Frank Stubbs, Fans' Diarist, October 1, 2009
Apart from maybe one or two of the team not having their greatest game there is absolutely nothing I would change about our performance on Tuesday night. Much of our football in fact was breathtaking and by finishing the night with that all-important victory, we all went home thoroughly satisfied rather than intensely frustrated.
Still being able to wear a T-shirt to football this late in September is welcome but I have a feeling as we head into October Tuesday could have been our final opportunity. It almost seemed to lead to a real 'feelgood' factor in the streets around the stadium and consequently everyone seemed very upbeat about the game ahead.
The opening half-an-hour or so demonstrated just why! The football we played in creating chance after chance was simply sublime and our visitors with their expected colourful and noisy support could not have complained if they found themeselves 3-0 down at the break. Their goalkeeper played an absolute blinder and when he wasn't required his defenders and the woodwork still kept us out.
For me, come half time, I was confident if we played just half as well as the first period we would come away with the three points. In fact even with time running out I never at any stage thought we weren’t going to win the game.
My Arsenal calendar is located on my office wall (of course!) and turning it over into October this morning sees Carlos Vela making an appearance and coincidentally it wasn't until he entered the field of play on Tuesday that we took our thoroughly-deserved lead.
Another offensive substitute made the goal, Eddy's determined run to the byline and superb knock back lead to our opener, scored for me by comfortably our man-of-the-match on the night RVP. His work rate playing the lone striker role and incredible ability to bring his team-mates into the play were fantastic on the night and his goal was well-deserved.
Any doubt that we wouldn't take the points in a game we had dominated so much was now in the back of the mind, especially as with our opponents now forced to come out and actually try and score a goal we looked like grabbing a second at any stage.
Andrey's cheeky backheel to double the lead after yet another stunning passing move put the icing on the cake on an excellent performance, putting us in an extremely strong position in the group after two games. Lovely!
Holland is our next destination in a few weeks but for now we head back to London N5 as we entertain Blackburn on Sunday.
Sam Allardyce's teams are always very difficult to beat so we need to be at our best to keep on the coat-tails of the current league leaders. Any complacency in fact and Rovers are the kind of team that will make you slip up.
As always... sing up!
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