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We won! Like for the first time in what has felt like ages I’ve walked away from a game feeling happy, I’d almost forgotten what that felt like.
A 2-0 victory, the same we produced at the Emirates a little over a month and a half ago was what we ran away with with goals from Mesut Ӧzil and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain enough to earn us the points. The goals were less than two minutes apart and after some 500+ minutes of football without a goal, it was nice to get some again.
After this we kinda let go a bit with a second half performance that was mostly about retaining the lead. I could see the sense in that in hindsight of course as during the match I just wanted us to score more goals.
Petr Cech still had to make a couple of saves especially in injury time with a double save that was just amazing to watch. He’s one of the reasons we can say we still have a title challenge and it’ll be nice if the rest of the team emulated his efforts to get us wins. That’ll be very nice indeed.
Arsene Wenger decided to stick with Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey as his midfield pairing to the dismay of many myself included. In hindsight though, I can understand and it seemed reasonable when Francis Coquelin came on for like 25 minutes. It seems the gaffer is trying to build the Frenchman’s fitness. He has now played 3 games coming in for a couple of minutes, being eased into the first team again and I can understand the caution, we’re so used to having setbacks, it’s good to be cautious, suffer for the short term to enjoy the long term.
Oh and on Flamini…there was that tackle. It has divided opinion with some saying it was a red card others saying was not a card at all. Well, he certainly got the ball, but then the tackle itself wasn’t very good was it?
I remember a Manchester derby a couple of years ago where Vincent Kompany made a really bad tackle, it didn’t catch the intended target, but he was red carded and sent off. In that case the intent and action was enough, Flamini didn’t look like he had any bad intentions, but it was still not a great tackling style, but I think if he got a red there it would have been harsh, no harm no foul eh?
Chamberlain got his first goal of the season since the one against Chelsea and I was really pleased for him. I really hope he can kick on from here, his overall performance was pretty average in my opinion, but neither was it bad, I just hope he can kick on.
Joel Campbell much as I like him is insufficient as a goal threat and I can understand his dropping.
So we play Leicester next and after watching them utterly dismantle Manchester City (it was morbidly fascinating to watch, like I didn’t want Leicester winning but at the same time the complete decapitation of Man City was fun to watch) it’s hard not to feel scared especially when we’re playing this was. The performance yesterday was fine, but it wasn’t vintage Arsenal, but at this stage of the season any win is good and I hope we can produce against the league leaders come Sunday—Valentine’s day.
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We have a week till then, so let’s wait