Easy peasy wasn’t it. West Brom came to town and duly got dumped out of the Carling Cup competition by a youthful Arsenal side bar the defense. There isin’t much I can tell you now cos there were no screening of this match yesterday, not on live television and not even on stream. I can only tell more once I’ve completed downloading the entire match off Arsenal TV.
From what I can gather off the numerous match reports, it was a fairly even game up until Jerome Thomas’ dismissal towards the end of the first half. A lot have been made out the Jack Wilshere’s reaction but the rules of the game are simple. You can’t lash out at another player with your arm and not expect to be red-carded. The young English lad may have made the most out of the confrontation but the simple fact remained. That said, Wilshere completed another 90 minutes for Arsenal and was at the heart of almost all of the attacking moves. It will be interesting to watch the replay considering he was deployed further back than expected. He started as one of the midfield trio together with Ramsey and Coquelin. No doubt he did more defending and tracking back than he ever needed to do in his short career.
The breakthrough came in the middle of the second half when Sanchez Watt side-footed Vela’s initial shot. Watt was the fastest to react to the rebound and full credit to him for scoring on his debut. Vela replicated Watt’s effort when he reacted to Mark Randall’s chip which strike the top goal bar. Vela and Randall were both introduced midway in the second half and duly justified Wenger’s decision. It was nice to see the young Mexican returning to the side. He has not had a proper run in the first team yet but the signs are definitely encouraging.
Randall is an interesting player. He has already been on the scene for a couple of years but haven’t quite made the breakthrough. Yet somehow he remains in Wenger’s plans. This in it itself is already puzzling considering the fact that Wenger never kept playing fringe players for a long time. I’ll admit that I’ve always like this lad. We’ve seen him on the flanks as well as centrally in midfield like he did during the Carling Cup run last season. He possesses a good touch and with an eye for a pass. He reminds me alot of Michael Carrick with his plays. His Bergkamp-esque chip provided Vela with the chance for the second goal and that itself says alot of Randall’s assured touch. Where he goes from here is anyone’s guess.
Phillipe Senderos enjoyed a winning return to a competitive Arsenal game. His presence alongside the stand-in captain of Silvestre would no doubt have easily kept West Brom at bay. Funny how fast life takes a turn. Two years ago and Senderos would’ve surely worn the captain’s armband ahead of the aging Frenchman. My guess is Wenger do not want to put too much pressure on his return and wants him to play his normal game. With a few more games in his belt, Senderos would be ready to take up the challenge should any of the first choice centerback pairing suffers any injuries.
So that’s it. Will update more once I’ve watched the whole match.
Thanks for your time. Talk to you again tomorrow.