Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Perfect football

At one point the commentator said “why, this is perfect football” and it was. Arsenal demolished Slavia Prague last night 7-0 in London to tie the biggest victory margin in Champions League history. It could have been 10 or 11. Heck, even 12 or 13 such was the class on display.

Man of the moment is Theo Walcott, who played as a striker for only the second time that I can recall. He flourished in the role with calm finishing, incredible pace, and this sense that he is a complete natural in the role. From what I saw, he doesn’t belong on the wing any longer. I never thought he was right for it anyway and Eboue has just been too effective out there.

Believe it or not, it was Walcott’s first start in European competition. Looked like an old pro.
This result makes it 12 straight wins for Arsenal. Shades of the last Championship squad abound.

Arsene Wenger got the perfect birthday present, turning 58 on Monday. Cesc Fabregas, Aleksandr Hleb and Theo Walcott each scored 2 goals and Nicklas Bendtner added one late on (great goal, by the way).

The win almost certainly clinches their place in the next round of the competition.

I can sit here and gush on about the display, but I would just be repeating myself and wasting your time. Suffice it to say that you see a glee in the side when they play that you just don’t see anywhere else in Britain, especially those dressed in blue.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was a magic display

hleb was man of the match for me

10/24/2007 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

might be the best arsenal display of recent memory

10/24/2007 4:30 PM  
Anonymous RL said...

I don't mean to be a contrarian but Eboue has
a)not played very much this season and thus can by no means be considered to be "too effective"
b) When he has played (only a handful of times, mainly due to injuries to Rosicky or Hleb) he has been ineffective, both as an offensive threat and as defensive cover for Sagna who, I'm sure, would much prefer to have Hleb in front of him.

Also, his time wasting/simulating tactics aren't exactly a joy to behold.

10/24/2007 5:20 PM  

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