A Theorrific Show: Arsenal Hit Blackpool for Six
On a scorching Afternoon in North London with Fab and RVP on the bench, we sent B’pool crashing to earth with a Walcott-inspired performance. AW made three changes to the squad with Walcott,Rosicky and Song replacing Eboue,Nasri and Koscileny respectively.
The game started slowly with ‘pool having enturing forward and Arsenal playing the waiting game. Their first meaningful attack came after Song fouled a pool player and the resulting free kick wasted. If only they had a premonition of what they were in for…
13 minutes gone and our first goal arrived, a counter attack from the left with Clichy releasing Arsh who fed Chamakh, got it back, fed rosicky and got it back again before releasing Theo who slotted calmly past the goalkeeper.
The Tangerines responded with a free header from a freekick which was inches wide after poor marking from Clichy. At this stage Rosicky and Wilshere had started to pull strings and Chamakh was fouled after bursting clear with Theo flashing the resulting kick wide. It did not end there, another cross-field pass from Wilshere was cut out before an attack could emerge. Rosicky also went for goal only to see it fly wide after good build up play between himself and clichy. Blackpool resulted to long balls to get out of their own half which did them no good.
Another attack this time from the back with TV5 to Walcott to Rosicky back to Theo again who raced clear before feeding Arsh who hit it on the volley bringing out a good save from the goalkeeper. Walcott was proving a real menace to the Blackpool defence and on 24 minutes he set Chamakh free with a “blind” pass and he missed the goal by a few yards.
We were in ascendancy especially Rosicky who cut through the defence and the Lil Mozart characteristically released Chamakh was felled just “around” the 18-yard area. Penalty and a red card for Evatts the defaulting player was the result. Up stepped Arsha to convert..2 goals up with one extra man, or two if I include the fans.
You would be forgiven for thinking Cesc and RVP were on the pitch. Another arsenal attack saw Walcott weave through the defence again running through like hot knife through butter only for Chamakh to hesitate in pulling the trigger with Arsh firing wide from the follow up. B’pool were in complete disarray and kept losing the ball, it proved fatal once more as Chamakh won the ball and released Wilshere. The lad fed Walcott who spun around Nistelrooylically before bending a right footed shot into the bottom corner. 3-0… Just 39 minutes on the clock.
The carnival had just started. 2 minutes later saw another attack with Clichy releasing Chamakh whose shot was turned around by a Blackpool goalie bent on denying him his first League goal. Rosicky and Wilshere continued dominating play and the Czech captain set up Arsh, leaving just two Blackpool defenders to take on 4 Arsenal forwards. The ball fell to Walcott and he deftly laid it into the path of unsuspecting Wilshere, whose touch was a tad heavy. Blackpool were 3 goals ahead at half time in their previous game, they were on the receiving end of a similar trashing from us after 45 minutes.
The second half started the way the first ended. Just after two minutes, Rosicky released Sagna who skipped past a challenge before pulling it back for Diaby who swept home beautifully. 4-0…all kinds of things were happening, including a decent cross from Sagna! We kept up the tempo with wave after wave of attack orchestrated by master conductor Rosicky. Another attack yet again led to beautiful interplay between Sagna and Diaby. The move ended with a well timed pass for Theo, who took the ball in his stride, composed himself and bent it curled it in with his weaker foot for his first Arsenal hat-trick. Goal number 5, and still counting…
The mauling didn’t stop there, a breakaway led Arsha feeding Chamakh. Our Moroccan skied over the bar from 2 yards with the goal at his mercy Well, we were goals up, so he was easily forgiven. AW had had enough of “serious football” and decided to strut some training ground stuff. Enter Cesc (who got a rousing reception by the way) and RVP for Diaby and Arsh respectively. Walcott exited shortly after to a standing ovation and on came Vela. Chamakh who desperately search for his League’s first got what he craved when he powered a headed past the goalie from a RVP corner. His celebration was more of relief than ecstasy.
We switched gear and kept everything cool, we were still in control of possession and Wilshere almost iced the cake with a goal but fluffed his lines… Even though Cesc and RVP were on for just few minutes, they managed to show why they are the two most influential players in the team. Vela even had the time to put the ball over the heads of three players one after the other but he scoffed his shot when it mattered most.
Final whistle… 6 goals, 3 points, the least result befitting such a perfect performance!
There was really no message sent to the rest of the League as we were expected to come out with all three points. I am glad, Yes! But over the moon? No! If we can managed this sort of result against the likes of Everton, Fulham and Citeh, then I might hang myself upside down in joy. For now, it was a routine victory and we still have a lot of work to do to wrest that title back to N5.
News making rounds today suggest that Squillaci will fly into London today for his medical. While I have my reservations concerning him as a player, we need that cover at the back very badly and I’ll be more than happy to have him.
P.S:MGFC are closing in on a new player, Osagie Edet. Terms have been agreed between the involved parties and the move is only subject to a medical. Osagie, an attacking midfielder is technically gifted and we can achieve a lot more with his goals and assists. He’ll be joining a team of superstars like Escobar, iamfaf and 9jabred. Mouth-watering team innit?
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Posted on August 22, 2010, in Post-match thoughts and tagged Abou, Arsene, Arshavin, Cesc, Chamakh, Koscly, Nasri, Robin VP, Rosicky, Song, Squillaci, Theo Walcott, Wilshere. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.