Weds Oct 1, about 7pm, and I’ve found the team news.
Looks like the usual 4-1-4-1 thingy to me, unless Arsene is going for Ox alongside Flamini, which I would, as then Mesut gets the middle all to himself 🙂
Santi Mesut Sanchez
Definitely can’t see it happening though
Got that wrong then. Our Smooth Talking Frenchie did go back to the 4-2-3-1 that gave Villa a good seeing to, but played Santi in the Rambo role alongside Flamini rather than The Ox, and thus we were treated to the speed of thought, ball and movement from Mesut, Ox, Alexis and Danny Welbeck.
We have not played such a fluid half of football since the home fixture against Napoli last term.
From Calum Chambers in his Budgie Blue boots (or were they Pistachio?), the whole side clicked and purred. A complete joy to watch. Our Pole in Goal managed to get himself sent off, which didn’t matter, other than it left one fewer player who didn’t get a rotational break ahead of Chelsea this weekend, but overall there was nothing to grumble about.
Of course, the night belonged to Danny Welbeck with a hat-trick, alongside a superb goal by Sanchez. It was, however, the quality of the through balls for three of those goals, from Alexis, Mesut and The Ox, that caught my eye as much as the clinical finishing itself.
I watched the game with my Son, and as usual before the game, we discussed the possible outcome. One thing we did agree on was that with the quality of footballers such as Ox, Mesut, Sanchez and Santi, you always have the chance that if it “clicks”, it’s going to be good news for The Gunners and bad news for everyone else.
Last night, exactly that happened.
Finally, and on a sad note, I think we should all spare a thought for Louise Van Gaal this morning, who must be feeling a complete plonker.
Written by MickyDidIt89
And some player comments from chas.
Szczesny…..Didn’t have a lot to do before the penalty incident and it’s difficult to blame him too much for trying to stop a goal.
Ospina….. Made a few excellent stops, my favourite being a block with his feet from a player cutting in from the right. The North Bank chanting Os-pi-na (as in ‘you’re sh*t, ahhh’) every time he took a kick was really funny.
Gibbs….. Played very well, always provides an option. Deciding to play for offside in the penalty incident did Szczesny no favours.
Chambers….. What a buy! Whether it’s maturity beyond his years or a simple naivety based on a belief in his own abilities, Calum is as good at right back as he is in the centre and looks perfectly at home playing CL football.
BFG….. Class positioning and timing from the large German. What we’ve come to expect.
Koscielny….. Top quality performance from the boss. Fingers crossed for that ankle/heel.
Flamini.…. Made Carvalho look like a lumbering sloth tonight 🙂
Cazorla….. Santi was everywhere and conducted the Arsenal rhythm section superbly.
Ozil….. Some delicious passes, the man just oozes class.
The Ox….. Alex made some outstanding runs. He still seems to lack a little confidence but it’s coming.
Sanchez….. Another who just oozes. Assists, goals, tackles, dribbles, tricks, backheels. Just a delight to watch.
Welbeck….. First senior hat-trick and a smile as wide as van Gaal’s nose. A really special striker’s performance from Danny. One tucked through the keeper’s legs, the second bent around the outside by opening up his body and the third a deft chip. Glorious.