A very good morning to all Arsenal fans everywhere and a Happy Sallah to our Muslim friends all over the world. I do have a request to make to you guys though, while saying your prayers today, take a moment to pray for our darling club – Arsenal. May almighty Allah accept your sacrifice of love.
It’s always a good feeling when the club wins and rivals drop points as we could all troll them endlessly (in anticipation of when we’d suffer the same fate). Chelsea dropped point in a bizarre manner and they have every right to be angry, but hey, who cares? They are at the receiving end today, they may be the ones benefitting from dodgy decisions tomorrow. It’s football and that’s why we love the beautiful game. Swansea could also argue that Diego Costa’s second goal shouldn’t have stood as his boot was on the high side. If decisions don’t go your way, you moan for a while and get on with it.
I don’t think there is any opposition fan who didn’t enjoy United’s loss to their rival, Manchester City over the weekend. Apparently, they’ve won the league since Game Week 3 and the other games are just formalities. Bunch of clowns! I saw the game and I didn’t see any positive thing the most expensive dabber in the world did. If not for the ‘unfortunate-ness’ of City’s goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, I doubt they would get a goal. Imagine having Aguero against the backline that was the best in the world in the games against Southampton, Bournemouth and Hull!
Enough of oppositions. Let me talk about our own team.
We got the three points and that’s all that matters. The manner at which we got it, I don’t really care and I believe other fans don’t care too (and if you do, you have a problem). Southampton has always been our bogey team. We’ve not beaten them prior to Saturday in three attempts. We’ve conceded six times and have not scored once in that period. Now, we’ve managed to get one over them and some fans are still moaning it’s undeserved? Y’all better go support other teams.
The manager talked about rotation in his pre-match conference. So, it was no surprise Granit Xhaka, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud began from the bench.
Our new signings didn’t really have the best of games (as a matter of fact, by Arsenal’s usual standard, the whole team played woefully) even though they both played major parts in both goals. Southampton began the game brighter and it was no surprise they got the first goal via a Petr Cech own goal. Dusan Tadic’s free kick hit the crossbar and rebounded off the goal keeper’s back. At this point, I was probably thinking it would be one of those days.
Some minutes later, we got the equalizer and who other tan birthday boy deserved the goal. Laurent Koscielny’s spectacular over head kick was a beauty to watch. Lucas Perez got the assist and from that point, it was a matter of when we’d score the second goal, not if. We began the second half with a bit of urgency but couldn’t get the second goal. Long and Hojbjerg could have won the game for Southampton but for some great goal keeping from Petr Cech.
We could claim to be lucky with our second goal as Nacho Monreal had unknowingly stepped on Long in Arsenal’s area of the pitch; the referee could have stopped the game after Laurent Koscielny was down with an head injury; and the referee could have overlooked Jose Fonte’s shirt pulling exploits on Olivier Giroud. To cut the story short, we got the penalty which Santi Cazorla converted hence securing the three points.
We are now 5 points behind the leaders after 4 games which is still better when putting into consideration we got one point from our first 2 games. The next game is away to PSG in the Champions League.We hope to get some of the players rested back and hopefully kickstart this year’s Champions League in the best way possible.
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Until we meet again, keep enjoying your holidays and keep supporting the Arsenal!