A fresh start to a blog for me, which in reality is what Arsenal needed, and exactly what they got today. It was still a freaky blend of some inexperience and pure class on some parts. The main thing I'm taking away from this is that we can't use Swansea as a benchmark, I'm not going to carry around a sense of confidence just yet. We somehow still looked shaky as hell, with Danny Graham coming close to making me punch this computer screen in the 92nd. The reason we came away with 3 points today was because of a simple error on the other end of the pitch. The Swansea keeper had a forrest gump moment when he looked to try and kill a bug on the back of his defenders heel by tossing the ball at it. Arshavin pounced quickly and the cheers started. Sinclair caused us some problems, but thankfully Gibbs is a speedy little devil himself. It was a good move on Wenger's part to start him over over Santos. He's probably not match fit, especially coming from Turkey, where their diet consists of goat eyes and kebabs that will put your stomach in a coma.
For the first time in awhile, it seemed we had a keeper that was better than our opposition. With that brilliant outstretched save he gathered up, and the little Cruyff move he pulled on a striker, you have to say Szczesny is showing signs of confidence for a 21 year old that you probably won't find in anybody else.
Our new signings played brilliantly in my opinion, especially since they had very little time to get used to the team because of the friendlies going on. Mertesacker was an animal, and I'm sure alot of arse fans out there will agree that he may be the missing link in the back four. Arteta and Ramsey blended well in the midfield, and definitely provided a sense of composure with that clown Frimpong playing alongside him. The spaniard kept things under control, got back when he needed to, and showed his understanding of the english game.
We are playing in the best league in the world, and 3 points is 3 points. Still, there is worry to be felt until next week, and even against Dortmund who are a world class german team. I watched the other games on livestreams, and you feel a bit discouraged when you see these other teams playing with alot more zest and fluidity than we showed today. We have to be more deadly and Wenger needs to light a bigger fire under their shorts, which bring me to my small final point. V.P....can't stress this guy enough. He manipulates space so well when you give it to him. He's still the best player we have, and the best example of the kind of input we need in terms of talent and class. Safe to say that every time he touches the ball in the final third I get wood.
Congrats to Arsenal on the win. We were the laughing stock for a bit after the United game, but that title has rightfully gone back to Liverpool after today.