Quick and easy, Arsenal mopped up 10-man Blackpool with the comfort and ease expected.
It’s hard to be overly discerning when examining a game like today’s. Blackpool is a great side with a ton of heart, and their promotion last season was nothing short of outstanding. But Arsenal are just one of those Premier League heavy-hitters that the Tangerines are going to have to get used to be assaulted by. Ian Holloway and his lads knew coming into the EPL season that staying up will be tough, and that there may be some miserable evenings against the big boys… and now Blackpool has got a taste of that. So let me start by saying full-credit to Blackpool for keeping their heads up for 90 minutes, not throwing reckless crunching tackles about, and for their supporters sticking with them through the whole game.
Now, onto Arsenal…
Theo Walcott: A three goal performance, TW14 once again showed some of his potential to make a big impact when starting for Arsenal. Unfortunately, there were also a few poor decisions made, so his performance cannot be called infallible. He needs to finally break out, and I hope he can be similarly effective against better teams in the Prem’.
Tomas Rosicky: What an outstanding game from him today! I’m sure most of the plaudits will be going to Theo, but for me TR7 was the man of the match. Beautiful, telling passes all game set up several goals and also led to the foul that put Blackpool down a man. It’s great to see him regaining the form from before his long-term injury, and we should all hope he can have a full, healthy season this year. He may be quite important considering that he is one of our few defense midfield options.
Marouane Chamakh: Poor guy couldn’t buy a goal today, but he finally got his first for the club on a smart cross from RVP off the corner. While not looking great with his finishing, I thought his passing and movement were good, and he seems to be finding chemistry with the other forwards. As well, his headed goal was solid; it’s very exciting to have some threat on the corner kicks, and will add another dimension to our attack against more stubborn defenses.
Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie: Both looked lacking in match fitness, and that’s not surprising considering they’ve yet to play. I wouldn’t worry about their performances today; these guys will be getting back to their elite form before you know it. I was hoping for a goal from Cesc to see how he celebrated in front of the Emirates crowd but it was not to be. (Personally I’d like to see a crest-kiss as a sign of his loyalty… I suppose I can dream right?)
No other comments spring to mind immediately, although the post will be edited if anything else comes to mind. Get well soon Nasri and Frimpong!