Arsenal were playing the same squad for the longest consecutive period of games in a row since 1994 and slumped to their first defeat in 11 league games. All good things must indeed come to an end.
What has been most refreshing about Arsenal’s recent upturn in form is the way that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have finally established a starting 11 that can push us on to title success next season.
Chelsea, are of course the Champions, and it is now possible that we don’t finish second. But it has been a great second half of the season for us regardless.
The Gunners have allowed the trio of David Ospina, Francis Coquelin and Hector Bellerin to rescue our season and it has paid off handsomely. We’re heading to the FA Cup Final and although yesterday’s defeat to Swansea City leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, we’ve a lot to look forward to for 2015/16.
In terms of the game itself, Arsenal were of course dominant throughout but Swansea City and their manager Garry Monk outsmarted us. That six man midfield proved a problem for us for the entire evening. I indeed hope that Tim Sherwood doesn’t learn anything from that performance by the Swans.
Arsenal need to now regroup and finish on the best possible note for the last two league games of the season. Wenger will need to rotate to keep his freshest legs fresh for the FA Cup Final.
On the stream that I watched from FOX news last night, one of the pundits suggested that Aston Villa might get a result out of this game; this from a team who hasn’t scored a goal in 9 and a half hours.
The result was indeed just what we needed, with Arsenal winning 5-0 against a very poor Aston Villa team. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring with a neat chip over Brad Guzan having ran on to a stunning through ball from Mesut Ozil. The German himself then made it 2-0 with a little pearler in at the far post. Further goals from Santi Cazorla from the penalty spot, Theo Walcott with a Thierry-Henry-esque finish and then a late one for the impressive Hector Bellerin.
What I liked most about the team yesterday is that Giroud looked comfortable in front of goal, Ozil looks like the player that we forked out all that money for, Bellerin is clearly better than Chambers at full back and we need to consider putting Chambers more centrally for the future and that Coquelin is just what we need in at defensive midfield. Overall, it was a brilliant performance.
The transfer window comes to an end today and Arsene Wenger admits it is likely his business is done already. Gabriel Paulista didn’t get a start yesterday and didn’t come off the bench and it is likely he won’t play against Tottenham in next weekend’s game either, unless we’re looking to protect a lead.
What does this all mean? Well, Chelsea have decided to move for Cuadrado as a replacement for Schurrle and Salah, which is a good bit of business. Man United are probably going to be in the market for someone and Liverpool could sell Lambert now that Sturridge is back from injury. Expect the transfer deadline day to mainly involve the bottom of the table clubs today (and that includes Tottenham).
Who, speaking of which, are our next opponents on February 2nd at White Hart Lane. I am looking forward to this North London derby just because our form is coming through at the right time. We’re looking strong all over the park and I think we have found a line up which can do serious problems to most top teams. We’ve got Monaco this month in the Champions League and I fancy us to get a win against them. We’ve got a nice game against Boro at home in the FA Cup. We’re only 11 points off the pace in the Premier League. Dare I say it, we’re looking quite good at the moment?
That’s all for now!