I didn’t watch the game live, had to wait for Football First later on in the day but Matt Le Tissier was covering our match on Sky Sports and he made me chuckle, he usually does.
He said that our goal keeper had absolutely nothing to do in the first half, which made me wonder if he gets bored during a game when it’s so one-sided. Then, at the end of the match, Le Tiss said that our Pole had one save to make, and that came at him at about two miles an hour.
How do goal keepers keep their concentration when they have nothing to do?
Do they do what one of our regulars on HH does, and start looking into the crowd in attempt to spot a face to make them smile? ;)
Ok, I’m being a tad naughty but seriously, it must be difficult to remain totally focused when for most of the game, ‘one’ is pretty much a spectator…
Anyway, back to the game and instead of me writing a load of tosh, here are a few comments made during/after the game from a few of HH regulars:
Scott from Oz:
Szczesny…..had little to do, but did it well.
A few tiny lapses from our back four, but this IS Arsenal……
Very good over all, and Djourou had a very good game, a special mention only due to the question marks over him.
When the replays on, watch out for Djourou changing his bloody shirt. He has got to have the best six-pack in league. I’m straight, but it was bloody impressive.
Congrats on Gibbs for his first ever league goal, though he owes Given a pint. ;)
Tomas Rosicky – terrific.
Song was a weapon and was eagerly tracking back. His ball to Theo for his goal was simply genius.
Arteta….composed, poised, comfortable, then hits a strike that Bobby Charlton would have been bloody proud of…AWESOME!!!!!
Theo had one of his best games, and his goal was pure class with a first touch that was sublime.
RVP was actually a bit off, though at his level, still very dangerous. On another day could have scored three.
Gervinho….I love him, because defenders simply can’t handle him, but take your shot man – you have it in you.
Great to see Santos back – looked great going forward.
Ramsey was terrific on the left and nearly scored a brilliant goal.
Chamberlain showed with one run why the world will soon be watching – he will simply be a top ten player in the world one day.
A tradesman like performance by our side and we got the result we deserved.
Yes, we could have smashed five or six past them, but we’d have all taken three before the game. We definitely had a gear or two if required.
Credit where it’s due, Dowd did a good job and Villa came to play.
Oh, one last thing…..WHAT A STRIKE MIKEL……WHAT A STRIKE!!!!!
You missed Sagna, he had a very good game, TV important and Rosicky, when not tired, had an exceptional match.
The second and third goals were very very good.
Arteta was outstanding and Song had a great game.
Robin looked a bit tired to me, hope he isn’t running out of steam.
Rosicky was quality again and Theo had an excellent game, he took his goal superbly.
Delighted for Gibbs, who had a very good game but the space he leaves when he attacks, is a worry. The only threat from Villa came when they exploited that space, someone has to cover for him when he pushes forward.
Glad to see Gibbs reading my posts and finally tracking back!!!
There lies the weakness of our left-flank with both Gervinho and Gibbs caught high up on no less than 3 occasions!!!
WIth Santos fit….guess Wenger will play Gibbs-Santos to protect the left-flank during a tight game.
Finally, our brainless blind-alley runner is regaining his self-confidence and Wenger believes in him to play more centrally…….
You think Theo is worth £85k a week now??
If Theo wants to play centre-forward, then he should start pumping iron now and develop upper body strength like Gerd Mueller so that he is not easily shouldered or body-checked off the balls with two defenders roughing him up…….
Or, start developing the silky and delicate skills of Van Persie that he can dribble himself out of a tight situation with 3 defenders surrounding him.
All in all, a fine day at the office – and we now have three points between us and the neighbours, with Chelsea eight points further back.
It’s all going to plan, let’s just keep up the momentum, rest well this week and then show QPR who really is the best team in London.
The players can now have a good rest, Koscielny will hopefully will recover before next wekend too, but after todays performance, Djourou stepping in won’t be such a concern, will it?
Do you agree with the comments made?
Have a good day all….