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5 hours from Blackburn all for a 0-0

Following the legends match at the Emirates where I was part of the prawn sandwich brigade, next match was an U21 match away to Coventry City in the Checkatrade Trophy.

This was a good test as it was against Coventry’s first team. We won 3-0 with over 200 Gooners in attendance made it a satisfying evening.

Next stop was a trip to St James’s Park, Newcastle; always a decent place to watch football with the city centre stadium with walking distance of plenty of pubs. For a reason that still makes no sense to me, we were booked on the 6:12am train from Kings Cross meaning that my alarm was set for 3:30am!

What with my other half being away on Saturday night and 10 hours of drinking, this trip was only going one way and it did……

The match was uninspiring but a 2-1 win, but it meant that for the first time in an age, we won two away on the bounce!

Following a heavy head on Sunday, Monday saw me venturing up to Blackburn for an U23 match. There was a bad accident on the M6 which meant diversions and missing the first 13 minutes. On the way home, I counted 18 different sets of road works, therefore arriving home over 5 hours after our departure; the match itself finished 0-0, not a great day all round!

The only thing I took back with me from Blackburn was a stinking cold which was to stop me going to a few youth & academy matches.

Following this seasons Europa League debut with a easy win against Ukrainian side Vorsla Poltava, I saw our U23s thrash Liverpool 4-0 at Borehamwood.

Next up was a 2-0 home win against Everton where the highlight was keeping our first clean sheet of the season followed by a home Carabao Cup versus Brentford, a team we’ve not played in a competitive match since the 1940’s which we won 3-1.

Next up is the last match of a run of 4 home matches against Watford followed by a trip to Baku, Azerbaijan. Lots of sun and cheap alcohol, what could possibly go wrong?

JW

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Victoria Concordia Crescit – Arsenal awash with positivity

 

An Arsenal win ✓
A first clean sheet ✓
3 points in the bag ✓
FIVE wins in the row ✓

After that tough start to the season which saw us lose the opening two games to Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal are now on a run of 5 wins in a row.

In the league it is 4 wins in a row. Whilst the opposition of West Ham & Everton at home, Newcastle and Cardiff away, might not fill sides with fear, you can only beat what you have in front of you.

To bring things into perspective, Arsenal have not won 4 league games in a row since the back end of 2016/17 when we won the last 5 games of the season.

With Watford (H) and Fulham (A) up next, it is realistic that Arsenal could increase that winning run to 6 Premier League games – the last time we won more than 6 games on the trot was 2014/15.

If you are unable to see the positives in Unai Emery’s Arsenal, I feel sorry for you.

I see people moaning about the poor performance against Everton (we won 2-0!) and about our leaky defence. I see people moaning that Aaron Ramsey had a poor game (he set up both goals) and that Mesut Ozil has been awful (2 goals in his last 3 games).

People are moaning about Petr Cech in goal. Calling him past it. Even though he has actually performed very well this season; and improved on last season under the new coaching regime.

People have moaned about Hector Bellerin playing and Lucas Torreira not playing. They have complained about Unai Emery trying to put Ramsey, Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette into the same team.

I am just fed up with the moaning.

Wenger has gone, Gazidis has gone. We have won 5 games in a row in all competitions. There is plenty to be positive about. Plenty to get excited about.

I am all for constructive criticism – it does baffle me that Everton was the first time Torriera started in the Premier League – but we all demanded change, and we got that change. We should be backing the new mans decisions, even if we might not always agree with them.

I think the issue is some fans have the negativity from the Wenger-era ingrained into them.

They are so used to moaning week in week out that they are no longer able to look at the positives. Their response to beating Everton was not to enjoy the 5th win in a row and the clean sheet, but to highlight the poor performance.

Their glass will always be half empty. Nothing will ever be good enough for them.

They demanded the change, they got the change. Now they have nothing to contribute, bar constant moaning. It is almost like they need the club to be in turmoil to make their opinion relevant. That they are just waiting to stand outside the directors entrance with a bed sheet.

The reality is, if you are not able to get behind the team, the new management, The Arsenal. If you are still pretending to boycott the club, then your “support” is no longer really required. Your negativity not needed.

I am glad you do not go. That you keep your bitterness to Twitter rather than scream obscenities from the terraces.

Victoria Concordia Crescit

Sometimes I feel our fans forget this. That they go out of their way to create disharmony within the club. That they thrive off the negative. That it justifies their existence.

