Arsenal breathed new life into their season with a thrilling 2-1 win against their traditional rivals, Manchester United. Double strike from Nasri in either half set up the victory, though Arsenal had some nervous 6 minutes of added time to play with. But this victory will give the team the confidence to carry on in this season.
Hull, Stoke and Fulham were the shocks for the season and Saturday’s victory the morale-boosting win that should take this team through this season. The team played with pace and conviction, taking on the bigger stars of United in their stride. Rooney, Ronaldo, Berbatov and later Tevez were all made ineffective by this young Arsenal team. Almunia made some decent saves and the United finishing were not upto the mark to add to the visitors misery in the first half. But Bendtner also missed couple of chancecs to put the team ahead.
It took the new man, Nasri to provide the breakthrough in the first half, a deflected shot which went in but full marks to Nasri and Arsenal. It seems Nasri described the match as “the greatest of my career so far” and one played in front of his father, who usually does not watch his son perform. His second goal was set up by Fabregas and Nasri’s clinical finishing is far too good than Hleb. Clichy had Ronaldo’s number and nullified most of the moves made by the Portuguese. Rooney, I thought might end up getting sent off as he had a frustrating match.
Arsenal played 5 in the midfield and for once Diaby and Denilson played together well. Diaby was in a advanced role when Arsenal were attacking and was back defending when Arsenal lost possession. Probably for the first time, the back four were entirely French – Sagna, Silvestre, Gallas and Clichy. And to top it there were 2 more French players in Diaby and Nasri. Bendtner was the lone forward and Walcott made it up on the right of midfield.
So hope to see the team maintai the tempo and do well for the rest of the season.