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Basel 1 Arsenal 4

December 11, 2016

Arsene Wenger picked a strong team even though many including myself thought it might be better not to do so, seeing how it looked odds on that PSG would win the group after our home draw with them. Fair play to him, he got it right.

Gabriel once again kept at right back. Mustafi rested for Holding. The never complain Gibbs at left back. Xhaka teaming up with Ramsey. Iwobi back in. Ospina taking up place between the posts for the Champions League.

When the match kicked off and I saw Arsenal pass the ball along the back four of Gabriel to Koscielny to Holding to Gibbs and back again about four times, I though Arsenal are going to control this game, and control it they did.

Perez bagged a hat trick with a hat trick of assist from Gibbs. The first a tap in after a good chipped pass from Sanchez found Gibbs who crossed to Perez whose good control and composure then tidily dispatched the ball into the net.. The second after a thirty-seven pass move that saw Gibbs a shot saved and Perez pick up the loose ball and put it into the net for 2-0

The third and flick by Sanchez saw Perez free on goal and he tucked his shot away nicely with a cross shot into the bottom corner. Then after lovely chipped pass from Sanchez to Ozil, who in turn crossed the ball low into the path of Iwobi saw Arsenal go 4-0 up and game over.

Sanchez had a superb shot from a free kick which hit the bar with venom after it swerved and dipped. WOW! That would have taken me back to memories of the FACup Final v Aston Villa had it gone in.

Another very professional away performance from Arsenal. I doubt many expected Arsenal to win so convincingly. OK! Basel were not that great but I felt much of this was down to Arsenal’s play, than how Basel set themselves out for the match.

With PSG unable to beat Ludogorets Arsenal ended up topping the group and now could face Bayern or Real Madrid. A wink and a nod from Paris maybe? No way did expect that to be happening at 7.45pm on Tuesday night. I suppose if you want to win the Champions League you have to play the other big opponents at some stage and at least you get second leg played at home.

Maybe with the League Cup now a distant memory, Internationals not back till end of March and the Champions League placed on the shelf until Mid-February this gives Arsenal and other teams a break to concentrate on domestic football for a while. Hopefully Arsenal can capitalise on this.

I’m starting to enjoy going to watch Arsenal recently. I felt was getting to the stage I was simply going for the sake of it as the football of last eighteen months was not that great, save in patches. This is what us football supporters do, we support our team, thick or thin, during matches. We praise or criticise after the match. However, it’s always better when you team is playing well and bossing games and look like they could make a proper challenge for the Silverware being dished out come May.




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