Villa victory fabtastic but January may well shape our season

In Arsenal FC, Premier League on December 27, 2009 by Highbury N5 Editor

What. a. player.

It took only 21 minutes for him to turn the game in our favour, and once he had been substituted we were 2 goals to the good and Villa were dead and buried.

Oh, and the names Cesc Fabregas, if you didn’t know already.

Todays game was massive, for the third week in a row results went in our favour and we needed to capitalise, and capitalise we did. We are now 3 points in font of Villa with a game in hand and 4 points behind Chelsea with a game in hand, and that game in hand is a winnable game against Bolton at home.

In the first half we had a lot of the ball as usual but our only real chance of note fell to Eduardo who once again turned beautifully but shot straight at the keeper. Last weeks goal hasn’t seemed to have done much improvement for his confidence in front of goal but in the build up to attacks he is still effective. The most important thing is that he is in the position to miss chances.

On 56 minutes the king entered the fray for the injured Denilson, his impact was instant, the passing grew in pace and the team seemed to kick it up a gear. Cesc won a free-kick on the edge of the area and for the second game in succession it was curled home, it was genius and precision for Cesc and you could tell from his, and the teams celebrations, they believe this season, even if they cant believe the points the other top sides are dropping.

We started to turn the screw, and when Cesc raced onto Theo Walcott’s pass, stretching every fiber of his hamstring muscles to get there, he finished clinically for his 12th of the season.

He didn’t celebrate, he had done his hamstring in again and he knew it was game over for him. Those 21 minutes had shown just how good he is, he is one of the worlds finest players.

Credit must go to Wenger for bringing on Theo Walcott minutes after bringing Cesc on, he added a different dimension to the attack and that helped flummox Villa as well, and then there was Diaby. He was excellent for the second game in a row and defensively he helped out a hell of a lot, we are going to need him to keep this level up for January and probably February too, please Abou, this is your chance. His goal was fantastic I though, power, pace, placement. Superb goal.

The defence was fantastic for the most part, Almunia inspired confidence which is not something we could say a week ago, Sagna was solid, Gallas and Vermaelen too, their forays forward add something to the side. Traore was brilliant, we have 3 good left-backs. He has the final product in the last third, something Clichy and Gibbs to a lesser extent lack sometimes.

On Wednesday we travel down to Pompey for one of those bitterly cold winter away evenings, we need 3 points there to fully justify the use of Cesc today, to take full advantage of his genius today. He will probably miss a couple of weeks minimum.

Denilson has also aggravated his back problem again, Song and Eboue depart for Africa – Eboue goes tomorrow, Song might go tomorrow too but I am also hearing we can keep him ’til after the West Ham FA Cup tie.

The belief amongst the players and fans is growing and rightly so, we are quietly in this title race but Cesc Fabregas has just woken everyone up to just how good we can be, and how good he is. Lets just hope his hamstring mends and quick. Placenta anyone?

More tomorrow. Enjoy today.


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