So I’ve found out that the awesome part of writing a blog post on Monday for a game that was played on Saturday is that my thinking is way more logical after a defeat and a bit more tempered after a win.
We beat Burnley 3-0 on Saturday and if we’re going by the lingo of the people in the viewing center that i watched the game with, we’d say it was “Satchet” and “Shambers” that got us the win.
So “Satchet” was at his electrifying best and Shambers put in quite a good shift in the game too. For long periods i was getting impatient as we showed more than just a shade of our Sunderland display and it did seem like it would go down like in the Anderlecht game and we’ll concede one stupid goal and then start scrambling to get back in the game.
Thankfully that was not to be as Sanchez (the alternative gets old fast) again took the game by the scruff of the neck and won it for us. He is turning out to be quite the match winner isn’t he? And what more, if his strike against Man City is anything to go by then we know that he can also bring it in the big games against the best of the best.
It was surprising to me and I’m sure a lot of other people when it was revealed that Arsene was sticking to the same team that won at Sunderland. Many were less than pleased at the midfield pairing of Flamini and Aterta, i must confess i was one of them, but with the result came an understanding that we need wins and if this is the team to get us those wins then so be it.
It can’t be a coincidence that while we haven’t exactly been super, we also haven’t conceded in two games, so i guess we just have to sit tight with this formation. It’s also a return to the 4-4-2 that many were clamoring for, Arsene had this to say:
We played 4-4-2 and we played like that against Sunderland. It works because he [Alexis] works very hard so we can afford to do it. We have to balance the midfield and defence.
It’ll be interesting to see the team sheet on Sunday when we play Swansea as Wilshere will also be fit and it’ll be interesting to see if Arsene sits both Wilshere and Ramsey on the bench for the game and persists with Flamini and Aterta.
Many would have wanted to see Ramsey start, but let’s face it, he hasn’t been in the greatest form, so maybe this is Arsene’s way of kicking him up the backside. It worked with Giroud last season and it worked with Szczesney the season before, so let’s see how Ramsey handles it. When he did come on he was the catalyst for the goal, he gave the “pre-assist” for our first goal, so that has to count for something.
And how about the return of Walcott. I literally felt my heart swell when he came on and his cameo was so bloody impressive. He had a shot on goal and an almost assist (i feel like Brendan Rodgers coining all these new terms) from which Podolski simply hammered the ball into the bar. I felt sorry for the bar, i suspect it would go through a period of PTSD over what Poldi did to it. Heaton in goal for Burnley was superb.
Now we have to move on to our midweek game and as i said last week, we seem to be slowly stumbling our way to some sort of form or consistency and it’ll be nice to see us continue. I really like the 4-4-2 and it’ll be fun if Wilshere and Ramsey could partner in midfield. I know i’ve said it before, it’s just something i’d love to see.
So fingers crossed we get a win tomorrow and that we have no injuries for the foreseeable future. Ciao!