The Armchair Gooner

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Cazorla, Giroud, Monreal, Walcott, Diaby, Arsene and welcome calm waters after a maelstrom of sh*t.

Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa: Proof that Jack Wilshere is an ethereal being. (Image courtesy of @murtz_abidi)

Morning, folks.

Ahhhhhhh, and relax.

There’s nothing quite like Arsenal’s ability to turn the relatively simplistic into an afternoon of fingernail-gnawing terror. Villa, to their credit, did come and at least attempt to make a game of it, but a narrow 2-1 victory should really have been achieved with little or no fuss.

When Santi Cazorla popped in our opener on 6 minutes, I foolishly thought we’d be in for one of those games where we pulverise our opponents and register a large goals tally. Unlike those of you fortunate to have jobs that don’t require working ridiculous hours, I was paying no attention to my work in the kitchen, and instead permanently attached to my phone keeping up with the game.

Through the various mediums utilised, I thought things appeared to be comfortable for the Arsenal. Having watched the game back in the wee hours of Sunday morning – when I’m writing this – I realise we made fairly hard work of a team we should really be giving a good hiding.

Of course, that matters not a jot. When all the statistics and reports are long forgotten, the history books will simply inform that Arsenal won by 2 goals to Aston Villa’s 1. After a week as soul destroying as that which has haunted us, the victory was all important, and the manner it was accomplished ¬†merely a secondary point.

In patches I thought we played well, and Nacho Monreal especially caught my eye. The Spaniard has only 3 Premiership games under his belt in an unfamiliar team, yet he looks assured and rapidly growing into his role. I like him – he’s effective both defensively and offensively, and he’s only going to get better once fully adjusted to the rigours of English football.

There were downsides. Abou Diaby managed to last only 60 minutes before substituted with yet another injury. You have to feel for the guy. There’s little doubting his talent, but I fear there may come a point when the club just can’t afford to put any more faith in him. Underneath all the aches and pains lurks a truly excellent footballer. However, time is no longer on Diaby’s side, and the summer could very well see the club say, “Abou, thanks for kicking John Terry in the face, but we have to let you go”.

Elsewhere. players I expect more from had a bit of an off day. Big Olivier Giroud showed occasional glimpses of the profligacy that plagued the start of his Arsenal career, and once again Theo Walcott was a special kind of fucking useless. Don’t get me wrong here, folks; I’m not one of these naysayers that enjoys trashing Walcott because it’s sometimes the popular thing to do. Given his wages, and his contract saga, I think we are entitled to expect better from him, and that’s something we’ve only seen briefly since he did put pen to paper.

The hero of the day, and the match winner was, as I’m sure you’d all agree, Santi Cazorla. Many people criticise Arsene’s transfers, but the brilliance of our diminutive Spanish trickster shows that when he gets it right, he’s capable of some truly magical deals. At ¬£12m, someone as packed with talent as Cazorla is fantastic business any way you look at it. We are certainly very luck to have him, and one of the undoubted highs of the seaon is watching him and Wilshere combine in midfield.

All in all, we go into next weeks enormous game at Tottenham’s dungeon with a win and something to aim for. Victory in that game will really put us in a good position for obtaining 4th. Let’s hope we can build on our good points, and learn from the bad.

Thanks for reading today, you beautiful bastards. The comments await. Use them, or forever regret missing out on your opportunity to be heard. I always enjoy reading them.

Category: Match reviews
  • lopez says:

    Yeah Cazorla was the man, also Monreal was great too plus he set up the second goal, what else can you ask, Monreal looks really solid. I think Gibbs could play as a winger instead, Monreal and gibbs could create a really good attacking/defense partnership if played together on the left wing….maybe Wenger has thought of this already, who knows

    February 24, 2013 at 9:57 am
  • khosraw says:

    Please please buy nasri again we love nasri we love to he play in our arsenal team.
    Go for beast arsenal.

    February 24, 2013 at 10:56 am
    • James 'Raul' Stokes says:

      Seriously? I wouldn’t take that little shit back.

      February 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm
      • Noufal says:

        Na$ri?? r u out of ur mind!!!

        February 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm
  • MQ says:

    Happy for the 3 points! Yeah but as a professional football club how many corner kicks we get and waste? WTF? Lack of defensive outside mids killing us who is coaching in training the fucking club photographer! Need a world class striker finisher and fast DM. Anyways future is ahead. Watched Bayern match 3x Jack should punch that ugly fuck Ribery in the face at the end the next match he cheap shot Jack pretty good! Peace

    February 24, 2013 at 11:07 am
  • Dan says:

    I was at the game and to be fair when Walcott was in space they never found him in the first half. A little diagonal chip would have been devastating to villa on more than one occasion.

    February 24, 2013 at 11:11 am
  • Roughchops says:

    A great win. 2-1, 1-0 or 7-1 each worth 3 points. The only advantage of a 7-1 score line is the relaxed supporters. Cazorla is a great buy. So too Monreal and not to forget Arteta. Additionally, Giroud and Prince Poldi are both a bit special. Combine the above with Jack and Arsene Wenger has the basis of a great team. Just one or two more pieces to complete the jigsaw and a couple of young bucks coming through the ranks and we should producing some good “kick-ass” displays over the next few years.

    February 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm
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