Arsenal won their fourth game in a row this evening against Everton, but considering the intense fortnight our players have had we did very well to keep our energy levels up enough to take the points. We may have lost our on our run of clean sheets, but, Hey Ho, we are top of the League!
It would seem that Arsene Wenger is just as happy as we are, despite the tough test from the Toffees. “We had a massive game on Tuesday night and after that it is a good test for your squad and the hand off to your players,” he said on Arsenal.com. “I think we played with the right focus and desire. We were a bit unfortunate in the first half we got caught with one minute to go so it was 2-1 and created a bit of insecurity in the squad. In the second half we continued to dominate but could not get the third goal and then we were a bit exposed on the counter-attack once or twice. Romelu Lukaku had the header on the bar and Petr Cech made a great save with very little time to go and that got us three massive points.
Good old Olivier Giroud scored yet again, but this time he actually started the game. Wenger was quite happy to give him the nod over Walcott in today’s game. “I have confidence.” Le Prof continued. “He recently made the difference coming on and today he made the difference by starting. I have interesting options, I just have to be wise enough to use them at the right moment.
“We have to put our energy all together to do well for the team and the club so I do not make too much of a individual case for the players. Theo Walcott can also start which makes it easier. Let’s not forget they can play together.
So can we carry on like this until the end of the season? Wenger thinks things are going well. “I believe that we will keep that solidarity, that desire to do well and I think we are well focused to do well and together we have improved on that front. We know that when we have the ball we can create goal chances. We went to Watford and won 3-0 and beat Bayern Munich 2-0, and beat Everton in one week. It has been a fantastic week. It is not easy.”
It has never been easy being an Arsenal fan, well not for the last decade anyway, but one can’t help but think that Wenger really has got things on an even keel and we are playing out of our skins. If we could keep our injury crisis to a manageable level, I think we have every reason to start dreaming….