Arsenal started the season with a hard fought and morale boosting victory over Chelsea thanks to a brilliant goal from Oxlade Chamberlain. Gooner of Steel brings you 6 truths that emanated from the game.
Most gooners predicted rightly the line up for the team. The eleven players were correctly guessed, but what we failed to do was to guess what role they would play.
While many of us assumed that Carzola and Coquelin would be in the centre and Ramsey on the right, it was the latter that occupied the centre with Carzola occupying the left while the OX stayed on the right.
Carzola did not maraud forward like Alexis Sanchez but was like a playmaker, finding the run of Ozil, Walcott and Ramsey on that flank. It was one of such combos with Ozil that made the goal of the game. He was also involved with a lot of defensive duties especially curbing the runs of Ivanovic.
The Boss surely got many of us unaware with his tactics…expect more surprises from him during the season. Thumbs up boss!!!
MENTALLY STRONG GOONERS
Gone are the days when Arsene Wenger’s team had the labels of being mentally weak and not been able to hold unto a lead. Yesterday showed the direction that Wenger is going, a a system that combines flair with strong defensive approach.
Everybody was ready to defend for one another and make tackles where necessary. The solidarity within the group is very strong and after a similar performance away at Manchester City, the confidence in facing big teams is surely there.
WALCOTT HAS A LOT TO LEARN
Walcott has just signed a new contract and while he is happy that he has an improved wage to come along, he must realise that he is far from the finished article.
After Wenger gave him the starting striker role against Chelsea. He was non existent apart from a few touches. In fact he made just 10 touches in the first half. John Terry and Cahill easily dealt with all balls coming to him as he won just one aerial battle.
If he is to be a great centre forward, he must improve aerially and not bullied by rugby- looking defenders. Against teams like Chelsea that have big strong defenders that don’t keep a high line, I suggest playing Giroud while Walcott can come on against teams with high defensive line that he can exploit; because Walcott is not all that bad, the way he dropped back to collect the ball and give it to the Ox for the goal was impressive.
Yesterday was one of the most well worked defensive displays that I have seen. Koscielny was awesome, making a 21 clearances, 2 tackles, 1 interception and won 4 aerial battles. While Mertesacker was the calming influence in the game and his ability to read the game made up for any deficiency he has with his pace.
One area that really made me surprised ws the high line in defence that we kept especially in the first half. Loic Remy was offside thrice alone in the first half and Chelsea had a total of 6 overall. Always had the fear that either if Falcao or Remy might take advantage at one time or the other. Happy I was proved wrong. Could this be the way Wenger wants his defence to line up or has Mertesacker discovered some miraculous recovery pace?
WENGER AND MOURINHO FEUD IS NOT ENDING SOON.
After the Community Shield victory, we have come to the conclusion that Wenger and Mourinho are not going to be friends anytime soon. Their refusal to shake their hands shows that Wenger especially is still upset for all the rubbish that has been said and who wouldn’t be?
Well as far as the excitement keeps on increasing, I have no qualms with some sense of Rivalry.
WE ARE ARSENAL, WE LOVE SELFIES.
Sometimes, some players feel so bored that they get a microphone and start saying rubbish so as not to lose relevance within the football world. Roy Keane might have opened his mouth to say nonsense, we have one answer for him:
WE ARE ARSENAL, WE LOVE TROPHIES, WE LOVE SELFIES AND WE LOVE SIX PACKS.
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