Lucky Number Six?

Reasons to smile for all Gooners!

Rosicky – Definitely deserved the MOM Award. He was the elegant and dazzling puppet-master pulling the strings in midfield, creating spaces and chances and delivering pin-point passes in the absence of Fabregas and the injured Nasri. He was out of sorts last season after his long-term absence due to injury and all Gooners, myself included, are definitely happy to see Rosicky show solid glimpses of the form he had pre-injury. Here’s to it lasting for the season!

Walcott – 3 extremely well-taken goals will certainly help his case with Capello and all the detractors who have long labelled him as the perennial ‘enormous potential but no finished product’ man. He has been steadily improving over the past few months and it was good to see his confidence and composure in front of goal, especially in combination with his ferocious pace which has always been a major asset. Always good to see him start taking set-pieces for the team, any additional skill is always useful! I’ve always said that this is his season to step up and prove once and for all that he’s reliable, match-winning, first-team material. Yesterday was a very good start towards that cause!

The sight of Captain Cesc and New Number 10, Robin Van Persie, warming up on the touchline certainly brought a huge smile on the face of every Gooner on the planet! Both looked in good enough touch to start the next match and RVP also put in the assist which gave Maroune Chamakh his first-ever EPL goal – a beautiful curler which was perfectly floated in for the Moroccan’s head to help it into the back of the net.

Diaby and Wilshere seemed to be at ease with their new roles, on a day when Alexandre Song was playing as the makeshift centre-back, filling the gap left by the red-carded Koscielny. Wilshere did well for his assist in Theo’s second goal and I think more regular first-team football will give him the chance and experience he needs to make the transition to first-choice.
Nice to see Arshavin be more involved in the creative processes on the field, rather than the meek shadow he was against Liverpool last Sunday. Well-struck penalty too!

I know it was only Blackpool yesterday, but based on the performances, I am optimistic about our options and form in midfield and up-front. Granted, that we won’t get a chance with every team to pass around the ball as much, and as fluidly as we did yesterday, but with similar form, minimum injuries and the return of Nasri and Ramsey, we should be okay. And also, it was a boost to see the variety of the goals scored, as well as the number of goal scorer

You have to give credit to Maroune Chamakh. On another day, he would have got a hat-trick before half-time and atleast 2 after the break. But call it ‘not his day’ and he just couldn’t find the back of the net! However, far from feeling sorry for himself, he had a commendable work-ethic and helped in the movement of the ball and the creation of chances for others, and deservedly got his goal in the 90th minute. After all, it was his debut home game and only his 2nd EPL game and I think he did well!

Blackpool were unlucky with that red card. Yes it was a foul, a definite penalty and certainly in the penalty area (though the challenge started from outside the box) But in other circumstances it deserved a yellow. Unlucky for Blackpool that (Insert name) was the last man! We had already taken control of the game by then but it would have been interesting to see what the 11 on 11 contest would have been like!

On a day when the Arsenal Clock Tower was reinstated at the Emirates and the North End and Clock End were restored, this classy 6-0 was the perfect gift the team could have given the fans and everyone involved with Arsenal!

On the flip-side (Yes, there always is one!)

Defence – Arsenal’s defense and Almunia didn’t have much to do, especially after Blackpool were reduced to ten men, but they did not create a feeling of complete confidence (They haven’t done that in a very long time, to be honest!) It will take better teams and teams which will push the defenders more, to see how the back-line holds up and whether it will be up to the task. That said, I’ll be extremely happy if Wenger announces a new defensive/GK signing before August 31. He has said that there will be at least one new face by September, maybe even more. But with Le Prof, it always remains to be seen!

Another potential worrying point would be the missed scoring chances. It might be a good idea to work on more focused composure in possession and in front of the goal on the days when the chances won’t be as many as they were this time around.

Overall, a top-notch, fluid, mesmerising Arsenal performance, and three points in the bag in style!

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