Morning fellow Gooners…
It’s been an interesting week and weekend, with a painful encounter at the Emirates against hard tackling Bolton. Another two brilliant articles… Firstly Deb’s match report was thoroughly enjoyable, with the following classic line…
Rosicky and Cesc were absolutely brilliant, pulling the strings, and it’s really great to see Rosicky getting a run in the team. Injury gods, keep away please, alright?!
An excellent piece describing the game down to a tee – the article itself was followed up by Kieran review of the game and the main talking points – making an excellent point about the progress and ability of a personal favourite… Carlos Vela:
You’ve probably read that the Arsenal move that led to our 4th goal comprised of 24 passes, a record in this seasons Premier League so far. What most people have missed was that the move was started by the eventual goalscorer Vela. It was Vela that won the ball in the centre of the park, tracking back to win it after a pass in his direction came up short. That’s what crowned the move for me, Vela getting stuck in and winning the ball, as much as the passes and the impeccable assist from Fabregas. Lovely to see the hunger of the young man – let’s face it, he’ll probably be up front on his own if Chamakh also gets an injury.
It was an incredible move, a summation of what we are all about as a club and an excellent finish from the young Mexican to top it all off. Cesc with the assist, but despite his man of the match performance, he has been lambasted for his body language and gestures throughout the game. Personally, I think he had a very good game – he was at the heart of everything good – and he will be the first to admit that he isn’t yet quite at the top of his game. I wonder whether people are quick to jump on his back because of the summer incidents – but ultimately, we shouldn’t and we should judge the player on merit – and his two assists and general performance should be applauded.
A shout out to Abou Diaby who didn’t last very long against Bolton after an very bad injury which went un-noticed and unreported – the video was up on YouTube, but it didn’t last long either, as I wanted to include it in the article, but it was taken down… “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by FA Premier League.”… We’ve had no official confirmation from the club to the extent of the injury – all that we know is that the French midfielder is out of the squad against Braga…
And talking about Braga, the game is tomorrow and it’s our first Champions League match of the season. Braga were on the losing end of a 3-2 thriller at Porto and they will be much stronger opposition than we all think. The game is at home and we will obviously be favourites. With a shortage of strikers, Chamakh was taken off with time to spare on Saturday and therefore, I’d expect him to start the game against Braga. I’d also expect to see Djourou back in the squad but maybe only as far as the bench. We’ll most likely see the return of the two full backs, Sagna and Clichy after Eboue and Gibbs most took their places in the weekend game.
With Samir Nasri back in the squad, the Frenchman may get a run out, and we may see Rosicky rested for the away game at Sunderland on the weekend – I kind of prefer Rosicky for those hard away games up north… So my possible line up will be:
Sagna – Squillaci – Koscielny – Clichy
Denilson – Song
Nasri – Cesc – Arshavin
With a bench of Fabianski, Eboue, Gibbs, Djourou, Wilshere, Rosicky and Vela
Interesting to see Bolton appeal the red card for Gary Cahill – I can’t believe they appealed it – a two footed challenge from behind on the half way line! Diabolical…. and did you hear Mikael Silvestre on Sky Sports News… and I quote…
“There must have been a reason why myself, Sol Campbell and William Gallas all left the club at the same time, but now is not the time to speak about it.”
Indicating that there is something big going on behind the scenes… I will do some investigative work to try my best to get down to the bottom of it.
More later, but for now… have a great day!