Just a bit of gossip up first and that is about summer transfers and the football journalists believe that Wenger will be making a record £30million bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze. In addition to him Wenger is considering a £10m move for Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue and the keeper he wants is Pepe Reina.
Those will be the three in and the rest of the squad will be bolstered by the younger players.
There you go, transfer window all sorted by some of Fleet Street’s finest here….
Back to yesterday and what a meal we made of that!
During the first half we had something like a 75% v 25% of possession.
We had chances to score, not just any old half chance but, really good chances.
But, a heavy first touch, a badly directed shot or just pure inability to finish looked like it would cost us dear.
Gervinho showed a some nifty footwork but when presented with at least one golden opportunity to give us the lead, he was awful. Saying that, had other players had more about them, they would have been ready to pounce onto his misplaced shot!
Ramsey was also guilty of missing out of getting on the score-sheet. Some think his overall performance warranted a man of the match award. Sorry, not for me!
Giroud hit the crossbar, well, his attempt bounced off the top of the crossbar, Cazorla had a shot from distance saved and Giroud forced a save from Bunn when he tried to nod on a cross from Sagna.
0-0 at half-time, how I never know. But that line is all a bit too familiar…
Ten minutes after the break, Kai Kamara was felled by Kieran Gibbs just outside the penalty area and from the resulting free kick, Snodgrass curled in the perfect cross from the right. Defender Michael Turner was first up to head home! Where exactly were our defenders?
Mmmmm – now that wasn’t part of the script!
For once, Arsene Wenger didn’t wait too long to respond, the wasteful Gervinho was taken off, as was a very unfit looking Jack Wilshere and on in their place came Walcott and Podolski. Both players also looked a little off of their game, especially the German who missed a chance to control and bury a cross into the back of the net. Another chance went missing for our number 9 when the Norwich keeper saved down by his feet. The same two players were involved again, but again, Bunn saved well by tipping the shot onto the bar…
It wasn’t meant to be was it?
Actually, it was and the media will hate it.
A penalty decision was given our way. Alex Tettey had made a spectacular clearance with an overhead kick following yet another corner of ours and this was followed by a bit of shirt pulling on Giroud by Kamara. All seemed a bit 50/50 to me, but Mike Jones took the word of his man on the line and up stepped Arteta to bury the penalty.
Phew, surely now we’d go and secure all the points I thought even though time was running out.
Chamberlain came on in place of Sagna and he had an immediate impact. His fine cross from the by-line set up Giroud, although some suggest it was an own goal by Bassong, the former Tottenham Hotspur player….
Any doubts were then buried when an offside Theo Walcott pressed into the box and played the ball to Podolski. He’d obviously been on the pitch long enough to settle down and do what he does best and he did….
His shot, low and hard found the net to put the game beyond any doubt.
Many mischief makers will suggest that every goal we scored had a bit of good fortune behind it, well who gives a flying one??
How many times have we been on the receiving end of decisions similar to what we witnessed today?
Far too many to mention is my answer!
How many times have we said that footballing sides build their own luck?
We did that yesterday!
But, we had many many chances, by half time we could easily have been two, maybe three or more goals up but we weren’t.
Yesterdays result wasn’t luck, we earned it over 90 minutes..
Actually, I think Wenger earned it for us because every single one of his substitutions played their part in securing our victory..
So well done to him…
Another word from me has to go to Fabianski – he made a couple of top class saves at crucial moments in the match.
Maybe one of which kept us believing we could win all three points, so well done to him I say…
Third we wanted, third we now are.
Let’s step it up on Tuesday against Everton and make sure we stay there…….
Have a good day all…..