‘They pay top dollar those Arsenal fans. When you’re paying that kind of money you have to be watching world class footballers at the club. You can’t just have two – you should have five and six in my opinion.’
SWANSEA CITY 0-4 ARSENAL: WHAT THE STATS ARE SAYING AS REGARDS TO ARSENAL’S VICTORY OVER SWANSEA.
Arsenal defeated Swansea City 4-0 in South Wales, a venue not familiar with good stories for the Gunners but the visitors went, saw and conquered the hosts (Swansea City) eliminating every form of fear regarding the Swansea fixture.
The likes of Wayne Routledge tried some stuff in midfield but with the superlative form of Alex Iwobi and passing instrument Granit Xhaka, Arsenal were able to scale the hurdle in an emphatic fashion. With the win and the brilliant performance against Swansea we take a look at the match statistics from the game.
Everyone concerned with Arsenal Football Club would have been disappointed to see the current Premier League leaders pass their latest by beating AFC Bournemouth despite having to play the game without first choice centre forward Diego Costa and midfield star N’Golo Kante.
But there was some encouragement yesterday in our hopes that Arsenal can make up the nine point gap and give Chelsea a proper run for their money this season. It came from the slightly unlikely source of Tony Pulis, who despite being clearly disappointed that his West Brom side were not able to hold on to take a point home to the West Midlands, said after the game that he thinks that Arsene Wenger has a stronger squad of players than Antonio Conte.
It is hardly surprising that Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the Arsenal and Chile international star Alexis Sanchez, because despite the fact that Arsenal dominated the game for pretty much the whole 90 minutes away to West Ham yesterday, it was the killer instinct and finishing of Alexis that ensured the Gunners the points we deserved.
His manager spoke to the Arsenal website about the star striker who bagged a brilliant hat-trick in the space of 14 minutes just when thoughts were inevitably turning to the idea that we might be punished for the profligacy that his team mates had shown up to that point, even on the opening goal from Ozil as it was an unselfish piece of play from the Chilean that gave the German a tap in.
When the Arsenal players next kick off in the Premier League we could start the game six points off the league leaders, as Chelsea face Man City away in the early Saturday match. The best thing for the Gunners would be a draw but failing that I think it would be better for Man City in order to halt the recent momentum of Chelsea.
There is another reason for Arsenal fans and our players to want Chelsea to falter as well, because their Belgian international star Eden Hazard was reported by Metro this week dismissing Arsenal as a serious rival to his club for the EPL title this season.
The need for Arsene Wenger to get Alexis Sanchez tied down to the club with a new Arsenal contract was brought into sharp focus again today as the Chilean drove the Gunners on to win a vital game that could well have gone the other way.
The striker was back in the centre forward position against Bournemouth with Giroud back on the bench and even though the French forward did well and made a difference after coming on, especially with his great work to set up Sanchez for the late third which made the game safe, the manager’s decision was justified by a brilliant game from Alexis.
The main reason for Arsenal wanting to finish on top of the Champions League group, apart from ending the frustration of coming second for six years in a row, is to be in pot one when the draw for the knockout stage is made and hopefully get an easier route through to the latter stages.
The Gunners have already secured a place in the next round after Mesut Ozil hit that late winner away to Ludogorets Razgrad, but Arsene Wenger has called on his players to ensure that we do not mess it up at home to the French champions PSG, with any win enough to guarantee us top spot.
Betting odds on Arsenal to win the Premier League
Arsenal has had a promising start to the 2016/17 season of the Premier League. The league table has Manchester City on top along with Arsenal and Liverpool with each team standing on 20 points. Only due to goal difference Manchester City’s ahead of Arsenal.
The betting companies were way off last season when Leicester City clinched the title. William Hill listed Leicester City at 5000/1 before the start of last season. If you’re looking for an outsider to back this year William Hill has listed Hull, Burnley and Sunderland at 2000/1.
I don’t know about the rest of you Arsenal fans out there but I was certainly a bit worried when the news broke at the end of last season that Manchester United would be parting company with their Dutch manager Louis van Gaal and replacing him with the former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.
It looks like I need not have bothered though, because those United fans that were so happy a short time ago may well now be wishing that they had stuck with old LVG. At least he won them a trophy, with the FA cup success in his final game in charge. At the minute it looks like Mourinho and Man United would be hard put to win a coin toss.
I must admit that I was not convinced at all that the Arsenal experiment of playing Alexis Sanchez in the centre forward position would work and for the first couple of games this season it looked like I was right. I have to say, however, that the Chilean is certainly proving me and all the other doubters wrong.
It seemed that the role was not good for Alexis and when the Gunners had tried it in the past it never worked out, so I expected him to be back on the left side as soon as Arsene Wenger had another option, but the 27-year old striker has improved in each game and is really looking the part now.