What will we do without Robin Van Persie? He once again won us an important game with two goals to beat Stoke City 3-1. Here are some thoughts on the game:
- Gervinho could be good, really good once he has finally settled in. Gervinho showed us today why Wenger signed him, to score and create goals. His goal came from a very well executed ball from Aaron Ramsey, in which Gervinho caught the ball on his chest before lashing the ball in with his left foot. Gervinho also showed his selfless side with two good assists for Van Persie to score off of. Yet, he still showed that he is not fully adapted to the Premier League’s speed and physicality at times. Nevertheless, he still showed what he is capable of and what Arsenal fans could look forward too next season.
- If Van Persie had start, this game may have been a lot more comfortable. Chamakh isn’t the best footballer, and you can see how big of a difference it made when Robin Van Persie came on to replace him. We started attacking more, we were more creative, and we were able to score twice with Van Persie playing instead of Chamakh. Had Van Persie started the match ahead of Chamakh, we may have scored a couple more goals and had the game sealed before half time.
- Mertesacker and Koscielny are starting to gel, while Djourou doesn’t offer anything when coming forward. Mertsesacker was solid today, winning a couple of headers and stopping Crouch from making any real threats (apart from the goal). Koscielny continued his fine form with another good performance at the back. Djourou did his job at right back, stopping Walters from coming in and posing in any real threats, yet coming forward seemed a challenge for him. Many of his crosses were not good and he seemed to have trouble dribbling the ball on the wing.
- Aaron Ramsey played really well today. His wonderful chip pass reminded me of Nasri’s pass to Fabregas’ against Burnley in 2010, when Nasri chipped the ball over the whole of the defence for Fabregas to tap home. Some of Ramsey’s passing today was that good and I am looking forward to his further contribution this season.