Thursday, September 27, 2012
Giroud shoots. Giroud scores. We all breathe a sigh of relief.
Morning all. So we made very light work of Coventry in last night's Capital One Cup match. Another six goal performance from The Gunners, and while I want to be really excited about it, I have to remind myself of the quality of the opposition. Beating a League One side 6-1 is probably about what we should expect from this Arsenal team. That said, it was a job well done and we can move along confidently into the weekend.
The match was hard to come by. If you haven't seen the highlights you can check them out here, and they'll tell you just about everything you need to know. It was great to see Giroud get his first goal in an Arsenal shirt. Here's to hoping it's the first of many more to come. Just about everybody got in on the action, but it was an especially impressive match for him. He was very unlucky to miss his penalty. It was well taken, and well saved. Overall, I'm sure he'll feel it was exactly what he needed and I'm inclined to agree.
I thought Arshavin looked good as well, and I've missed seeing him on the pitch. The fact that a player of his quality rarely gets minutes really speaks to the depth and caliber of our squad. Maybe he leaves in January, but for now it's good to know we have him as a contingency in the event we suffer a rash of injuries. He was playing more of a central midfield role yesterday, so in addition to his quality, he also adds some versatility, and he provided a well deserved rest for Santi Cazorla.
Walcott and AOC both looked lethal but that I pretty much expected. Way too much quality and pace between those two for Coventry's fullbacks to contend with. Ox is clearly a player with a bright future ahead of him. His ability to create space is awe inspiring and I don't think it'll be too long before he's considered a top level Premier League goal scoring threat.
Although this match was little more than an annoyance, it answered some questions about the team, and gave some of our fringe players a chance to log some minutes. Also, this is a tournament we can win, and I'm glad we aren't taking it too lightly. If nothing else, it keeps the confidence going and we'll need plenty of that. We've got a couple tough matches in the space of less than a week, hosting Chelsea on the weekend, and Olympiakos in midweek. This match with Chelsea is massive and I'll get in with a full match preview tomorrow. Until then Gooners.