Thursday 12th April 2012
There are no easy games in football, especially in the Premier League, and this statement becomes more and more accurate every year. So it was hugely important to start our visit to Molineux at a similar pace to the way we dictated against Man City on Easter Sunday.
Pre-match went very smoothly, a buffet-style Balti house playing host to our group, so we entered the stadium ever so slightly over-fed and watered! Enjoyable nonetheless.
Up at Everton a few weeks back we started the game in electric fashion and could have been two or three up. With just the one goal in the bag we had to fight extremely hard to take home the three points as the game went on.
On this occasion it was fantastic to take a two-goal lead from our early dominance.
Wolves' centre half was perhaps a tad unlucky to not only give away the penalty but also be sent off but with Theo in on goal he was a little clumsy and left the officials with little choice given the current rules. The most important thing for us of course was to make sure we took full advantage.
RVP did just that with a coolly-taken penalty and it was the just the opening we longed for.
Theo was receiving expected but unfair stick from the home support. After all there was no way he could stay on his feet for the penalty and surely their 'gripe' if any should have been with the officials.
The best way to silence the boo boys was to be part of a superb one-two with RVP before calmly slotting home to double our lead.
The Black Country folk didn't particularly like it but the thousands of travelling Gooners certainly did I can tell you! 'Theo Theo Theo Theo' echoed into the night sky and we were already in an extremely strong position with much of the game still to play.
Our hosts did everything they could to try and get back into the game including a header mid way through the second half that saw Chezz make a superb one-handed save.
Keeping possession without needing to particularly force the game a number of chances came our way in the latter stages to completely finish the game off and Yossi duly obliged.
Another job well done before we look forward to Wigan at home on Monday night.
Fighting for their lives and fresh off the back of an extremely unfortunate defeat at Stamford Bridge and a victory over Man United, we do not need any further warning that we must be at our best to continue our great run of form.
Like on any occasion when things are going well, I cannot wait!
Come on you reds.
Frank (@stubbsy70)Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 13 Apr 2012