Morning, fellow Gooners.
Happy St Totteringham day to you all.
Let’s be honest, we beat an average side who are in poor form last night, and while we looked pretty decent doing so, it was hardly a big test. Still, we did the job, and that is always a positive, meaning top 4 should be an absolute given now.
All we need to do is match Everton’s result this weekend and we finish 4th which is not exactly the “trophy” we wanted, but still much better than some of the alternatives, though not as good as some.
It seemed to me that we played a similar game to our performances early in the season as the pattern back then, which was successful, was to be patient early on and pounce once opportunities presented themselves.
Koscielny broke the deadlock from a set piece of all things. Pure tenacity from our CB made all the difference and a slight touch past Krul had us one up. Kozzer makes a habit of scoring goals late in the season, and always under similar circumstances. What a player he is and Barca can get stuffed if they think they can have him!!
Our second was a scrappy affair, and ended with Ozil scoring from an offside position, though I won’t hold that against him. :)
Giroud made a run which split the defence wide open and had he remembered what his right foot was for, he would surely have scored, but instead tried with his left, hitting it straight to Krul. The rebound offered up a second chance, again taken with the left, which was also ineffective but luckily Ozil was on the spot to clean up, putting us 2-0 up at half time and in cruise mode.
We came out looking very very good after the break and credit to our boys for that, but again, Newcastle’s 11 made it quite easy for us…..they are looking for their season to end no doubt and it showed.
Our 3rd goal was clearly the pick, and displayed all that is great about Arsenal.
Ramsey found the ball wide on the left and after a few quick moves had cut back inside. This created space out wide for Ozil who had overlapped and Ramsey found him with a pass that was as brilliant as it was simple. Ozil’s cross was absolutely pinpoint, finding the head of Giroud whose finish showed what he is capable of….it was a fantastic goal all round, and one to be savoured.
It also showed exactly why I am of the opinion that Ozil, amongst others, is a much better play with Ramsey on the pitch.
From there, we dominated and simply played out the 90 minutes, finishing a comfortable 3 goal winner.
Of our players, Ozil was sensational.
The guy is pure class, and fed beautifully off Ramsey’s donkeywork, which allowed Mesut to do his own thing, but probably more importantly, Ramsey always provides his team mates with options.
These two are forging a formidable partnership, and long may it continue, as Ozil will simply get better and better for us, and the club will be all the better for it.
Ramsey was his normal self…..nothing more to add on him.
Giroud worked hard, and his goal was just reward, imo.
To be fair, I cannot find fault with any player as they were all effective and it really was a clinical performance but no more than that, so no point giving a player by player rating.
I guess most players and clubs are looking towards the last game, some with nervous excitement, others with a sense of resignation. We are somewhere in the middle as top 4 now seems safe. But we do have a certain date in mid May that we should all be damn excited about, as it WILL end our trophy drought meaning the media and “pundits” will need to find a fresh reason to criticise us.
Hopefully it remind Arsene Wenger what it feels like to win silverware again, giving him the little push needed to ensure it is a more common occurrence in the future.
Forever in our shadow, and so they bloody should be.
Written by Scott from Oz.