ARSENAL 1 T*TTENHAM 0
With the obvious exception of winning a trophy, there’s no better feeling than beating our North London rivals and it’s a victory we thoroughly deserved.
They may have had more of the ball, but that’s because we let them. Arsene is often criticised for his lack of tactics, but I thought he got them spot on this weekend. Keep disciplined, compact, sit back if necessary, and then attack with pace.
Our goal was the perfect illustration of it. The BFG stuck out one of his long legs to win the ball back in a quite brilliant fashion. It was then moved forward with speed and precision, with Walcott playing the final pass, Giroud the final touch, a quite beautiful and elegant flick.
Giroud was my man of the match and by quite some distance; he was exceptional. He was big and strong, held the ball up very well, his work rate was unbelievable, and he also played his part in defence, winning some big headers to help clear corners and free-kicks. He thoroughly deserved to be the match winner.
One nil to The Arsenal. North London is red. Always has been, always will be. Forever in our shadow.
I’ll be honest with you, I’m still in disbelief. What a signing. Mesut Özil is a world-class player and at the age of just 24 has so much more to give. And he’s ours.
Wow, just wow. I’ve read some people suggest that it wasn’t an area of the pitch we needed to strengthen, but I disagree. Last season we had the second best defence in the league, where we struggled was creatively. Özil will definitely help to address that.
Furthermore, Wilshere isn’t suited to the number ten role and I think Arsene has recognised it. Instead he will compete with Ramsey and Arteta for the deeper roles. Cazorla is best suited on the left and will compete with Podolski, whilst Chamberlain will compete with Theo on the right. That means our only central attacking option (without moving Cazorla) is Tomas Rosicky, and as much as I love the Czech he is no Özil.
I’ve often heard the question “why did we leave Highbury?” The answer is now Mesut Özil; he is now symbolic of why we moved. To stay at Highbury wasn’t feasible if we wanted to remain at the top. The Emirates years have been, on the whole, hard work; no trophies, few title challenges, and big name players leaving. But the reality was that we had a mortgage, it was going to take time.
That time has now come. The debt is paid, the new commercial deals are in, and we’ve signed Mesut Özil. Why did we leave Highbury? Why have we put in so much hard work and faced so much pain? For a day like today; this is what it’s all been about. This is where the Emirates era truly begins. I don’t know about you, but I’m bloody excited. Welcome to The Arsenal, Mesut.
Another signing was made yesterday, that of Italian goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano. I’ve never seen him play, so can’t comment too much, but reports suggest he was in line to be Buffon’s successor for the Italian national side before injuring his knee ligaments, and hasn’t quite found the same form since. If he can reach that level again with us then it can only be a good thing, providing competition for Szczesny. It’s a season long loan, with the option of a permanent deal in the summer. Good luck Emiliano and welcome to The Arsenal.
THE TRANSFER WINDOW
All in all I think it’s been a positive one. The moral and patience of fans has been tested to the limit, but better late than never. Personally I would have liked a centre half and another striker too. The former was unlikely; Arsene seems happy to wait for Vermaelen’s return and have Sagna as fourth choice. As for the latter we tried and failed with Higuain, then (thankfully) with Suarez, and finally with Demba Ba. I think Arsene will continue his quest for a striker in January, so until then we just have to hope Giroud keeps his form and fitness, and that Sanogo can chip in where required.
Other than that I think it’s been positive overall. The signings were very late, but very good, and the departures were near perfect, with only a certain Not So Great Dane still on our books. Until January it’s a case of what we have, we hold, and what we hold is pretty good. Here’s hoping for a clean bill of health post internationals and then it’s up to Sunderland we go. Until then, take care. We love you Arsenal, we do.