Exciting times it seems like it’s becoming being an Arsenal fan, as lately we’ve been cashing in W’s in recent involvements in the Premier League. A mid-week Premier fixture tells so much about football season, the chase begins as every competition in Europe begins to light up.
The Gunners Hosted Huddersfield to the Emirates as they engage in the matchday 14 encounter, following a narrow win against Burnley the last time out. It seems Arsene Wenger has found his formidable first eleven when fit, although, I think from this XI Granit Xhaka seems to be the weakest link as he’s shown being a suspect on numerous occasions this season.
Wenger went for the same side that started against North London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs, retaining AOL as his front three. A mutual understanding seems to have developed with our back three, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal, played their sixth match together this season; in the thrilling 5-0 victory against Huddersfield and are yet to concede a goal.
The Emirates slowly is becoming a fortress where teams come and get screwed up, as we’ve claimed 13 straight league wins. I hope we keep up this record after we play Man United.
A delightful start for the Gunners in the 3rd minute as lethal forward Lacazette got the Gunners going for the night. Slick interplay between Ozil and Ramsey, with the latter providing a one-touch flick on the assist to Lacazette who calmly took his goal in a true striker’s form. This is his 7th goal for Arsenal since making his big-money move to the Emirates.
A nervy moment from the Arsenal defence as it looked shaky trying to deal with the opposition threat. Petr Cech almost gifted the away side a goal in an attempt to clear the ball out of play with his hand, with his attempt bouncing off the crossbar.
Lacazette was close to getting his second of the night, which could’ve been a spectacular goal towards the end of the first half. By the by-line, he played a delightful lob ball over the keeper seeing he was well out of his commanding area, watching his effort get cleared off the line.
At the start of the second half, Wenger made a substitution bringing in Giroud for Lacazette, claiming the latter has a knock in his hamstring and should be out against United. In the 58th minute, Olivier almost responded with a goal, going around the Huddersfield keeper only to watch his finessed attempt hit the woodwork and the follow-up was a miskicked effort.
Soon after, he (Giroud) replied by scoring from a mesmerising Arsenal 1-2 touch passing play involving Kolasinac, Ozil and Giroud. One-two interchange play between Ozil and Kolasinac started the danger, leading to another between Ozil and Giroud that left the opposition defence on a standstill as the Frenchman tapped in, extending the Gunners lead.
In just a minute been 2-0 up, Arsenal scored yet again from good Ozil vision but the pass to the German by Ramsey was the real danger, as it unleashed Ozil to the flank – providing a clinical one-time pass that found Alexis, making no mistake as he buried it into the net.
Two minutes later, Ozil wrote his name on the scoreboard when he attempted a lob over the keeper – lifting the Emirates with a joyful noise. A sublime through pass by Ramsey to Ozil was adequate enough to produce the danger, with Ozil producing a one-touch goal.
In the 87th minute, Kolasinac produced a moment of magic to provide the assist for the 5th goal. An overhead lob-pass to Wilshere found its way to the Bosnian, as he controlled the ball beautifully with the chest; taking out a defender with one touch and left the trigger to pulled by Giroud – rounding up a delightful teams’ performance.
Next on the list is a home fixture against Manchester United, hoping we make it a nightmare for the visitors as we continue to move up in the Premier League table.