Hi Anyone who-might-be-there!
Ceiling? What ceiling?
The way things are looking at the moment, there is no ceiling for this group of players.
I can’t remember the last time I felt such excited anticipation before matches – and they’re delivering on my expectations. So.
Out of the blocks quickly. Dominating from the off. A miss kicked up-and-under by Benjamin. Gaby J nudges the new boy Senesi off-balance, takes the dropping ball under sublime control and embarks on a mazy, sinuous run into the penalty area. Just when You think he’ll overdo it, a neat side-foot to Gaby M’elli on his outside. Quick control and a fierce shot the goalkeeper can only parry. Odergaard, cleverly, touches the rebound into the back of the net.
Total dominance continues (in the first half Bournemouth managed 0 shots and 0 incursions into Arsenal’s area). Moments later, Benjamin to Bukayo, overlaps with perfect timing for the return ball. Fired across the area to Gaby J who mis-controls into the swinging boot of Captain O.
A slight drop off, followed immediately after the break by Bournemouth upping the tempo having shifted from a back 5 to a back 4. Lots of aerial balls to the mountain called Moore (geddit!), dealt with supremely by Gaby Mags. Arsenal barely out of second gear. Then a free kick on the right, taken quickly to Gaby M’elli. Deep cross from the by-line chested down by GX and passed to Tequila at the top of the D. Left-footed (supposedly his weaker), a bending howitzer into the top right corner. Cue Zinchenko clutching his head in disbelief!
Gaby J should have been awarded a goal, but was denied – so pathetic is the off-side rule now. Subs ESR and Eddie had chances late in the day. Highlight? Possibly the away fans singing “Tequila (Saliba)” to our new defensive hero for fifteen continuous minutes before he even scored!
Otherwise, it’s not merely that we won three on the bounce. It’s the way they’re playing that is SO satisfying.
Ramsdale – 8
White – 8
Saliba – 10
Gaby Mags – 10
Zinchenko – 9
GX – 8
Thomas – 7
Saka – 8
Captain O – 9
Gaby M’elli – 9
Gaby J – 10
Subs not really on long enough, and the heat was truly out of the game by then , but a collective 7.
I loved the trolling on the BBC HYS feed on Saturday night, that we haven’t beaten anyone, that we’re now crowing we’re going to win the league, etc. They do hate us out there. Did anyone tell Liverpool, Chelsea or Manure that Arsenal haven’t beaten anyone, because they only played teams they would be expected to beat?
Ceiling? Sky’s the limit!