Frank Stubbs, Fans' Diarist, October 7, 2009
There is something very exciting about watching our team at the moment and Sunday's offering pretty much demonstrated why in every way!
The team containing the likes of Sunday's visitor Thierry Henry and his colleagues Pires, Vieira, Ljungberg, Wiltord and Bergkamp to name but a few, attacked with such pace in their movement and precision in their passing that on many many occasions, teams simply couldn't live with them.
At times on Sunday, our current crop did more than remind me of that very era of quite awesome attacking football and for me that has been the way since the season kicked off in August.
Admittedly we have one or two aspects of our defending that can be exposed at times but for me we are not that far away and occasionally we will come unstuck simply due to our incessant desire to entertain by attacking in numbers.
I hate to go back to a game where we suffered a defeat but even at Man City away, having just reduced the deficit to 4-2, RVP rattled the post with a cracking strike with five or six minutes left to play and City also cleared one off the line a few moments later. We were that close to getting a point from an impossible situation and it demonstrated for me that we are well capable of scoring in any given minute of any match.
We went behind totally against the run of play on two occasions against Blackburn, yet at no stage did we look like getting anything but three points from the game.
Of course there was a crucial moment where a penalty decision went against our visitors but does anybody actually think if that had been given we wouldn't have still gone on and banged in five or six? I certainly don't think so, in fact we too had a nailed-on penalty not given late on and with all the other countless chances we brilliantly created we could have gone on and got double figures.
Sometimes you get goals in a scrappy way and they are equally as important but what pleased me on Sunday as we enjoyed yet more Autumn sunshine was the fact all our goals were created with quite beautiful flowing football.
Six different scorers again, something that is fast becoming a trend this season. For me it emphasises a point I made in an earlier blog, arguably since the 'Invincibles' I have not seen a closer-knit squad than the one we have now. These boys look like they want it, they work for each other, hurt together when things don't go their way and enjoy the elation of goals and victories together. As talented as they are there isn't an 'individual' among them and it's that very team or squad ethic that could well prove the last piece of the jigsaw.
I can really feel we as fans are starting to enjoy this potential rollercoaster ride. For now however, have a go on the dodgems or the waltzer as the international break forces us to get off for a couple of weeks!
I'm off to enjoy the considerable hospitality shown by our Scottish Gooners by taking in the mighty Stenhousemuir's away trip to Clyde.
Another messy weekend no doubt but the enjoyment will be accompanied by intense hope that all our squad return injury free come Birmingham at home next week.
Come on you rip-roaring reds... and Stenny of course!
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