First up is from The Daily Mirror, reports are that Wenger is considering bring in a new goalkeeping coach and it could be either David Seaman or Jens Lehmann. I hope this is true, none of our keepers ever seem to improve do they, in fact, they appear to get worse. A huge dose of help is seriously in order and either of these two keepers would surely make a difference. My preference would be Seaman…
Talking of keepers, ours kept another clean sheet yesterday to help us notch up a second 2-0 victory in a matter of days. It wasn’t a ‘bad’ defensive display but there were a few little mistakes made which need taking back to the training ground tomorrow morning!
Monreal nabbed himself a tidy goal. Who cares if it got a slight deflection off of Williams, you have to take a shot to be in with a chance, and that’s what the Spaniard did.
If that picture is slightly blurred, then you obviously drank too much last night! Thanks Lee….
Monreal looks happy doesn’t he? As do this Spanish trio.
That’s a posh team bus – but if they wanted to watch the rugby, they should turned around. Or maybe not as it turned out but hey, they wouldn’t have cared.
Anyway, back to the match.
This was our lot, starting line-up and subs:
Fabianski, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Diaby (Ramsey 71), Walcott (Gibbs 85), Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Gervinho 71) and Giroud.
Unused Subs were: Szczesny, Vermaelen, Rosicky and Coquelin
Credit to Arsene Wenger, he had the balls to leave both Vermaelen and Szczesny on the bench after the Bayern victory, but surprisingly, Rosicky was replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain and Diaby replaced Ramsey.
Monreal slotted straight back into his left back position which was to no great surprise, especially as Gibbs took a nasty knock midweek.
An early wake up call came our way when Ki Sung-Yueng played an inch perfect pass through our defence, who were again playing far to high up the pitch. The ball found Rangel who was offside, however, play was allowed to continue but thankfully, his shot went wide.
Jonathan de Guzman was the next Swansea player to take advantage of so much space our defence left behind them as he played the ball through Michel. He spun Mertesacker but his shooting boots let him down, just!
Swansea didn’t have it all their own way, we were starting to get more into the game, keep the ball more and look like we had something to prove. Santi Cazorla, the player some seem to think doesn’t fit in, was causing all sorts of problems for the home side, and forced Vorm into making a good save from a shot from distance. Yes, ‘a shot from distance’!!
But, it was young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who came the closest to breaking the deadlock, he had to endure watching two chances on goal brush the woodwork. On another day he’d have scored two goals and walked off feeling as high as a kite.
We were on the up as half-time came and we looked like a side who would come out in the second half and tear Swansea to shreds…..
Anyway, Wenger decided he’d seen enough, Gervinho and Aaron Ramsey came on for Diaby and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
I can imagine the thoughts going through most fans minds when that happened!
On 75 minutes, that was all forgotten I suspect. Cazorla did a little bit of fancy stuff down the left, played the ball into Giroud who made a bit of a fluff up, but, there was Monreal to fire home to make it 1-0….
Ok, not quite fired home, more like a scuffed shot, a deflection and then the back of the net, but as I said earlier, who cares.
We cry out for scrappy goals, we cry out for players to shoot whenever they can. Monreal did and we went 1-0 up!
Gervinho had a chance to make it 2-0 soon after, but his shot was well saved by Vorm but the Swansea keeper could do little to stop the goal which clinched all three points.
As the home side were trying everything to grab a point, possession fell to Ramsey, who just about managed to find Gervinho in acres of space. He, against all odds,
and despite trying so hard to hit the keeper with his shot calmly finished to secure all three points !.
Seriously, he needed that goal!
Well, I for one didn’t see that result coming. I truly believed that we would be lucky to come back from Wales with a point.
Sometimes, I love being wrong!
Let’s not get carried away though, two good results are something to build on, not brag about. Well not yet anyway.
Next up is Reading at The Emirates, but that’s not for a while, the boring International stuff is back…
But at least we go into this one on the back of a victory…..
All fingers crossed for two away victories in London later today…..
That’s it for another day, have a good one….