Another game, another 3 points. I could get used to this. Three games in 8 days and no goals conceded and we win all of them. Lovely Jubbly!
Its clear we have now a new mentality of defending first and if we can keep a clean sheet we will win. Again, similar to the West Brom game I felt Arsenal were always in control and were good value for the win even though we left it late and could easily have only got a point.
I cannot remember a chance that young Damian Martinez had to be worried about. On that point, he has been excellent in his time in goal. He likes to catch on crosses rather than punch…. OldShool!!
It was good to see the home crowd, even with many empty seats, not continuing the Wenger out style campaign that was evident at West Brom. I do agree with the manager that we need to stick together and even though Chelsea are running clear there is a long way to go and still anything could yet happen. I don’t see halfway through a season the manager stepping down so if there is a protest to be had at least wait until the final games of the season.
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Alexis Sanchez scored another winning goal for us last night and he is proving to be a great success, there is very little which needs to be said of him. I just think that due to the fact that he is a little bundle of energy, he needs to look after himself to avoid injury. That would be horrific. I do enjoy the synergy which is beginning between him, Welbeck and Giroud. They look a real threat and when Giroud came on last night love him or hate him he offers us something different and fits into a style we have played for the last 2-3 years and he made an immediate contribution.
It was also good to see Podolski and I believe we should enjoy as many of these rare occasions between now and the end of the transfer window as he in my opinion will be leaving. If that happens its a shame as all he wants to do is play, and his cameos have often brought goals over recent times. There is definitely something more than just his ability keeping him away from playing.
Anyway, that’s for January. Much nearer to now is we have a hectic period of games and I will be honest I don’t look forward to a cold trip up to the Britannia on a freezing December Saturday against Stoke. It no doubt will be windy too as it often is there and that will surely suit them more than us. I must say though they are a slightly better footballing side than that of under Tony Pulis, and I fear them far less. But if again we can stay tight and get a goal I’d be confident we could hold on with what I am now seeing in our back 4.
And wouldn’t that be very welcome and would set us up very nicely against a Newcastle side who have now had their unbeaten run ended. After Newcastle it’s away to Liverpool, followed by 2 London Derbies of QPR and West Ham. If we can have positives results in those games which based on this confidence that is growing and especially in the defence – anything is possible.
Enjoy your thursday.