Having not had the chance to even watch a scrap of yesterday’s highlights, I don’t exactly feel best placed to comment on yesterday’s performance, but hangover aside I shall persevere regardless. Apologies for any brevity caused by my lack of knowledge on the game.
I did follow it via the Arseblog live blog, as well as Twitter and after the initial profanities were uttered in my mother-in-laws kitchen, the afternoon took a turn for the better as Walcott levelled us after a Vardy goal had put the Foxes of Filbert up. I like it when we reply early and quickly after conceding. It agrees with me. It also probably saves days of my life when I eventually come to the end of it. Today I find myself a happy man who has seen his team win in emphatic style and not just that, I’ve also seen the return to form of a certain Chilean who netted his first, second and third goal of the season.
The drought was always going to be short-lived; you can’t be as good as Alexis is and not net goals. His effort, skill and application dictates that he is eventually rewarded. His first goal was prime poacher. I managed to see all of the goals from gifs on Twitter, so at least that was something, and Alexis’ goals were certainly something. The first was a poachers delight; Walcott’s near post shot decelerated up in the air across the goal and Alexis ghosted in at the back post unmarked to tap in. The second goal was crafted in the mind of Mesut and is the exact reason why he is good dust to our team. Picking the ball up near the D, his flick/chip to a perfectly timed Alexis was something of great beauty. The Chilean has a fantastic leap – we all know this – and showed it by rising ahead of Schmeichel to make it 3-1 and effector finish the game. Goal number three was why we accept his pot shots from everywhere, because he gets his fair share of ones that go in and that was no exception. He’s a joy to watch. An effervescent human who has enriched our team to an extent that he makes you believe we could go places with a match-winner like that in our team.
Giroud finished off the scoring after Vardy pulled back a second, but the game was done by then and we had the points in the bag, much to my happy heart.
This victory not only underlined our ability to score goals – and good ones too – but it showed that we’re capable of syntillating football at times and when the environment and the circumstances are right, we can flourish.
There will be time enough to worry about injuries, but the important thing is that we’ve secured points away from home and also made ground on City, whilst putting a little bit more distance from Chelski.
A happy Saturday.
Catch you tomorrow.