Another dodgy ‘stream’ at the Emirates yesterday.
Blackburn’s Pedantic George grapples with the ‘internot’ and ‘iffy’ commentators as Villa fail to make themselves at home at the Emirates
Well, that was like getting teeth pulled.
I was watching on a very dodgy stream that kept freezing.
We started sharply and scored early. We thought the flood gates would open and all the frustrations of the last week would come gushing out; we were going to smash them.
However, as I was watching a never-ending series of freeze frames on my screen, I had to rely on the unbroken commentary from what sounded like a Brummie abroad. That was a mistake.
From the little I could see – but mainly from what I heard – Aston Villa were killing us on the break. Our defence was dire and our midfield had failed to migrate from the dressing room. Jack kept losing the ball. Diaby was slow and Mikel was playing for line-outs by constantly passing straight into touch.
Brilliant, I thought.
The second half, apparently, was us pressing but creating nothing. Then they scored. A fantastic breakaway goal – and they were more than good value for it. We made some changes, and got a bit of a break when Nacho cut a hopeful ball back into the path of Cazorla who drilled it home. Robbing the visitors of a well-deserved point, apparently.
Meanwhile, nothing I was seeing on Twitter led me to think all was not as described above; people there were saying we were clinging on against one of the worst teams in the league.
The thing is, I have now had the chance to actually see the game and I don’t recognise ANY of the above.
Without ever reaching our free flowing best, we were pretty bloody good. There was loads of one touch football. Players overlapping, neat triangles and plenty of threatening possession.
Giroud worked his socks off.
Santi was magnificent.
Mikel safe and solid.
Nacho super efficient.
Diaby was elegant and treasured the ball.
I felt Theo had a poor game – not his best, but not a stinker either.
We played some really good stuff and easily deserved to take the points. Was the handbrake on? Yes, it was a bit. But after the last week that was always likely to be the case.
Aaron Ramsey replaced Diaby and was excellent in midfield. When Lukas came on for Jenkinson, Aaron dropped into the left-back spot and was faultless. When Theo left the field late on Ramsey then moved seamlessly to the forward-right position. The boy is the ultimate ‘utility’ player.
Three points won and a good display. Everton drop points and Positively Arsenal remains unbeaten in the League. Excellent stuff.
So all in all, a good day.
The run in should be great fun.