The Armchair Gooner

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Arsenal introduce new style of uber-porn football. Ramsey, Ozil, Wilshere and Giroud…

Arsenal 4-1 Norwich: All 4 goals. This sexy.

Morning, happy campers.

How are you all feeling this morning? A little worse for wear due to a night of imbibing delicious libations in frenzied celebration of what wonders our mortal eyes witnessed yesterday? Me too. Well, I don’t have a hangover as I’m not a drinker, but I do have that unmistakable drop-off that unfortunately accompanies the previous day’s euphoria.

4-1 does put on odd gloss on the result. Our East-Anglian friends did have their moments in the game, and Szczsney kept up his current exceptional form between the sticks and pulled off a few good saves. Other than those fleeting moments, the control of the game remained firmly in Arsenal’s hands.

However, it may not have been our most comprehensive performance, or indeed the best thus far – I think Napoli still takes that award – but it certainly contained 4 utterly magnificent goals – the first being arguably the finest example of swift one touch passing and team approach play I have ever seen. Whilst writing this, I struggle to think of a better example. If you can, feel free to make me aware of it. Ozil’s brace showed his versatility in the attacking third, and Ramsey’s double faint to send Norwich’s defenders sliding away from the ball was a thing of glorious skill.

In our best attacking moments, we had the imperious swagger of the great teams of yesteryear.  Ozil, Wilshere, Giroud and Ramsey all showed bursts of fabulous approach play, touch, vision, skill and quickness of thought. I’ve said many times before that what strikes me most about the current Arsenal side isn’t the technique and ability of the players. Whilst that is undeniably apparent, the real difference is that we look genuinely like a team. Not a collection of talented individuals, but a team.

This a team that’s built to function as 11 players working together, defending as a unit and playing for one an other. For every Ozil, there is a Flamini diligently going about taking care of the dirtier duties. For all the flair of Ramsey, we have equal balance with the grit and work rate of Kieran Gibbs.

Watching the game yesterday, that’s what gave me the most heart, the most optimism for the future. There are bound to be tough moments as the season progresses, moments of doubt. There will be a dip in form, and some results may not go the way we’d hope. That will happen at some point. With sterner tests awaiting us around the corner, our mettle is to be tested. These contests I do not fear as once I may have.

It’s a joy to be an Arsenal fan at the moment. The air of misery and discontent that loomed ominously above each game in previous seasons has evaporated, being replaced by a breath of fresh air in the shape of palpable hope. This could be – could be – the season where me make  something happen.

The performances yesterday gave me great encouragement, as did the most important factor of all; we can play better than that, and we can control matches in a more convincing matter than we did. Yet, we sauntered to a 4-1 victory against opponents that our rivals will do well not to underestimate. We still have the likes of Podolski, Walcott and Chamberlain to return and bolster the ranks. We have a very, very good squad of players and we sit top of the Premiership playing the best football in the country by some distance.

Long may that continue, and let’s all enjoy it whilst it lasts. If you can’t enjoy things like this, then perhaps you shouldn’t be watching football at all.

That’s all for me today, folks. I’ve a podcast to prepare, silly voices to perfect and a million other insipid tasks to complete that I shan’t bore you with. I hope to see a few of you drop your opinions down in the comments section. I’ll look forward to reading them .

As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

Category: Match reviews
  • akins m says:

    Your writing is exquisite. Keep up the good work

    October 20, 2013 at 9:08 am
    • James 'Raul' Stokes says:

      You’re far too kind!

      October 20, 2013 at 9:09 am
      • Chris says:

        Top of the league .. that’s great. See what can happen if Wenger uses a real dmf and a decent keeper (with Chezer looking better so far). 1st time for 5 years for both positions. Also one assumes Bould has been allowed to drill the defence … which did not previously happen (quote from Clichy).

        October 20, 2013 at 10:08 am
      • Joe says:

        It’s flair not flare.

