Monday, 30 September 2013

Super Serge and Rampant Ramsey shine -Can we keep a clean sheet?

Morning Gooners.

Top of the league, in our own right. Who would have thought it after our opening day defeat. Five wins on the bounce in the league - two at home and three on the road - leaves us two points clear as league leaders at this early stage.

Clearly we shouldn't be getting carried away at this stage of the season. The manager always talked about looking at the table after ten games to find out how things might shape up and you'll notice he's not said that so far. That's because we are sitting top, in a great run of form which has seen us get results in all but our first game against Aston Villa.

But it is great that we are top. Being league leaders on our own will give us confidence. Will prove to the players that we can do it. That we've got enough to push on and grind out results, win at tricky places.

There was little to wrote home about during the first half in south Wales. We looked in control defensively. Apart from one piece of Wojciech Szczesny madness, which could have seen us punished, when the goalkeeper should have dispatched the ball to row Z rather than try and keep it in play.

At the other end Serge Gnabry creating the only real opening we had in added on time at the end of the first period for Olivier Giroud, who pulled his shot wide.

However it was that positive piece of play which must have given our players the confidence and belief that this Swansea team could be got at and it was the young German Gnabry who got on the score sheet after the ball was worked into the area with a beautiful piece of one touch passing which Olivier Giroud was at the heart of.

The Frenchman exchanged passes with Wilshere, before the ball found i,ts way to Ramsey and his reverse pass was perfectly weighted into the path of Gnabry for the 18-year-old to score his first league goal for the club.

The Welshman was in on the act again for Arsenal's second four minutes later. Szczesny's quick throw to Ozil on the right got Arsenal underway on a quick counter attack. The club's record signing found Aaron Ramsey in the centre circle and the Welshman's deft back heal found Jack Wilshere competing for a 50/50 ball which he won.

Giroud back healed the ball into Wilshere's path and the Englishman charged at the box. He laid the ball off to Giroud and just when you thought the striker would pull the trigger, he plays the ball into the path of Aaron Ramsey who has  the confidence to find the right angle and smash the ball home.

2-0 with a third of the game still to play and you'd have hoped that this team could see the result out without conceeding a goal.

However that wasn't to be as Ben Davies saw the defence part for him and he thighed the ball past Szczesny.

It didn't look like the Welsh team were going to get back into the game after we scored our second. And while I'm happy with the win and being top of the table, I just wish we were able to keep a clean sheet on Saturday.

It's a minor niggle. But we've only failed to keep the opposition from scoring once in the league. However we are top of the league and that's the most important thing at this stage of the season. Hopefully we can become more mean defensively as the season goes on.

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