I hope today finds you in good health. I’m buoyant. There a few things in life as capable of putting a bounce in my step as seeing Arsenal perform brilliantly. Well… there are actually quite a few things, but none of those are particularly the kind of thing I should be broadcasting to the world. Yes , Scarlet Johannson – I am talking about our recent romantic liaison at the Holiday Inn.
Watching last night’s performance was a joy from start to finish. Our Italian guests are an excellent side filled to the brim with some very capable players – Marek Hamsik – minus his ridiculous hair – is a player I rate extremely highly. From the first minute to the last, Arsenal made them look like a very ordinary side. In what was widely branded as our “toughest test to date” we came through with flying colours.
Mesut Ozil, the boggley-eyed little rascal, was simply brilliant. His opening goal and first for the Club summed the player up in my opinion; an incredibly difficult piece of skill made to look sensationally simple. The manner in which he so casually guided the pass from Ramsey past Reina was awe-inspiring, to such an extent I could happily watch that moment on loop for several weeks and never get tired of it.
Aside from that stand-out moment, he showed some fabulous touches, gracefully glided about the pitch as if on an ethereal plain above regular mortals and again made me salivate uncontrollably at the prospect of watching him link up with Cazorla.
Arsene himself was very pleased with Mesut’s contribution:
“First half, absolutely amazing, fantastic. Everything was in there – collective skill, individual skill, finishing, all that you dream to see.
“When it takes too long to score it is always on your mind a little bit, so he got rid of that.”
He holds our midfield together quietly, only occasional roaring into a tackle to remind the oppositions twinkle-toed starlets that if they showboat a little, there’s a good chance he will split them in to, gee up the crowd and talk his way out of a booking. I love the guy, I really do. Partnered in the central roles with Arteta gave us an enormous sense of solidity in defence. Napoli rarely threatened, and whilst they were poor, it was because they weren’t allowed the be anything else.
All in all, last night shows that Arsenal not only have a genuinely exciting team, but, with injuries relenting, a very competitive squad. The team spirit is there, the talent is there, all that’s left now is to continue this good run as best we can and compete for some of the prizes on offer. If we can do that, I have every faith we can nab one. Exciting times lie ahead, and whilst it’s far too premature to judge at this point, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be a little excited.
This week we talk about the latest Arsenal results versus WBA and Swansea, Chris’s secret life as Bendtner’s doppleganger, the difference between jam and marmalade and answer listeners’ questions.
Below, as is customary, the comments await for your thoughts on the game. Also, I’d love to hear some feedback regarding the podcast – good and bad. Feel free to hit me up with some of your thoughts.
As always; thanks for reading/listening, you beautiful bastards.