Yesterday's 4-0 whitewash of Porto was just what we needed to get the Arsenal spirits back on an upward spiral. I'm sure the community is well satiated with the performance at Ashburton grove in the matchday 2 encounter at Ashburton Grove.
2 each for the frontmen Adebayor and Van Persie. And it was nice to see them both get well amongst the goals early on this season. Four scored yesterday, but really it could have been so much more as we created a whole truck load of chances especially in the second half. I may sound a little harsh but, I'd like to see us more clinical in the final third.
On to the performance and now as must be clear was much improved from last Saturday. The lads looked up for it and wanted to atone for the disappointment against Hull. We dominated the play from the 10th minute of playonwards or so. But we were never quite penetrative enough. Theo was a live wire on the pitch and was wreaking havoc in the Porto ranks. His lightning pace is really something to behold, incredible. Porto were dangerous on the counter though a rasping shot from long range prompting a diving save from Almunia, and another corner which was not dealt with resulting in a frantic goal line save from Clichy and clearance from Ade , helping out the defence. The openner came in the 31st when Adebayor was put in by Cesc, who squared for an on rushing RVP to slide in past the Porto keeper.1-0 to the Arsenal, as Arsene got off the bench to celebrate. Arsene was all smiles and he had a look of satisfaction writ large on his face. He spoke about feeling 'physically sick' when the team do badly and now we could see the opposite. Back to the goal, it was super instict that saw RVP at the right place at the right time to slot home the goal, absolutely brilliant! The second came when RVP took one of the many corners in the first period, a nice delivery which founds it's way to our big Togolese striker , who then headed it into the ground to beat a flapping Porto GK and the man on the line. 2-0 and we were cruising, and in to the half time break we were comfortable.
All we had to do is probably ride out the early storm from a seasoned Porto side, who are no mugs. The storm was not forthcoming though, as we increased our lead through RVP. a loose ball picked up by Theo (?) who played it into the path of RVP who powered his way into the box to poke home for his second. A wonderful goal, and something we are not accustomed to seeing too much at Arsenal. 3-0, and if there was any doubt of the game being sewn up, it was made completeley clear that it was. We were completely in control of the game by this stage, the game being completely played in the Porto half. The fourth came when Bendtner who came on for RVP around the 60th had his legs taken in from under him. Ade stepped up and delivered from the spot . 4-0. We created a whole lot more after this, but sadly no more goals were forthcoming. One note of caution though-It was not the most assured performance at the back though, and we really need to clear this up.A full match report is here from .com.
After the game Arsene said-
“We were focused. I thought at times we were a little bit too tense, especially at the start of the game. But we were focused and at that level, whether it is the Premier League or the Champions League that is vital. I believe that on Saturday we were caught by a lack of focus.
“I think the team is maturing and there is big potential in the side. We want to be intelligent and in the end you measure that on how well we do together.”
Well the Arsenal rollercaoster goes up again. Good to get back to winning ways again. We needed a commanding performance yesterday, and the lads delivered, and really theres not too much more you could ask for after a 4-0 performance. We needed a response yesterday, and we got it. I'm going to leave it here for the time being, work calls and rot like that.
Have a good one, Gooners!