Hello and welcome to a brand new week.
It was a pretty nice weekend with a satisfying win, my friends getting me almost lost in a market and Benedict Cumberbatch being the absolutely coolest Sherlock ever. I mean Robert Downey Junior was pretty good, but Benedict was epic. Sigh, I digress.
So we won against Watford and I must say that for the first 60 minutes it was a most frustrating game of football. I can’t say I enjoyed the first half much, I don’t think we played very well and around the time we scored the goal I had started to think “Well It could be one of days” and I was really dreading that as I had already heard that the our rivals had all won their games.
Earlier versions of Arsenal might have bottled a game like this, it required a certain amount of patience and I am pleased that the team showed that and they kept attacking even when their earlier attempts hadn’t worked out. There’s a temptation to let your head drop and maybe lose some concentration, so credit to the team for keeping it up and once the first goal went in I knew we would win.
Alexis was the man of course, although hats off to Cazorla for finding the pass for Ozil in the first place and the German was fouled before Alexis tucked it away. Then the new Solskjaer, Giroud put in a second before serial misser of sitters Ramsey (I kid) scored the third and by then we all knew it was over. So a good win and I must say I am happy the manager went with his strongest lineup despite the looming challenge that is Bayern on Tuesday because in my opinion it was quite clear that we would have been unable to win without our strongest players. I mean it was Cazorla, Ozil and Alexis that combined for the first, what if one or two of them were missing because the coach wanted to rest them? It might not have ended well.
We are second on the table, 2 points behind City and are playing well. We have to keep up this form and we’ll have a title challenge on our hands and that would be really nice indeed, who knows, we could go on and win the damn thing.
Anyway, Bayern are up next and they are in sparkling form. Can we win them? Of course! Whether we will is another matter. We certainly have the players that can hurt them. Any team that has Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez can hurt people, so that’s not something to wonder about, I think if we bring the performance that we produced against Manchester United we could certainly stand a chance. Can our defence shackle the in-form striker in Europe at the moment Lewandowski? I have no idea. With the pace that Bayern have, the question of Mert and Gabriel could come up again, with Gabriel the faster of the two and Mert the more composed and experienced. It’s up to the manager though.
What I know for sure is that Cech must play. He’s been awesome so far this season and while I love Ospina, this is certainly not a game he should be playing in. We have a Capital one cup coming up soon anyways, so there’s that.
Anyway, beyond that there’s just the Manager praising his players and the performance and the players praising their patience and blah blah blah. Have a great day joor