        October 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm
        • James 'Raul' Stokes says:

          @Joe: I don’t cair about the odd spelling mistake…

          October 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm
          • Joe says:

            Evidently…

            October 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm
          • James 'Raul' Stokes says:

            @Joe: I care even less about the folks that hop from blog to blog pointing them out…

            October 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm
          • Faisal says:

            Hahahaha..i love blog fights

            January 5, 2014 at 6:19 am
  • wally says:

    Nice write up,but still strongly believe the best is yet to come of this present Arsenal side bcs if u check the type of build up to goals we making lately u can imagine with an adittional world class striker by January we definately gonna be a better side bcs even Giroud will definately av some match rest and and also have a strong compititor which will bring a better atmosphere and number to the striking role.felling really good at d moment has an Arsenal fan and really thanking all Arsenal fans with the cry of sign a world class player is really yielding a very positive instant impact.Up Up Up Gunners.

    October 20, 2013 at 9:28 am
    • Chris says:

      Top of the league that’s great ! But we have about 4 small nippy play makers and need a better balance of speed and power. N.B. I believe Bendtner is about as good as Giroud … when given more chances (?)

      October 20, 2013 at 10:11 am
  • Leroy says:

    Well written…(Y)

    October 20, 2013 at 9:29 am
  • naked goon says:

    Well, I don’t think too many teams are going to fancy coming here to be our bitches in this new era of soccerporn at the Arsenal. Dortmund, Citeh and the Chavvies included.
    It took me at least one whole second to realize what had happened as Wilshere scored, and given the team colours, rarely was the old cliche “like a hot knife through butter” more appropriate.
    Only disagree with the Ramsey / Gibbs comparison. Ramsey has the grit and the work rate as well as the skill factor.
    Nice write up. Good times indeed.

    October 20, 2013 at 9:34 am
  • ayo says:

    Nice piece ladyarse.. love your blog. Arsenal.

    October 20, 2013 at 9:41 am
    • James 'Raul' Stokes says:

      Ladyarse?

      October 20, 2013 at 9:43 am
      • Admir says:

        He either confused you with another blogger or you have a date invitation waiting for you just behind the corner!

        October 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm
  • Odi says:

    No better way to describe the first goal than climax, such goal can make one attain orgasm.

    October 20, 2013 at 9:49 am
  • Nzekwe Asugha says:

    This is the best time to be a Goner Fan. This is what we have always clamored for from our Wenger. The introduction of Ozil has brought untold happiness and unity in the club. I have no doubt in my mind that some thing positive will happen this year. The only fear i have is injury to our most important players, otherwise, the sky will be our limit this year both locally and in Europe.

    October 20, 2013 at 10:04 am
  • ben says:

    And to think that Santi is not fully fit……

    October 20, 2013 at 10:17 am
  • Ayodeji Akinnubi says:

    aint it fab being a gooner? now i can sh.t on d mancee,manyu,cellsee,spuds,etc anyhow anytym!

    October 20, 2013 at 10:22 am
  • Zhorty Lad says:

    And the Spurs supporters were claiming INVINCIBLE squad status pre season. HAH.

    October 20, 2013 at 11:11 am
  • Faizel says:

    This is what blogging is about.thank you Sir.

    October 20, 2013 at 11:56 am
  • Savage says:

    How much longer before we’re allowed to call Ramsey “world-class”? 6 months, 12 months?

    October 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm
  • Liam says:

    Enjoyed the write up, once I’d managed to shake myself out of a stupor and scroll past The Johansson’s face. There’s one line I thought could be amended.

    ‘For all the flair of Ramsey, we have equal balance with the grit and work rate of Ramsey.’

    Equally valid.

    October 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm
  • SH says:

    I’m astounded to even read about deluded spurs fans thinking their Soldado goal was better than Wilshere and Giroud’s tiki taka brilliance. Skysports did a story on this week’s goals and Spurs weren’t even mentioned. Of course skysports isn’t as blind as spurs fans and named Arsenal’s 1st goal as the best for the weekend if not possibly the whole season. Even Ramsey’s solo goal shits all over the Soldado (Gonzo) goal.

    Off topic but it looks like Santi can do with a few more games to reach his top level match sharpness. His passing and link play wasn’t to his standard to be honest. He’ll be ready before the Chelsea and United games and the tough month of November. Things are looking up for Arsenal as much as they are looking down for united. I’m pissing myself laughing!

    October 21, 2013 at 4:03 am

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