Top of the morning to you!
So here we are on another Monday morning after a relaxing weekend. At least it was relaxing for me. I have a good feeling about this week and I hope it’s just as good for you guys. Today is my brother’s birthday, so that’s an added bonus.
We played Sunderland on Saturday with a heavily rotated team. There were five changes made, but to be honest I thought there’d be more and if not for a late groin complaint by David Ospina, he would have been the one in goal. There was a debut for youngster Alex Iwobi.
He holds particular interest to us over here because he’s Nigerian. Many Nigerian fans can trace their Arsenal following days to when Nwankwo Kanu was signed and the fact that he was part of a ground breaking team was of particular pride for most Nigerians (myself included) so to have another youngster in the ranks who could very well go places with a team that’s really shaping up is something that makes me happy.
We played pretty well indeed, recovering from a goal down to thwack them 3-1. Funny enough it was the same goal scorers from the league game that scored in this game too, if only the order was the same.
I think everyone played really well. I was slightly disappointed with Giroud initially, but complaining will be churlish especially as he scored. Hector Bellerin was excellent. Now it’s no secret that he’s been pretty awesome this season, but it is also true that he has not been as awesome in some recent games, so to see him put up such a performance was so good to see.
All in all it was a good performance and when you look at the number of first team players we have out, then you know we must be doing something right. I mean, I’ve seen people complain about lack of depth, but when you’re missing Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and now David Ospina and you’re top of the table, if that’s not depth, I don’t know what is. Then again some people can never be satisfied, so there’s that.
I must specifically mention Joel Campbell. I must confess, I never thought he’d be this good.
Not that I thought he was a bad player or anything. I knew he was good, I saw him at the world cup and was impressed, but I would never have thought he’d do this well. So here I am enjoying humble pie, I don’t mind, i’m always happy if a player makes it with us.
He has been so good, with hard work, so good passing, decent dribbling and decent goal scoring, he’s a mainstay now and for me despite Bellerin’s two assists, I would go for Joel Campbell as man of the match. He was just that good. I would take him over Walcott when Alexis gets back.
This just shows what can happen when a good player has a good run of games in the team. I’m pretty sure if Debuchy had a run of a few games in the team, he’d also do well. Unfortunately, the nature of the game and the modern day footballing world makes that impossible. The truly great players have to do well with the smallest opportunities they have, if not they have to be patient and hope that injury or severe loss of form gives them a chance in the team. That’s the sad reality of the game.
I’m happy for Campbell, but many players are not going to get lucky with injuries as he has and forge a place in the team. I guess that’s just what we have to deal with.
So we play Liverpool on Wednesday, i’ll be here then to talk about that more.