Walcott Is Earning That New Contract With Another Superb Cameo 4 More Things Learnt From Arsenal Vs West Ham....
Arsenal were totally un-threatening from corners
With the amount of set pieces Arsenal win through their attacking play, you would've thought that their corners would be far better than those seen today at West Ham United. Santi Cazorla took over a dozen and not one was remotely hard work for a very average West Ham defence to deal with. Arsenal should try to vary their corner takers and routines in order to capitalise on what is a very energy efficient way to score.
Theo Walcott isn't wasting his cameos
Whether Walcott's frequent appearances from the bench are for tactical reasons, or as a message to sort out his contract situation, he certainly isn't stopping him from performing. Another Thierry Henry-esque finish, to add to his second against Coventry City, capped off a great Arsenal counter attack and the coolness of his finish was the total opposite from what Gooners had seen from Gervinho this evening. Walcott put in a great showing and if he wants to show Wenger he's worth more than £75k per week and a starting centre-forward berth, he's going the right way about it. Gervinho certainly aids his cause with his hot/cold performances.
Phil Dowd had a shocker
I don't like to lay into referees; they do a hard enough job as it is. But Dowd had a 'Freddie Kruger' today. Booking Mohamed Diame after his wonder-goal-sparked-celebrations took him into the crowd was fair enough; Dowd repeated this against Walcott after his finish too sent him into the travelling Gooners. But if you're going to be anally-retentive about applying the letter of the law, then you have to issue 'genuine bookings' too; such as Diame's nasty challenge on Mikel Arteta a few minutes after his first yellow.
Walcott put in a great showing and if he wants to show Wenger he's worth more than £75k per week and a starting centre-forward berth, he's going the right way about it
Surely it is better to use discretion in carding celebrations than over tough, late challenges? Dowd also failed to award a clear foul on Aaron Ramsey as he ploughed into the West Ham area and ignored Ricardo Vaz Te's blatant assault on Vito Mannone; leaving a foot low which connected firmly into the 'keeper's head, which then tripped the attacker onto the turf and dislocated his right shoulder.
Giroud needed that goal
Olivier Giroud scored a goal that was exactly the type of finish Arsenal have lacked since Ian Wright left, ironically for The Hammers, and could at last be our la renard dans la boîte. A tap in from inside the six yard box; lovely. After that goal, you could see his confidence bubbling over amongst the smattering of West Ham fan's highly intimidating soapy spheres.
Giroud went on to assist Walcott's winning goal with a lovely weighted pass into his path and was a constant menace all game - despite having Andy Carroll showing him just how to dominate a marker and win just about every high, long ball at the other end. Plus, the man is gorgeous. Watch the goals flow, and remember; Henry needed longer to get his first EPL goal.
Arsenal's players need to have faith in their shooting boots
Santi Cazorla finally scored his second Arsenal goal - after shooting blanks since he opened his account at Anfield - with a wonderful left foot bullet that arched into the far top corner. But any shooting on goal from The Gunners was conspicuously lacking in the first half, and although the search for a perfect goal is a noble route, they're just as valid as Giroud's two yard tap in and Cazorla's 19 yard missile, and harder to come by.
Arsenal, please test the opposition goalie more. Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Alex Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Thomas Vermaelen can all spank the ball, let's see a bit more of it. Then again, a 3-1 away win at West Ham is not to be sniffed at.
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