Well, I enjoyed that. I spoke to my brother at half time following a half of one-way yellow traffic and said the only problem we will have this game will be ourselves. For about 20 mins yesterday it proved true.
Once again as an attacking force we will be hard to beat. It was fantastic to watch our own Ozzy in action for the very first time in an Arsenal shirt.
I wrote in a previous post about the Wenger Eco-System and as predicted Ozil would seem to fit in it no problem. That was certainly true on 11 mins when a Bergkamp-esque pull down and pass to Giroud set up our first goal. Lovely, lovely football by Arsenal. Here was the move (courtesy of the Daily Mail):
I felt the Arsenal players had to step up their game to show Ozil that they are worthy to be in the same team and if Theo had his shooting boots (and head) on we should have been 3 or 4 goals up by HT. But hey, this is The Arsenal, when do we do anything the easy way?
For all that I like about Kos, he still has got something to learn about defending, So far in 3 games he has given away 2 penalties and been sent off. On the first occasion it cost us big time. The move for the Sunderland goal was poor – Gibbs very much out of position seemingly thinking he was playing Centre Half. Per is our rock and let’s hope he is feeling better.
Arsenal then weathered a little storm, Sunderland may struggle this year but the Stadium of Light may not be so easy for our rivals come the dark winter months.
Stand up once again Aaron (Rambo) Ramsey. I don’t think I ever singled him out myself for poor performances last season, but he certainly was the scapegoat for all that was wrong last season. I think he now more pivotal to out midfield than Jack. A lovely pull back by Jenks out wide and a great volley from Rambo and sanity was restored.
Cue the Black Cats fight back, I thought we handled Sunderland’s new found physical presence (Diakate and Altidore) well until the handbags between the American and Sagna. Sagna was out muscled and seemed to foul Altidore (?) but he broke clear and slotted the ball passed Chesney and then over the line. For some reason the ref, Atkinson, had blown for the original foul by Sagna. Harsh on Sunderland. They also had a clearly offside disallowed goal and had hit the post from a free-kick.
But up popped Rambo once again from a sublime move involving Ozil and Giroud. Game over.
Let’s hope Giroud’s knee injury isnt too bad and Santi comes back earlier than predicted from his ankle injury. This will ultimately be our downfall until January. The Eco-System is alive and well, but we will always struggle to field our best XI. The Arsenal are known for their injury issues. However, seemingly good news on Arteta’s and Poldolski’s injuries and it was great to see TV5 back in action.
Onto Marseille next. Up The Arsenal.