There is really only one answer to the question...Rosicky. His work rate at 34 is outstanding alone but his vision to spot the pass to Özil for our second goal was amazing! The run he made for the third goal, the no look pass to Giroud and the technique on the volleyed finish were outstanding. He is truly a little Mozart
Nice to see Arsene Wenger choose a strong line up this afternoon, I assume the seven day breaks between games has influenced his decision. In come Flamini, Rosicky and Monreal which allows Coquelin, Cazorla and Mertesacker can drop down to the bench and get some much needed rest ahead of our league fixture against Aston Villa.
The Coq. He’s taken his chances as they’ve come and he looks like a half decent player. Arsene said words to the effect of this in an interview - “Sometimes looking internally can be a blessing in disguise”. I think Arsene bought Coquelin back from loan because he felt he had to and you have to credit a player who was looking at the end of his Arsenal career, that has taken the opportunity given to him with both hands. Also worth remembering that Flamini is basically fit now so today Coq kept him out of the starting line up on merit alone. Arsene has always had a knack for cultivating young talent and I’m glad that he is showing faith in a player that could now go on to cement a place in our 1st Team Squad. There are also rumours floating around the interwebs that he’ll be offered a new contract, if he keeps up this form then I don’t see why we shouldn’t keep him. And a quiet nod to Nacho, keep proving the doubters wrong
The team sheets are out at the Etihad and as I thought we have been left with a surprise or two.
David Ospina continues in the Arsenal goal. There were rumours that Szczesny would be drafted back into the side but this was clearly untrue. Arsene is also sticking with attacking right back Hector Bellerin. It should be his biggest test in the Premier League so far. As expected Monreal continues at left back after some solid performances.
Aaron Ramsey comes back into the team alongside Francis Coquelin. It seems as if the young Frenchman has pushed his way up the pecking order. Gotta feel sorry for Rosicky but it is a very exciting looking team.
Come on the Arsenal.
Confirmed Line Up:
Subs: Szczesny, Chambers, Gibbs, Flamini, Rosicky, Ozil, Walcott
All the talk this week has been about Arsenal's number one keeper Wojciech Szczesny and the smoking incident. We were made to believe that the player had been warned, fined and pretty much everything else was forgotten about. It doesn't seem so as David Ospina retains his place in the team
Silly question indeed. He was terrific today again, an absolute joy to watch. He can create something for himself out of nothing and that's something we've been missing. It's only his first season in the Premier League as well, which makes you wonder what heights he can reach. Magnificent
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