Cazorla, Carzola, Cathorla, Catharsis

West Ham 1-3 Arsenal

A fine win that purged last week’s blues, proved a few points and left the ball bang in the middle of the interlull fairway ready for a crack at the green at Norwich in two weeks [Sort out this metaphor lunacy – Ed].

It doesn’t always compute that if you spend proper money you get a proper footballer (cast your eyes all over the Premier League for evidence to the contrary), but it certainly helps and there can be no disputing that our £16.5m outlay on Santi Cazorla is money well spent.

His goal, which well and truly sealed the three points of an up-one-end, down-the-other kind of game, was the sort of rip-snorter that flounders a goalie so much he doesn’t even bother diving properly. “Shall I extend my arms and pretend?” asks the man between the sticks. “Not much point”, he concludes. Just delicious stuff and the kind of goal that would grace any match.

Yesterday was no doubt a cathartic moment for one of the other prongs of the new signing trident [Did you hear me? – Ed]. Olivier Giroud has missed some gimmes – Sunderland and Chelsea at home, off the top of my head – and despite hard work and some good hold-up play, has not looked much like the kind of man who could get us 20 goals this season. So his expertly-taken goal yesterday will do him wonders (as the celebrations suggested). Started by him and finished beautifully.

When talking about selling van Persie the other day, Wenger confessed that it would always be hard to replace someone in the form of their career who scored 37 goals last season, but he had bought Podolski and Giroud and “That’s 40”. So he replaced one player who got nearly forty with two players who together got 40. A gamble but clearly he was trying to replace goals for goals and so far, I don’t think we’re doing too badly. Van Persie has flown out the blocks and has seven goals; Giroud and Podolski have six and are both still settling in.

And what about the other scorer? Walcott came on in the 61st minute (about as risqué as Wenger gets unless someone is injured) and his directness paid off – Giroud’s lovely pass set him off and his finish for the second was ice-cold. “I want to play for this club and hopefully something can happen very soon,” he said*. Lord knows what to make of that but as I have said many times, he has a lot to give and I hope he stays.

*The more I think about it the more this sounds like something he said a few weeks ago, not yesterday. Anyone see him say this yesterday?

Without looking utterly at ease – we were a Mannone misjudgement and a Nolan skew-wide short of the game potentially having a different outcome – Mertesacker and Vermaelen marshalled things well and we were good value for the three points. The goal we let in, while a lovely finish, left Ramsey a bit red-faced and I’m not quite sure what Per was trying to do by moving away from Diame but there you go. Easy to say when you’ve not got Diame bearing down on you I suppose.

All in all a good day at the office and I leave you with another talking point from Capability Mike.

I bet you ten pounds that Sagna is sold at the end of the season

Jenkinson’s been good, hasn’t he? Really good. Then again Sagna is magnificent. But how long can you keep a Jenkinson down? Yet another tricky but pleasant decision for Wenger to make.

London looks good sometimes doesn’t it? I took the photo above on the South Bank yesterday.


Arsenal since about 1979. Thick, thin and all that.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. goonerista

    It was Giroud who set up Theo.

  2. Rob Cheshire

    Nice report and awesome photo! My resolution for this week is to get busy with Panorama mode on my iPhone!

  3. East Lower

    Yes, you’ll see a slew of these now that iO6 is out… London was glorious yesterday and winning at West Ham made it even better.

  4. East Lower

    Ah was it? Will amend, cheers.

  5. g clarke

    16 mil is not big money 35 for hazzard and wages thats big money

  6. East Lower

    Big money for most clubs. But point taken.

  7. Carlitos

    For West Ham’s goal, I think what Per was trying to do was to anticipate a pass from Diame to McCartney who was completely unmarked in the box. Had Per closed him down too quickly, there’s a very good chance Diame would have passed the ball to his team-mate who was in a very good position.

  8. East Lower

    That would make sense actually – 9 times out of ten shooting from that angle would come to nothing. Good finish mind you.

  9. Dorian Gray

    Well on his way to become player of the season the bright little fella . As for right back – the world greatest ballerinas were shot to fame when someone broke a leg . Will be good to have two though , as we compete in the cups and champions league .

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