Good morning Positives,
A fine afternoon rounded off our league campaign in style. We opened as though we were going to put five past the visitors by half time, then Laurent went a bit wild and became the first of Enver Valencia’s three victims of the afternoon. My goodness that boy can writhe and roll when the mood takes him, cant he? Just 15 minutes gone, hot afternoon, a talented Everton side with a good goal-scoring record in recent weeks ………..! A fair bit of teeth sucking on my part I admit.
With that slight setback we had to grind out a routine win that called on every Arsenal player to put in a determined contribution – I saw none of them waver. As was mentioned on the TV last night it was difficult at times to tell which side had 11 players and which 10. And when the Toffees did manage to clamber through the defensive barriers to get a clear strike on goal our man in the hat was in commanding form. As fautless a display as I have seen all season. The notion that Cech will not be our Number One ‘keeper next season I believe is not plausible.
Of our other lads the MoTM award is shared between Hector and Mesut. Hector is very much back to his best. Is it a coincidence that post–concussion syndrome symptoms can last up to thee months and Hector’s skull was smashed on the 4th February at the Bridge?
There is no such thing as coincidence.
If the Ox is fit for Wembley I have no idea which player Arsene will choose as right wing back.
For Mesut a game in which, despite some fairly robust handling in midfield, he became stronger and more influential. He is a pleasure to watch. The perfect footballing package.
And in the 92nd minute the boy from Caerphilly hit a beauty into the top corner.
For our opponents Robles had a rather good game didn’t he? Second keeper in a row to keep us at bay. We shall be third time lucky I am sure.
A day to savour. A result to enjoy, even if it did not quite bring us the fourth place finish that we all hoped for.
A busy week in prospect. Arsene’s focus I guess will be on putting together the best back three to face Chelsea and ensuring they have time to work together in training. We have good defensive players. What a year for Rob Holding? This time last year relegated with Bolton, probably in seven days time walking out in a Cup final.
That FA Cup final is the important horizon at present for the club, the players and, I hope, for the fans. What comes after we shall see, in the medium and the long term.
Enjoy your Monday.