I’m sure by now everyone has not only seen the result but also the highlights where we managed to score four goals against Southampton, I know it finished 6 -1 but the Saints apparently thought we needed a hand and gifted us a couple of goals courtesy of Clyne and Hoovield. I can only imagine that they were suckered by all those headlines in the daily papers that decided we wouldn’t be able to score any goals this season without RVP.
By half time we were 4-1 up courtesy of some great play on our behalf coupled with a defensive display reminiscent of the Gooners in the early stages of last season. What pleased me most about the second half was the continued concentration. Too often we see the team that is cruising take their foot off the pedal in the second half to let the opposition peg a goal back. Not our boys though, not only did we comfortably keep Southampton at bay we also managed to add a couple more courtesy of Gervinho( he was almost as good as he is in the FIFA 13 demo) and ex-Saint Walcott.
Szcz came back into the team at the expense of Don Vito and dropped a clanger for the goal and by all accounts was back to his usual problem with distribution, hopefully this was just an off day and let’s be glad its out of his system before the visit of the Saudi’s play things. Le Coq had to come into midfield in place of the injured Diaby and the team continued to perform as well as it has done for the last 3 games. Yet again one player in particular stood out in the colours of the Arse, step forward the little Spanish magician Santi Cazorla. He has touched more balls than Jordan at a Chelsea Chrismas Party at this stage of his Arsenal career already and his partnership with the man with the Action Man hair looks like it could well be the highlight of our forthcoming season. No matter who is around him he seems to be able to find a teammate with a pass that is easy to control, no panicked firing the ball at 90 mph for little Santi.
Last mention of the day/night will go to Lukas. His battling in the middle of the pitch in the build up for our first was fantastic to see. People talk about Giroud being dreamy, six packed up and giving us an ability to hold the ball up, but Poldi is no push over either. At his age he is in the peak of his physical condition and I think it shows in the way he is able to out muscle people on the ball. He also seems decent enough at them oul free kicks doesn’t he, if he steps up in a game against the Manure and does that I will most likely cream my pants.
Tuesday sees the start of the Champions League and an away trip to Montpellier, it’s a bit early for team news but hopefully we shall have some word in time for a preview tomorrow night.
I’m off to watch slow motion highlights of Poldi’s free kick
Till the next time
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