Arshavin shows his class against Stoke

In Arsenal FC, Premier League on December 6, 2009 by Highbury N5 Editor

There was a certain resilience and determination about the team yesterday that had been missing in recent weeks and from the first couple of minutes you could see the team were determined to win this one,  in the absence of Eduardo, van Persie, Bendtner and Theo Walcott the Boss decided to go with Andrey Arshavin in the strikers role, a more cautious formation was used which was a lot more like a 4-5-1 that we have seen in recent weeks.

After playing 90 in midweek Vela was on the bench for half of the game and may well be one of the only players in that squad to travel to Olympiakos in midweek as another raft of injuries sweep through our team like syphilis in a whore shop.

In the first few minutes Cesc played Arshavin in who’s first touch of the game was a bit heavy and the impressive Sorensen charged out to claim the ball, an encouraging opening and the first sign of the movement from the little 23 that caused Stoke headaches all day long.

His goal was a masterpiece, fantastic movement gave Cesc the chance to play him in on the half-turn and Arshavin’s brilliant close control and strength (yes, strength!) allowed him to slide the ball into the corner of the net, a superb finish and a massive massive lift. 1-0.

I will largely ignore the penalty miss, these things can happen and it was just Cesc’s turn today and he shouldn’t be too downbeat about it. It happened to one of the most reliable penalty takers later on too in Frank Lampard.

It was clearly not our captains day in front of goal, he wasn’t having his best game but he was still one of the best players on the park by some considerable distance. The ball fell to him after hitting the post and he thumped it towards a seemingly open goal but his effort was blocked by the only option in his way..Emmanuel Eboue. It could only happen to Eboue surely?

The game was a bit drab but it was a case of getting the three points and getting the hell outta there. Nerves were starting to jangle just when the newly introduced Aaron Ramsey ran and placed his shot into the net superbly with the outside of his right boot. Game, set and match.

On the injury front, the game was disastrous. Three substitutions, three injuries and another Gallas hamstring tweak. The news on Rosicky is that it could be anything from 10 days to a month – Wenger saying playing him was a gamble but we had to take it – and there is no news on Traore who hobbled off, or Eboue who did so also.

We move on to Olympiakos now and its time for the kids again, I can’t see the reasoning for any first teamers to travel and it is on TV so will be good to see Sanchez Watt and co get a chance to shine against a Champions League side.

Heres hoping for a few injury boosts in the next few days.


One Response to “Arshavin shows his class against Stoke”

  1. Great win for the Arsenak, big game on sunday to look forward to. Cool snow by the way

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