In the space of three days, Arsenal faced two London opposition and squeezed out 6 juicy points to get closer to the leading park. The Emirates first hosted QPR and held on to a 2-1 victory with goals from Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky. Few days later, the Gunners visited the Hammers and held on again for another 2-1 victory with goals from Cazorla and Welbeck. The latter was juicier following Chelsea’s draw with Southampton, the barren draw at White Hart Lane and City’s 2-2 draw with Burnley.
1. Clean Sheet, No sheet?
The gunners were unable to keep a clean sheet in the two London encounter. A penalty from QPR’s Austin dented Szczesny’s clean sheet. At Upton park, Szczesny was out early plucking up balls from the air, preventing Carrol from getting his dreaded headers but could do nothing as the Hammers grabbed a goal. When next will Arsenal get a clean sheet? it is becoming like ages since we won a game without conceding. Well, 3 points is key but a clean sheet would be nice.
2. Every Per needs a Kos
Lauret Koscienly returned to the Arsenal lineup for the first time in 4 games away at Upton Park and Metersacker looked calmer and composed than before. Metersacker lunged into tackles knowing that he has his side kick available to clean up the mess. Kos marshaled the back four, winning 3 of 4 duels with Andy Carrol, snuffing out shots from the hammers. Arsenal have surely missed the Kos. Hopefully he brings out the best in his Per.
3. One Rozaic Start, One Rozaic Goal
When i saw Rosicky on Arsenal’s lineup against QPR, my heart leapt for joy with an assurance of win spiced up with Rozaic moments. The midfielder had not started any premier league game this season but capped his first start with a goal. He was left out of the team that won at West Ham.
4. Alexis Arsenal
Can we have his stature now? He missed a penalty but opened scoring against QPR. The Chilean was a handful for the rangers and meandered his way to assist Rosicky’s goal. Giroud may have let the team down with his red but Alexis Sanchez keeps popping up with the goods. His form is critical to Arsenal’s season.
5. The Coq Returns.
Francis Coquelin started his first Premier league game in ages and put up a great display partnering Flamini in the middle of the pack. The defensive midfielder who was recently recalled from loan has featured as a substitute in every game since his return. He seems better than the Flamster. Can he revive his gunning career?
Giroud’s red card, Cazorla’s feet, Welbeck finally scores, bad referee calls, and anti-Arsenal commentary are memorable mentions
3 points per game is all we need. Bring on the Saints.