The Prince and the Fox jumped over the lazy West Ham

OK, so they weren’t lazy. It was a play on words and a poor effort at that. My sincerest apologies to anyone offended. Still….5:1 isn’t anything to sniff at so perhaps I can be forgiven for a little over-exuberance following the result. Bi-Polar Arsenal strikes again and I can’t help but smile today. 5:1 is a cracking result and we can be delighted with it.

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Last night three players that have divided the Arsenal fanbase both clicked and put in amazing performances. Firstly, Ramsey who was picked in the side for the rested Diaby. Ramsey did well when he came on at the weekend and in the previous fixture too. He can be guilty of the odd Hollywood pass, but his vision is sound although his execution of it can sometimes be found wanting. Last night however it all worked for him. Sitting deeper allowed him to win balls and hit lovely through balls to a scampering Jack, Poldi and Giroud. We saw a small cameo of Arsenal for years to come there. Rambo and Jack have a chemistry on the pitch, it was clear to see that with them both in the middle we will create a lot of chances. We need a defensive midfielder with them, but it worked well.

Secondly Prince Poldi, a player with fantastic ability and he can be a real game changer. His strike to equalise was stunning. The whole game he terrorised West Ham with his direct running and his assists were of the highest quality. His form can be bi-polar but on form like that he looks like a World Champion and worth every penny. I really like him. I think he gives us a bit of steel, a bit of never give up attitude when he is “switched on”. Unfortunately sometimes it seems like he is “switched off” but that could be down to acclimatising to a new league with new physical demands. I think there is enough in his performances to suggest that he deserves to be there and deserves to be one of our top players for years to come.

Thirdly Olly Giroud, the man who made a transfer to Arsenal on the back of a season of great headers, fantastic work-rate, brilliant tap-ins and results in the big games. He never hides, he never gives up and he does score goals. Both of his goals yesterday were top-top finishes. I like the fact that when it isn’t going in the net for him his head never goes down and he gives everything for the team, which is so critical in our system. I’ve never held back from saying I think he is a good player and he can chalk down last night as another marker of his understated quality. He’s no Thierry Henry, he’s not a speed merchant with a mercurial class and a touch of swagger about him but he is undoubtedly a decent player who can do very well for us.

Final note for Walcott who performed admirably on the right of the front three, excellently taken goal and he was denied by a goal-line clearance too. He can really help ignite Arsenal this season and he is certainly doing his best to replace the goals we are missing.

What a difference a game makes, I think we’re all bouncing today.We cannot ignore the holes in the squad though and I hope Arsene can crack on and get on with signing some players. He called the post match short to “work on transfers” and it would be so easy to suggest that considering Diame was in the ground and so was West Ham. He could fit in well as I have already said, but speculation is rife and never let it be said that I spend far too much time looking at it. I prefer the sound of my own guff, not someone else’s.

So its on swiftly to the weekend and a very important game against Brighton at 3pm on Saturday. It’s the FA cup and we need to be professional, approach the game like we did last night and all will be well I think. We cannot take complacency onto the pitch because we will get beaten by Brighton. They are a good side and already have a scalp in this competition, lets not give them another one.

Final note, it shows the considerable lack of class that again unsurprisingly Chelski refused to apologise for the Hazard incident. There was blame on both sides but Hazard is firstly an adult and secondly a millionaire footballer who should know better.  He said on Chelski TV – “The boy put his whole body on to the ball and I was just trying to kick the ball. I think I kicked the ball and not the boy. I apologise.”. That’s not an apology son. First you have to identify that you did wrong.

