Yesterday was the rebirth of a few players – a few players who know that they will know feature heavily in the run in to the end of the season and we’re starting to see some match fitness too – players like Denilson, Diaby, Bendtner and Rosicky stood out against Leyton Orient in a whopping 5-0 victory. Smiles all around and a good result considering the weekend’s result.
Then I realised that we were playing a league 2 side at home and realised that the performance was adequate and the scoreline appropriate for the game. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we did better than we did against Leeds and Huddersfield, but considering the lack of ability that Orient showed at their place, the result was pretty much forgone conclusion.
The line up was:
Eboue – Squillaci – Miguel – Clichy
Denilson – Diaby
Bendtner – Rosicky – Henderson
With a bench of Szcznesy, Djourou, Sagna, Clichy, Nasri, Arshavin and Wilshere
In was a decent debut for Henderson of course – playing in decent team, showing good vision, passing and pace, he certainly has shown he could be an option for future games if called upon.
We scored 5, we defended well, Almunia was okay, Miguel showed flashes of real brilliance at the back – which is good sign. Our new boy Henderson did well and showed that we have a few more options if required, dispute the multitude of loans…
Bendtner scored a hatrick – the first a looping header, the second an excellent individual goal and the third from the penalty spot – whilst Chamakh got one – good considering we’ve lost RvP for the foreseeable future and then Clichy rattled one in with 15 minutes to go.
The stand out player / partnership was Diaby – Denilson – probably the best games they’ve had in a while – and despite the inferior opposition, it was a good display from them both – they’ll both be needed in the next few weeks!
Arsene spoke about the game and said:
It was important that we had a response tonight after what happened over the weekend. We did it in a professional way, we were always focused. We didn’t give them any chances and overall it was a normal victory. If you look back we have a long run of positive results but it was important that we didn’t let ourselves down tonight. We gave ourselves a good chance to focus on the coming weeks because we have now Sunderland on Saturday and Barcelona on Tuesday, then the Quarter-Final of the FA Cup. This keeps us focused.
And finally he touched on the two fit strikers, and commented on their goal contribution:
We have lost Van Persie so for Bendtner and Chamakh to score is very important, they now have a level of confidence that we need to be successful in the big games. You need your strikers to take any chance and tonight Bendtner did that very well.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a Sunderland preview… and Debs and Kieran will take over on the weekend as I’ll be off on my next trip… this time to Luxembourg (more on that tomorrow!!)…