Arsenal bullied then toyed with Manchester City
October 26, 2010
Having watched the whole 90 minutes again, on ATVO, one thing struck me about this match that nobody anywhere has mentioned.
How many reading this right now thought we were stick on’s to get a red card in the 2nd half?
Denilson? Song? Fabregras? Djourou?
I went for Denilson, as I thought he was the reckless type to lunge into a half cocked tackle….but guess what?
We came out for that game pumped, ready to rumble and not be pushed around by the thuggery of De Bully and Co, and by the end of the first 45, we had ended up 1-0 up, missed a penalty, and had a proper scrap with them…which we won!
Roll on the 2nd 45, and we stroll out, calm, measured, and sprayed the ball around with ease.
Watch the first 45, we were hunting in packs, the pitch was small, we were pressing them with 2 or 3 men, therefore when we got the ball back, we were all tightly bunched, and did not let our extra man count.
Come the 2nd half, you immediately noticed what Wenger had instructed, stretch them, let them press you, but use the space, make the extra man count and pass, pass, pass around them.
Which we did, and scored 2 more goals from it.
So basically, the boss is correct, again, this team HAS matured, as that 2nd half clearly proved.
We had the mental fortitude to stick to the game plan and not get further embroiled in any wars that could have led to another booking and a sending off.
We are so on our way to something special, I could not care less what the press hacks have to say about “it was only against 10 men”, as that is utter tripe, their flipping 10 men still cost 10 times what our 11 man team cost to build and you can add our bench to that if you like.
The team as a whole were brilliant, some dodgy Johan defending first half aside, they all did well… special praise obviously going to Fab1 and Nasri.
Can you feel it yet? Or are you feeling it yet? It’s going to happen gooners far and wide… it bloody well is!
Massive result, huge ramifications for the rest of this season…. I’m sure the gutter press will catch on eventually, they usually do.