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A few thoughts on the West Bromwich Albion match

May 26, 2015

Arsenal went into their last game of he season knowing that should they lose then Manchester United, if they won away at Hull could take third place in the table thus leaving Arsenal with the task of pre-qualifying for the Champions League. However, United would also have to turn round a plus seven goal difference currently in Arsenal’s favour.

Arsenal’s team :

Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs, Cazorla, Coquelin (Ramsey), Wilshere (Oxlade-Chamberlain), Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott (Giroud) Arsene brought in Gabriel for Koscielny, Coquelin back for Ramsey and Walcott in for Giroud.

Arsenal with no goals to show from their previous three games at the Emirates including two 0-0 draws and a 0-1 defeat, needed a good performance and a few goals to lift spirits before the FA Cup this coming Sunday.

The game was only four minutes in when Arsenal broke their recent goal scoring duck, when the ball found Walcott and he hit a rocket of a shot past Myhill into the top far corner for 1-0 Arsenal! Arsenal really started this game strongly and playing some lovely football. Lovely football being good, but lovely football also needs end product. With fourteen minutes gone the team that put Chelsea to the sword six days earlier found themselves 2-0 down when the ball bounces round in the area, fell to Walcott who skipped his man and toe poked the ball into the net. Three minutes later more Arsenal pressure results in a third goal when again with the ball bouncing around the area, Gabriel set up Wilshere who simply lashed the ball into the top of the net from twenty yards, unstoppable! 3-0. (to be voted GOTS as Arsenal twitter did their job 🙂 ). Myhill saved well to stop Theo grabbing his hat trick. Wilshere, The BFG and Sanchez all went close.

Arsenal scored a fourth when Cazorla miss hit his shot across the goal and there was Walcott on the far stick to tap in his third goal in thirty-three minutes. 4-0 game over. This can only mean one thing. Yes! the hand brake comes into play.

HT 4-0

I noticed at this stage that Arsenal had score seventy-one goals for the season the sane as Chelsea and it would have been nice to end up with more goals than the champions. However, that damned hand brake put paid to that. Cazorla shot saved. Arsenal concede a goal when Ospina came out for a cross, missed and McAuley made it 4-1. West Bromwich a bit more lively now, but then maybe also a bit of Arsenal having done the job already. Ramsey and Giroud came on for Walcott and Coquelin. Straight away Arsenal liven up. Ramsey shoots and hits the far post. Once again the game simply winds down, well it is end of season.

Wilshere had a very good game, as did Walcott who looked lively. No real injuries which is good with the Cup Final on Saturday.

FT 4-1

Arsenal really do need to stop easing off in matches. When winning and looking comfortable the team should go for the juggler. Smashing teams when you have the chances, makes teams scared to play you. Arsenal always look like a side willing to give the opposition a route back into any game and this needs to be stopped.

However, the last day of the season, you win 4-1. A player scores a hat trick, team plays some good football, mainly in the first half. The team finish third, one place higher than last season and no extra games at the start of next season. It’s not all doom and gloom.

Thoughts on the season, well I will give that in a different blog.





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