Triumph against the Hammers has placed us 6 points under Chelsea for what’s likely to be a very short period. It does have me contemplating what result I desire in tomorrow’s game between Chelsea and Southampton, well to be honest it doesn’t, rarely do I ever want to see Chelsea win and an away victory for the Saints would be enthusiastically celebrated by myself in truth.
If this were to happen we’d remain 6 points behind the leaders who’d have a game in hand but after their midweek crumble in Europe I observed a very tired Chelsea side get knocked out despite having the weekend off. This could be very meaningful as Chelsea have more or less fielded their strongest XI throughout the year.
In contrast we have players looking fresh and coming back like Ramsey, Ozil and Theo. We’re just getting stronger it seems and if we can deliver a big final push we could at least muster a 2nd place finish, which would demonstrate incredible progress for us domestically.
In regards to the game, it was an emphatic victory in the end. 3 great passing goals, the Wengerball we all love was back.
I thought Ramsey and Giroud were the best performers on the day. Aaron looks fit again and hopefully back to his best and he besides Coquelin has potential to be our most solid midfield base as both are adept defensively and Ramsey has qualities going forward.
Giroud is really oozing confidence at the minute, even missing out on a starting place at Old Trafford he came back in the team and maintained his recent good run. He really benefits with Walcott and Ramsey’s presence in the team as they both get beyond and link up well with him.
We were fairly solid at the back, Koscielny was different class as always, Chambers grew as the game went on and was nice to see him composed again. Recent struggles have allowed people to forget just how promising he looked at the start of the campaign, still a huge talent we have on our hands.
Overall it was an important win for us and we managed to get players off and rested ahead of Monaco away on Tuesday, Wenger will have a selection dilemma on his hands.
I hear Gabriel is fit for the game and if so, should start as we’ll need to deploy a high line to mount pressure on Monaco from the off, we’re handicapped in doing so with Mertesacker who was amongst the biggest culprits in the home loss.
Giroud vs Welbeck is a dilemma as it’d be nice to have pace up top but I expect Monaco to sit deep and for large spells, camp right in their box where in such scenarios you’d benefit more from Giroud. Maybe both players in attack will work, who knows.
Anticipate an exciting evening that’s for certain.