As the population of livestock around the world decreased drastically in the festive periods, our dear Arsenal was going through a mixed period of ups and downs. We had Newcastle prior to the New Year and Southampton immediately after.
Despite Ba’s dou-blah, the gunners ran riot in the game to send 7 past Tim Krul. Theo Walcott stacked his claims for that top 9 position with a memorable hat-trick that made Thierry Henry stand in the stands. Giroud had a near perfect hat-trick with a quick-fire double while Chamberlain and Podolski got a goal apiece.
Recent games with Newcastle has witness a high scoring encounter with Krul picking the balls from the net more than his Arsenal counterpart. The epic 4-4 stands but I still watch, on my PC, that 4-0 win in the carling cup where Walcott had a double and Bendtner scored a beautiful goal. Krul has always been at goal.
Arsenal’s woes seem to be numerous but erroneous defending from our full backs caused us those 3 goals at the emirates against Newcastle. But we turned blind eyes to the woeful fullbacks because we scored more. We went to St.Mary’s drenched in relegation war but gifted another of such goal.
Bacary Sagna’s woeful clearance gifted Ramirez a goal for Southampton 9 minutes before Theo’s free kick was turned in by a saint. Throughout the game he was below par.
This season, Sagna has been playing consistently with an indifferent attitude. He has this “I-don’t-care” expression on his face. His play has been on the downslide like a negative ramp function as in engineering control.
Our last 2 matches were annoying with respect to our so called Mr. consistent. The 3 goals shipped in at our backyard against Alan Pardew’s Black and White army all had Sagna written on them. His skill-less-ness is epitomized in his desire to corner himself and turn to Szczesny or the CB for a help out.
The Bac-man has grown erratic and hardly makes a meaningful cross. Anybody can go past him in defense, even Obertan who hadn’t played for 6 months or so made mincemeat of our man. He has won 3 of my Villain of the Match (VotM). Only Gervinho has more VotM.
His attacks are toothless but that can be attributed to the players on the right wing he has had to put up with. Chamberlain does little or no defending. Ramsey is below par and Walcott isn’t interested in the wings anymore.
Gibbs on the left have benefitted from Podolski’s defensive plays. Their combination has been fruitful and has brought out the marauding Gibbs. Gibbs gets into the opposition box at least twice in a game but when last did you see Sagna in the box?
I feel very unhappy with the lucky point from 19th placed Southampton. With Everton, Fulham and Spurs winning their corresponding matches, the race to top 4 is getting harder. The Wright-ful fall of the bridge thanks to twitchy Harry’s QPR gave me a little smile.
In odd news, Spanish Marca has reported that Alex Song has been voted the worst signing in Spain alongside Luka Modric. if only he hadnt left. The Dailymail has a rundown. Nigerian Obafemi Martins is the second best signing with Jordi Alba being the best signing.
My Country, Nigeria played out a 1-1 draw with Catalonia. the Catalonians consisted of players from Barcelona and Espanyol. MLS based Bright Ejike scored the equalizer in the 54th minute to cancel out the catalonians early penalty goal. hope Keshi chooses the right 23 man for the AFCON coming up.
We travel to Swansea on Sunday for an FA cup tie. I hope we don’t get Michu-fried. I pray we pay them in Michu’s coins.
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