Before the game
Superb fun on the 8:45 from Nottingham. A complimentary full English included in the price of a first class ticket. Our only dilemma was how to fit in the three accompanying beers. Once in London, beers in the World’s End, Finsbury Park with LBG and two hip flasks of surgical spirit, plus a lovely discussion about a match photo on the pub wall, all preceded meeting up with the ticket fairy outside entrance F.
We all knew how Dyche would set up his team to maximise the chance of sneaking something with the bang average players he has at his disposal – kick the opposition and hope for a goal at a set-piece.
Harum scarum start to the game. Could have been goals at either end in the first couple of minutes. Eventually the footballing side shone through and deservedly took the lead when Auba scored. Mesut’s through ball to Kola was mind-bending; such vision in a crowded penalty area. No-one else in the Premier could have played that pass. One nil to the Arsenal. Burnley’s 354 away fans were distraught.
Arsenal should have been sailing gently down the three points river after Auba doubled his tally with a classy pile-driver high into the net at Hart’s near post.
Instead we let the Neanderthals back into the game with a series of dreadful attempts at clearances from a dead ball. A Dyche team scoring from a dead ball – who would have thought it?
At this point I could see two eventualities 4-1 or 2-2. Luckily Wobbly popped up with the winner when played onside by the Burnley right back. His goal-bound effort was close enough to the goal not to sail over the bar!
The fourth was not forthcoming, so we had to be content with just 3-1 and three lovely points. 🙂
A worthy three points against a team of cloggers. Shame Mesut didn’t play as defensive midfielder! 😊
Leno – Sound performance … 7
Maitland-Niles – lackadaisical and no threat going forward … 5
Sokratis – MOTM – a Greek Tony Adams – stood up to Barnes who could have been sent off twice – Auba calls him ‘Papa’, sounds good to me … 9
Monreal – solid but bandy legs caused another injury … 6
Kolasinac – not much to do defensively which played to his strong suit – some majestic power challenges … 7
Xhaka – where was he playing? – was he good or bad? You decide … 7
Elneny – Bang average – Animal from the Muppets – how bad is it when you only get picked when the Terrier needs a rest and even then you can’t last 90 mins without being subbed?… 5
Guendouzi – not one of his best – needs a haircut … 6
Ozil – masterminded Burnley’s downfall, pass for the first goal was world class – run for the third mesmeric … 8
Aubameyang – does what it says on the tin … 8
Lacazette – sparky and full of spunk, needs a goal but instrumental in the crucial second … 7
Lichtsteiner – not the best passer but he wasn’t signed for his sweet passing – a great squad player … 7
Iwobi – did very little – apart from seal the victory … 6
Torreira – shouldn’t have been needed for Burnley … 6
Emery – tricky day for him with so many out, but did a fair job at juggling his resources … 7
Dyche – like some hideous reincarnation of all of Alex Ferguson’s worst traits. Comments after the game ridiculously laughable … 2