Arsenal turn it on to end United’s run by Konstantin Mitov
Hello lovely Arsenal people! I admit I was wrong. I was really affected by our away performance on Thursday I didn’t think we’d win. But thankfully the team proved me wrong, and we won a massive game in our bid to finish in the top 4.
I was s surprised by the line up. It was very offensive, but in terms of names, this was the best we’ve got up front. I was impressed with Ozil’s work rate. And Ramsey… I’ve never seen a player knowing he’ll leave put in performances like that. What a hero, huge respect!
The game itself has was a bit of a role reversal as United had chances, but missed them, where on the other hand we took what went our way. Karma’s a funny thing when you consider how De Gea was exceptional against us last season, but today he gifted us the opener.
And speaking of goalkeepers, how good was Leno again? Those saves against Lukaku were top notch. If their keeper made them, pundits would say best in the world. Those saves allowed us to be 1:0 up until our chance came.
The penalty was soft, but I’ll take it. I think we got the bit of fortune that we didn’t have in the previous games. And when Auba stepped up to take it, I must say I was worried. I just don’t like cheeky penalties that rely on the keeper going the wrong way, but he slotted it in and that’s all that matters! Huge balls to take it though, hopefully this will restore his confidence as we’ll need the best of him on Thursday and after.
Ironically, while our attack has been carrying us for most of the season, it was the defense that carried us today and last week at Wembley. If we can transfer this to our away performances as well we could be in a solid position for the top 4.
Granit Xhaka was sublime today and I know I’ve been a huge critic of him. It’s just about seeing performances like that regularly. Nacho was also sublime as were Koscielny and Sokratis. But the true star of the defense was Maitland-Niles on the day. I was worried about being exposed on the wing, but he was so assured, brilliant!
And since Tottenham bottled it at Southampton and they still have to make those small trips to the Etihad and Anfield we have a real chance to take them over and it’ll be a massive blow for them.
They just built a stadium and spent nothing this summer. I’d absolutely love it if we’re able to knock them out of the top 4 and see them sell the likes of Kane, because they need money. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
We have some very tough away trips like Burnley, Leicester, Watford, Wolves and Everton left, and our away form isn’t the best. From now on as cliche as it is, only the next game matters.
Let’s start on Thursday. We can overturn Rennes, but it won’t be easy. Don’t be fooled. We’ll miss Laca and Sokratis and it will be difficult. But we have a long break afterwards. There’s nothing to spare. We should be going all out and hopefully enter the break on real high.
Onwards and upwards. Have a fantastic week!