Remy deal on? £25 Million for Morata & It takes two baby as Wembley date secured….

Morning all.

Soft penalty says Martinez, dead cert says Peter Reid, an Everton man….

I’m not sure you’d find one more clear cut and and easy for Mark Clattenburg to give than Barry’s foul on Oxlade-Chamberlain…

Lucky say the pundits, pointing to a couple of misses by Barkley when the scores were 1-1…

Don’t you just love it…

Ninety minutes of football and it’s all about taking your chances in front of goal and yesterday we did just that although we did take our time… lol

Four stunning goals in my opinion and yes, even the penalty by Arteta because having had the first one wiped out because Giroud was allegedly pushing an Everton player, up he stepped to fire home the second one. That showed mental strength.

Our first though was just a delight to watch wasn’t it. The run with the ball by Santi Cazorla, the movement off the ball from Ozil, the pass through the two Everton defenders was precise by the little Spaniard and the finish by Ozil was exquisite….

Great start and just what we wanted.

Flamini was the first in the book for a studs up tackle on John Stones. Another referee may just have been tempted to pull a red card out of his pocket. Thankfully, not Clattenburg.

Then just what we didn’t want was Everton to get an equaliser but they did and we certainly helped them get it.

Barry won the ball on the edge of his own penalty area, played it straight out to Ross Barkley who ran and didn’t stop running with the ball. Our defenders were trying to track back from having been on the attack and the nearest player to Barkley was Flamini. Not the slightest of attempt to block the cross was made by him and there was Lukaku and Mirallas were free to make sure the ball found the back of the net. Lukaku got the final touch.

It’s fair to say that Everton had a few chances to take the lead as did we but none were taken..

Half-time came and went with the scores level.

That nearly was 'Tackle' from behind...

That nearly was ‘Tackle’ from behind…

Again both sides had chances in the second half but neither could find that clinical finish when it was needed. That or good last ditch defending by both sides kept the scoreline the same…

Arsene Wenger made his first change on the hour mark, off came young Yaya Sanogo and on in his place came Le Quiff, aka Giroud.

Then a sudden burst of energy into our game. OC to Ozil and on went our Englishman down the right, Ozil played a quick pass back into OC’s path and he burst into the penalty area. Barry was on his trail and after OC had flicked the ball passed him and carried on with his run, Barry’s outstretched leg brought our man down…

Soft penalty decision, not in this world…

Arteta stepped up and buried the ball into the back of the net. 2-1…

Hang on, Giroud was deemed to pushed an Everton player, game stopped, Giroud booked and Arteta had to go through it all again…..

Cool as a cucumber……. 2-1!

Everton again had a few moments where they looked dangerous but they couldn’t make those moments count.

The next change for us came on 77 minutes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went off to a standing ovation and on came our old boy Tomas Rosicky.

2-1 became 3-1. Thomas Vermaelen picked up a loose ball in midfield and played the ball out to Sagna on the right, our captain looked like he was about to charge forward for the return ball but never did… Instead, Sagna played the ball to Rosicky and then carried on his run for the return ball which he duly received. He waited for Giroud to take a pace backwards into space, played a perfect pass into his fellow Frenchman and the rest is history. Great pass by Sagna, great finish by Giroud…

3-1 soon became 4-1.

Santi Cazorla was back defending and robbed Deulofeu of the ball, he ran and picked out Tomas on the right with a quick pass. Rosicky played the ball into Ozil and his quick ball sideways to Giroud was perfectly place for the big French striker to slot home….

What a perfect way to end a darn good performance…

You know, so many players get criticised each week for not defending, but yesterday, both Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla were back helping out, in fact our fourth was all about Santi winning the ball back in defence.

Yaya Sanogo, well he couldn’t get into the game could he but I don’t blame him, I blame the the lack of alternative experienced options within the squad. Sanogo is for the future that’s for sure.

Ozil showed yesterday just what he’s about and I hope that wonderful performance will go along way to silencing his critics, especially the Arsenal fans because they are the ones who will eventually destroy him and push him out.

Oxlade Chamberlain, well what a player he is, even when he made a mistake, he was the one back in defence making a last ditch tackle to make amends…

Captain Thomas, well for his first game in a long long time was very steady and if ends up playing in Germany, then I don’t think we have anything to worry about…

Credit to Arsene Wenger too, he made changes at the right time and they worked.

Better without Jack was the call here on HH yesterday, I personally feel it’s a bit too early to say that but time will tell…

If I’m wrong, I don’t care because life isn’t always about proving you are right is it? Is it?

Great result and the performance wasn’t too bad either was it…

Transfer gossip:

The Metro report that we can sign Morata IF we pay £25 Million to Real Madrid.

The Sunday People report that Arsene Wenger wants Loic Remy in the summer and will activate his £8 million get out clause which Qpr have in place and the same newspaper suggests that the reason our manager has yet to sign his new contract is due to him wanting reassurance that he will remain in total charge of which players come and go at the club.

If true, that does kind of suggest that the owner/board want us to be more proactive this summer. Well good, Arsene Wenger can name his most wanted and let someone else take it from there and get the deals done nice and early.

We certainly need a few don’t we……

That’s your lot for another day, I hope we get Wigan in the semi-final…….

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