The Premiership is a funny old game, isn’t it? We lost 1-0 to Newcastle at home on Sunday and then three days later then lose at home to Blackburn. It doesn’t matter who plays who, there is no such thing as an easy game in this league any more. For us, a win against Wolves was vital, and that’s exactly what happened – the scoreline doesn’t tell the whole tale though.
The line up yesterday was:
Sagna – Squillaci – Djourou – Clichy
Wilshere – Song
Rosicky – Cesc – Arshavin
In fact, the game was played with Song a little more on the right and Rosicky in the middle, like a 4-1-4-1 formation.
And boy did we start well… An excellent foray into the opposition half saw Alex Song swing the ball in right onto the head of Chamakh who finished well – and put us 1-0 up in the 37th second of the game. It came from great movement from Rosicky in the middle of the park, but also great movement from the team as a whole, really creating options. The cross was excellent and the finish was sublime.
The next incident of note was when Arshavin closed down the Wolves defender after excellent pressure from the whole team and nicked the ball, only for his shot to be saved by the impressive Wolves keeper. The attitude today was so much more different to that at the Emirates on Sunday and we were first to every ball. Surprising that Arshavin didn’t score. The Russian was instrumental in the next major opportunity, getting himself into a good position, crossing into the box, where the ball fell nicely to Cesc, whose excellent shot was saved by the opposition keeper.
Before the half was over, Fabianski proved to us that he is a good keeper with an excellent finger tip save to stop Doyle equalising. And it was Wolves who started the brighter in the second half, with a slip from Wilshere and Wolves capitalising on it, Sagna literally flying in to block the shot from Jarvis and basically saving a goal.
But we were not sitting back and a good interception from Rosicky played in Cesc who shot wide – the game was becoming a little end to end and the next chance fell to Wolves, when Doyle shot well with his left foot on the turn and Fabianski jumping high to tip the ball over the net. The resulting corner was ushered towards goal, with the excellent Rosicky clearing off the line!
Arshavin had an excellent chance next, cutting inside and hitting the inside of the post, only for the ball to rebound