Arsenal reproduced the same result as they did away at Galatasary as they whisked past Chelsea’s last week conquerors, Newcastle.
1. Galatasary Replica.
The timing of the goals may differ with the UCL result in Turkey but the 4-1 scores and the double player braces makes it uneasy to differentiate. Ramsey and Podolski handed the brace barton to Cazorla and Giroud.
2. Makeshift Defence, No-shift.
The defensive problems at Ashburton Grove took another shift as Wenger fielded a different back four for the umpteenth time this season. Debuchy returned to the Arsenal team after about 3 months out but had to partner Metersacker in the heart of defence. Debuchy trained as a CB for the 1st time before the match and he didn’t put any foot wrong.
Bellerin ran the right flank like a boss and provided an assist for Giroud’s flicky goal. Gibbs was outstanding with Metersacker as the captain. Cisse and Ameobi were neutralized by this back four.
3. Flicky Brace and Birthday Brace
Giroud scored a flick of goal with his left foot to get his brace, a technique only a very few have in football currently. The toons goalie was just rooted to the spot. His towering header opened the floodgates, showing a glimpse of how he loves to attack every round object in the air. When will he get his first Arsenal hattrick.
Santi Cazorla has found his scoring boots. A beauty of goal for his first and a penanka penalty to get his brace. How else would he have loved to celebrate his birthday? Happy birthday Santi.
4. Nearly-man Welbeck.
Welbeck put the ball into Newcastle’s net but Lee Mason judged him to have infringed Dummet. The Englishman got another chance but played it wide. Other chances and half chances went begging for the lad who is in need of premier league goals. 5 goals in 2014 doesn’t seem like what he would like to put on his CV. He did win the penalty that made it 4-1 but will be desperate to add goals to his game.
5. One Arsene Wenger.
The fans at the Emirates sang “One Arsene Wenger” when they saw that the 3 points look safe and sound. A week ago, the prof was abused with some of the fans calling for his head on a platter. A banner flew at Stoke but the chants at the Emirates must be a soothe to those pains.
Other mentions include Coquelin return, Premier League debut for Maitland-Niles, the ever biased English press and commentators that see nothing good in Arsenal.
Nevertheless, i am going to Church with Wenger. The Champions league draw is on Monday.