Scripted to perfection for the second year running

Arsenal 5-2 Totteringhams

Not bad for a team that hadn’t been in control of the game from the first minute to the last, eh, is it, Andre? I especially liked the bit at the end of the first half when we were so not in control that we scored twice and could have scored another. Reminds me a bit of the Churchill quote:

History will be kind to me, because I intend to write it

Granted, they were the better team in the first act of this rousing play. But when Adebayor took centre stage in the second act, it was the kind of script that Arsenal fans could only have dreamed of. Imbecilic wind-up merchant gets himself sent off having scored a goal, at which point his team concedes four times before finding its feet again? Don’t mind if I do. When he exited stage right, the game changed forever and Arsenal took great advantage. It’s precisely what we needed.

I think we can safely ignore the defending that left us behind yet again in a game (two men simultaneously break the offside trap – it’s not good for the heart, let me tell you). Our diminutive midfield did struggle at first with the physical nature of things, but once they found space Wilshere, and Cazorla in particular, were outstanding. The latter can go to Panama more often, as Wenger said.

On the flank, Walcott showed what a bit of pace can achieve. Frankly, I never want to see either him or Oxlade-Chamberlain overlooked in favour of Ramsey in that position again. Not that I think Ramsey isn’t a good player, but he’s no winger, just as Djourou is no right-back and Santos no left-back (the truth has at last outed on that front – he’s an auxiliary left-midfielder, who comes on for tax purposes). I have filled my boots on this blog ranting about the insanity of letting the Theo contract scenario get to this stage. He showed so many good things yesterday that it is plain to see he is an asset to this team. He does seem pretty happy and clearly has mates at the club, but I do fear all that will count for nought now that he is so close to doing one on a Bosman. It’s a madness if you ask me, and just at a time when the very last thing we need is the departure of a form player mid-season. Anyway, let’s hope for the best, eh.

What else did I like? Podolski scored and created, and it’s hard to ask more than that. But Giroud again caught the eye up front. He’s so eager, like a giant puppy thundering about, but his body strength and aerial prowess are slowly giving us the kind of Plan B we need. As a team, we’ve now scored three headed goals in two games. It now pays to cross into the box at head height, and he’s partly why. He’s got seven goals in eleven starts and seven substitute appearances. Given that he is new and the team has struggled, that’s very decent.

Above all though, some good goals and imposing play brought the fun-factor back. Just listen to this clip, recorded in the half-time beer queue.

Exciting football is the drug we all crave. Give us that and the fans will get behind the side, even forgive weaknesses elsewhere. One of the (many) criticisms of this side is that it no longer plays some of the best football in the league (which was maybe always a burdensome tag). That, when it’s bad, watching Arsenal can be just plain boring. Well yesterday, much of the good stuff flooded back and it’s no wonder we lapped it up.

Enjoy away, gooners. Enjoy away.


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

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Jeff

    Nice audio clip. I didn’t quite catch the tune; a little like “When the Saints go Marching in?”

  2. semrowe

    Giroud finding form recently has been fantastic. He’s working his ass off right now, and you can see it every time the ball comes his way. Just what we need. Also, give Theo the money.

  3. Jeff

    Thanks. It’s obvious now. To be fair there were a couple folks in that clip butchering it.

  4. Jeff

    Giroud has also been heading clearances at the other end.

  5. PDDD

    Am I sad or am I the only one who’s highlight was Jack standing up to Bale after Adebayor’s ‘tackle’ and then taunting him after the ref waved the red card ??
    I love that boy to bits. I know before I even say it that it’s ridiculous to put so much pressure on a kid but he is the future of our club. Make him captain & build the team around him.

  6. shedman77

    Not sad at all PDDD, he always shows the right attitude and I’m sure would avoid the now common pre-match cuddle in the tunnel with the opposition. Give him a year or so to mature a bit more then the captaincy is his.

  7. East Lower

    Yes saw that. All that crap punning was worth it.

  8. East Lower

    Too right. And we need to stop the vultures circling him in the coming years. Which they will.

  9. East Lower

    Surely his for the taking.

  10. East Lower

    There are always a few who butcher it… But great when sung with gusto. We need more gusto generally.

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