Well, what a difference a day makes.
Emotionally we’ve gone from disappointed and disillusioned to euphoric over the result of one game. Beating Blackburn 7-1 was the sort of result we needed to awaken our supporters.
Arsenal played the sort of football that we all love to watch and for once the end result substantiated the level of our overall performance.
It would be wrong to criticize any of our players on a day when they all excelled, our defence were solid and afforded Blackburn very few goal scoring opportunities the midfield were both dominate in their control and incisive in their passing, and our strikers were clinical in their finishing.
All in all a wonderful example of “Wenger Ball” at it’s very best.
What caused the change?
Were we that good or were Blackburn that poor?
Looking at the result it would appear that we were that good but we will rarely see a team play so badly as Blackburn. They had little, or no, ambition to attack which allowed our fullback’s the freedom of the park and they used the space to great effect.
Our midfield was creative and their passing was superb but when have we seen a less interested midfield than Blackburn’s, their tackling was weak and their coverage was woeful.
Our strikers had a field day, but Blackburn showed their lack of fight within 80 seconds allowing us copious amounts of space to exploit them with our speed and poor positioning in the box.
Going down to ten men at least gave them an excuse for the terrible result but in reality they showed no heart from the first whistle.
What’s up next?
Over the next month we will know whether the Blackburn game was an aberration or the real and re-vitalized Arsenal.
We have seven games, one approximately every four days.
EPL vs Sunderland
CL vs AC Milan
FAC vs either Sunderland or Middlesbrough
EPL vs Tottenham
EPL vs Liverpool
CL vs AC Milan
EPL vs Newcastle
These games will show us what we are really made of, on paper our best opportunity seems to be the FAC. We are up against weaker opposition which should be to our advantage but the FAC is always full of shocks and surprises.
AC Milan will be tough opponents in the CL and we will have to be in outstanding form to get through to the last eight.
The EPL is the most difficult of the three as over the past six league games we have accumulated less points than any our four opponents.
Sunderland = 15 – 83.3%
Newcastle = 12 – 66.7%
Tottenham = 11 – 61.1 %
Liverpool = 8 – 44.4%
Arsenal = 7 – 38.8 %
Which Arsenal team will show up and stand up?
Written by gunnerN5