Friday, October 21, 2011

Ramsey rams it late

Sorry for the delay on how the game went. My friends and I had tickets to the last NY Red Bulls game of the season against Philadelphia last night. To keep it short, the game was amazing and they clinched the last spot in the playoffs. New Jersey however, is a hell of a maze to get through after a night of shouting and drinking.

Now to The Arsenal!...

Quite an ugly victory to say the least. From a historical point of view, a 90+ minute goal to win 1-0 was never in Arsenal's resume. It was kind of frightening to watch at times, but if are an avid arsenal fan as myself, you wouldve seen some positives such as:

Mertesacker/Koscielny partnership

"Offense sells tickets, Defense wins championships," is the quote to go along with this paragraph. Defending for any team requires a number of techniques. Understanding your partner is a huge part of those techniques. Per and Laurent just might be the strong center halves we've been missing. They both seem to have a genuine love for tackling and challenging for aerial balls. I'm not just defending these guys because they simply play for Arsenal; you can tell these two have a commanding presence when played next to each other. 


The major part of the defense block is the goalkeeper. Not only is SZCZ strong between the posts, he's also showing signs of a future leader. After Ramsey's goal with only 5 minutes remaining, he still ran the length of the field to tell everyone to keep their head, and to focus until the end. He, out of all the players, knows how we sometimes hit the self-destruct button in a matter of seconds. He knows this because he's always on the end of it. Either way, it is starting to look like the triangle of Mertesacker, Koscielny, and SZCZ are on trustworthy terms with each other. 


The boy who notched the winner. He has 2 goals and 3 assists so far this season. It's safe to say you saw the impact of the change Wenger made. Ramsey took off Arshavin, which meant Rosicky would be pushed to the wing. He's a fine player, but he doesn't have the jolt behind him like he used to to make bolting runs in the final third of the field. Wenger knew this and made a great sub. With Ramsey getting forward, Van Persie wouldn't be so isolated like he was for most of the game. 
This is such a plus for Arsenal because we're starting to see Ramsey in a more forward roll in the midfield, with Arteta and Song dropping and playing behind him. It seems that Wenger has plans to fill that hole that was missing when Fabregas left...More on that next post!


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