Will the real Arsenal please stand up? *Arsenal stand up* *Arsenal win*

December 28, 2010 27 Comments by Sian

“Arsenal weren’t that good, Chelsea were just that bad…” “They mustn’t get carried away, they have Wigan on Wednesday…” “Two of the goals came from Chelsea error rather than Arsenal brilliance…”

Blah dee blah blah blah-blah blah. All the above statements might well have an element of truth to them, but I don’t care about any of it. I don’t care what any former average-at-best-but-with-a-big-gob player-turned-pundit has to say. I don’t care that we have another game coming up so soon after last night’s. Because last night I saw my team do what we’ve failed to do for much of the season. What we’ve failed to do against the ‘Big Four’ sides for years. We won, we won well and we didn’t look for a minute like we were going to settle for anything else.

Wenger’s starting XI was a bit on the old funky side, but certainly a line-up that had fans going “Oooooh that’s tasty/brave/harsh/pacey!” It could have bombed spectacularly, but it didn’t. Djourou stepped into the team after lots of matches this season in which he’s been benched despite great performances. I reckon he nicked Wenger’s sarnies from the fridge once. Arshavin was left out while fellow oompa-loompa Theo came in and Chamakh was able to rest on the bench with his little Arsenal blanket across his knees.

Speaking of the bench, did you see Gilberto sat behind it next to Kieran? That man just makes me “Awww”. He tweeted me once. A simple electronic giggle (“hehe!”), but it’s favourited all the same.

Anyway, to the match. Chelsea looked fairly cuddly and old while we, in spite of a bit of early cross-eyedness in front of goal, were dominant. There were no real highlights in the first half. Oh, except for Song’s goal. A bit of tippedy-tappedy in the box before Cesc was brought down, Song collected the ball from his floored captain and fired it straight past Petr Cech and his hat.

A brilliant time to score, particularly given we tend to arse it up when we go ahead any earlier, and given that time is usually the time Chelsea like to score against us. Off they traipsed into the dressing rooms at half time, Arsenal boys beaming, Chelsea boys creaking.

Daft and obvious and Garth Crooks as it sounds, it was a match that would be decided in the second half. We knew the score wouldn’t remain at 1-0. Either we’d concede or we’d bash a few more past them. As it happened, both happened!

Michael Essien made a backpass to Theo Walcott who bombed up with Cesc racing alongside him before making a cheeky little pass to Captain Slow (Theo’s right, how DID he keep up with him?) who smacked it straight into the back of the net.

See, he hates Chelsea too.

Just three minutes later (remember those days? Those days of goals coming at a rate of almost per-minute?!) Theo nicked it off Malouda before Cescito returned the assisting favour, setting Theo up to slam our third and final goal home in the 53rd.

Chelsea scored too, in the 57th courtesy of Ivanovic from a Drogba freekick. Standard. Moving on.

Cesc was awarded Man of the Match, though he felt Theo deserved it so the celebratory Champagne poses a bit of a conundrum. Perhaps they’ll get a couple of straws. Personally, my shining light throughout the match was actually Johan Djourou. He was solid as solid can be and made Drogba look a bit useless. I might be making this up, but didn’t Djourou win MOTM against them a few years back? Maybe from now on instead of the yawnsome joke that “That Drogba loves to score against Arsenal don’t he?”, it shall be “That Djourou, he loves to be good, don’t he!”

Yes, it’s only another three points and yes we’ve still a long way to go but last night proved that we CAN do it when we play at our best. None of this “Just not strong enough” malarkey. We really can.

As this blog has found its little feet I’ve tried to become a little less biased. I mean, still obviously blatantly biased towards Arsenal, but a little less biased all the same. But sod that for today. I really don’t like Chelsea, and I can’t and won’t deny it. I’m sure there are good ones, but all the fans I’ve ever met have been total twunts. They were utterly vile when we played them at Wembley in 2009. Worse than Tottenham fans I’m talking. Their captain is an atrocious human being, their fans were singing their favourite Wenger song before the match and they’ve about as much history as a tamagotchi. Plus blue is a bit of a shit colour.

