Many called this game a dead rubber but most were thinking first and foremost who would start and more importantly how to avoid injuries while keeping up the momentum of four successive wins in preparation for the Cup Final.
We weren’t disappointed. We started the first half in quite a cautious fashion and Ruddy made a couple of excellent saves, although I thought Giroud should have scored around the 32nd minute. Having said that, I thought he had a very solid game. Giroud has been improving as the season drew to it’s conclusion and the deadlock was broken when he lofted a beautiful ball for Ramsey to volley home.
What a player we have in Aaron Ramsey and one wonders how much nearer we would have been to the title if he had remained fit all season.
Jenkinson settled the match with his first goal for the club and his facial expression on scoring will live long in the memory.
All in all the whole team did just enough that was required though I thought Ozil had a very quiet game. Maybe he is saving himself for next week.
With Fabianski starting one could presume that he was given his last game today and our Number 1 will be in goal at Wembley.
One can never second guess Wenger even after nearly two decades and when he said afterwards
“if you look at our overall season I think we need to focus first of all in keeping everyone together” and when asked about possible transfers in the Summer he said “World Cup transfer markets start after the World Cup, usually.”
We will see if those words run true.
Those who read my comments know I am a great Sagna fan and yet again he didn’t let us down playing with Koscielny in central defence, regardless that it was against Norwich, so keeping everyone together by the boss was an interesting comment.
To see Diaby back after a full fourteen months was greeted with loud applause from our fantastic away fans and he even applauded them as he came on.
Jack had a cameo and it was hard to tell if he is absolutely fit, though not spectecular, it was good to see him come on and by all accounts we will have The Ox back midweek, so it will be really interesting as to who lines up for The FACup Final.
Finally Wenger said he would still be here next season. I just wish he looked a little happier.His post match interview was very low key or even sombre and subdued, which frankly, surprised me.