Arshavin and Eboue Gun Down Blackburn
It was a great weekend. We took Blackburn apart; with a bit of composure the score should have been 7-0 or 8-0. To cap it all Aston Villa lost at home to the enemy and now Champions League qualification is in our hands. The game started in mo0st unfashionable Arsenal style, with Arshavin getting on the end of a Walcott cross and diverting his shot in off a defender after only two minutes. The player who was instrumental in Arsenal’s first half performance was Bendtner. He ran after every ball, came deep, and played good balls to the runners, Walcott, Arshavin, and Nasri. Arsenal dominated the first half, but Blackburn reverted to Allardyce tactics and started fouling us, taking time at every opportunity. The worse offender was Diouf, the most hated and despised player in the Premier League. Diouf should have received a red card when he went diving in on Almunia; studs shows after the goalkeeper had cleared the ball. The second half started with Arsenal on the ascendancy, but we were starting to miss the chances we were creating, Walcott had a great chance just after the re-start, but he skewed his shot wide, a Bendtner header then followed. We then entered into a torrid spell for the Dane. He missed several good opportunities, but the crowd did not get on his back, instead they sang his name. We must not forget that whilst he missed several “easy” chances, he actually got into the right positions; soon those chances will be converted Sandwiched between Bendtner’s chances came a glorious goal from Arshavin who had been running the show. Denilson played the ball to the little Russian, he skipped past the defender, drove into the box and from an acute angle, and when the ball should have been squared for the unmarked Bendtner, Arshavin struck the ball into the net. Soon after one of villains came on, Eboue, a player that has been criticised by many, including me, but today we were to witness a different Eboue. Was it that he is no longer a first choice, I do not know, but within seconds, he was inches way from getting on the end of an Arshavin cross. It did not matter because the same combination resulted in Eboue scoring Arsenal’s third as Arshavin’s shot was too hot for Robinson and Eboue was the to knock the ball into the goal, we then witnessed a new Eboue goal celebration. The Ivorian was not finished though; having missed out on the penalty shoot–out in Rome, he made sure he was the one to take the penalty after Vela was fouled. With Eboue, everything is possible, but his penalty was well struck. Arsenal drew level with Aston Villa; we then had to rely upon to Spurs to beat Villa which they duly did to ensure that we are now 4th and all to play for. A special mention to Song, who has now put in two very good games in a row for Arsenal. He won everything in midfield and was always looking to charge forward. This is exactly what Song is capable of doing and we expect this from him at all times.