It’s official, Arsenal will be top of the League on Christmas Day. We knew that before the match against Wolves kicked off though because Brentford had beaten Man City 2-1 at The Etihad. Just to make sure though, Mikel Arteta’s men beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 in the Black Country.
- Was it a good game? A bit scrappy.
- Did Arsenal play really well? I’ve seen them play a lot better.
- Did Wolves cause us problems? Too right.
- Did a few refereeing decisions go in our favour? I think so.
- Did Arsenal win? Oh yes!
- Is there a bug within the camp? Yes.
Granit Xhaka had to leave the pitch because of illness and as Mikel Arteta said after the game, he wasn’t the only player feeling pretty rotten either. Yet still we got to the end of the game with another three big points from an away match. Another clean sheet for the defence and Aaron Ramsdale too.
I can’t be bothered to dissect the game but I thought Wolves were strong, physical and better than their current League position would suggest. Perhaps if they ventured forward a lot more instead of concentrating on packing the defence, they wouldn’t be, but what do I care. Never really been overly keen on them.
As for Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus scored but was ruled offside. Then he hit the post but that was as close as he came to breaking his goal drought. Martin odegaard had been on a bit of a barren run too but he put a end to that by scoring both of our goals.
Life is seldom perfect and football is no different. At The Emirates, Arsenal have played some of the best football seen in a long time but away from home, not always is getting a result all about playing fantastic football. Back in the days of Arsene Wenger, I can recall many occasions when a few of us on here craved for the team to be more pragmatic. To be patient, defend well and take our chances when/if they came. Or at least enough of them to win the game. That’s what we did yesterday in my opinion. Yes there were a few mistakes made but in the end, they didn’t matter. William Saliba’s awful attempt at a back pass didn’t matter because Gabriel was there to clear up.
Yesterday must have been a weird day for players, especially those who’re now heading off to play in the World Cup. No matter how hard they tried to put their respective countries out of their head, surely the fear of picking up an injury was in their minds. For Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey, this World Cup could be their last, for Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, William Saliba, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, it’s their first and I’m sure, all of them are desperate to be there. It’s easy for us to say Arsenal come first, and we’re right of course, but representing one’s own country is many a sportspersons dream come true.
Anyway, whatever was going on in the players minds, they did more than enough to secure three points and with it, open up a five point gap at the top of the table.
Enjoy the World Cup guys, I’ll be praying for every Arsenal player to come home fit, healthy and early next month.
See you next time…..