Something Great

Arsene Wenger cobbled together starting lineups with spit and duct tape and Denilson and somehow the team dragged its ass over the finish line in third or fourth.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Arsenal Fulham Game Notes

It was three-nil to the Gunners in a match that refilled Arsenal's perscription. You see, before this season started, Arsenal went to the doctor and was perscribed Awesome pills. They were running a bit low last week. I can keep this metaphor going if you want... no?... are you su, you're sure.... ok. Well Fulham's defensive shape conceded wing advances and so Arsenal did just that. The runs by Clichy and Rosicky up the sideline were particularly refreshing as they reminded me of Arsenal earlier in the year when they were unstoppable. Before I get ahead of myself, the match was not Arsenal's finest. It was however, proof of a few things:

1 - Adebayor is seemingly much less clumsy with his headers as both were effortlessly and confidently placed. Definition "No Doubters."

2 - He also sees the ball very well. He reached the ball at his highest point, which is a shaving below the cross bar (that = head 10 feet in the air) with his momentum carrying him away from the ball. They were class act headers in traffic I guess is what I should say.

3 - Rosicky makes me happy. He's super fast and that makes his side faster too. Arsenal's devastating counter attacks were lacking without him so it's nice to see him back.

4 - Arsenal needs Clichy to streak up the sideline like I need sage and cayenne on my maccaroni and cheese.

5 - Again, three nil was the perfect score to put me at ease especially after Man U struggled against Reading.

This pains me write, but after these last two matches, I'm officially on, Is Something Wrong With Cesc watch. My quick observation is that Fabregas receives the ball in the defensive third flat-footed and in the offensive third with no space. Completely ignoring the fact that he hasn't scored since ManU, I don't see him attacking/pressing.


Jim said...

it's true... i'm on that watch as well. i never thought i'd see him be the least effective player in our midfield, but hleb, rosicky, and flamini all had much stronger games.

also, my favorite play of the game was flamini keeping the ball for arsenal right before ade's second. as soon as he won that tackle, i yelled "that's huge," and 3 seconds later, the ball was in the back of the net. he needs a new contract right now.

Jim said...

also, can we talk about how adebayor is a dead ringer for andre 3000? the picture you put up is hilarious.