Skip to content

Arsenal 1-0 Everton. The Gunners March On.

by on December 12, 2011

Hi my name’s James Cook (@CookieElGooner) I’m 15 years old and a 4th generation Arsenal supporter in my family. Been an Arsenal fan all my life and wouldn’t dream of supporting another club in England. Like to watch European football and keep an eye on the Arsenal Reserves and U18’s. Hopefully you’ll be seeing more of me in the future!

This week saw the club celebrate their 125th anniversary with a win against Everton. Legends who will be familiar to the younger generation of fans included Ray Parlour, Robert Pires, Jens Lehmann, Lee Dixon, Lauren and the man himself, Thierry Henry who made sure of being remembered for generations with his statue having been unveiled on Friday.  Also in attendance was former manager and player George Graham, (who would’ve watched on with pride as his former side won with his trademark 1-0 victory) David O’Leary, Paul Davis, Alan Smith, Anders Limpar and 2nd all time scorer Ian Wright were all there. Even ‘Good Old Arsenal’ was played before kick off (a welcome change to that Elvis drivel!) The way in which the 125th anniversary celebrations took place exemplified the class and the way in which Arsenal has always been run over the years.

Despite the pre-match celebrations the players still had to go out and win the game. That’s exactly what they did. We started the game with four centre backs due to the injury sustained by Andre Santos in the midweek defeat to Olympiakos (it has now been confirmed he will require surgery and is therefore out for 3 months) subsequently a reshuffled back four was enforced. Out went Santos from the game against Wigan and in came Djourou, the line-up was otherwise unchanged.

A game which seemed destined to finish 0-0 after missed chances (yes Gervinho, Ramsey I’m looking at you) was turned around by our star man Robin Van Persie. It was a volley so perfect even the blokes on MOTD were raving about the technique and skill required to see that end up in the back of the net. The pass from Alex Song was also Xavi-esque.

A lot of people are calling us a one man team at the moment. Although it’s not completely true we are very reliant on his goals. It would be nice to see Gervinho, Theo and Ramsey who have 3 goals,2 goals and 1 goal respectively contribute a bit more in future games in that aspect despite their numerous assists.

Best performers:

  • Alex Song

He’s become so important for us and I for one am so glad that he’s not going to the ACN in January, we need him.  The improvement in his all round game since he first joined us is phenomenal. So composed on the ball, barely gave it away. Also very important he didn’t pick up a yellow so he can play against City next week. His assist for Robin’s goal was brilliant, he was disciplined and gave a great performance. Man of the Match.

  • Van Persie

Might not have had his best game with a couple of Heskey- like touches. However unlike Mr Heskey he certainly delivered when it mattered with a sensational strike which has to go down as one of the goals of the season. My favourite striker in the world. The reason he’s in the category of best performers is that he won us the game, as long as a player contributes in the assists and goals category its more acceptable for them to have a one-off poor all round game, comprende?

Worst Performers:

  • Gervinho

Scored 18 goals in all competitions for Lille last season which is a great tally. Seems to lack confidence at the moment when one on one, definitely think a player like Reus would’ve been a better alternative. Think he still needs time to adapt. He’s done a good job for us so far but I’m sure I wouldn’t be alone in saying I’ve been slightly underwhelmed with his finishing. Cant go wrong with £10.5m though. Drifted in and out of the game.

  • Ramsey

Not his best performance , missed a great chance in the first half and didn’t really impact the game as an AM should. Nevertheless he still gave his all for the team. Still think there’s a lot more to come from him. The sky is the limit however I think he needs to watch players like Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc if he wants to reach the next level. Ramsey often takes too long on the ball or is not aware of his surroundings before he recieves it, a trait most world-class players have.

Not a bad week overall for the club, disregarding the loss midweek against Olympiakos which let’s be honest didn’t matter anyway! It’s been made even better by Spurs losing against Stoke RFC on Sunday. At this moment in time we sit in 4th place, 2 points behind Spurs who have a game in hand. Lets hope this time next week we’ll be celebrating a momentous victory against City and put one over money grabbing Na$ri who this week tweeted “Happy 125th anniversary to AFC such a great club and pround to played there it was a honour.” Can’t even spell proud. Anyway we can forget about him now because he’s left Arsenal for “better things.” What like Europa League $amir?  Whilst we’re in the last 16 of the Champions League? He’ll be pleading to come back soon. Enjoy your Thursday nights on Channel 5 . . .

Lets hope we can continue our great form over the coming months, the last game we lost came on October 2nd against Tottenham and we’ve taken 25 points out of a possible 27, not bad. But for now we’re stuck with 4 centre backs. However according to Jenkinson is 1 week away, Gibbs 2 weeks and with Sagna hopefully back in the New Year our defensive injuries are not as bad as they first look.

Like this article? Then follow me on twitter @CookieElGooner.


From → Uncategorized

Got an opinion? Let us know!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: