Goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud ensured that Arsenal remains in second place with 36 points, two and four points behind surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City (38 points) and third-placed Manchester City (32 points), respectively. Spurs are fourth with 29 points while Manchester United has slipped to fifth place, also with 29 points.
What happened at the Emirates Stadium…
I know Arsenal quite well. I’ve been a supporter for 11 years now (since 2004) and they can be consistently inconsistent. Sometimes they play very well. Sometimes they lose very badly. But it’s all part and parcel of a sports competition. You win some, you lose some. Even Roger Federer doesn’t always win. But when they win, they win. Big time.
Arsenal kicked off the match with two points behind Leicester City, and are still two points behind them still, despite the victory. But they have now opened up a four-point lead over Manchester City, even though the consolation goal by Yaya Toure almost stopped our hearts from beating. City was understood to have had majority of the ball possession, yet they were in no position to score more nor were they in any position to stop the Gunners from running riot in the first half. This 2-1 defeat at the hands of Arsene Wenger meant that Manuel Pellegrini has seen his side lose five times already this season, with Wenger’s men having the advantages of defence and attack.
Theo Walcott’s 33rd-minute strike and Olivier Giroud’s 45+1 minute goal were enough to swing the game in favour of the club. Mesut Ozil has been the key player in many of Arsenal’s victories, and this time, there was no exception nor doubt that he was the mastermind behind the two goals either. Giroud’s goal was a gift from a costly error made by City’s Eliaquim Mangala. For a hefty price tag, Mangala shouldn’t even be making these errors in the first place!
Ozil has now set up 15 of Arsenal’s league goals for the 2015-2016 season, and he was the last one with the ball before Walcott opened the scoring with a solid and curling, diagonal effort in the 33rd minute, and also for Giroud who latched on to Ozil’s through-ball to fire a low and angled shot between the legs of Manchester City’s goalkeeper Joe Hart. Hart was once upon a time THE goalkeeper for City. The safest pair of gloved hands who kept many clean sheets for City. I wonder what happened over the years…
The 2-1 victory was much-deserved for Arsenal who want to keep up the pressure on Leicester City. Even if they don’t win the trophy this season, and are able to maintain second place, it would be a good result for me. Though, of course, we (the Arsenal faithful) are always looking for medals, trophies and recognition.