History has indicated that Arsenal are not always great travellers across the north/south divide. Trips to the frozen wastes of Sunderland have not always ended in victory for us gunners so it was imperative that we applied ourselves in the appropriate manner.
A manner that is similar, in fact pretty damn identical to trying very hard, very very hard indeed.
After a Wednesday night that really made the world sit up and pay young Jack some attention, it was nothing less than essential that our roaming, international superstars settled back into the old routine and performed at the top level to get a result against hardworking, organised, bullish Sunderland.
Martin O’Neill’s stock is at all time low at the moment. There was a time when he was considered Sir Alex’s replacement, but in my opinion his nomadic managerial career in recent years has put paid to that – at least for now. I’d like to think we put an extra nail in that coffin, but I think its already well and truly buried and David Moyes is urinating on the gravestone.
We always looked dangerous throughout and it took a smart finish from Cazorla to break the deadlock. Considering the positions Santi gets in, he doesn’t put enough of them away I think. On this occasion he didn’t disappoint however and saved the blushes of Giroud who, whilst threatening throughout, failed to find the back of the net.
Sailing was plain until Corporal Jenkinson had a second rush of blood and received a deserved second yellow. All hell broke loose on twitter with tweets full of bile directed at a lad who, before today was being lauded as Sagna’s ready-made replacement. Some even suggested that with Sagna struggling to return to his amazing form pre-double leg break that perhaps Jenks should be given a shot.
You can’t say that and then spit bile about him. You lose all integrity. He made two poor decisions, but he’s young and he’ll learn. Ironically, his poor performance was highlighted by a fantastic performance from Sagna at right centre-back. He was moved inside after Koscielny injured himself in the warm-up.
Sagna and Mertesacker had a great game and Sczcesny topped it off with an excellent performance. That’s where us writers have a responsibility to be more level-headed. He was excellent today, but in his previous fixtures before Stoke he looked like he couldn’t catch a cold, let alone a football.
Special mention goes to Rambo who once again did a great job. He also filled in at right back with a calm assurance.
Great result, great solid performance, happy days.