1-0 to the Arsenal, the chant keeps playing in my head yesterday. We won by that score line against Chelsea. The rival that I always wanted our constantly winning team to beat.
Setting the stage was a few jibes from Mourinho, and a few subdued counters from Monsieur Wenger. Yes, it was business as usual between the rival managers.
Before the game, Jack Wilshere did his ankle in training, ruling him out of the game. Everyone else lest Danny Welbeck, as well as Ospina and our Energizer Bunny, Alexis Sanchez, is available.
The line up is as such for Arsenal:
GK: Petr Cech
DEF: Bellerin, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal
D-MID: Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin
A-MID: Ox-Chambo, Ozil, Ramsey
ST: Theo Walcott
The game started strongly. Arsenal have some off moments in the opening minutes, with off-placed passes not helping them against the very usual Chelsea, without their usual hitman, Diego Costa, who suffered an injury.
In my opinion the Chelsea team were quite good, only to miss out in the scoring chances.
Then came the defining moments: Theo Walcott headed a free kick towards the Chelsea goal, which their goalkeeper Courtois did well to save the ball.
The second defining moment came when the ball was passed from the left side of the field to Walcott, dropping a little keep, and passed to the unmarked Ox-Chambo, who passed the ball to his left foot and scored a screamer past Courtois.
The last few defining moments were when Ramires misjudged the header from a cross, and when Eden Hazard almost scored via a defense-splitting pass from ex-Gunner Cesc Fabregas. Our defensive rock, Koscielny, made sure Hazard did not have the time to shoot nicely. In the end, he skied his shot over the bar.
Overall, the game was a tight game of 2 halves: Offensive for Arsenal in the first half, and Defensive to hold on to the lead in the second half, breaking away whenever possible.
It was only when Oliver Giroud came on when we started playing a little better forward, as he had the height for long balls and kept the ball whenever he is able to.
So fellow fine Gooners, would you prefer Giroud in the starting line up against the Chavs or do you prefer sticking to Walcott?
For me, I feel that I would start Giroud as he has height, and when we attack against teams who has tough defenders we need Giroud. Look at how Walcott struggled against Terry.
I will handover to you guys for comments.