By Walter Broeckx
Of course I know that it is just a coincidence that in the last two matches we got the same final score. These things happen and in the long run they happen a few times but it isn’t written in stone now that each time we will win with this scoreline. Would be nice though.
Looking back at the two matches it was good to see how the team adapted to two different opponents. Even though United made a lot of fouls (a lot went unpunished) it was not that United were over physically. It was not the Ferguson-version of match 50 with dangerous fouls and tackles but more multiple fouls on the Arsenal players. But more tripping fouls that in general do not cause injuries or bodily harm to players.
Watford was more or less openly trying to push and bump our players out of the way. They got a bit succesful in doing this as the ref was rather lenient to this tactic. I am not a tactical genius but in my match report I wrote after half an hour or so that we should change our tactics a bit and try to play more passes and not dribble past our opponents.
Because a team that uses all body parts to stop you and is allowed to use them then it gives them an advantage. And that was the reason why we struggled a bit in parts in the first half. But once we stopped dribbling too much and used the ball to make them tired the game was completely in our hands.
As most players and manager said something about having to adapt I think it is that what they meant. Usually we can use our dribbling skills and passing skills at the same time. This time it was more down to our passing. And once our passing was fluent we were at times amazing to watch. It was a feast for the eyes. Well at least it was for the Arsenal eyes who watched the match.
Özil with two assists once again being one of the most important players in the team. Let the negativists say what they want about him, he is such a great player to have in our team. Alexis was feeling the jet lag a bit deep in the second half once we got 0-2 up in this match. I noticed him huffing and puffing at a moment and I think for once he was happy to be taken off. Another goal for the Chili superstar.
When at the beginning of the season he didn’t score as we got used from him last season some already questioned him (we do seem a habit of Always having to doubt or moan about something… well not we at Untold of course) and said that he might suffer the second season syndrom. I think we can be assured that there is no sign of that for the moment.
Aaron Ramsey scored. Finally. He could and probably should have scored more goals already this season. The wrongly ruled out goal against Liverpool should have been his start to score more goals as he was desparate to score and the longer it took the more frustration you could see on his face. I hope that this goal will be the start of many more from him. And lets hope that the birth of his child in a few weeks will bring him much more joy.
But we not only scored 3 goals again in this match we also kept a clean sheet again. Bellerin started the match very nervous. Coming back to Watford was a bit special for him as he mentioned it in the days before the match. He was rather unusual insecure in the first 15 minutes. But the great thing about great players is that they can lift themselves. And that is what Hector did again. This young boy is oh so quickly maturing in to a grown man… amazing to see and something that gives me great pleasure. Tony may have Le Coq but I consider Hector to be my boy, or should I say man.
Watford did create a few chances. And more than one of these chances came from the ref not giving fouls in favour of our defenders. Something we predicted he might do I think. So we must also praise Petr Cech in goal who each time he was needed did his job with real class. Very calm and assured he was there each time we needed him. I think our whole defensive unit deserves big credit for keeping two clean sheets in a row.
Le Coq again being the master in front of it and even showing off some individual skills at times that we didn’t expected him to do one year ago. The back room dirigent Santi Cazorla was dictating the game from a deeper position. And once Özil went off he was placed higher up the pitch and enjoyed himself there also. But even on that moment in the match with being 0-3 in front he still ran back with his lettle legs to help out Bellerin or any other player when Watford tried to get an attack going. What a class act and another player that is delightful to see. His skill, his vision, the way he uses both feet….
Finally a last word about Giroud. For the moment he has to face being on the bench more than he will like. But when he came on (each time if I remember it correct) he always gives it all. I loved the fact that he score shortly after having come on. That will do him lots of good on the mental front. That goal was rather special as Özil gave the assist with his right foot and Giroud converted also with his right foot. Both players using their weaker foot to produce a goal. Take note other one footed players!
So what could we ask more was in the title? What I want more is more of the same in the PL. Certainly nex week when I and my Arsenal Belgium friends come to the stadium. Another 3-0 would do nice. But every win would do nice to be honest.