Saturday, December 01, 2007
Arsenal score beautifully but win ugly. The sign of champions!
By 1970’s Gooner
Isn’t this what championship winning teams are made of? To get the three points when the team is not performing well. When it is under pressure and the opponents are pushing forward with at times 68% possession?
Yet it never remotely looked like the game would turn out to be like this. Not after Arsenal scored two beautifully carved out goals to counter the earlier one scored by Gardner as early as the 14th minute.
The first one arriving 12 minutes later after slick interplay on the right wing with Rosicky laying the ball back just inside the area for the on coming Flamini to power it home.
The second on the 36th minute was created on the same flank again with Sagna providing a beautifully weighted cross for Adebayor to thump it home with a strong header.
Villa always looked dangerous especially when Carew was fed those high balls and they started the second half in determined mood.
When the main playmaker and outstanding player on the pitch, Hleb, had to depart limping heavily after he was cynically chopped down from behind by Carew, Arsenal lost their rhythm.
Villa sensed this and pushed even more forward searching for that equalizer. Arsenal stopped playing football and restricted themselves to just stopping the opponents.
Wenger made an astute substitution taking Arsenal’s remaining creative player, Rosicky for a defensive midfielder, Gilberto. This gave the defensive shield that the tiring Diarra was increasingly failing to provide.
When Carew’s header cannoned off Almunia’s cross bar we all knew that it was going to be Arsenal’s day.
It’s probably going to be Arsenal’s year!