So it was nice to beat them. ‘Ave that, you ugly rich horrors.

Back to the Arsenal and we now have to play Wigan tomorrow. On paper, it should be an easy win, but let’s not forget what happened there last season. The memories still make me shudder. Surely to God at this point they understand that complacency is their kryptonite, but if they don’t, FOR GOD’S SAKE BOYS, COMPLACENCY IS YOUR KRYPTONITE! GOT IT? UNDERSTAND IT?DO NOT BE COMPLACENT. COMPLACENCY KILLS.

I really really would like to believe that yesterday was a massive three points for us. A win tomorrow would confirm it, a loss would be a pisser. We have to play Man City at home shortly after, which should be a test BUT I think that if we win tomorrow, we will go on to beat them too.

We’re second in the table now. Sod the rest of the teams, let them twat about as they will. All that matters is that the Arsenal focus on themselves, focus on each match as it comes and focus on what could be if they play like they did last night.

Bloody brilliant, boys, well done.

26 Comments

  1. Treez
    2425 days ago

    What a great Christmas present that win was. All the players (on Twitter) were talking-up the game and encouraging each other and Mrs Cynical here was thinking “yeah, yeah, heard it before…” I went to the game hoping for a draw.

    What a fantastic result! Chelski didn’t even look threatening and you’re right, they looked a bit past it.

    According to @ladyarse, every time Koscielny and Djourou play together we win. I thought Djourou looked very strong too.

    A well deserved win and another very entertaining blog.

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  2. keiththegooner
    2425 days ago

    Great blog about a great win Siany!! Amazing atmosphere last night!

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  3. Evie
    2425 days ago

    Fab blog babes!
    Enjoyed that!
    Come on you Redsssssss
    xxxx

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  4. Alan
    2425 days ago

    Well blogged, Siany and super well done to those boys in red and white for a proper performance last night – not a cack individual performance to be seen. Plaudits to all of them, but especially to Djourou who was as up for it as anyone could be. Keep it up, boys!

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  5. 1NilToTheArsenal
    2425 days ago

    As a Canadian I’m surrounded by (ice) hockey here as it is the state religion and I love it too. But back in 2007, I started visiting London regularly on business and grew into a love for footy as a natural consequence of being around colleagues who were stark raving lunatics about the game and their teams. It was so INTENSE! One girl at a client’s firm suggested I should just a pick a team, and for all the reasons we are Gooners I picked Arsenal, so this is a special relationship for me. I didn’t grow up in North London and I wasn’t born into a family of supporters. I CHOSE Arsenal. Although I have been disappointed and frustrated on more ocassions then I care to name, I haven;t regretted the decision one bit.
    So reading the blogs this morning the consensus from the worldwide fan base is one I share: joyous relief!
    That since 2005, this group is not just an idea in Wenger’s head but a team that can actually fulfill their potential as they did so well last night (finally). Here’s a word that isn’t used very often in connection with our club: ruthless! For me that is the best way to describe the much of our possession. The partnership of Theo and Cesc was fabulous and we purred with silky menace for large parts of the game.
    Defensively we remain velunerable as we became quite nervous immediately after Ivanovic’s header, but we steeled ourselves as any good title challenger should do and continued to threaten even in the final minutes.
    Regardless of what happens tomorrow against Wigan this is great stuff, truly, and something to savour right into the new year, when we will have many more dragons to slay. Until then, Happy holidays from Canada and thanks for your great blog. Go Gunners!

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  6. Scott
    2425 days ago

    A great result, Chelsea were poor but Arsenal still had to beat them & they did it with some class.

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  7. Irishgray
    2425 days ago

    Happy Christmas indeed!!!! Awesome display and as someone said earlier totally ruthless! Now to destroy Wigan. One point I would like to make. By playing Nasri on the left instead ot Arshavin we provided better cover for Clichy, because of this Cesc was able to play higher up and was not dragged out of position to help defend. I love Arshavin but in the big games he is too much of a luxury I think, much prefer Nasri. Anyways great result and here’s to a great New Year!! COYG!!!!

