Two rare strikes by Tomas Rosicky gave Arsenal the upper hand at the hawthorns as Arsenal came back with 3 points in the kitty to mount pressure on the top four chase. The last time the little Mozart scored in the League Campaign was in that 5-2 comeback win against Spurs in the 2011/2012 season. He scored the third goal in that epic North London Derby.
Rasaky, as he is called in some south-western Nigerian circles, has been plagued by injuries and is now being known as the tonic in arsenal’s late season challenge and campaign. Last season, his resurgence and availability of play coincided or aggravated the final games for the gunners. He is my best Arsenal player and thus I wrote a tribute about him on his last birthday. You can’t just overlook his sudden burst of pace, his killer paces and that outside foot play.
Back to the Hawthorns game, Rosicky saved a goal before turning in Gervinho’s shot cum cross in the 20th minute. It is rare for the Czech international to score, more or less with his head. In the second half he added to his tally to give the gunners an edge in 50minutes.
Fabianski was worthy of the man of the match. The pole who replaced his compatriots since the failed Munich miracle has been in goal and has been commendable. He kept most of the baggies shot and was lucky that some were off target. His countryman Szcesny surprisingly couldn’t make the bench as Italian Mannone took his place.
The defence pairing of Metersacker and Koscienly continued until Metersacker saw his first red for the North Londoners after hacking down a baggie in the box. The Big friendly German could not complain as he matched down the tunnel after Webb gave him the marching orders. The pressure increased against the gunners as Vermaleen took to the pitch for the first time since that White hart lane loss.
The resulting penalty was converted even though Fabianski’s legs made contact. The remaining 20 minutes were tensed 20 minutes for the gunners. The social networks were a-washed with tweets and updates expressing tension. I was very tensed and prayed that the gunners hold on and they did hold firm to their precious 3 points.
So we are 2 points behind Chelsea and Tottenham with a game in hand with Everton. Chelsea came from behind to win Sunderland and spurs grabbed a late draw at Everton.
Let Arsenal just keep grabbing the 3 points, they would sure drop points.