Wonderful. Simply Marvellous. Till tomorrow.
Well Ok, But the rest will only be padding.
I’m sure you don’t need me to analyse a game that everyone will have seen for themselves, but here are my thoughts.
We won. And won well.
Three points, the first three of the thirty we spoke of last week. The first cup final down, nine to go.
The magnitude of yesterdays result should NOT be overlooked.
We went to play Swansea just three days after a gruelling game in Munich. The statistics show that it is very difficult to win an away game after any CL game. For any team, not just Arsenal.
I am also told that no top five team has won at Swansea this year. So it is a hard place to win.
Watching Swansea it is easy to understand why. They kept the ball as well as any team we have played this year. They were calm on the ball and very patient with their build up play.
The fact that they did not have a single shot on target is a little misleading. They had nine shots, some of which went very close. I thought the home team played very well.
However, after the first fifteen minutes we matched them for the rest of the first half, perhaps even shading it.
I must admit ,after The Ox hit the bar for the second time, I started to fear the worst. I thought we might struggle in the second half due to the exertions of Wednesday night.
No such problems.
From the whistle we were totally dominant. By far the greatest team the world has ever seen.(Sorry, I could not contain myself for another minute).We were well worth the result.
So let’s look at some of the positives.
Lukasz “safehandski” gave us not a single reason to question his inclusion in the starting line up.
The back four as a unit preformed peerlessly. Moving up as a unit and dropping off as a unit.
Jenkinson was magnificent, Laurent too. Per and Nacho (scorer of his and our first ,well done lad)were very good.
Mikel was so assured it makes a mockery of those who insist we need a DM.
Santi was the best player on the pitch by some margin, that was until Gervinho entered the fray. Then he was the best player on the pitch. I thought the Ivorian was superb and deserves to be lauded .Folk are quick enough to disparage the lad ,will they eat humble pie? Will they bollocks.
AOC was very threatening in the first half ,but seemed to run out of steam somewhat ,prior to being substituted.
I felt that despite the odd moment of genius, Diaby looked a little off the pace. I was asking for him to be removed at half time. Yet I was glad he got the minutes he needs to get back up to speed. We should not underestimate how much of a difference the lad can make when fit.
Theo and Giroud were not at their best, but hey?
Oh, and Ramsey. That boy is just what you want when an energy injection required. Two nil up and in the ninety second minute he is running forty yards, at break neck speed, to close their keeper down. I love that kid.
On top of all that Rosicky got a full game on Wednesday and is back well and truly in the picture.
Also we had Podolski and Jack unavailable, both of whom should be back for our next game.
All in all, I loved it, enjoyed every minute, and can relax now for two weeks.
Positively bloody fantastic.