League game 13. Done and Dusted.
And, for a couple of hours at least, into the top four.
After winning only a third of the first dozen games of the season, it wasn’t a question of playing well today against a side who could also boast same record of returns albeit being five places below the Gunners. The composed victory over Dortmund was expected to be the stepping stone to handle a West Brom side who had a point to prove and despite the spark and spirit of Saido Berahino, it was largely another accomplished three points obtained, with a few more lessons learnt.
- Wide or Central, Welbeck Can
The return of Olivier Giroud had almost meant that Welbeck would be rested today as it was also uncertain if his knee injury was more serious than feared. Obviously, Welbeck would have to be shifted wide to accommodate the lack of mobility of the Frenchman but it did not limit his involvement in attacking movements, even from a central position, initially latching on to a good Ramsey pass in the first half, before scoring off Cazorla’s delicate chip on the hour mark. Wenger couldn’t be more right, it does not really matter where he plays as all he needs to score goals will be to take every chance he gets.
- Lessons have been learnt
There has been widespread questions raised over Wenger’s stubbornness to make his team adapt to games, especially when there is the need to see a game out in nervy circumstances. Leads were thrown away against Anderlecht and Swansea to the despair of many fans but for the second game in a row, the lads have put in some diligence in sitting in to protect a lead. Not that we couldn’t have done with a second goal to put a seal on the points but under the cloud of an away atmosphere – and a few gooners with some curious ‘thanksgiving’ banners – you would certainly give Mertesacker and his boys some considerable credit.
- We can Build Momentum
It doesn’t get any easier with respect to the fixture list with Southampton to come on Wednesday. Irrespective of what will happen in their game with City on Sunday, we should be in good enough mood for that game which should be a real morale booster if we were to take all three points at home. And why shouldn’t we…? Its only Southampton yeah…
- We have Cazorla, back!
It had looked as though Cazorla would be on the periphery of the team this season with Ozil and Alexis expected to assume the main creative roles for Wenger. But in the German’s absence and on a rare day when the Chilean was off key, Cazorla was re-enacting his orchestrating touch, with a wonderful move to provide Welbeck’s goal. Of course, this is a mere follow up to the two served against Dortmund in midweek. It is great news for Wenger to know that his most creative player for the past two seasons has still a lot to offer this season.
- Ramsey Needs to Play for the Team
Just three goals this season is not at par with the 11 he had scored at this stage last season, and it could be understandable seeing him striving so hard to get one to ignite his confidence. But Ramsey would have to remind himself of the needs of the team, above his own dream of glory. There was not a chance of pulling off an Alonso on his left foot and when Foster was miles of his goal, it would surely have been a better goal scoring opportunity to play in Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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