I’ve had a day to get over yesterdays game and I still think the performance was absolutely stunning – some of the play was the best I have seen from this Arsenal team this season.
And the additions of William Gallas and Thomas Rosicky this campaign should not be underrated.
Arsenal went with the 4-5-1 formation which played more like a 4-1-4-1 system with Gilberto happy to sit in front of the defence while Van Persie, Rosicky, Fabregas and Hleb all made forward runs to support Thierry Henry.
Reading had no chance!
The brilliant movement of all the attacking midfielders caused all kinds of problems and with only 58 seconds on the clock a fantastic run and pass from Fabregas setup Henry with his 168th Premiership goal in an Arsenal shirt.
And from then on Arsenal proceeded to give a footballing masterclass.
Chelsea and Manchester United had stuggled at the Madejski Stadium in the previous weeks but Arsenal were the ones who displayed the performance of a team who want to be serious title-challengers this season – and why not?
Arsenal got their second goal just before the break, when Hleb and Rosicky combined well on the edge of the box for Hleb to smash the ball into the roof of the net!
And the most amazing thing was Hleb had a shot! Yes, it’s the only option he had left in that position but it was a shot nevertheless…
The Gunners could have been even further ahead if it wasn’t for wastefulness in front of goal from Van Persie but his goal would come.
And after the break Arsenal were still in devestating form as Hleb played a one-two with Henry to set up Van Persie with the third.
Henry stroked in a penalty on 70 minutes to make the final score 4-0, and after that Arsenal took their foot off the gas and saw the rest of the game out.
So a convincing win and a very happy birthday to the man that made it all possible…
People will give Fabregas all the plaudits and rightly so, but I have to say that the attacking 5 – Fabregas, Henry, Hleb, Rosicky and Van Persie combined so well it was frightening. The movement, understanding and combination play was simply outstanding – does anyone else on the planet play better football than we do when we’re on song?