It has been quite a while since Olivier Giroud got anything but a hefty slating in my Arsenal player ratings, but fair play to the big striker today as he scored a very good hat-trick and gave Arsenal the perfect send off to a season that once again flattered to deceive. Other notable performances came from the returning Santi Cazorla and our midfield rock Francis Coquelin but there really was only one choice for Man of the Match.
I am still trying to get my head around the fact that Arsenal managed once again to finish above Tottenham, even though our north London rivals seemed to have second place sewn up and were still right on the heels of the Premier League champions Leicester City just a couple of weeks ago.
Arsene Wenger clearly wants his Arsenal team to finish the season with a flourish, and a fluent and stylish one at that, because in this final match of the Premier League season the boss has packed his starting line-up with our most creative and entertaining players.
As well as the young Gunners that won promotion to the top division this week, there have been some senior Arsenal stars involved in the underage side this season, mainly used to get their fitness and form going after an injury kept them out of action for a long spell.
Per Mertesacker has been ruled out for the rest of the Premier League campaign, having had to have been taken off during the weekend’s tie with Norwich City.
There are not many Arsenal fans that would deny that the loss of Santi Cazorla to injury was one of the biggest reasons for our drop in form this season, and ultimately cost us the League title. But now the super little Spaniard is back in contention for a place after managing an hour for the U21s against Blackburn last night.
Chris Willock stole all the headlines tonight as Arsenal’s U21 side beat Blackburn 2-1.
Tonight marked the return to action for key first-team star Santi Cazorla, who has been out injured since November, but it was not his name who stole the headlines, as one of the club’s future stars laid a marker down.
This summer could, and should, be a bust one for Arsenal, so we thought we’d keep you up-to-date on all the latest speculation surrounding our club.