WBA 1-3 Arsenal – Have We Turned the Corner
Arsenal visited bottom of the table WBA looking for goals and points. Wenger made four changes after the lacklustre performance against Fulham. Out went van Persie, Vela and Diaby and Gallas was ruled out with an injury.
Things started well when Bendtner, the player who could not control a ball never mind score, picked the ball on the edge of the area, a couple of steps and he curled his shot past Carson’s far post.
We were on the road to scoring a hatful surely. West Brom replied in the seventh minute with a free that crept along the floor and should have been blocked by everyone’s favourite, Eboue, but he jumped over the ball.
Arshavin was asked to play up front behind Bendtner and he showed plenty of promise, he was knackered after 90 minutes on Saturday, the guy was made to play the full 90 again by Wenger, we will not see the best of Andrey until he is fully fit. It was from his well-floated free kick that Arsenal took the lead, when Toure met the ball to score. Minutes later, Toure was the provider as his long ball found Bendtner whose first touch was good but his finish was even better.
The second half could and should have resulted in Arsenal adding to their tally; Arshavin came close soon after the interval, Bendtner set up Arshavin inside the box but Carson tipped the shot past the post. Soon after Arshavin skill allowed him to create space and his shot was goal bound, but took a deflection to send it wide. Diaby almost scored but his shot also took a deflection.
Bendtner almost capped a perfect night with a hat-trick, but after some good work his shot hit the post. In the closing stages Bendtner, Arshavin and Sagna had near misses.
It was good to claim three points and to score goals. It was good to see Bendtner grow in confidence and start to play good football. The weaknesses were once again Song and Eboue, both of whom are looking less and less likely to make the grade at Arsenal as the weeks go on. Arshavin will receive no rest as he will be expected to play against Burnley. It was also good to see Merida make his league debut.
All we can do is win our games, put the pressure on Villa and make sure we are there, ready to pounce if they drop points.