Thursday, 27 September 2012

Wenger admits Arshavin mistake -Theo's brace isn't enough -Yennaris shows Gooner spirit

Morning Gooners.

What a fantastic night of football was enjoyed by those at the Grove last night. Two 6-1 wins in a month, boy Mr Wenger, you're really spoiling us!

Now nothing less than a win last night would have been acceptable given the gulf in resources each of the clubs have and the manager made sure there was no mistake with a strong line up which showed yet again the club were taking the league cup seriously.

It was great to see Olivier Giroud get himself off the mark. The goal was made by Francis Coquelin's determination to win the ball and then Giroud had to cooly finish by lifting the ball over the 'keeper. Luckily the ball fell on the Frenchman's favoured left foot, otherwise we'd still be waiting for him to score!

One thing I was impressed with was the workrate which was evident. It seems like everyone wanted to seize the opportunity to show Arsene Wenger exactly what they can do. Some of the players certainly needed to remind him and Andrey Arshavin looked bright as a button.

You can see the Russian still has the skill to offer the club something and the way he took his goal was fantastic. Perhaps last night's performance has gone a little way to making the manager realise that playing him on the left for the majority of his Arsenal career isn't his best position.

He admitted as much in his post match press conference.

Wenger said:
"Arshavin's best position looks to be behind the striker now because that's where his vision, the creative side of his game, can be very efficient.  
"When he has to work on the flank it is sometimes working against him because he has to work too hard up and down. But when he's central he always had an influence on the game."
If the manager is looking for an option to give Santi Cazorla a rest during some games, then Arshavin should be certainly considered as a top option. We'll also have Tomas Rosicky coming back and he can play in that role as well.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can also play in that role and he combined well with the Russian for his goal. What a thunderbolt that was to open the teenager's account for the season.

And we could all see that Theo Walcott was desperate to get on the scoresheet. He had a couple of opportunities before he breached the Coventry defence but when he did take his chance it was a clinical finish.

There is no doubt that he can score goals. And again he proved last night that he doesn't need to play as a central striker to put the ball in the back of the net. It was great to hear the crowd get behind him. Arsenal have a stronger squad with all their best players committed to the cause. I hope that Theo signs a contract extension but can't really see that happening. It's gone too far down the line in my opinion.

I know Theo says he's not motivated by money but considering in July he'll be able to sign elsewhere with a massive signing on fee and possibly double the wages he's on now, he wouldn't be human if he wasn't considering that scenario.

The manager has again said he'll have to wait for his chance to play centrally and that's not what Theo wants to hear.

Wenger said:
"I am not against it, not at all. We will try. At the moment we have a big competition up front, we have a different formula and the team is doing well.  
"His time will come for that and at the moment we have to be a bit patient. He is a great finisher now, Walcott, in front of goal he is absolutely amazing."
It will be interesting to see what role Walcott is given at the weekend considering his good form against Chelsea. I would imagine he'll be on the substitutes bench again and Wenger will opt to use the 11 who started at Eastlands last weekend.

One player I thought had an excellent game last night was Nico Yennaris. He certainly seems to have come on a lot since pre-season and I'm sure he'll have planted a seed with the manager that he can offer the team something during the season.

And I've not even mentioned the storming header from Ignasi Miquel. Although I'm not too sure about the badge kissing in his celebration!

The draw for the next round has already been made and we face Reading away on October 30/31. With Chelsea and Manchester United being drawn together,  we should certainly not take our eye off the opportunity to pick up the league cup this season.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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