Good result for us last night in a game we really needed to win after the performance against Chelsea on Sunday, and although we left it late Adebayor managed to seal all 3 points in a game that could have in all honesty gone either way.
The first half was dire but Arsenal improved in the second, creating a number of chances but failing to take them. Arsenal made 4 changes from Sunday, replacing Senderos, Van Persie, Fabregas and Hleb for Toure, Freddie, Baptista and Walcott. The first half display showed that Arsene may have made too many changes but things did improve into the second period and the introduction of Van Persie and Fabregas on 74 minutes did the trick.
Adebayor was guilty of missing a few chances but when Fabregas sent a through-ball over the top with only 2 minutes left Ade calmly slotted the ball past Kirland and to finally get the opening goal. Adebayor seems to finish better when he has less time to think about it and is just instinctive – it’s when he has too much time on the ball when he sometimes struggles.
Now a note on the so called Sky ‘Experts’ commentating on the game. Martin Tyler is a great commentator so I have no problems with him (after all, he’s a Gooner like the rest of us) but his co-commentator Gary McAllister it has to be said is a complete muppet!
In the build up to the goal, Fabregas tackled Henri Camera in what I thought was a great challenge. But Gary kept going on about how the tackle was a foul, despite the clear fact Cesc won the ball cleanly and didn’t even touch Camera!
Can someone explain how the hell that was a foul?
And to be even more annoying the interviewer questioned Arsene and Paul Jewell after the game about the so called ‘foul’ – in an obvious attempt to create controversy and headlines.
Arsene rightly said that it was a clean foul and added that Fabregas told him that he won the ball and didn’t even make contact with Camera.
So onto Paul Jewell to answer the question about the ‘foul’ on his player. Surely he would be annoyed since this ‘foul’ lead to the goal that cost Wigan the game?
“No it was a good tackle, no complaints at all, he got the ball”
I had to laugh when Paul Jewell said that. Sky were looking to cause a stir but the fact is there wasn’t anything even remotely controversial about the game! They must be having a slow news week or something…
Anyway, Arsenal rode their luck at times to win the game but you’ll agree that the number of times that we’ve been unlucky with results and matches this season that we deserved a bit of luck against Wigan. And the lads deserve a lot of credit for fighting right until the last minute.
Now onto the Arsenal old boys on Saturday…