Five Points Clear

So would you still accept top four, really? You know what I mean, how long ago was it that you would have accepted that trifle, that mere bauble, at the beginning of the season, after the Tottenham win, after the Liverpool win, after the Chelsea win or in my case today after the City loss and our fine win against a well drilled Wolves side? Top four, pah, I want the whole cake now with icing and cherries on the top. 

Ramsdale: if you do your job properly which he did, and keep a clean sheet, which he did and the team win, which we did, why isn’t that a perfect performance worthy of the highest score? 10

Zinchenko: our Ukrainian clearly has a larger than life personality and it occurred to me that his play reflects that, there were moments today when I thought that that was a hindrance, slightly less bling and a bit more precision. Still a superb signing, love him. 7   

Gabriel: unusually looked like the more commanding central defender today, a very solid performance. 8

Saliba: it was quite a shock to see that he is human and capable of making mistakes, which he did in the first half, but obviously had a large gulp of Mikel’s magic half time juice and came out for the second and played to his usual commanding best. 7

White: the thing I don’t understand is why doesn’t Arteta encourage Benny Blanco to come inside, the same way he clearly does with Zinchenko? White is obviously capable of playing in different positions and taking on different roles, if he were encouraged to play a bit more centrally he could be the answer to the nightmare scenario of TP getting injured. Defensively as sound as ever but not quite as effective going forward but I think that had more to do with Saka being off the pace. 7

Partey: and onto the nightmare scenario of a TP injury, well my nightmare is that without him, we are a top sixish team fighting for a Europa place. The man is world class and a joy to watch, I wonder if he has a brother? 8

Odegaard: I just found out that Norway didn’t qualify for the World Cup, resuuuult, go find a quite beach Martin, have a long rest and come back and play as well as you did today. MOTM 9

Xhaka: stomach issues, get well soon Granit, you were missed.

Martinelli: a bit quiet today by his standards but was still key in both goals (love the contradiction) has Martinelli got his own song? Should have. 7

Jesus: we need a 25 goal a season striker, no we don’t, we need a player who is going to help us win more games than anyone else this season, and this guy is delivering, worked tirelessly. 8

Saka: was well marked but that doesn’t usually stop him, not his usual effective self. 6

Sub. Vieira: he has been poor recently; I think most have wondered if that has been down to playing with lesser talents in games in the Europa and the League Cup? Well today was his chance to play with the A team for the best part of ninety minutes and show that his superb Brentford performance was not a one off. In my opinion he did this, he did enough to reassure that he has a bright future with us this was underlined by his perfect chip for Odegaard to score our first goal. 7


18 Responses to Five Points Clear

  1. fred1266 says:

    Yea great win

    Jesus does so much besides scoring it unbelievable

    Nice to see ode on the score shit, I was a bit critical of him in first half because these are the game I want him to use his passing to unlock the defense bit instead he decided to score a brace that will do

    Yea saliba being human

    I think I still prefer Tierney over zinchenco

    Now arteta has a month to get the likes of Eddie ESR Nelson up to speed so the guys who playing in WC wouldn’t have to ne rushed back

  2. LB says:

    All good Fred

  3. davespagnol says:

    I heard Martinelli’s song last year but not so much this year. To the tune Sugar Sugar by The Archies:

    Gabby da da da da da da Martinelli da da da da da da
    He comes from Sao Paolo
    And he plays for Arsenal.

  4. fred1266 says:

    Lbg peaches do u guys still attend games

    Planning to go to arsenal europa game in March so hopefully would see you all again

    NB does anyone know how to get tickets to away games would like to attend Fulham vs arsenal on 11th March but unsure how to get a ticket so I can be in the away fans section

    Also is it frowned upon to get tickets and be in the home fans section when you actually support the away side?

  5. LBG says:

    Still going to every home game, Fred.
    You might find it hard even to get a ticket for the Fulham game. Points system still in operation. Happy Christmas everyone.

  6. fred1266 says:

    Well see you in March then LBG

  7. LB says:

    Thanks for that Dave, much appreciated.

  8. LB says:

    Still going every game, yeh, know what you mean, its been tough tearing ourselves away to watch whats going on at THOF. 🙂

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  10. RC78 says:

    – 5 points clear for PSG and for AFC…
    – Now it s World Cup time.

    England looking good on paper:
    Ramsdale – Trippier, White, Stones, Shaw – Bellingham, Rice, Philips – Saka, Kane, Foden (or Sterling or Grealish or Mount)

    France not looking so good:
    Lloris – Pavard, Kounde, Varane, T.Hernandez – Camavinga, Tchouameni, Rabiot – Griezmann – Mbappe, Benzema

    Anyways – good luck to all and may AFC be five points clear at the top of the EPL at the end of the season! COYG

  11. allezkev says:

    The squad for Dubai flies out on December 4th so we might get some news about it around the 1st in about 9 days, that should lift a bit of the winter gloom with the prospect of a couple of tasty friendliest on the 8th and 13th

  12. LB says:

    Phew, Partey is coming home in one piece.

  13. fred1266 says:

    Thought the exact same thing lol

  14. fred1266 says:

    Jesus apparently picked up a knock let’s hope it nothing’s serious

    Martinelli was great yesterday

  15. fred1266 says:

    We lost to Watford 4-2 in or pre season game flow the upcoming restart

  16. fred1266 says:

    First time I have actually seen Turner played he wasn’t to bad

  17. fred1266 says:

    Well the news seems to be bad on Jesus injury apparently it needs surgery and can be out for 3 months

    Let’s hope he can recover very quickly

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