October 1, 2013

Left Foot Charley

I'm confident we'll get a result against West Brom this weekend, so I'll just go ahead and say it; Arsenal have won every single game they've played since Gooner.com Blog begun. The three games they played before that were won too. So we're now looking at a team that has won 10 games (in all competitions) in a row. That equals the best run the 'Invincibles' team back in 2003-04.

Granted, they went unbeaten all season, but perhaps the fact we lost the first game against Aston Villa takes the pressure off a bit? Lower expectations sort of thing? Who knows. All I know right now is we are watching a team full of confidence, in form and most importantly a team that has belief. Sounds a little sappy, but it's true. With the level of competition currently at the top of the game, a team that has any doubt whatsoever will instantly fail.

Today (or yesterday, depending on what side of the planet you're on) Arsenal played Napoli, who are currently 2nd place in the Italian League, and unbeaten, and convincingly beat them. I didn't actually get to watch the entire game, due to shitty TV coverage here in the Detroit area, but did manage to catch most of the first half on a decent stream. 

I'm sure the googlie eyed magician, Mesut Ozil will be happy that he got his first goal for the club today, but I can guarantee you Arsene Wenger was happier. The goal was sublime. Giroud playing Ramsey in on the right wing, Ramsey playing it to the edge of the box and playing a wonderful cross along the floor to Ozil who twisted his body slightly and caressed the ball into the net from 18 yards. 

Not only did Wenger do his classic double fist shake, but when he was done.... he shook his fists again! Clearly a sign that he was seconds away from pissing himself from excitement. Lovely to see, and a fantastic first goal for the German International.

Ozil had a big hand in the second too, as he took the ball from Giroud, and waited for the tall Frenchman to run into position before he almost toe poked it across goal and right into Giroud's path for a simple left footed tap-in. Classy football, and no more than the Gunners deserved.

As I watched the stuttering stream, I couldn't help but add up all of the left footed players we currently have playing for us; Giroud, Ozil, Podolski, Cazorla, Gibbs (counts as 2 left feet, his right is awful) , Monreal, Vermaelen and Wilshere. I sometimes wonder if Wenger has a bit of a 'thing' for left feet, and granted it's not the entire squad, but a lot more than we've had in the past. 

On that useless piece of information I will leave you with the feeling of being top of the League, top of our Champions League Group and into the next round of the Carling cup. 
Who's that team we call The Arsenal?