Arsene – it would bring in the philosophy of spend spend spend your way to success! no other big club has a manager, like ours, with the imagination and intelligence to truly create a culture within a club – look at Liverpool, over the years Benitez has spent plenty of money without creating a squad that understand the ‘Liverpool way’ – whatever that is! we are so lucky to have Wenger.
    You know it makes sense, check the maths;

    Usminov = death to our club
    Usminov = death to our club

    Wenger = a long future at the top! (even if that didn’t happen this season)

    Wenger + good supporters – Usminov = goals + Vermalen x fabregas = trophies!

    Get in!

  • Fabrez

    Hey…does any1 know if I can buy a ticket for myself & a non-member if I’m going to a game at the Emirates? Thinkin about goin to the Arsenal v Stoke game!

  • Fabrez

    I’m guessing the person I wanna buy the ticket for has to wait for general sale maybe?

  • Debs

    Well, Fabrez, you can only buy tickets for yourself and a non-member if the tickets are on general sale. Red members can only buy one ticket each when the tickets are on member sale, which is very annoying!
    Try and convince your non-member friend to sign-up- that’s what I did! Lol

  • Debs

    Yup, you have to wait until general sale. Except, ofcourse, you do know a Red member who isn’t going to the match and you can get them to lend you their card, so you can but the ticket using their membership number. Not sure it’s allowed though, but I don’t think there’s any reason why it shouldn’t be!

  • Fabrez

    Thanx debs! Appreciate the info :D I’m trying 2 buy a ticket but can’t! It’s just “1″ I’m puttin into the quantity part but they keep tellin me, “There are not enough available seats together to fulfill your request. Please try to request a smaller number of seats or select a different area”…not matter where I try! About to pull my hair out! lol

  • Debs

    Yeah, just checked and it seems the tickets are almost sold-out. Keep trying other areas! :-)

  • Debs

    You could try again a bit later- it might be that a few people have the tickets in their baskets and haven’t yet bought them! Hopefully one of them will change their mind :-)

  • Fabrez

    Damn! Maybe I won’t get 1! Will try again later. Thx again debs! :)

  • Debs

    No worries!

  • devday

    Chelsea vs United, kick off now… I really hope they draw and get into a fight, red cards, suspensions and some points deductions..

  • sam

    ManU beat us on luck, they were beaten today but Chelski didn’t deserve it.
    In a way, it’s now a 2 horse race; Chelsea & Arsenal.

  • Debs

    Would have preferred a draw, obviously, but for some reason, I think a Chelsea win is much more better than a United win.

  • Debs

    It’s really nice to hear Man U fans moaning about playing well and losing! It’s usually the other way round, isn’t it? Now they know how it feels! Lol

  • yemi

    man u played well. Drogba was marked out & anderson held his own against essien. Arsenal should just stay put close behind chelski so that when their players go for the african cup of nations in jan, we would be able to overtake.

  • sam

    @ Yemi – sorry to burst your bubble, but Chelski’s Jan fixture is pretty easy. We just have to focus on own game, one game at a time.

  • Fabrez

    The Barclays Player of the month, RvP has something to say recently…

    “I get the chance to play with the likes of Fabregas, Arshavin, Eduardo, Walcott, Nasri and Rosicky – great players who play a beautiful game.

    “Then I watch some teams on TV and think: ‘Oh my God, this is so ugly!’

    “That helps me realise how special it is to be at a club like this. I want to win it all with Arsenal.”

    Love the quote!! Well said RvP! We love watching u guys… absolute entertainment! Now it’s time 4 that silver! I love to see how hungry the team look…there’s no doubt in my mind that we are hungrier than the last 4 seasons! C’mon u redsss!

    @ Debs…agreed! They know how we feel when we left Old Traff…the pain of being the better team with 0 points is horrible!

  • Yemi

    @sam: I agree with you, but what i meant is that they are likely to drop points during that period cause there will be large reshufling in the team, drogba, mikel, essien, kalou and it will take a one or two games to gel the new formation. The team is complete now and yet they’ve lost two. We must be hot on their heels so that anytime they drop points, we will be right there in the mix. Even if it is not in january. We need to keep winning