I didn’t see last night’s 2-1 FA Cup victory over West Ham – but even on paper it looked pretty damn good.
Here are 6 reasons why:
1. Before the Liverpool game I believed that this was not a side that could come from behind. To my eyes our style of football relied on getting in front to get results, to prevent teams nicking a goal and then stifling our passing game by getting every man behind the ball. The win at Anfield gave the suggestion that this team had the fight from behind and last night’s victory just reconfirmed it.
2. Aaron Ramsey has stepped up since Cesc Fabregas went off against Tottenham. Two trademark crisp finishes from two games shows he has not hid in the captain’s absence and bodes extremely well for the future. He certainly loves a shot too, something I think every Arsenal fan appreciates.
3. Eduardo’s predatory instincts are on the rise again. By all reports he wasn’t great last night but his goal was of a kind that no-one else in the team is capable of scoring. That’s two in two for the best finisher in the squad and a confident Eduardo could mean all sorts of trouble for opposition defenders in the coming weeks and the likes of Chelsea, United and Liverpool in a month’s time.
4. Lukasz Fabianski’s goalkeeping looked as impressive as his new haircut. It’s clear he is the long-term replacement for Manuel Almunia but strong performances like this one will only improve our defensive record by ensuring the Spaniard keeps on his toes.
5. Carlos Vela gave his most telling contribution of the season by providing the assists for both goals. The first required sharp reactions to a tight situation while the second was the sort of cross that we have been crying out for all season. Some may say the young Mexican has been a disappointment this season but those two moments illustrated the qualities he possesses.
6. With Bolton and Everton coming up in quick succession progression to the next round justified Arsene Wenger’s decision to rest Andrey Arshavin and a number of other first-choice players. There will be no excuses for a lacklustre performance on Wednesday night and with the likes of Abou Diaby and Samir Nasri rested only a fool would bet against us beating Bolton at The Emirates.
Well done boys! Well done!
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