This win as important as the one against Chelsea! by Konstantin Mitov
I enjoyed this one! I really did! I had lost hope… I felt like it’d be one of those Arsene days where after some good results we’d slip up and to be honest there were numerous reasons to disallow our goal, but who cares right?! It stood and so we are within 1 point of undefeated neighbors Spurs and 2 off Peps City!
Compare that to the 1 point we had after two games and boy how things have changed. Burnley had seriously done their defensive job and closed down really well any interplay between Walcott and Sanchez that destroyed Chelsea. Ozil had a really bad game, with some terrible touches, but in the end we poured bodies forward and the Boss scored again. What an amazing player. Laurent Koscielny is an Arsenal legend, regardless of whether he ever lifts the title with us or not.
So truth to be told, we were not good going forward. Chances were few and far between and most of them were chaotic. We lacked options from the bench and against a deep lying team with lots of players behind the ball, our pace wasn’t that effective and our intensity wasn’t as good as it was against the Blues.
Honestly I don’t know why Giroud and Perez were not on the bench. If the Frenchman plays two games for France I’d absolutely put it down to Wenger having a personal problem with Olivier. But this was a game a player like Giroud would’ve been useful because we had a lot of the ball on the wings and no target man in the box. Honestly we had too little players in the box except for the last minute where eventually it found the net.
At the back Mustafi looks an absolute beast! He and the boss look like a great partnership and finally after years and years it looks like we have a real solid defense. Add that to the fact we also have a solid midfield and we don’t rely on Flamini or Arteta to cover. The only thing missing is that real world class CF, because I still believe playing Alexis is a make shift move.
Anyway, with Spurs destroying a tiring City side that looked like it’s record would fall soon, the league is really tight. There are like 7 teams, that can take points off of each other and the consistency against the smaller teams will be so significant to any title aspirations. Three points against Burnley count as much as three against Chelsea and it’s now 5 in a row. We have 4 home games coming and they are all pretty winnable.