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  8. Bala
    2425 days ago

    As usual a really good review.Bring on Wigan quickly

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  9. B
    2425 days ago

    Why Wenger has been sitting Djourou:

    http://www.thegunninghawk.com/2010/12/05/arsene-wenger-on-promoting-johan-djourou-as-regular-and-koscielnys-injury/

    Hopefully, that means Djourou-Vermaelen is the pairing of the future, in Wenger’s mind.

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    • sianyr
      2425 days ago

      @gunninghawk Thanks :)

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  10. shan
    2425 days ago

    Hello new boy here. Merry Xmas to all the gooners out there. What a brilliant result. I found it really hard to pick out a MOTM because it was such a good team performance. Djourou was immense against Dogbreath, Wilshere and Song had Essien and co in their pocket. Theo was at his clinical best and Cesc was just Captain Fantastic! Lets hope we don’t get complacent against Wigan and keep this up!

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    • sianyr
      2425 days ago

      @Shan Merry Christmas to you too!

      Reply

  11. Jones Adewale
    2425 days ago

    Chelsea has never been better than us!
    They have always succeeded in scoring
    stupid goals against us.
    We should have secured this win in our
    previous last match against them.
    We were able to avoid such stupid goals
    save one from Ivanovic.I think szczcesny
    would have kept that ball out.
    We could have Man U silly too with this
    performance.
    Anyway,they will still be served the supper
    when we meet.
    Now,bring on Barcelona.
    Lest I forget sweety,is there a way we can
    force Wenger to buy Andy Carroll the way
    we forced Adebayor away?

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  12. satanisagooner
    2425 days ago

    I love this blog if your single and female i would like to marry you if its not too much trouble! lol Expenses paid etc and house by the sea!!!!

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    • sianyr
      2425 days ago

      @satanisagooner If you will build me a shoe wardrobe also, I may consider it!

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  13. Yinka
    2425 days ago

    While people on twitter gets all enthused up for the MOTD, I get all anxious for your write, as we dont have MOTD in Africa , and you haven’t let me down… Great post, once again.

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    • sianyr
      2425 days ago

      @Yinka Favourite comment ever. Xx

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      • Lyndall
        2246 days ago

        None can doubt the veracity of this artclie.

        Reply

  14. loz
    2425 days ago

    Best blog on the internet! xoxoxo

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  15. shan
    2425 days ago

    @satan is a gooner! I found her first! ; ) I can go one better I’ll build a shoe wardrobe made out of chocolate just for you! :D

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  16. shegunner
    2425 days ago

    Great blog Sian! As always. Just have to say that Djourou was also my MOTM. Think our skipper is getting embarassed about always being named. It’s unnecessary and smacks of sucking up.

    Gilberto tweeted me once, also. Just a thank you but it was golden for me as I love him tremendously – as a player and as a person..an Arsenal legend and a real gentleman.

    Didn’t it seem spiteful when Ancelotti pulled Malouda after that 3rd goal? Our boss would never do that. Yes it was his mistake, but it seemed more punitive than actually strategic. I am raising my eyebrow at you don Carlo!

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  17. satanisagooner
    2425 days ago

    sianyr…….build a wardrobe??? you can have the spare bedroom as a walk in wardrobe, putting up the poles as i type! lol

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  18. Tam
    2425 days ago

    Just found your blog and i love it your excitement from the match really came across. Djourou was immense he should have been MOTM sky know nothing. I also hope his performance will attract the attention of Song and Saha as to how one should dye their hair!!

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  19. shan
    2425 days ago

    Then I’ll make those poles out of candy just for you! On another note hope we can keep up the momentum against Wigan tonight. It’s just as big a game as the Chavski one so hope we turn up and play with the same intensity.

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