Good morning Positives,
A cold night at a half empty Emirates provided an opportunity for me to get seats for the family and friends so a good time was had, more memorable for my chance to play the informative old fart for those attending a live football match for the first time.
Of the game itself Arsenal never moved above second gear, and never needed to. Qarabag were competent at the back but in attack they were totally bereft of any threat all evening. Emi Martinez did not have one genuine save to make all evening, and I can only recall hm dropping to his knees to collect the ball on one occasion. The result was never in doubt but Laca’s goal was a good one, and as we were sitting four rows back in the Clock End had the chance for the close-up.
The evening was one for UE to check on the fitness and potential availability of returning players, and Mesut, Kosc and Nacho ticked that box for him. Our club captain was a bit leggy strolled about most of the evening with no obvious difficulty but Stu Macfarlane caught the Frenchman’s relief/pleasure at getting back to first team action beautifully below;
Of our young lads Bukayo Saka was lively with his couple of strikes in goal. But for Vagner’s face the winger would have been celebrating a goal on his debut as the youngest ever AFC Euro scorer. He is however raw as a plate of freshly prepare sushi so a lot more U21and U23 experience required.
Joe Willock and Eddie did OK but I expected a little more from the latter, especially after Lacazette went off. Unfair perhaps but it was a chance for Nketiah to make his case for more first team action and he did not convince. And Zech Medley – how big is he ffs !?
A long way to come, for those Azeris who travelled, for so little. At least the Armenian pitch invader gave them something to cheer about before the final whistle.
In line with the not getting out of second gear I shall leave you there and launch into Friday. Onward to the Saints.