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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Posted on October 17, 2010, in Post-match thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. .I think u got it wrong.Chamakh dived for the pk.and our inability to convert chances will be punished by better-organized sides.we need to develop a killer instinct in the final 3rd.Wilshere’s tackle was as he said n u quoted.he’s a good lad.good to see NB back too.Chamakh is yet to win my support so I’m glad he has competition now.that’s about it.

  2. .fabianksi had a good game too.but we still need solid hands.consistency is the key right now.

  3. Just glad we had d 3points and I strongly feel diaby n arsh hav to step up their game. Arsh only plays well when fab is around n diaby is just a crap player. We should give him the same treatment we gave eboue. Mayb he mite get better and on little jacky d boy is just fantastic.

  4. Arsh is still lacklustre to me! I had high hopes n he is lettin me down. For once, diaby played well n clichy wasn’t too bad. It appears we got ourselves a c.ronaldo. Floppy hands n blondie in d post need 2 b changed asap!

  5. So far u guys r correct…..real shame jacky has to miss 3 games…tnk God cesc is back….whew….. @ lumzi chamakh exaggerated buh he was tackled,in no way was dat a dive…..

  6. Good response from our disgrace 2 weeks we controlled the game from start to finish it is what I expect from arsenal as for chamkah he still hasn’t gotten my vote but let’s give him time but all in all good arsenal game I hope this is the beginning of a good run for us

  7. You Mad men/women of Arsenal Supporters. Jack wilshere is the truth even with the mis timed tackle. If it was the other way around and the Big Serb tackled Jackie. We will be all hearing about how fragile/babies/softs Arsenal FC is become. Stop the cry about Diaby/Chamach… Daiby brings physical ability and different demension of a Midfielder. He is not cech and we need that balance. chamach brings strength, agility and energy hence all the PKS he has won. He is always trying and working hard on all 50/50 balls specially where they matter, the final third. Lukas Fab is doing his job and needs to be supported for it. I don’t want almunia back in goal, So he can get beat his near post again. The only thing Arsenal is missing big players to be fit for big games. I’m looking at you Robin, cech, Theo even you Tommy V. Lets beat city and all is well.

  8. Good response from our diaster of 2 weeks ago.overall it was a good game we controlled it from start to finish.good midfield control although chamkah is yet to win me over but let’s give him time.let’s hope this is d beginning of a good run for us

  9. Rily gud win…we needed dis 1 afta back 2 back defeats though ws marred by d fact dt wilshere made dt horrendous challenge & will sit out 3 games…I av 2 say we will miss our best player so far ds season is concerned…Big ups 2 him

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