'It's obvious that the FA Cup isn't top of Arsene Wenger's agenda these days. In fact I reckon that he would rather win the meat raffle at my local boozer more'
Those were the words of some twat on my blog yesterday. What a dickhead eh? It would help if that dickhead wasn't myself mind. But it was. Straight from the horses mouth.
I have to hold my hands up to Arsene Wenger, he proved me wrong. I was worried that we would field an understrength side at West Ham and that it could go completely tits up. I have to say that the side Le Boss picked was spot-on.
What was even better was the bench. For a change in a domestic cup-tie we had the likes of Diaby and Nasri to call upon if the need be. As it happened we did need those two and the subs that Wenger made were inspired and at the right time. It changed the game in our favour when it looked like we were struggling to break West Ham down.
Nice one Arsene!
I have to say how pleased I am that Eduardo scored. A header from a cross too! We don't get enough balls into the box from wide positions in my opinion. It's not usually from the want of trying though. It's normally that whoever is crossing the ball can't get it past the first defender. Carlos Vela provided a peach for Eduardo's head and he made it look easy really.
When the little Mexican went wide left he looked a major threat. I know the boy can finish well but he looks very comfortable on the left wing. I remember when he was on loan to some Spanish side and he played on the left against Real Madrid. He tore Sergio Ramos (one of the best right backs in the world in my eyes) apart, put him back together, then tore him apart some more.
We have a lack of natural wingers, especially ones who hug the line, and I think that Vela would be best placed there at the moment. I understand that Wenger sees him as a central striker but he also sees Walcott as a central striker too and plays him wide right. Vela just seems more at ease taking on the full back to me with plenty of space to work with.
Was it me, of course being Arsenal biased, or did the ref Mark Clattenburg favour the home side today? I just felt that every little foul that could be given went West Ham's way. Have we upset Clattenburg in the past?
When Mr Clattenburg first came on the scene I believed he had the makings of a very good referee. Unfortunately he seems to have suffered 'Ref Syndrome' a disease that makes the man in black believe that the game is all about him. It's a shame because there is no cure and we could all be saying how fantastic it is having an official like him in charge of your game.
Where did five minutes come from at the end? It couldn't have been when West Ham's very own Mr. Miyagi tried to take off Diaby's head could it? I have to say that kick was quite impressive mind. To even reach the Frenchman's shoulder is quite an amazing feat in itself.
So, through to the next round and the momentum continues on. Of course the draw has been unkind to us again. Another away match against Premiership opponents. Stoke City will probably be more difficult than West Ham but if Wenger had his way Stoke would be fucked. If Le Boss could change a rule he would swap throw-ins for kick-ins. When you consider that Stoke City score 99% of their goals from Rory Delap's freakishly long throws then it could do us a favour!
Keep it Goonerish.......................