Good morning, beautiful.
As expected, we gave a bit of a hammering to a fairly hapless Coventry side last night. After a slow start, the wonderful sight of Olivier Giroud’s first goal for Arsenal – a delicate chipped finish, no less – broke the deadlock, evoked screams of “WOW!!” and justified his inclusion in the side – I really didn’t expect Wenger to do that. Shame he missed a penalty a bit later, but such is life.
On the whole, the game was full of plus points, but nothing particularly jaw-dropping. Yes, we did manage to put 6 goals on the scoreboard, but our opponents were poor, and appeared to have their minds on their league form and things of greater concern than a cup competition they seemed resigned to going out of.
The undoubted highlight of the game was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlian’s goal – a thunderbolt of a strike that flew past the keeper. It was like a cruise missile, a rocket, or something else that travels especially fast and is bloody lethal (but not Andre Santos).
Of the players that featured, it was nice for little Theo to get a couple of goals, and I was pleased to see Arshavin get a run out. I’ve always been a big fan of the diminutive Russian. He has bags and bags of talent. If he could just give a shit and put some real effort into his play, I think he’d be an excellent option in the area Cazorla plays. We can’t seriously hope our Spanish magician will play every game this season, so an option in his absence would be handy, and we all know how good Arshavin can be when he wants to play.
I was impressed with Ignasi Miquel at the back, who looked for the most part capable and assured, and he took his goal well. The much-hyped Serge Gnarby looked very handy when he came on, showed a few good touches, and appears to have a similar style to that of The Ox. Definitely one for the future, and one we’ll perhaps be seeing a bit more of as the campaign progresses.
All in all, a routine victory that continues our good form of late, and shows that this side has plenty of goals in it. Without the over-reliance on certain players that are no longer here, I think we look more like a team, more like a cohesive unit without the burden of ego that has players playing for each other. That can only be a good thing, and my optimism continues to grow. I really have a good feeling about this Arsenal team.
In the next round, we face a trip to Reading. Potentially a difficult trip, but one we are more than capable of winning. With United and Chelsea facing each other next, the draw is beginning to open up and remains an excellent chance of silverware.
That’s all for today, folks. Who stood out for you in the game? Which of the younsgters impressed you the most? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading, you exquisite creations.