It’s taken nearly two days to manage to see more than a few short highlights, so I finally feel in a position to comment on the excellent 2-0 win in Prague on Wednesday night.
Listening to the commentary, the impression was that Sagna looked excellent. And from what I’ve seen, that view is absolutely spot on. He is what I’d call a ‘proper defender’, but admirably he was willing to tear up the pitch to set up the second right at the death.
Hleb looks revitalised in the middle, with his second goal in as many games (although it was something of a scuff), but he may have to treasure those games if, as suspected, he heads back to right wing on Sunday against Blackburn. With Eboue nursing a knock, Eduardo may play, but if the Croatian doesn’t make it, then we look a little short of options already. Perhaps Walcott can start on the right.
Since the match, Cesc has taken some flak for the media for a couple of crunching tackles. Given that the main one was on Repka, who came out before the game explaining how he was going to kick every member of the Arsenal team, that seems a little odd. The same media that criticised how soft an underbelly we had now thinks it can take the high ground when that stops being the case?
In other news, Wenger’s new contract is apparently only days away. So, if the team keeps winning, the battling matches in the north are won (we’ll see on Sunday, for it is a battle Wenger is preparing for), and the manager signs a new contract, only one question has got to be answered?
Just how are the media going to continue their ‘Arsenal in crisis’ line?
My money’s on an Arsenal win on Sunday, and a headline involving the word ‘Dein’ in the Sun on Tuesday.