Morning, you delicious bunch of so-and-sos, you.
It was a fairly enjoyable game last night. I say “fairly” because – I’ll be honest here – I expected a little more. Now, hold your tounges for a moment, folks. I’m not wishing to be ungrateful or disparage the team in any way. My sentiment is simple; Marseille were there for the taking and we could have battered them if the mood took us.
I’m not going to write an in-depth review of all the game’s key moments as I’ve actually, for once, already done one. Yesterday’s report on Arseblog News was penned by yours truly. Instead I’m going to focus my efforts on discussing a few individual performances.
Jack was superb. Not only was he full of running and bustling industry, he showed an eye for goal and determination to get into scoring positions. Arguably, last night was his best display of the season so far. When he performs like that, recreating the form of his debut season, he looks an genuinely world class player. He’s not had the best of starts, and perhaps lacked the luck in certain aspects. However, when he’s on his game, he’s a joy to behold. Long may it continue.
Not his greatest triumph in an Arsenal shirt, and the type of game that’ll give fuel to all the idiots itching to brand him a flop. He’s a wonderful player. Sometimes even the greatest need some period of adaptation. He deserves that benefit of the doubt before being hit with ridiculous and puerile accusations. He may have made a pig’s ear of the penalty – I’m still surprised he took it – but he made amends by laying Jack’s second of the evening on a platter.
Has now added gloriously ostentatious chipped passes to his growing repertoire signature moves. Constantly running, pressing and looking to create something, or Welsh friend continues in a truly rich vein of form. Arguably the most vital cog in the Arsenal machine at present
I love Olivier. He might lack pace, he might lack the twinkle-toed skills of previous incumbents of the strikers role at Arsenal. But rarely fails to deliver a good performance, and his contribution to the team deserves to be praised at every opportunity. His play linking up with those around him, the space he creates for midfielders darting toward the box and general team ethic make is wonderful. We need another striker to lighten the burden. We most certainly do not need a replacement.
All in all, folks’ last night was another very good win. It might not have been scintillating and memorable, but it brought with it the points and put is in command of the group. That’s all we can ask for. As the team grows together and progresses, the performances will improve. We haven’t hit our groove yet, but continue to look solid at the back and win games. That is very encouraging.
The comments section awaits you below. What were your thoughts on the game? Let me know a few. I’ve The Goonerphere Podcast to prepare over the next couple of days, but I shall endeavour to return here as much as possible.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.