Just a quick post today to talk a little bit about Arsenal’s 3-1 Premiership victory over Reading.
It looked like a very comfortable win for Arsene Wenger’s side with Mathieu Flamini, Emmanuel Adebayor and Alexander Hleb all getting on the scoresheet away from home. Every one of the three goals reeked of Arsenal class as first Flamini finished off a sublime move involving Adebayor and Hleb before Adebayor did the same after a nice interchange involving Tomas Rosicky and Cesc Fabregas. Then Hleb went one better with a great individual goal, speeding free of the Reading defence and rounding the goalkeeper with an outrageous piece of skill before firing home. You can see all the goals here.
Although Nicky Shorey scored a late consolation goal for Reading it was, by all accounts a relatively straightforward victory for Arsenal – something they probably needed after three physically tough draws with Liverpool, Manchester United and Slavia Prague. I didn’t catch the game (if you haven’t already gathered from my extreme lack of posts, my internet connection has been playing up) but the match report from Setanta Sports seemed to suggest that Reading threw ten men behind the ball in an attempt to stop Wenger’s side from playing. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t work and Arsenal came away with another win to put them back on the top of the table.
The side from the match was exactly same as the one that started against Manchester United. With Eduardo da Silva not even making the squad it really seems that a 4-5-1 with Hleb playing behind Adebayor will be the go until Robin van Persie returns from injury. Both Hleb and Adebayor justified their inclusion with goals and it was also nice to see Flamini score his first for the season as well. His celebration with Rosicky suggested it was a weight off his shoulder.
That’s about it, apart from the pre-game news that Wenger suggested he may be making a signing when the January transfer.
“It is not impossible. I don’t think I will get anybody in but if I get one opportunity in one area then I will not neglect it.”
Although he did not go into the particular area he was hinting at, you have to feel that with Jens Lehmann starting to talk more and more about a move away from the club that Wenger is hinting at a replacement for the German.
Just before I go I just want to let every know that things should be back to normal on the blog here soon (give it another 3-5 days). I wanted to have the second issue of The Gooner Gazette completed over a week ago but with the problems I’ve been having with my internet that just wasn’t possible. As a result, I’ve decided to do a double issue for October and November that I will make available in very early December.
In the meantime though, I hope everyone enjoyed the win over Reading and is enjoying being back on the top of the table.
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