Chelsea welcome Arsenal at the Bridge this Sunday but Jose Mourinho and his men are no happy hosts.
What a brilliant game!
Quite similar to our outing at Villa Park, a sluggish start was followed up with a blitz of stupendous football that took our breaths away. Danny Welbeck was incredible, as were the other 10. It was the perfect birthday hamper for one of football’s most iconic living managers, and though Szeczney’s attention drifted to trivial matters at some point, it was otherwise the perfect game in which not many things were undone perfectly.
The game however was suppose to be a true test of our character ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge this weekend where Jose Mourinho and his men await the Gooners in a “Super Sunday” Cracker. And boy, we sure did turn up with several bangs!
Now we take a look at the couple of strings we pulled off in the Galatasaray game that has somewhat scared Chelsea ahead of Sunday’s clash.
- Best Available Team Played
The temptation was there for Wenger to joggle his team with one eye on the upcoming weekend’s cracker against Chelsea. Defensive worries would have had him pondering a rest to one of the senior defenders in favour of one of the likes of Bellerin, or probably try an experiment with Chambers in midfield. He resisted it, rather persisting with the bulk of the team who have featured in most of the games, especially retaining Oxlade-Chamberlain and the entire back four from the North London Derby. And it absolutely paid off.
- Good Assessment was Necessary
It was THE GAME we had to win if we were to have a good chance of going through to the next round, and the pressure was definitely going to be on the lads. A good period of sizing up the opponents’ strength was always going to be necessary, figuring out their weaknesses. It would have been disastrous to go gong ho from the off and get caught out on the break within 10 minutes, but after that sizing, the first goal was only going to be the initial drop of a downpour.
- Better Passing
The game was essentially done and dusted after the first 45 minutes after the three goals, but what was more striking as a statistic was the 90% pass completion rate for the team. It had been a niggling issue in some games that we seemed to have lost the neat interplays that made our game such a delight to watch. Twitter timelines since the match were majorly replete with this: “This is The Arsenal”. It had been the true legacy of Arsene Wenger’s 18 year reign, and it was only befitting that he saw it unfold in the cloak of a new generation.
- Creation! Creation! Creation!
We had always wondered it would be like to have the guile of Ozil and Cazorla, alongside the speed of Alexis, Welbeck and Chamberlain, how devastating and impossible it will be for the opposition to cope with them. Surprisingly, it was Cazorla and not Chambo who was asked to sit with Flamini in the engine room, receiving all the dust and smoke for Sneidjer and Yilmaz Burak. That did not deter him from joining the creation party with Alexis and Ozil further forward, with all 4 players having at least one major touch in all four goals scored on the night. Welbeck must be praying they remain behind him all season long.
- Prepared for Chelsea
“It was only Galatasaray”. Yea, right. There goes your expert pundit. Same people who said the Emirates would be turned to hell for us – the disrespectful travelling fans actually trying to flare the ground up when their team were been battered. We’ve swept them aside in convincing fashion and, though there would be no flares expected at Stamford Bridge, it will be a truer test of our mettle. This was the best possible preparation, for the team, for the fans. And i am positive Chelsea after that match, are scared to their toes when they receive us as we would be coming on the back of a bang and high spirit coupled with great confidence now within the team to continue from where they stopped – and wouldn’t a win against Chelsea be the perfect way to begin Wenger’s 19th year reign at the helm of Arsenal.
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