Arsenal 7 – 1 Blackburn
1 minute, 19 seconds – the time on the clock when Van Persie scored his first goal. It was a goal that oozed relief. It was a goal that oozed skill, pace & confidence. Theo Walcott has had a rough ride over the last few weeks but he really had his A game with him yesterday. His decision making was spot on – and his cross from the right byline was the most pinpoint cross to the Ducthman possible. Kudos to our skipper for the run, and it was 1-0 to the Arsenal.
It was a good start and we looked like we had anger in our eyes and looked like we were going to do anything and everything we could do to take the 3 points. Oxlade looked very dangerous on one flank and Walcott looked equally dangerous on the other. With the emergence of Oxlade, the attention has come away from Theo a little bit and it’s helped him – allowed him to focus on his game. Chance after chance…
So as usual, being on top, against the run of play… yes, you guessed it, the opposition equalised. Morten Gamst Pedersen with a free kick. 32 minutes into the half. Normally, we’d go into the half 1-1. But the team just wiped off the goal and carried on. Before we could get too annoyed by the equaliser, Van Persie scored after a great run down the wing through Walcott who cut the ball back into his path. Another goal for RvP and another assist for Walcott, but it was Alex Song with an excellent through ball to start it all off. And Van Persie soon took the assist mantle as he moved into midfield and put an excellent ball through to Oxlade who rounded the keeper to make it 3-1.
Oxlade has been playing so well, it’s been a revelation – he really does look like he can be something special – people call him Theo with brains, but that’s not fair on the boy – he’s a unique type of player, he has everything in is locker and I think it’s just a matter of time until he becomes that player that all people get excited over.
3-1 at half time, but Blackburn had a man sent off for a two footed challenge (Givet on RvP), and we had the capacity to make a difference in the game in terms of goal difference and confidence.
And for once, we got to see the Arsenal in full flow…
And it was the return of Arteta to the first team that showed throughout the game and it was fitting that he got the fourth, again, from season for the fourth of his season. The fifth came through Oxlade, but a lot of credit to Theo Walcott for a marauding run through the middle of the box and he teed up the Oxlade for his second goal of the game.
Van Persie soon secured his hat trick after good work by Coquelin – standing in at right back – and playing very well. In fact, he has been playing so well recently, I have to admit that Arsene has unearthed a gem in the French midfielder. He really does give his all in every game, is technically astute and has a brain about him.
And then to top it all off, an Emirates farewell from the former captain, Henry, as he got on the end of some great interplay from himself and Van Persie. Although Henry will still be around for Sunderland and Milan away, it was his last game at the Emirates in his current loan spell and very fitting that he got on the scoresheet…
The manager said after the game:
I felt that recently we had quite good performances but did not get the results. Today we got the performance and the result, which is ideally what you want. I do not give much importance to the seven goals, it is just important we won and played well.
And he has a very valid point there. No need to get too carried away through the result, it’s the three points that matters. We need to follow up the game with another performance next weekend.
And then spoke about Walcott and Oxlade:
As you know, they are English! I feel providing today was as important as scoring. The flanks provided very well and scored through Alex. Robin is an exceptional football player and you could see that with his movement in the box, which could be shown in every football school. When you feed him in the box, he is deadly
The two are in decent form, both playing well off each other. I’ll be interested to see how Gervinho gets back into the team when he comes back, but it’s a problem worth having, for sure.
For today, that’s it… I’ll be back tomorrow with more as usual, but until then, enjoy the win!