Yesterday’s game was simply a fairytale game… The scoreline was like something written in the stars. The goalscoring return of Cesc, the exquisite chip from Jack, the crazy flick from Song, the six in six from Chamakh, another great finish from starlet, Nasri and of course, the piece de resistance, Eduardo’s consolation goal… How could you write that?
The line up at the beginning of the game was mouth watering – with Cesc, Wilshere, Nasri and Rosicky in the middle of the park. Shaktar were not mugs and despite an exciting line up, this game was always going to be a tough one… By now, of course, you know the score and you’ve watched the highlights. 5-1 was an incredible result to think about at the beginning of the game and a brilliant performance that thoroughly deserved the scoreline.
Arsenal 5 – 1 Shaktar Donetsk
The line up featured the same back 5 as the Birmingham game, with the only changes seeing Cesc in for Diaby and Rosicky in for Arshavin – for me the latter change was definitely worthy considering the two players contributions in recent games.
Eboue – Squillaci – Djourou – Clichy
Wilshere – Song
Nasri – Cesc – Rosicky
And the game itself started off with quite cagey with most of the battle happening in midfield. From my point of view, Shaktar were playing quite deep and perhaps thinking they could catch us on the counter attack, but our game was solid throughout the back and middle. The key thing for us was to take our chances when we had them and that’s exactly what we did. The first goal came through a cross into the box was mishandled by the keeper, which ended up at the feet of Alex Song, who duly dispatched the ball, via an audacious flick into the back of the net. 1 became 2 when Nasri finished well from a cross from Alex Song, and after Dario Srna missed the ball, Nasri finished with style – the Frenchman’s sixth goal of the season. It was 2 at the break and Shaktar knew they had to come out in the second half.
The opposition started well, but it was soon 3-0 after Djourou was manhandled in the box and the referee awarded and the returning captain stood up to take it and finished it well. A great move involving Rosicky and Chamakh put Wilshere through and he finished very well, chipping the ball over the keeper… and then it was 5… as Nasri