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A few thoughts on the Arsenal 6-1 Coventry League Cup match

September 27, 2012

Morning Gooners.

Well that was  a strange evening.

Not a sign of the Arsenal anywhere on any sort of TV channel. This is something that does not happen that often and comes as a bit of a shock when it does.

So the only thing for it was to open up Tweetdeck, tune into Sky Sports Special and wait for updates to come though on either medium. So that’s a couple of thousand twitteratti and Tony Cottee for the evening. Lot’s of tea & biscuits were needed.

Arsene decided to mix it up a bit with fringe first teamers and youth. Martinez, Yennaris, Djourou, Miquel, Santos, Angha, Walcott, Coquelin (Frimpong 72), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Gnabry 72), Giroud (Chamakh 72), Arshavin

It was nice to Frimpong back in the squad and I hope the lad can stay injury free this time. Arshavin was back also.

Coventry brought 8000 fans with them to the Emirates and helped swell the crowd to an impressive 58k for a Capital Cup Tie. Well done the club for once again selling reduced price tickets and more importantly not including these games in season tickets. Season tickets holders would have to purchase their seats, but it also gives many fans a chance to get to see “The Arsenal” where they would not normally have a chance, as either not members of the cost is prohibitive.

As I did not attend, it’s hard to give a good report on the match, so just some highlights from me based on updates from twitter and SSN’s. I have since seen the goals on BBC MOTD, though you would have had to be careful not to blink. The first 20 mins not much seemed to be happening. However, around the 20 min mark the game  was summed up for me by two tweets I saw. The first popped up saying it’s “still 0-0 but Arsenal dominating”. The second said it “looks like Coventry are all over us”. Hopefully both twitteratti were at the match, though if they were, what game were they watching? Maybe the second tweet was based on the only real good chance at that stage falling to Coventry’s Elliott, who maybe should have done better with his chance.

Lot’s of come on Arsenal, “Wake Up Arsenal” “Get Going Arsenal” and of course it would not be the same without the obligatory “This is Shit” “We can’t even score against Coventry” type stuff.

Just sitting there it did not much was happening by the updates I was getting. More Tea and the Chocolate Digestive tin was getting low. Then suddenly my time line went crazy. The tweets were coming in so quick I could not read them as they flew past on the laptop screen. Yes! !!! Get in!!! Arsenal had scored, but more importantly Giroud has scored his first goal for Arsenal… Having seen the goals on TV now – a nice though ball from Coquelin to Giroud, who controlled the ball well and then chipped it over the advancing keeper into the net.. 1-0 to the Arsenal – 1-0 to the Arsenal……………… The crowd blasted out :

“Chim chiminey chim chiminey, chim chim cher-oo….. Who needs van Persie when we’ve got Giroud.”

Giroud Scores

Half time came and the Gunners went in 1-0 to the good.

Early in the second half Arsenal were awarded a penalty when Arshavin was adjudged to have been fouled. Up stepped Giroud to take it and fired left footed and let’s be fair it was well saved by Murphy in the Coventry goal.. Giroud looked well disappointed. From the resulting Corner Miquel headed onto the bar. Oooooooooo that was close…

However Arsenal fans amongst the 58ooo inside the Emirates did not have to wait long for the second. The ball was played to Oxo by Arshavin, Oxo unleashed hell and hit a screamer from 30 yards into the net 2-0 to the Arsenal.  Game over!!!

Oxo Scores

Oxo celebrates his goal

Shortly after the second came the third, bit like London buses, the ones Chelsea use in defend with. Giroud floated the ball into the Area and there was the Meerkat to control the ball and slide it nicely into the net for a cool finish past Murphy, proving he is not just good at selling car-in-surance. Simples!!!

Arshavin Scores

No.4 was all about what Theo wants to be. Theo wants to play upfront.

Here’s the thing. I was talking earlier in the day to some mates and we sort of agreed Theo is the most frustrating player to watch. Always potential. I was saying Theo want to be like TH14 a legend at Arsenal.  I said “Theo will not score many TH14 type  goals”.  Err, Theo shut me right up last night. Theo first was to run onto a pass and finished very neatly with a powerful shot across the goal, ending up nestling in the bottom right hand of the net. Fair play, quality finish.

Theo scores his first

Hold up!!!  That’s taking the P**s… Coventry get in on the act and grab a consolation goal to give their 8000 fans something to cheer about and good luck to them.  Within minutes Arsenal four goals to the good again as Miquel scored Arsenal 5th.

Miquel Scores 5th

Then right at the end of the match on 90 mins came that TH14 moment that I though Theo could not give Arsenal. Theo  picked the ball up, ran round the outside of Coventry’s defence, then turned, ran towards the goal and then as he got into the 18 yard area he superbly curled a low shot out of the reach of Murphy for the coolest of TH14 type finishes, making it 6-1 to the Arsenal for the second home match running. Win by that score on Saturday against  Chelsea and 6-1 6-1 6-1 we could even win Wimbledon.

Theo scores second

As the highlight’s were brief, very brief and definitely not enough to make a judgment how the team played over 90 mins. Seemed like a mixed bag as for tweets and updates from SSS, with the team performing up and down during the match. I got the impression that once Coventry tired around 60 mins, it was just about how many Arsenal would score. 6-1 victories can do no harm for the youngsters that played and only boost their confidence. It also gave the likes of Arshavin a chance to showcase what he can do, in both scoring and assisting goals. Theo the chance to show he can score if played up front, though it was only Coventry. The chance for Giroud to get the Gareth Bale of his back and score his first, hopefully the penalty miss will be put to the back of his mind.

A good might’s work and you can only beat what is put in front of you.

Nice draw for the 5th round with Reading away.

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