Saturday, 4 February 2012

The topsy turvy rollercoaster

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.


Anonymous said...

Ramsey does not have the vision or ability to play in a Arsenal central midfield 3.Those players need to be very special. Look at any possession based team. Midfield is vital and you cannot carry passengers. Especially teams like Arsenal/Barca that depend on game flow.

Its taken half a wasted season for Arsene to realise thats why we have not been clicking up front.

Of course if bloggers had been doing their job and actually analysing the matches properly they would have seen Denilson mk2. But Ramsey got the benefit of the doubt because of sympathy to his injury.

Anonymous said...

Ramsey change made the difference. He's not ready for the first team yet.

alex said...

Theo had an excellent game with 3precise and clever assists.

Uncle Mike said...

Calling Ramsey "Denilson Mark II" is an unpardonable insult. Denilson may have been the worst Arsenal player of the modern era -- whether you mark the start of that as 1996 (Wenger arrives), 1986 (Graham returns), or 1968 (the Double team begins to form).

1979gooner said...

anon 1818

that is extremely unfair on Ramsey

Ramsey has had some very good performances this season, not for a few weeks I admit

He is young and learning, he has also been over played because of our injuries

With a bit of rest, I think Ramsey can be a useful player for us without doubt, he does have vision and is a good passer, he also has a good engine



Harris1985 said...

Blackburn were embarrassing but as U said can pnly beat what is in front of u. RVP in the right places great movement for his goals. I'd like to have good commints for Theo but to be fair all his assist were basic passes if he fucked them up he'd be out the door. Also going to get an 80k a week contract, Worlds gone mad!! Chaps dirt! The OX is special going to be one of the leagues top players!

Fall River Steve said...

I completely disagree with assement of Ramsey. He may infuriate me at times but the lad is talented and he will part of the future Arsenal foundation with Jack, Le Coq, Frimpong. Mate have you forgotten how young Aaron is?? Ru actually suggesting he's getting PT outta sympathy, for real? He does still have a lot to learn but he didn't get the Welch captaincy outta sympathy