Sunday, 31 October 2010

Song the Saviour

How many times have they done that? 85- 90 minutes of opposition resiliently defending and then finally Arsenal get a last gasp winner- and yet still some people leave early!

It is a sign of a very good team to, so consistently, break down these well organised, defensive teams with multiple late winners. The more we do it, the more opposition players will be sweating with tension and nerves whilst they barricade their own penalty area trying to stop us getting through, therefore the more likely we are to do it in the future as they are more nervous and more likely to make a mistake. But the main reason is our resilience and variety of attacking quality, as well as the amount of players we manage to get in and around the box, just like yesterday, just like Wolves last April, just like against Stoke last February, just like against Aston Villa a couple of seasons ago. Those are just examples off the top of my head- not to mention all the other times over recent seasons.

Nicklas Bendtner has so often been the goalscorer of these late goals, but this time it was our new goalscorer Alex Song who is in the goalscoring form of his life with 3 in 3 games and 4 in total this season. Compare that to his total of 1 last season. It came after a lovely pass from him to Clichy who beautifully cut inside, beating Julien Faubert and dinked in an irresistible cross with his right foot in the perfect place between goalkeeper and defence where Song headed in the well deserved winner. World class full back play from Gael Clichy and a good finish from the Cameroonian. Cue the ubiquitous "One nil to the Arsenal!"

Again, it was nice to see us keep another clean sheet, three in a row now. OK, it wasn't the most testing game defensively, but still when tested Arsenal looked generally solid, even without main centre half Thomas Vermaelen and long may it continue.

Fabianski 7- solid once more
Sagna 7- solid and decent going forward
Squillaci 7- solid
Koscielny 7- solid- improving all the time
Clichy 8- great play for the goal and always busting a gut attacking and defending- solid too
Fabregas 6 +- had some poor moments but a couple of brilliant passes spring to mind
Song 8- scored the very important winner and was one of our best players going forward, especially first half. As usual, battled well defensively too
Denilson 6- not much point playing him in this sort of game
Nasri 6- surprisingly quiet from what I saw
Chamakh 5- same as Nasri
Arshavin 5- involved a bit but no end product

Walcott 7- made an impact and troubled WHU
Bendtner 6
Eboue 6

* Please note that my player ratings are based on the Sky extended highlights I saw so may not be entirely accurate.

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