Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Trio from Theo

The young man with so much promise finally came good on Saturday as the Gunners walloped six without reply past hapless Blackpool. Definitely Theo Walcott's finest performance in an Arsenal shirt. His first goal came at the end of a typical Arsenal move involving several quick passes with the ball never leaving the ground. The marking was appalling and Theo was able to basically pass the ball into the net. The Blackburn defence was a bit tighter for his second but his quick turn caught them by surprise, the goalie was leaning to his left and the ball nutmegged the center back and angled to the goalies right. His third was the best of the three; he cut in from the right, skipped around two (or was it three?) 'Pool backs as if they were not there and dispatched the ball into the net with aplomb. It was Henry-esque. Too bad the opposition were so poor and the 6-0 drubbing has to be discounted a bit. After all, Arsenal were lucky to get a 1-1 draw opening day at Anfield. A firmer test awaits this weekend at Blackburn, where Big Sam will ensure the Gunners come away battered and bruised. It will be interesting to see who starts on Saturday. I think Arshavin has been sub-par and maybe a game off will re-energize him - but the spark seems to have gone - although he is not as fat arsed this season as last.

Interesting that the supposed new CB signing from Sevilla (Squillaci) has not been formally announced yet. Medical problems? I was hoping they would get Mertesacker or even Hangeland from Fulham. Already too many French players at the Emirates - the World Cup debacle for Les Bleus proves they cannot be trusted. Seems Vieira, Petit and Pires were a different generation. And Henry disgraced himself in Paris against Ireland. The good news is that Wenger seems to have abandoned the Africa route. Good players but when you lose them for four weeks every second January to the ACN, then it is better to pass. Now if only we could sign a decent 'keeper. Almunia is not the answer.

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