Arsenal teenager Jack Jebb has been banned for four games for racially abusing an opponent during a Premier League Under-18 clash with Norwich in March. There was no complaint from any player, this incident was reported to the FA by the match officials.
I am sure someone at the club will read him his rights, this boy is tipped to have a great future but he doesn’t need to add a nasty streak to his personality or his career with us could be shortened. He needs to learn from this and never repeat it.
What a night!
A totally one sided 2-0 result ensured that not only do we sit top of the Premier League, we also sit firmly top of our Champions League group and we couldn’t ask for more right now.
It was another game of two halves, the first was fast, furious and scintillating. The second, calm, controlled and very very professional.
After all the worry about the high standard of Napoli and what a tough test they posed, we really made it all look too easy. Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting Napoli were poor, well they were but that was all down to the way we played. Pace, width, simple passing by every player which left the Italian side totally bamboozled. We really were that good and it’s been a few years since we have played so well in my opinion.
The players were as one, they knew where each other was every time they had the ball and looked to play the next pass.
On the odd time that we lost possession we either won the ball back or pressed hard to force the error pass by Napoli.
We were simply stunning and on such form, I don’t think there is a team who could touch us….
We scored both goals in the first half, we could have had more but two was enough, more than enough….
As said, the whistle blew and we pinged the ball all over the place, left, right, forward, backwards and every time the players found one of their own.
There was just eight minutes on the clock, when Bacary Sagna, who appears to have gone back in time with age, played the ball to Giroud down the right, the big Frenchman stood tall, shielded the ball from Napoli players around him and then played it into the path of Ramsey. There were players in the box waiting but up went the arm of Ozil who was making his way to the penalty area. Ramsey’s didn’t need any encouragement, his ball fell nicely into Ozil’s path and he sidefooted the most perfect ‘pass/shot’ past Reina who had absolutely no chance.
I can’t give enough credit to the way Ozil despatched the ball, it really was skill at the highest level. The perfect way to score his first for his new club.
Soon came the second and Ozil was involved again. Having scored from the left side, he popped up on the right as Napoli had a throw-in deep inside their own half. The throw went central to Britos who hoofed his clearance which was intercepted by by Giroud who played the ball straight to Ozil. The big Frenchman didn’t stand and watch Ozil in action, his long legs burst into the penalty area and he arrived at the near post just in time to send a little neat and tidy pass from Ozil, into the back of the net.
Another super piece of play which deserved the goal at the end of it. Giroud’s part in it it was top class, not just the finish but the way he shielded the ball, kept possession for those split seconds before finding Ozil was good strong play. He may not be the quickest striker we have ever had but he just gets better and better and his career goes on….
At times we not only made Napoli look a very average side but we made certain individuals look average too, Inler by Ramsey and too many to mention by Ozil.
We had a number of chances, some were easily saved by Reina, others were wonderfully saved by the same man. Ramsey picked up what appeared to be a groin injury just before half-time but it couldn’t have much as he appeared for the re-start.
The second half was very different to the first, the tempo calmed and the team just went calmly about their business, making sure the opposition didn’t score and they didn’t…
Apart from one or two half chances from corners, Napoli were restricted to shooting from distance and most of those were high, wide and awful.
Jack Wilshere came on for Tomas Rosicky just after the hour and Nacho Monreal replaced Aaron Ramsey just before the final whistle…
It was our night and what a night it was and as the game came to an end, the fans had the last word, words in fact and many of them…….
Olé Olé Olé Olé ………..
It’s very easy to single out players for high praise, especially as fans seem to have their favourites but playing football is a team game, it’s about having a squad full of players who when called on. Arsene Wenger made that clear just a few days ago when the media were gushing over Ozil. He made sure that his praise was equal for all as players need others to bring them into a game and give them the opportunity to perform well.
Last night, every single one who was asked to play their part did exactly that.
A great all round performance by Arsenal and that includes Arsene Wenger and his merry men….
That’s it from me, have a good day….