19 September 2009: Arsenal start a run of six wins and a draw with victory over Wigan
Background. After two high scoring wins against Everton (6-1 away) and Portsmouth (4-1 at home), plus wins against Celtic in the qualifying round of Europe, Arsenal had suffered defeats to Man U and Man C. Standard Liege away in the first group stage game, gave us some respite, but then Arsenal took on Wigan.
Here’s the report of the Wigan game written at the time by Gf60
Arsenal vs Wigan 4-0
Thankfully a full game repeat on TV last night so thoughts not just limited to highlights.
What was an experience though was realising on Saturday that the Wigan game had just become the most important of the season.
“Ha” I hear you say.
Seriously; when one is stuck in a Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk watching a wedding starting at kick off time, 1000 miles from home, with the preacher girding his loins to deliver a 45 minute sermon…I think he said that marriage is a good thing…and having arranged for sms delivery of score as and when AND NOTHING COMES THROUGH (which means it was obviously a 0-0 draw) only to find out that the ‘sms..er’ forgot and the score was 4-0, the importance of the game or absence thereof is totally obscene.
It took me all of two bottles of Merlot to recover the equilibrium.
Then eventually the game. That was fun especially as Wigan, dirty buggers though they may be, aren’t a really bad side. Too much carelessness from our side but a lot of good movement and had the finishing been sharper (Verminator excepted) we could have had ten. One worrying aspect is that Cesc doesn’t seem to be enjoying himself…probably too many crunches on tender spots. Maybe an idea to rest him sharpish like.
Hope the kids can pull it off tonight (this being a league cup game v WBA). WBA getting 5 at Boro (where we have dismally failed against in recent years) does not auger too well, but at least WBA try to play football. Probably the reason they got relegated.
From the BBC site
Arsenal’s midweek match-winner Eduardo was the central figure in the third goal, striking a post with a volley from a Gael Clichy cross before driving in a follow-up effort which found the net courtesy of a telling deflection off Eboue.
- 24 Mannone
- 03 Sagna
- 05 Vermaelen
- 10 Gallas
- 22 Clichy
- 27 Eboue yellow card (Rosicky 73)
- 02 Diaby (Ramsey 66)
- 04 Fabregas
- 17 Song yellow card
- 09 Eduardo (Bendtner 73)
- 11 Van Persie