A rare display of good finishing was last night enough for a 3-1 win against Man City who impressed, especially at the start of the second half. At the forefront of that improvement were some of the much-criticised midfielders, and there is a notable change in attitude for one in particular.
Twice in four days Tomas Rosicky has scored for one reason – he has timed a lung bursting run into the six yard box to stab home. Both goals have been reminiscent of Pires, a reminder of exactly what Arsenal have been missing this season, but it’s certainly a promising sign to see such a determination to put right one of the season’s failings.
He isn’t the only one. Fabregas scored for the second consecutive game, and a pearler it was too, and it is excellent to see his efforts finally bring the reward they deserve. For the first half of the season he was inspiring in a creative sense, but over the past couple of months has shown a willingness to be the final part of the move, only being prevented by the woodwork of numerous occasions.
I think Wenger’s right – next season Cesc could add that one remaining facet to his game to become a ten goal midfielder, and if Rosicky continues in the vein then this weakness could be removed. It is certainly a promising sign to see a clear intent from of them.
And even Baptista scored. Now that is a shocker.
On the negative side, Eboue’s defending for the equaliser was again woeful, although this time he wasn’t alone, and the jury is still very much out on the full back. The contrast between the two flanks couldn’t be more stark, with Clichy quietly putting in superb performances.