Ahhh, that’s better.
Feels good to have a little bit of triumph to distract from all the bickering and negativity. As much as I’m prone to agree with much of what’s been said since Saturday, all that dismay and fury was beginning to grate on my nerves. One result certainly doesn’t go far to fixing the glaring problems regarding Arsenal’s squad, but the assurances a 3-0 victory away from home gives to our qualification certainly helps things seems momentarily brighter.
The boys looked good last night. Make no mistake, Fenerbahce is an intimidating place to visit. Even with such a hostile atmosphere, we rarely looked anything other than in control, and fully deserved to take a very impressive lead into the return leg at the Emirates.
Our midfield especially caught the eye. Aaron Ramsey is starting to grow into his role in the team, and whilst his distribution could occasionally benefit from a little haste, his overall play is vastly improved. Once wrongly maligned by many, it really pleases me to see him showing what he’s made of. I’ve said so before, I’ll say so again; he has all the potential to be a huge player for Arsenal in years to come.
Koscielny’s injury was the one downside. I’m sure Pierre Webo didn’t mean to injure anyone whilst flaying his legs around above his head, but the look on his face in the picture above makes him appear psychotic. I’ve seen players take the red card walk of shame for a lot less. Hopefully, Laurent will only have a bit of a headache whilst he sits out his domestic suspension, and nothing more.
Now that our Champions League qualification appears a formality (take nothing for granted, folks) the world an its dog has started to go into transfer rumour overdrive. Miraculously, we’ve somehow managed to begin negotiations with Real Madrid for not one, but two of their more high profile players.
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 21, 2013
Had that been a tweet from that IndyKaila cretin, I’d pay it no attention whatsoever, and give serious thought to FedEx-ing an enormous amount of cat faeces to his home address. Perhaps it’s nostalgia, perhaps it’s a little patriotism shining through, but I tend to take the BBC and it’s associates seriously.
However, neither of those two players fills me with excitement. Benzema I don’t really rate as a centre forward. Di Maria, on the other hand, I do believe is a fantastic footballer, but find myself dubious of his ability to fit into our set-up. Arsenal don’t tend to play with out-and-out wingers.
That said, what the bloody hell do I know? It’s probably not very likely to occur, but it’s nice to see the wheels appears to – FINALLY – be in motion. It’s been stated on many occasions that they key to recruitment was qualification for the Champions League. Barring a capitulation of near biblical proportions, we’ll be in the draw for the group stages.
Now is the time for Arsenal to really press on and do some business. We’ve been let down this far. We’ve had every right to air our grievances. Last night saw a very good performance and result against a tricky opponent. Things, for the time being, are looking up. Hopefully, now that I predict some serious movement in the market, I might actually be right.
Don’t let us down, Arsenal.
That’s all for today, folks. The comments are primed and ready for the evacuation of your thoughts. Wh impressed you the most last night? Are you confident of players heading our way now? Let me know.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.