WG

7 thoughts on “The Prince and the Fox jumped over the lazy West Ham”

  1. firstly can i say kudos to the lads for not letting their heads drop after conceding last night. i read an article with the head line ( coudnt have put it better) Feast or famine foe arsenal………..probably the most accurate summing up of our season so far.
    secondly, the hazard incident. as much as i love bashing chelski (its a good hobby to have and a rather rewarding one at that) but people are blaming hazard he did not kick the ball boy he kicked the ball from underneath him. impetuas at best but he is no villain, the rea dissapointment is the ball boys behaviour. look at his twitter account if you dont believe me. the lad is a total disgrace, even the coverage was biased. (the headlines prove this. BALL BOY KICKED BY CHELSEA PLAYER. Wrong! chelsea player kicks ball from underneath time wasting ball boy is more accurate and a lot less damning. yet more proof of the media sensationalizing their stories) the fact that both clubs have decided not to take it any further action is even more conclusive. Hazrd was a bit of an idiot but the ball boys antics left a lot to be desired (honestly read his twitter account before the game) i hope he gets the sack. players get booked for time wasting.
    if its not the club pricing out the fans its the the media picking up and running with stories that have no basis in fact.

  2. So there is about 3 years difference between the Lads. So yeah his an adult but a young adult. Second the ball boy tweeted before the game he be wasting time. So shouldn’t be there. Yeah what Hazard did was wrong but what the hell, for every action there USA reaction. Ball boy, hazard is still a boy, should off been expecting a reaction from someone who want to win and desperately. Don’t you know desperate man do desperate things. He should be happy it’s wasn’t Contona. The whole proffessional things doesn’t mean they are not human who cannot let them self taken by emotion… Speaking of heated experience I for one would off kicking him again just for acting like Busquet but then again maybe his been recruited by Barcelona hence his last game was tweeted. Showing off his skills how to land a player in red card. But he doesn’t know about PePe yet

  3. Love your optimism dude , it echoes with my mediterranean attitude .

    But as with people – Bi Polar Arsenal should take their meds .

    Consistancy is key to success in football and scoring a fiver every now and then in between poor displays is not something to be happy about for more than a couple of hours .
    Too many players in the squad are ”bi polar” , hence the current form .
    We dont have a leader , we dont have a sense of assurance in this team , and we have maybe three or four consistant players over all .
    More so , the only thing we managed in this january transfer window is to increase Walcott`s wages , somewhat undeservedly .

    Can you imagine playing Europa league next year ?! (while watching tottenham getting to the quarter finals of the CL ….)

    As for the ball boy incident , I must say – that ”boy” is a serious tw*t . I know one or two neighbourhoods where he would be kicked proper .

    WG do you think we can take the FA cup ?

    1. Hi Red,

      Thanks for commenting, you really talk sense.

      Totally agree about the lack of a leader, nobody talks to each other on the pitch. It’s all screaming and moaning when things don’t happen rather than trying to gee up the team and offering encouragement and tactical changes. There is no initiative in this Arsenal side. Much like the idea of scheduled substitutions, which if true is a ridiculous state to be in.

      We can win the FA Cup – we need to be serious about it, but if we do, there is noone that can beat us. We are capable of being the best team in England, but we need to be more focussed, more determined and play serious. We cannot keep starting games expecting to win. The invincibles had a right to start games like that because they would win against anyone, we aren’t that good.

      Regarding the ball boy – he is a complete ball-bag for what he did, but Hazard shouldn’t have reacted like that. The ball was out of play. The watch was stopped. No advantage could be gained by speed in that scenario. Both of them were in the wrong, but Hazard is still the adult and the one with the most to lose. Very foolish, if understandable reaction.

      WG

  4. Lovely, passionate write-up, WG. You can tell you wrote this with a smile on your face. Top stuff matey, and good to see your site back up and running. 🙂

    1. Hiya TA

      Thanks, its been a bit of a mission but seeing the Arsenal result on Wednesday makes it worth it. Your site is flying mate, really pleased for you 🙂

      Bring on Brighton! It’s back on!

      WG

  5. Great win but lets not get carried away. We must produce it consistently. All along ive said with Giroud in centre, podolski and Walcott on either flank with the suport of Jack and Cazorla, our attack could be potent. We will do well to get Fellaini. An a little mention, Giroud has got sublime touches as well so he is also a great assist. But our defence must shore up. My opinion is that Gibbs, Konciesny are nit good enough. Szeceny as well

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