From Tame to Ruthless: The team of many colours.

 

Two wins, 6 points, 2 goals for Ramsey, 2 for Wilshere and a cheeky one for Flamini. Our fine form continues and shows very little signs of coming to an end. The team seems to be gelling and finding it within themselves to grind out win after win, ever since the poor showing at Manure, where it’s been rumoured that the sp*ds finally got their back on us for poisoning their lasagne all those years ago.

The games this week were a tale of two very contrasting performances. While in the Marseille match we seemed to be missing our shooting boots even with the abundance of scoring chances, the Cardiff match proved to be one where it was vital that our finishing was clinical. But in fairness, when you understand the context of both games, it all makes sense.

The complexity and uncertainty of the Champions league group qualifying situation was not enough to rid us of all complacency prior to the Marseille match, and if it was, Jack’s early goal most definitely did. The real beauty of the goal was the movement prior to it, as well the blinding speed at which we broke at during the build up. Instantly after kick off Ramsey was dispossessed, but a Koscielny/Flamini tackle followed by some quick sleek passing between Mertesacker, Giroud and Sagna released Wilshere  on the right wing with Ozil charging down the middle. And in that split second moment, spured on by the thought of Ramsey’s emergence as a goal machine this season, Wilshere decided to cut inside on his left foot and chip shoot a fine shot into the top left corner of the net leaving Mandanda hopelessly admiring the sheer brilliance of it all.

What followed after was a catalogue of chances that went begging to be scored, including a missed penalty from German wonder kid, Mesut Özil. However, the former Real Madrid star showed us just why he is an absolute class of a player by unselfishly assisting Jack with his second of the night, a simple tap in to wrap the game and move us unto 12 points and almost certain qualification to the last 16.

The game against Cardiff on the weekend offered us an opportunity to ‘make a point’, as many have said, and boy did we drive home this point into the behind of every single doubter out there. Both Manchester clubs had succumbed to the mighty Blue Birds this season already, scraping a mere 1 point between themselves and this was our chance to go there and show them how it’s done. The young man who led this valiant charge was who else but, Aaron Ramsey, the  prodigal returning Welsh son. A fine header from him to open the scoring, followed by a belter from Flamini and topped off by a finely placed rocket of a shot from Aaron in the 90th minute ensured we walked away with pride and mutual respect for the classy Cardiff City fans. And so then, The Celtic Red Gooner Dragon, covered in war paint (spurs fans tears mixed with food colouring) returned to the club that first introduced him to the world, but only so as to feast on some unsuspecting blue birds and push us 4 points clear in the table.

But our work is far from over, with over half the season remaining. And while it’s so incredibly funny to laugh at spurs and Moyes’ Everton United, the group of players that we have must continue to keep working hard and set the pace. With December promising to be a very busy and hectic period that could decide our season, it was refreshing to see two sides of this Arsenal team within a week. It goes to show that even though in one match we were wasteful, and in the other clinical, we will always strive to be dominant and in control, which will be important when Scouser-Slayers, Hull, come to town on Wednesday.

COYG

@TrimiRatkoceri

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