Jackie gives ‘em just what they wanted: Birmingham thoughts.
Coming in a week when Wenger called for a meeting between managers and referees to look into horrendous tackles, our own youngster gave the press something to throw back in Arsene’s face. Wenger has lost a couple of his players to brutal challenges from opponents and has been on the fore front of a “stop violent tackles” campaign. Yesterday’s events will definitely prompt the press to infer that Wenger has to put his house in order first. I have seen the tackle over and over again, and it certainly deserved a red; whether it was intended to hurt Zigic is something only Wilshere can tell. However, the good thing about the whole issue was his reaction to the sending off.
“I just want to say that I mistimed the challenge on Zigic and accept that I deserved to be sent off…I have no complaints about getting the red card and I will learn from this”.
This is the sort of response we expected from the likes of Shawcross and Taylor, but what we got was a vindication of their actions. Great stuff lad, you are becoming a real man once you can take responsibility for your actions and not run away from them.
The game itself was a beauty as we totally dominated proceedings. We created chance after chance but were very unlucky to go behind in the 33rd minute when Zigic met a Fahey cross with a towering header past Fabianski. Not again…I thought to myself; the West Brom game definitely was not going to repeat itself. I just could not imagine us losing again to a team we would normally beat. My fears were allayed when 4 minutes before the break, a lovely run by Wilshere was halted in the box. Marouane picked up the bits of the loose ball and was felled by Scott Dann. The referee simply had to give a penalty, and up stepped our man of the moment, Nasri to fire past the keeper. One-all, and I knew we were going for something more. By the way, this is like the 6th penalty Chamakh has won for us, not really a bad signing eh?
The second half had barely started when a beautiful move involving Song and Wilshere sent Chamakh free, but he had to do a lot of maneuvering and body positioning to beat his markers, the keeper and slot the ball into an empty net. We had the lead now, deservedly and most of the possession. there was no way we were going to lose this one, not if there was no flappyhandsky moment. Speaking of flappy hands, he seems to have gained some sot of confidence. He was not at fault for the goal, his handling was assured and his decision-making was generally okay.
My highlight of the game was the sight of Nikky B on the sidelines replacing Chamakh for his first game of the season. He was welcomed to a rapturous applause and almost got himself on the score sheet within minutes of coming on. Both Rosicky and Nasri also tested the Birmingham keeper before Wilshere’s moment of craze! I’m done talking about that, so it ends there!
So, it ends, 3 points to the Gunners, and a win for Arsene on his 800th game in charge. On a weekend that both the Chavs and United dropped points, a win is just what we needed. As I type this, the Scousers are losing their derby to Everton. I really pity them now, jokes aside. A few positives, very good games from Diaby and Wilshere, Chamakh giving us just what we lacked upfront. We have Nikky B, Ramsey and Theo back, Cesc will join soon, R.V.P isn’t far away either. We move to second place, ahead of United on goals even a win for Citeh will push us down one more place. Not too bad, considering we were literally in trouble two weeks ago.
So we are back in business it seems, more point dropped by any of our rivals can only help our cause. But for now, we need to keep our side of the bargain and keep winning our matches, starting with a whitewash of Shakhtar on Tuesday.
C’mon Gunners, let’s do this!
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