THE BOYS GOT THE FUN BACK IN THEIR GAME.
The referee denied us two stonewall penalties. Infringements on Walcott and Monreal respectively. Yet we still ran away with a 3-0 spanking of West Ham. A game in which non of our players was poor and the team as a unit oozed once again with confidence.
MARTINEZ: Ospina was not missed. Cech was also not missed. I don’t know about Wenger, but I now have a selection headache for the No.1 position.
BELERIN: Played with greater intelligence. Particularly loved that his run into the box that invited Sanchez’s chip. Would have been a sweet goal.
MUSTAFI: Lion hearted. He is a candidate for the captain’s armband. However needs to learn how to incorporate patience in his urgency. His attempts at in-between the lines passes lack guile and as such invariably gift the opposition the possession. Don’t get me wrong, the spirit behind it all is outstanding and he is on the road to being one of the very best.
GABRIEL: He was so charming all day. 90 minutes undiluted focus. If you had looked at his face, you’d have thought that there was a war on. But wasn’t there? He understands perfectly when a no-nonsense approach is required. Koscienly was not missed. Not in the least.
MONREAL: The quintessential professional. An unobtrusive player, reads the game so well.
ELNENY: Gave our midfield and as such the team a calm and matured rhythm. I suspect few would have realized his critical role in getting the team swinging again. 97.2% pass completion stats is what Wenger would call security in possession.
XHAKA: if we are talking about the body of the game, please stand up for the man of the match. His spatial sensing is top notch and his long range passes are all guided.
WALCOTT: The captain’s armband was wrapped round the arm of the man who on the day deserved it. His goal was so clinical.
Ozil: A goal, an assist, eyes at the back of his head, an uncanny understanding of space, that was the Ozil that was on parade. Little wonder he was voted the MOTM.
SANCHEZ: The perpetual motion machine. Don’t be confused by his turnovers, Sanchez is a high-risk-high-dividend player who is begging his mates to tune in more finely into his frequency. You saw his back heel to Ozil’s assist for Walcott’s goal. That is where he is and the goal came because Ozil is well tuned to him.
WELBECK: Welbeck is Wengerball and he is at 90%. We can’t wait to see him at 100%.
SUBS. Something tells me that lovely Giroud’s goal should be “Classic Giroud”. He should operate more along that right corridor. I salute the Ox’s trademark run for his assist. Perfect soil for Ramsey who came in after the boys had started having fun. Ramsey loves football.
12TH MAN: Sorry Ozil. You are dethroned. MOTM goes to the 12th Man.