FA Premiership, April 11th: Wolves 0-3 Arsenal
Morning, delicious reader. 3 points? Aren’t they wonderful? Yep, they’re very welcome indeed.
Occasionally, I yearn for Arsenal to do exactly what they did last night at Wolves; to win without ever needing to shift into the higher gears. From the moment Bassong was sent off early in the game, and RvP dispatched the resulting penalty, the game was never in doubt. Goals from Theo and Yossi gave the scoreline a bit of extra gloss, but in the end it was a simple, professional performance.
Wolves battled, and didn’t give in and die in the face of an uphill struggle. With the scores at 2-0, Szczsney made an extraordinary save from Doyle, palming his header around the post. It goes to show how much we’ve suffered with Almunia between the sticks. I struggle to think of a single occasion he made a vital stop at an important period in a game.
Unfortunately, no Arsenal match is complete these days without Twitter’s many members blowing abuse at Aaron Ramsey. He’s had a tough time over the last couple of years. He’s only 21 and he’s never found hiding away from the game. He wants to be involved, he wants to be on the ball. The rest will come in time. In the meantime, give him a break, for Christ’s sake.
All in all; good win. We’re now 5 points ahead of Spurs. If we keep on the course we’re headed, I don’t see any problems arising. We should secure 3rd. I’m still not going to gloat until its a mathematical certainty we’ll finish there.
In other news, there’s encouraging news surrounding Robin van Persie. According to a report in The Times, we are preparing to up his wages from £80k-per-week to a whopping £13k-per-week – this with the tasty sum of a £6m loyalty bonus if/when he signs on the dotted line. He’ll not have to buy bulk toilet paper at Asda anymore.
As things have progressed, and with genuine hope of quality reinforcements arriving over the summer; my hope for him staying has grown bigger as the weeks have passed. Now, I fully expect him to turn down the advances of City. I hope that I’m right.
Lastly today, Theo Walcott’s worthy of a mention. He can be infuriating, he can have bad days that are as awful as anything you’ll see. But when he’s on form, when he plays by instinct and doesn’t over-think situations; he can destroy teams. Since he bagged a brace in the 5-2 defeat of Spurs, he’s performed consistently well, and long may it continue. In this form, he’s a massive asset.
That’s all for today folks. We’ve got to wait until Monday for the game against Wigan – congratulations to them for beating Man United last night. They deserved it.
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