ARSENAL VERSUS NORWICH: LESSONS LEARNT

The game against Norwich was wonderful. I watched the highlights on the internet over and over and over again, i did not get tired. The beauty of the first and third goal were out of this world. There were spectacular performances from Giroud, Ozil, Wilshere and Ramsey. In addition, it took the gooners two points clear off the table and even though these are still early days, there is serious optimism blowing around the Emirates. Gooner of Steel analyses five lessons we learnt from that brilliant game.

1. MY DEAR FLAMINI

According to Arsenal legend, Matthieu Flamini is Arsenal’s unsung hero and on Saturday he was proved right. The Frenchman has had a super season and has been a big man in the heart of the gooner’s midfield. However, after his nasty collision with Alex Tettey, he had to be withdrawn due to concussion. His absence seemed to free up space for the Norwich midfielders as Leroy Fer and Johnny Howson were left to operate. This goes to show that the club need to an enforcer like Flamini in the event of an injury.

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2. BENDTNER STILL HAS SOME LIFE IN HIM

The best striker in the world had a decent cameo appearance in the Norwich game and Johnny Ruddy had to be at his best to stop his 81st minute shot. I was particularly pleased with his movement off the ball, he seems to drop into the flanks to collect the ball and does not station himself in the 18 yard box along side opposing defenders. This movement was vital to the fourth goal in the 88th minute. According to Wenger, if he gets his attitude and character, he could truly claim the title as the best striker in the world.

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3. THUMBS UP DEFENDERS

Some of my readers might wonder why I would commend the defense after they did not keep a clean sheet, but i beg to differ. Apart from a rare Mertesacker poor clearance that allowed Johnny Howson to score, the gooners defence held their own. Norwich dominated possession towards the end the first half and the beginning of the second half but rarely threatened. They were restricted to long range efforts and when you consider that they had Gary Hooper, Pilkington, Snodgrass and later Nathan Redmond; I was more than pleased with their display.

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4. WENGER HAS TO SORT OUT RAMBO’S POSITION

In the West Brom game, Ramsey did not play to the best of his ability and was rightly substituted. The Welsh wizard has played his best football when he plays from the middle. He seems not to be at his best when he is drafted to the wings. Over the past matches, Arsene seems to combine  Flamini and Arteta. However, I think that it should not be a question of who combines with Flamini but who combines with Ramsey in the center of the park.

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5. BEST TEAM GOAL

The game would be remembered for seasons to come for the masterful tiki-taka goal. Flamini, Carzola, Wilshere and Giroud were all involved in a great goal that is already touted as goal of the season. It created so much buzz that in Barcelona’s game against Osasuna when Fabregas, Pedro and Iniesta tried unsuccessfully to score a similar goal, the commentator exclaimed ‘they almost play like Arsenal’. Arsene declared it as one of the best goals he has seen and it is already said that it is the best goal to grace the Emirates. It goes on to show what  this team can do and achieve with hardwork and cohesion. #coyg

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