Snippet on Ryo from Wenger:
I will have a chat with him tomorrow and I have a little plan. Oxlade-Chamberlain plays on the flanks now too, so if I can find an opportunity for him to play somewhere I will decide whether to do that tomorrow. It will have to be in England because he will lose the homegrown [status] if he leaves the country.
The good thing is he will be staying in England, so we’ll get to watch him a whole lot more than we do now….
Watfords Adrian Mariappa is the latest defender linked to us, he can play right back and centre back and is valued around £2-4 Million. Newcastle are reported to have had a £1.5 Million bid turned down so watch this space. He’s 25 years old, 5′ 11″ and English.
Oh, and cheap….
Back to yesterday:
From somewhere within the bowels of a team devoid of confidence, Robin Van Persie, Arsenal’s best player, their captain and talisman drove his beaten team forwards, to produce its most sparkling period of football since Stamford Bridge and possibly the season as a whole.
Maybe Robin senses that winning this competition, the last trophy won by Arsene Wenger in 2005 and which he was a part of, would be some form of salvation, for a season that is fast going down the drain?
Robin is a proud man, he is proud to be the Arsenal captain, he feels that this is his team and his responsibility, to drive it towards some long overdue success. He can’t do it all on his own but he’s doing a bloody good job at trying….
If anyone deserves a winner’s medal this May, then it’s Robin Van Persie…..
Yesterday was mostly about a seven minute period of play….
A football match is about what happens over ninety minutes, not forty-five, and thank goodness for that eh?
Same old in the first half – good possession but little end product and then a shocking piece of defending gifted Aston Villa their first goal, and to be honest, the second goal was a bit of a gift too – ok Bent finished with real quality but where was our defence?
The first goal was a real crippler – as Villa approached, Merts was all over the place, having been dragged out of defence and then when Dunne jumped to head home, Flappy did what he usually does; Kos didn’t seem to even get his feet off the ground and any other defender just seemed to watch Dunne head home!
Not long after, Bent was clear in the box and fired a shot in, Fabianski made a good save but the ball came back to Bent and from a very difficult angle he slotted home….
2-0 down, yet we’d had all of the possession – same old then I thought!
Well, I wonder how many fans at The Emirates thought, ‘that’s it I am off’ – and left the stadium?
I know I just wanted to switch of the television and stop watching but of course, I didn’t….
Halftime soon came and went and the whistle blew for the second half and what a different half it was….
There was fire in the bellies of our players and we looked a totally different side.
The forty-five minutes that were to follow was all that we had been hoping to see from the beginning of the season. We can’t get that time back but if they can play like they did for the rest of the season, we have hope….
Walcott came to life, as did Song and Chamberlain – even Kos decided to attack their defence, and it all paid off….
Our first goal came from the penalty spot – Song played Ramsey in and he was clean through on goal but Dunne, already on a yellow card, hacked him down. No yellow, no straight red but we were rightly awarded the penalty and yes, none other than Robin van Persie stepped up and calmly slotted home.
Well, it wasn’t long before we levelled through the much maligned Theo Walcott.
Walcott darted in from the right, reached the byline and poked a cross into the heart of the area. Hutton took a swing at the ball in attempt to clear the shot/cross but his clearance hit Theo and the ball rebounded into the net – just what we need, an ugly goal – who gives a toss how it went in eh, you have to be there to score and Theo did!
Remember poor old Miquel conceded a similar one against Liverpool earlier this season?
At 2-2, this was anyone’s game but we still had the possession and looked dangerous and it wasn’t too long before we made that count – of all people, Koscielny decided to go racing down the left like a winger and as he cut into the penalty area, Darren Bent gifted us a penalty with a clumsy tackle which left the referee with no choice but to point to the penalty spot.
Up stepped Robin van Persie and the rest is history……..
Listening to Theo speak after the match, it seems our captain was the man who delivered the rocket at half-time and whatever he said it worked so good on Robin.
Other than the victory, the bright lights were seeing Bacary Sagna return and of course Thierry Henry make a cameo appearance towards the end…
All in all a good result, but we still have a few serious issues to address – and yes, they are in defence.
How was Dunne allowed to out jump our defence?
What was Flappy doing when the cross came in?
Who was tracking Bent when he scored?
Pedantic maybe, but if we want to keep on winning, we need to rectify these school boy errors…
We don’t and we won’t always get away with it…..
Neither will Arsene Wenger……
There was an incident during the match involving our captain and the bitter and twisted Alex McLeish has suggested that the incident be looked at by the FA – he’s accusing Robin of deliberately elbowed Carlos Cuellar in the face.
No doubt the FA will jump at the chance…
Have a good day all……