In terms of Premier League weekends, that couldn’t have gone any better could it?
Yesterday, Arsenal faced an Aston Villa side bang in form and during a 10 minute footballing masterclass, found themselves 3 goals to the good and the 3 points in the bag. Mesut Özil, a player who has been heavily criticised, was the catalyst for the win, cooly scoring the first and creating the second for Danny Welbeck. Welbeck also had a fantastic game, creating the first chance for Özil’s opener.
The relationship between Özil and Welbeck is something that should excite Arsenal fans.
Aston Villa were shell-shocked after going 2-0 up and when Kieran Gibbs flew into the box and unleashed a wayward shot, Cissokho diverted the ball into his own net. After the break and with the game effectively over as a contest, Arsenal eased their way to a comfortable win.
Our other main rivals; Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City didn’t have such a good weekend, with all dropping points.
Liverpool still haven’t got used to playing 2 games in the space of a week and it clearly showed as West Ham started brightly and caught Liverpool out cold, going 2-0 in the first 10 minutes. Brendan Rodgers is used to having 7 days to prepare his Liverpool team but the fact is he’s playing with the big boys now so he’s going to have to get used to it! Another problem they have is Luis Suarez is irreplaceable and they are going to struggle without him in the team.
Then we have Manchester United.
They’ve spent the most in Europe this season, started with Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Angel Di Maria – and still got done over by Leicester City. With an impressive attacking line such as they, teams have worked out that attack is the best form of the defence and it’s working. Manchester United can’t defend, and it is quite frankly hilarious. They’ve spent all that money and can’t field a competent defence.
Also, I’ve never “rated” Louis Van Gaal. Yes, he’s a well-established European manager, but his methods are dated and there have been a number of players who don’t agree with his management style. He’s had some success (in the past) but not really done anything recently. I think it’s pretty damn impressive that Manchester United have found a manager who was worse than David Moyes.
Before the season started, the predictable “experts” all thought Arsenal would be the ones to drop out of the Top Four this season, but haven’t they learnt anything? We’ve finished in the Top Four for the last 17 seasons, so we won’t be the ones to drop out.
It’ll be between Liverpool and Manchester United fighting for fourth place.