After three successive home draws in the League, it was time for a much needed change. Back to back wins had been worn away from home with some significant amount of drudgery, today we needed a win but we wouldn’t mind a comfortable one.
- We don’t have 1st Half Comfort
Only once have we gone in at the interval with a lead in the League this season, and today was no different. After a series of narrow misses, blocked and saved shots, it seemed we were destined for one of those Arsenal days. Alexis had done enough to force the issue but time after time he was denied. Maybe Welbz should gone for a simple low and powerful finish, maybe Cazorla shouldn’t have started. It was starting to get itchy and desperate, like one of those painful eveings at the Emirates.
- Never be scared to spend
For all it’s worth, the £33m we paid to Barcelona for Alexis Sanchez is proving to be the bargain of the summer.. Already recieving per seond adulation for his incredible work rate, Alexis has gone a step further to winning us games all by himself. Wenger is believed to have been hesitant in the past over splashing mammoth fees on players but could you imagine we didn’t sign this Chilean workhorse perhaps because Barcelona demanded £40m? It’s an indication going forward that we must be ready to pay if the piper is worth the punt.
- He’s even infected others
Not only has Alexis influenced the Arsenal team by the direct contributions via goal, grafts and assists, it wasn’t unnoticeable that his chase-em-down attitude has gripped a few of the players in the team. Oxlade-Chamberlain, prior to today, had been under-utilising the large amounts of energy we know he possesses but having seen Alexis win us the Sunderlnad game by hassling the opponents, the Ox was on full beast mode today. There was a little more verve about our pressing from the forward areas today. Combine that with the pace of a possible resultant counter attack and we’re talking the Invinciles people.
Speaking of pace…
- We’ve missed Walcott
Having gone two goals up and never looking like letting it slip, it was perfect for Wenger to bring Theo on for his first League game since scoring against Cardiff in January. Theo had an instant impact in the game, confirming the manager’s word that he was indeed ready fitness-wise. A fine drive forced Burnely goalkeeper Heaton into an emergency parry, while the frame of the goal prevented what would have been a lovely chipped assist for Podolski’s goal.
- Podolki’s Shots Must not Waste
Podolski doesn’t fancy trapping the football much! How those two absolute blooters managed to stay away from hitting the back of the net, we’ll never know, but what we cannot afford to do is let this German’s incredible shooting ability just pass away. There’s no way he’s to leave in January if he can still shoot that way!
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