According to reports this morning in the Daily Star, Arsene Wenger is still on the trail of Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender and a £20 million bid is being planned for January.
The Daily Mirror report that Per Mertesacker is set to be offered a three year contract extension. Deserved I’d say on the last 10-12 months performances.
I never really get why fans simply boo and abuse other club players without some kind of justifiable reason. I get why Shawcross was booed because what he did to Ramsey was awful but for the Swansea fans to boo Ramsey for the most of the game was simply stupid in my opinion.
All because he once played for another Welsh team, tsk, how juvenile…
Anyway, our ‘in form’ midfielder had the final say when he fired home our second. Prior to that, Serge Gnabry scored his first goal for the first team and somehow, I don’t think it will be too soon before he gets more…..
The man who trusts in him deserves a lot of credit for giving him his chance too and right now, if Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were fit, Arsene Wenger would no doubt, find it very difficult to drop the young German in the place of either.
Talking of the manager, what a way to celebrate seventeen years to the day that he signed his first contract. He’s had his critics over the years but right now, on the pitch, he’s getting things right. Very right and yesterday, his half-time words paid great dividends.
The first half was a strange one, to use one of the managers favourite sayings, we lacked urgency in our play, we also lacked pace and directness. Only Serge Gnabry appeared willing to run at the opposing defence. We seemed to look for the safe pass which was a bit too often sideways, backwards or on occasion, to the opposition. Swansea were’t a lot better to be honest and surprisingly, neither keeper had a save to make which speaks volumes.
Mertesacker and Giroud had the best chances but the big German headed his chance wide and the Frenchman somehow shot wide when you’d have expected him to do a lot better.
However, something clearly happened during the interval because we picked up our game.
Just after the 50 minute mark, Gnabry brought out the first save from Michael Vorm, albeit from a soft shot straight at the keeper but at least he was prepared to shoot.
The same player didn’t waste the next chance though which cam just minutes later. Giroud played the ball back to Ramsey just outside the penalty area, he then played a lovely weighted ball into the path of Gnabry who fired home along the ground, past Vorm and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal. Super finish from the youngster.
That woke the boys up that’s for sure. Ozil was next to get a chance and he looked a certainty to score but it wasn’t to be as Vorm saved well.
We weren’t kept waiting too long for the second. On 62 minutes, Jack Wilshere looked to have been sold short on a pass but he wasn’t letting the ball get away from him. After a strong challenge, he won the ball, played it to Giroud who then played it onto Ramsey. A touch took the ball to the right of the Swansea player and then he blasted the ball into the top of goal.
This boy just can’t stop scoring.
I was quite surprised to see Bony on the bench as the game started but after going 2-0 down, on him came and he played a huge part in Swansea’s goal. Davies was gifted far too much space down the left and his ball to Bony was chipped back to him over our defence and neither Mertesacker of Szczesny could prevent the Swansea playing from kneeing it home.
That left for a nervous finish but apart from a stinging shot from Nathan Dyer, we coped well with anything else the home side tried….
Gnabry was replaced with Arteta on 77 mins. Ozil and Wilshere were replaced with both Monreal and Wilshere just in time to hear the final whistle and of course to waste a few seconds….
All in all, a very good afternoons work……
Next up is Napoli on Tuesday…..
Have a good day all….