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Arsenal’s second goal came in the second half and displayed all the hallmarks of team taking their position at the top of the league rather seriously. The excellent Nacho Monreal stretched to prevent the ball going out of play on the left hand side before feeding Ozil. The German, with the assistance of Aaron Ramsey, then weaved a tapestry through the Hull defence with an excellent 1-2 that culminated in him calmly slotting the ball past a helpless Alan McGregor. The interchange between the two midfielders was as impressive as anything you are likely to see in Europe and the delicious reverse return pass from Ramsey is just another example to add to the growing list of wonderful things he has done this season

Funnily though, that spot light hasn’t quite been shone upon Arsenal’s leader of the line, Olivier Giroud as much as one would expect. Going into the season with only one senior striker is quite a bizarre scenario, in years gone by it would have been unheard of given that most formations required two strikers starting on the pitch. Given that we play with one striker slightly lessens the theatrics of the situation, but it is still incredible to think if Giroud picks up a suspension or an injury, our fantastic season could crumble instantaneously. So why haven’t the journos and media made a bigger mountain out of this molehill? Well, with Ramsey’s form, the arrival of Özil and that messer Flamini going round mutilating football jerseys, there simply hasn’t been an opportunity to stoke the

Aaron Ramsey tormented his former club in a hugely impressive 3-0 Arsenal win. On paper, this match looked like a potential banana skin - especially considering the troubles the two Manchester clubs experienced on their trips to the Welsh capital this season. The red-shirted Bluebirds did have their moments in what was a nervy second half, the Gunners' class eventually shone through The win was bookended by two goals from the Cardiff old boy. Ramsey opened the scoring against his former club with a flying header in the first half and

Speaking of Özil, that missed penalty and his abovementioned assist for Wilshere provided two stark moments of contrast in what was an interesting game for the German. Despite showing some nice touches, Özil didn’t really get into the game as much as one would have liked/expected in the first half. Wrightly or wrongly, it has been suggested recently that Arsenal’s record signing has seen his levels ‘drop off’ in the last few weeks and consequently not quite influencing games as much as he should. For the price paid, people seem to expect Özil to take on something of a starring role. However, anybody that watched him regularly before his arrival at the Emirates would know that he is actually more of a ‘conductor’, tailoring his play to allow others around him to flourish.

In 1999, Arsene Wenger found himself having to replace want-away striker Nicolas Anelka with a somewhat wet-behind-the-ears forward. Having spent a disastrous eight months floundering on the wing for Juventus, Thierry Henry’s £10m price tag seemed like a gamble. A gamble that looked like it was set to fail as, like Bergkamp, the Frenchman didn’t exactly hit the ground running and failed to score in his first seven matches for Arsenal, all the while looking nowhere near an adequate enough replacement for Anelka.
But then, Arsenal had a fixture at The Dell – otherwise known as the land of opportunity for Gunners forwards. With the game deadlocked at 0-0 with just 10 minutes to go, Tony Adams brought the ball forward from defence and laid on a pass to the struggling

Arsenal squad is inconclusive. This is undoubtedly a much more talented and hardworking side than we’ve had for a few years, capable of playing scintillating football on good days whilst grinding out results on off days. Whilst I will not pay much attention to the Chelsea

 

Robin van Persie has now scored three in three since leaving us for them. With each passing game, the decision to allow him to leave for Old Trafford looks like an increasingly daft move on part of the Arsenal board/management. This may be well trodden ground but the point becomes pertinent once again in light of yesterday's result. When a guy scores 30 plus goals for you in a season, the absolute last thing you do is let him go to a potential rival – even if he expresses a desire to leave. It's easy to throw around terms like 'traitor' and 'judas' but when all was said and done, the ones who had the final say on the transfer was Arsenal Football Club who thought £24m was more valuable than keeping the best player in the team. As we have seen with the likes of Suarez and Rooney,

 

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more