Sunday, 5 February 2012

Review:Arsenal vs Blackburn Rovers - Welcome to the year of the Ox

Well those of you who read the 1st blog yesterday morning will be aware of my 3-0 prediction well I am so happy to say that I was bloody wrong.

For the 1st time this year the boys looked like they could be bothered to play with out handicapping themselves in the 1st half or perhaps they felt the cold and wanted to get warm as soon as possible. Either way it took just 1 minute and 22 seconds for the 1st goal to arrive following a break down the right towards the clock end Walcott played in Van Persie and well so far this season he has not failed our expectancy and duly placed the ball in the back of the net. We dominated the proceedings but i'm sure we all felt nervy when Pedersen scored with Blackburns 1st and only effort on goal and a rocket it was at that too some times you just have too admit we love a peach of a goal no matter who scores.

The response by the Arsenal was villaesque only straight away this time, Walcott who has come in for some criticism lately(unfair in my opinion) escaped down the wing again cut a lovely ball back and captain fantastic showed such composure brilliant off the ball moment and made the rest look easy.

It wasn't a long wait for the next goal Van Persie this time turned provider with a quality defence splitting ball which Chamberlain ran onto showing amazing pass to catch the ball before Robinson knocking it past him before stroking the ball into the back of the net for his first premier league goal.

A terrible lunge by Givet had us all wincing and probably praying that VP was not injured and a red card rightly followed.

In the second half it was all Arsenal, within a few minutes the ball was in the back of the net again, a corner swung in by Chamberlain was cleared only as far as Arteta whose sweet volley was deflected but found its way in to the goal 4 -1 and a goal from midfield is always nice.

Blackburn looked broken and with out Samba (a player I really like) they just did not have the fight in them, the 5th goal came following a lovely mazey run by Theo who passed to Chamberlain with a delightful touch away from the defender he casually stroked the ball into the goal, such composure for one so young is delightful to see.

Goal number 6 the hat trick was complete for RVP, a lovely pass from Coquelin who is so impressive when he has played this season passed the Blackburn defenders RVP pulled away and made some space and clinically slotted the ball past Robinson, how he must hate to play the gunners.

Nothing much of note happened after that as we slowed the tempo down that was until the 90th minute when Henry completed a successful tackle ran on to the loose ball, he has lost a yard or two of his pace so was not able to glide all the way himself instead he fed Van Persie who then cut it back to Henry his finish was scruffy but it hit the back of the net. Talk about giving the cat the cream perfect end to the perfect game.

I think its fair to say after such impressive performances the last 3 matches we have well and truly entered the year of the Ox. He has so much to his armoury he has pace, skill, an ability to pick out a pass, can cross and some of his crosses yesterday were lovely to see and he has end product as he has shown with his two goals today and his 4th this season in only 12 matches.

Wenger has said he was not ready before and I agree with that statement as he shown in the Carlin Cup against Bolton he had a lot of work to do on his defensive side. However he looks to have worked extremely hard on that as he was tracking back and making some great challenges looks like money well spent.

When Gervinho comes back I predict a lot of goals coming our way as we will have so much pace and skill it will be unreal.

Until tomorrow my gooners.

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