Eduardo and Walcott Return as Eboue Scores
What a day, Eduardo making his second appearance of the season, Walcott coming on from the bench, Eboue scoring a goal and Song dominating the midfield. Arsenal made a hesitant start to the game, but soon took a stranglehold and were never threatened by Burnley. Arsenal took the lead after Arshavin pounced on a mistake by Eagles; he played a great ball to Vela who showed us his class by skipping past a challenge and lifting the ball over the oncoming goalkeeper. This goal demonstrated what Arshavin has brought to the team, quick thinking, and creativity and for a small player he is not fearful of “getting stuck in.” Vela on the hand has tended to play out wide this season, once brought into the middle he showed glimpses of what he can achieve. The other point of the first half was the torrential rain that had most of the lower stand fans running for cover! The second saw plenty of possession for Arsenal, but interesting we saw Alexander Song in the mood, he was everywhere, he was strong in the tackle and his distribution was first class. His partner, Diaby also showed great skill and athleticism, but he tired and started to lose the ball too often. It was from one of Song’s passes that we witnessed one of the most remarkable gaols ever seen. As the ball fell to Eduardo, he volleyed the ball with the outside of his left foot into the opposite corner of the goal. Arsenal then had several more chances to extend the lead, with Eduardo, van Persie, and Walcott all failing to add to the score. It was left to our bête noire, Eboue to end the game on a high. In a great move involving Song and Gallas, Eboue found himself in the area and unleashed a shot into the bottom corner. This was greeted with rapturous cheers for a player who often has us pulling our hair out.