What an improvement on recent league games, we finally clicked into gear and destroyed the opposition, and frankly thank goodness for that. defeat today would have been an utter disaster. A mixture of better finishing and some more incisive play in the final third catalysed by some key players returning to fitness helped us win this one so convincingly.
The front three of Ox-RVP-Walcott really purred, but it has to be said that the addition of Rosicky, who has been playing well of late, to a midfield containing the recently returned Arteta was also pivotal in this process. Ramsey has looked tired and has been on poor form, he needs a rest and it is good that he has got it at last. Having two excellent players at full back was also another factor, Coquelin is a cracking talent, so sharp and aggressive in all he does, Vermaelen does not need any introduction.
Theo had a productive afternoon and he set up the first for RVP with a well times run and cut back. Pedersen equalised and I am sure a few people had their doubts at this point, with obvious reason. Two more incisive moves neatly finished by RVP and the Ox saw us lead 3-1 at half time, the dismissal of Givet just before the break for an appalling two footed lunge confirmed the game was over as a competitive contest.
Blackburn were poor but you can only beat what is put in front of you, and that's what the lads did comprehensively today. RVP continued his amazing season with a hat-trick, the Ox bagged two and there was another moment of romance for Thierry Henry with the last minute deflected goal, not his most beautiful by any means.
Plenty can still be salvaged from this season and if we can keep our key men fit then we could easily climb further up the league table. Arsene made some good decisions today, the Ox adds so much more than our lazy fat Russian, Rosicky and Coquelin did really well too. A cracking win, three points and now a tricky trip to Sunderland awaits, they are on a great run, this is the kind of game we need to win if the climb is to continue.