Luck, Resilience, Ozil and Campbell. by MH
How you all are feeling after our fifth consecutive win in the league ? Well I am feeling pretty high ! I still can’t believe we got the 3 points considering our poor first half display. So let’s talk about some points….
1. Clearly we were little lucky in the first half. Gomis is out of form an, old Gomis of last season would have buried those two chances. Defensively we were looking out of shape and giving space to Shelvey, and as usual Montero was having a good game. But in the second half we became stable, were our our usual selves again and played like Arsenal! Now we need luck in some games, not to win the game but at least stay in the game, so it was good to see team sticking to their guns and not going gung ho as old Arsenal, in previous seasons, would have done.
2.Resilience! This is one of the most improved cells in our DNA over the past few seasons. You need resilience to be champions you need to have that attitude, because the real test of our character starts when we are down, when we are not playing well, and Arsenal are learning to respond to that brilliantly. Gone are the days when we would surrender after a bad start. This is the new Arsenal! Resilience and Attitude separates a team on a good run and a true winner, With all due respect even Leicester City and West Ham have shown brilliant resilience this season – but are they winners ?
3.Ozil. What can you say about him? When he told us all that he aims to win the Ballon d’or in next few seasons I didn’t believe him, as Ozil performances of past seasons have not been at that level, but what a player he is turning out to be! He is truly showing the faith of the boss in him. His confidence is growing every day and he is looking awesome! Seriously, at present form, he is the best no #10 in the world. The way he controlled the game in the second half was a joy to watch. I am noticing this trend of Ozil demanding the ball more. He is realising that he is the man and when Sanchez is not playing well we need him to stand up for the team and boy he did.
4.Finally Campbell. First I would like to mention that we should not write off any player. Over the last few days many Arsenal fans were calling for Bellerin to be played at RW and Debuchy at RB. They had totally given up on Campbell like we all had given on L Coq, but after the L Coq incident one thing is sure – we should never give up on our players. This is the difference between us and other teams. Why let a player go when he has not been given chance to play for us? Why give up on him when he has not been given the opportunity? Are we like Chelsea (Mata, De bruyne)? It was good to see the boy getting a goal but what was more interesting was the work rate he put in. The Ox needs to learn this. Joel was all over the pitch like Sanchez, helping Bellerin and others. In my opinion he had good game but don’t jump on him and create unwanted pressure. Let’s give him time to shine!
The feeling when a one million euro player becomes worth 30 million is priceless and Campbell has the potential to be one.