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Ashley – Except for a little blip, it was like Arsenal of old!

Posted on December 19, 2012 by admin

Reading 2-5 Arsenal Match Review by Ashley

Arsenal made it two league victories in a row, either side of a diabolical Capital One Cup game that saw us crash out to Bradford City.
Honestly I didn’t really know what to expect from Arsenal when they turned up to the majeski stadium. I thought the most likely sight would be a team that lacked confidence, teamwork ability and mental strength, however they proved me and I’m sure a lot of other people wrong.

We started the game strong with Podolski taking a Kieran Gibbs cross down well and placing it passed Reading Goalkeeper Adam Federici in the 14th minute. The gunners continued to press and after a nice bit of link up play, Cazorla dove in to score with his head. And the little Spaniard wasn’t done yet this half. 3 minutes later he grabbed his second goal, turning and shooting from close range to make it 3-0 to Arsenal with 35 minutes gone.

Afterwards we went focused more defensively as we went to close the first half with a very favourable score line. Arsenal also made the first impact in the second half, with Santi Cazorla scoring his 3rd goal of the game on the hour mark. At 4-0 Arsenal was comfortably in control but then we witnessed what seems to be a regular occurrence in recent seasons. We witnessed a 10 minute blip, in which the team lacked mentality and lost focus on the game. Conceding 2 goals in 5 minutes, got Arsenal fans worrying again, and rightly so having seen this team throw away leads far too often, however nerves were called when Theo Walcott cut inside after a well-placed pass from Cazorla, to finish past Fedrici and put Arsenal’s victory in the bag.

This game reminded me of the Arsenal of old. Convincingly scoring goals, controlling the midfield battle, fantastic playing style and it will be interesting to see if Arsenal can keep up this style consistently. Next up for the club is the Champions League draw on Thursday.

5 to “Ashley – Except for a little blip, it was like Arsenal of old!”

  1. para says:

    I sometimes think when a team is many goals ahead and the game is starting to dull, it lets the other team score to make the game more exiting again.
    Seriously, it is natural to have a dip in form when leading by many goals, but we fans want to see a little more control and goals goals goals, especially for goal difference and pride.
    We need a good run now.

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  2. old arsenal says:

    the arsenal of old would beat man u city and chelsea like that. when this team play the big games they cant match the old arsenal but it doesn’t mean they wont improve. wilshere is like the return of jesus for the midfield though, he has been nothing short of inspirational and has returned some swagga along with cazorla to afc play its clear to see these 2 are in a diffrent class compared to the rest players afc need more players with their level of ability to be like the old afc. the old teams had that class all over.

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  3. tobi says:

    Arsenal of old

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  4. why O why? says:

    Yeah, it does bring back the memories of 2008-2010 crop of Arsenal

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  5. John Collard says:

    You wait when we lose again mate. The army of haters will return to drop their sack Wenger comments.

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