If you asked me to pick two key performers from last nite’s game against Wigan, I would say Rosicky for his consistent play forward and then topping that with a goal and Captain Gallas for his determination to surge ahead and break the Wigan defence.
Wigan defence did frustrate the Arsenal players but in Denilson and Diarra I do not see a combination that can go forward with the vision and guile of Fabregas and Flamini. Denilson was seen getting the ball from the defenders and playing behind Diarra too many times. Clichy and Sagna went ahead more than their usual self.
Theo Walcott for all the pace and turns needs to still get his finishing and negotiating the traffic of defenders worked out. He seems to be losing the ball more often than not. But I have to admit that every time he gets the ball it seems that something is gonna happen and once Wenger irons out the small glitches in this talented youngster he will be something to deal with. Hleb was missed. He would have helped in breaking down this defence sooner than later.
Rosicky had a wonderful game and his through ball to Walcott in the first half was a standout point. He along with Adebayor, Fabregas, Hleb, Clichy & Sagna are our main counter-attack specialists. You can actually add Bendtner to that list as he is always poaching and I like the way he gets around the defenders in an authoritative manner. His use of his upper body strength is quite good. So coming back to Rosicky, the Czech did impress in a more central role and this should be a good combo when we want to take off Flamini and go for an all out attack. The second goal which was due once the Wigan defence was breached was a nice shot from Rosicky from a pass from Bendtner.
The more Wigan defended the more frustrating it was for the players and for the fans. Gallas got involved with Heskey in a significant moment of the game which charged him up. And this led to the Captain going forward and finishing off a move which he started. Sagna’s cross was just perfect and Gallas engineered the header past the hapless goalie. And he is showing the right attitude in going for the kill against teams like Wigan.
With Man Utd losing, there is a clear advantage and these kind of chances should be grabbed with both hands. From now onwards Arsenal should try to maintain this 3 points lead. It might come in handy as the league progresses.