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watfordArsenal 4 – 0 Watford

Ospina; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Elneny, Coquelin; Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi, Welbeck

Where was this performance in the F.A cup? This thumping 4 – 0 league win was another example of Arsenals Jekyll and Hyde season. A season which could have reaped so many rewards, but instead is limping to an inevitable conclusion.

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Iwobi scores

Arsenal started fast, very fast and were rewarded as early as the 4th minute. Iwobi started a flowing move down the left and he released Welbeck, Welbecks’ cross was only half cleared to Iwobi, who looked up and fed a beautiful ball into Sanchez, who leapt high and although his initial header was saved, he was on hand to tap in the rebound. That early goal had eased the tension inside the Emirates and allowed Arsenal to play the fast expansive style of play we have become accustomed too. Straight away Iwobi was again showing why Walcott is spending so much time on the bench. The combination of Iwobi and Welbeck, and Gomes had to be alert to beat away a fierce Iwobi strike, but he wasn’t to be denied for long. This time Alexis turning provider as he cut inside from the right and fed a low ball across which the onrushing Iwobi gratefully tucked away for his second goal in as many matches.

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Sanchez and Iwobi

2-0 at half time and with the game seemingly won (Watford offered nothing), Arsenal continued to play some beautiful football, and played like a team that SHOULD be fighting for the title. Oh how differently the table would look had we played with this conviction in the home defeats to Chelsea and Swansea and the meek draw with Southampton. Where Leicester have been winning games 1-0 and offering little, Arsenal have been losing games and offering little. Arsenal added a third when Bellerin got a helping hand with a huge deflection taking it past the helpless Gomes, and even Theo Walcott on the impressive Iwobi,  got involved by adding a fourth. Ozil played a lovely ball out to Campbell, who played a ball across to Walcott who finished simply… 4-0 job done.

 

Man of the match – Iwobi

 

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Mohamed Elneny

A special mention has to go to Mohamed Elneny, who has been superb since his $5.5 million pound move from Basle. A lot was said about him on his arrival in January, because he wasn’t a big name who cost $40 mill +, people were quick to write him off. Over the last 5/6 games he has become vital to our team play and it clicked this week when watching him play against Watford who he reminds me of. He is the first midfielder we’ve had that breaks up play and sets up attacks, just like Gilberto did. A player that we have sorely missed, it seems we could potentially have that midfield pairing we have missed for the past 10 years. Coquelin for me is a box to box midfielder and Elneny is that ball winning midfielder, who does all the unsung dirty work that often goes un-noticed, just like Vieira and Gilberto, a pair who compliments each other well; that has been reflected in the results since they’ve started playing together.

How to solve a problem like Theo??

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Theo Walcott.

I would say poor Theo Walcott, but I can’t. On Twitter this week I saw a video someone had posted which showed all Theos’ goals’ in his TEN YEARS at Arsenal, and when you watch them you think ”How is he on the bench?”. For all Theos’ failings; he does have quality, he can score goals, and he can score against the big teams (Barca, United, Chelsea) but he cannot gain any consistency, and this is after he was taken under the wing of Thierry Henry when he joined as a 17 year old.  If we take out his year out from a serious knee injury, and say a year to allow him to settle in when he first came, that works out to roughly 8 years of horrendous inconsistency- yet twice he’s held us to ransom over new contracts. Now Arsene has to take some blame here as well because he is the one who authorized his new contract. Theo is in a dangerous position right now, he’s been dumped on the bench by his club, is in danger of being on the bench for the Euros (if he’s selected), and there is no transfer rumors of clubs ready to take advantage of his lack of game time. That in itself speaks volumes. I personally would like to see Theo leave, I think he needs to leave, but if he thinks he’ll get a bigger club than Arsenal, I feel he’ll be disappointed once again.

 

In other news…

One week after Twitter had signed Granit Xhaka for Arsenal, he came out on international duty and said no deal has even been mentioned. I feel this deal has the potential to run all summer long…

Jack Wilshere was questioned by police this week, allegations of drunken disorderly behavior will not go down well within the Emirates, especially as he’s so close to a return to the first team.

Arsenal are attempting to tie down Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to new long-term deals.

 

Next Game is against West Ham away, Saturday 9th April.

 

Until next week.

 

 

 

 

 

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