It’s just a very short blog tonight as I’ve got to race around at home and get through a couple of chores.
The Arsenal boys produced an excellent performance last night to dispose of AZ Alkmaar 4-1 and all but qualify for the second round of the Champions League. Cesc Fabregas scored two, Samir Nasri got his first of the season and the scoring was complete when Abou Diaby fired home our fourth. Alkmaar pulled one back very late on – Aaron Ramsey, Emmanuel Eboue and Manuel Almunia all could have done better – but it mattered little with the game well and truly in the bag at that point.
Fabregas was absolutely superb last night and fully deserved his two goals, the second of which from the sort of finish that only a player who is high on confidence can produce. Nasri and Diaby’s goals were equally as excellent as Andrey Arshavin showed his value to the team on the night with a hat-trick of assists. The little Russian improved on a solid performance against Spurs at the weekend to put in Man of the Match honours despite Fabregas’ brace.
Kieran Gibbs had a good game in place of Gael Clichy, almost grabbing a goal, while I also thought Emmanuel Eboue and Abou Diaby put in improved performances. The defence looked solid throughout and although Almunia probably should have done better with the goal, he showed his worth to the team with a fantastic reflex save to deny Alkmaar with the scores at 3-0.
The win sees us on 10 points in the group, four ahead of Olympiakos and six ahead of Liege with two points needed to secure top spot in the group. Let the good times roll…
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