There is plenty to be positive at the moment. Bring on Brentford. Let’s make it 6 wins in a row before the visit of Watford.

Up the Arsenal

Keenos

Match Report: Arsenal 2 – 0 Everton

Arsenal (0) 2 Everton (0) 0
Premier League

Emirates Stadium, Drayton Park, London N5 1BU
Sunday, 23rd September 2018. Kick-off time: 4.00pm

(4-2-3-1) Cech; Bellerín, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal; Torreira, Xhaka; Ramsey, Özil; Aubameyang, Lacazette.
Substitutes: Elneny, Guendouzi, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Iwobi, Welbeck, Leno.
Scorers: Lacazette, Aubameyang

Yellow Cards: Sokratis, Torreira
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Attendance: 59.964

Always good to get an annual visit from the Toffeemen, a club from which we have bought some of our most famous players; namely Joe Mercer and (indirectly) Tommy Lawton, both in the twilight of their careers of course at the time, but still good enough to cut more than just a bit of a dash in our successful post-war Tom Whittaker teams. We also welcome the return of Theo Walcott, a popular player who left us for Goodison Park in the January transfer window and has proved to be a favourite with the blue half of Merseyside.

Back to today’s match. From our point of view, the first half, was quite frankly, disappointing to say the least. The star turn was Peter Cech, who undoubtedly saved us from going into the break possibly two or even three goals down. No doubt about it, the Toffeemen were the superior side for the first half, and most Arsenal fans in the stadium felt that we were indeed fortunate not to be in defecit. The only memorable moments in the first 45 minutes was Nacho Monreal’s shot quite early on, which the Everton goalkeeper stopped easily, and the yellow card that Lucas Torreira collected for a clumsy tackle; other than these incidents, nothing of any note was created by us, and a heavy sight of relief went around The Emirates when the referee called the proceedings to a halt. Phew.

This three-ring circus started up again and after some ridiculous passing, tackling and positioning by our chaps, a goal appeared to liven up the proceedings, literally out of nowhere, and we can truly thank God that it did as well. Lo and behold! Eleven minutes after the restart, Aaron Ramsey moved deep into the Everton defensive area, passed the ball to Alexandre Lacazette, who scored an absolute cracker of a goal. He composed himself, steadied the ball and simply directed it with his sweet right foot into the top far right corner of the Everton net. Just simply sublime. Now the Gunners started to wake up and do the two things that all top teams do best; 1) control the match and 2) not allow the opposition to play. Sho’ nuff, three minutes later, our other top bandit, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the match out of teach of the Toffeemen when he scored our second, (and somewhat controversial it would seem) goal. Mesut Özil broke away from his markers, got into space and passed the ball to Aaron Ramsey who quickly offloaded it to the Gabon international who wasted no time in introducing the ball to the back of the net. And now the controversy; television replay suggested that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was offside; but hey, the officials didn’t call it, the Toffees didn’t appear to rant and rave, so the goal stood. Our second goal utterly subdued the bluenoses on the away terrace, and from this moment onwards, the match started to look akin to a training game at London Colney. The referee blew the whistle (after a more than generous period of injury time, it should be said) and three points along with sixth position in the Premier League was ours to savour.

Anyway, anyhow, anywhere, some things out to be brought up. Despite the fact that we kept a clean sheet for the first time in the Premiership this season, our first half performance was shocking (again) and Peter Cech, everyone’s vote for man-of-the-match literally kept us in the game at times when it looked like we didn’t deserve it – on performances such as this, how on earth can he be dropped for a younger ‘keeper? Lucas Torreira is growing in confidence and has a skill that utterly belies his tender years, and surely must be considered for a regular start by Mr. Emery soon. Our industrious full-backs, Nacho Monreal and Héctor Bellerín are providing width in a formation that is surely crying out for wider midfielders, and alarmingly, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Özil appear to be getting in each other’s way, which is lamentable. Despite all this, it was great to see our star strikers work well together, and also Granit Xhaka is enjoying his newly found liberation in midfield too. Still, three points is three points, and we shall rejoice at this fact. Remember everyone, keep the faith, get behind the team and the manager, as these early days are going to be crucial for our future success in all competitions. Stick with the winners.

Victoria Concordia Crescit.

Steve

Too Dearly Loved To Be Forgotten: Arsenal v Racing Club de Paris 1930-1962 by Steve Ingless (Rangemore Publications, ISBN 978-1-5272-0135-4) is now available on Amazon.