By Chris Toronyi

I love watching a team play. A true team. An Arsenal team. From the defensive half to the artistry in the midfield to the attack up front, Saturday was a clinic on how The Arsenal can deliver when everyone works together as one unit, understanding their roles without question. 

We again exhibited our flexibility. The line-up showed depth, provided a Plan B that allowed us to attack with speed with Gervinho as the focal point of the attack. Seeing him up top reminded me of when we played Diaby up top against Fenerbahce a couple years ago in the CL. Obviously different skill sets, but same reaction of "would never have thought of that." There's a reason I'm typing this instead of evaluating Global talent and filling-out the line-up sheet. 

Our defensive positioning and calm play provided the foundation for our midfield to move the ball without much of a fuss, allowing our creativity to run rampant from box-to-box and especially in their 18. Cazorla was once again the wizard in the midfield that allowed our play to flow with confidence and purpose. 

In addition to the magical midfield play from Santi, our other Summer signing Poldi, provided a highlight-reel free kick that we haven't seen in years. Feels like decades if you ask me. A beautifully arched dead ball from 25-yards. 

And lastly, the quiet play from Arteta was once again on display. Dictating play, allowing the team to function as a true team. Cazorla might well be our wizard, TV the rock at the back, but I gotta say Arteta provides that captain's mentality that steers the ship, organizes our team shape. He's always looking at the big picture, ensuring we are moving as one finely tuned unit. A team.

I love team play. Especially team play from a true team.


Stateside Gooner - Chris Toronyi

'Stateside Gooner' Chris Toronyi is a longtime Arsenal supporter and the host of The Arsenal America podcast, available every week at and on iTunes at "Arsenal America Podcast." You can read more of Chris' thoughts on Twitter

The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect those of Arsenal Football Club or Arsenal Broadband Ltd.


Previous entries:

September 9: (No) break time
September 4: The negotiation dance
August 28: Give it time
August 21: Game on!
August 10: Arsenal Ambition
July 26: The right silverware
July 6: Anti-anti-football
June 28: New additions
June 20: Failing chemistry
June 13: Summer school
May 8: Not the time to get ill
May 2: End of season variables
April 24: Making a point
April 18: Different kinds of tired
April 12: Emotionally spent
March 29: No doubt
March 23: An amazing run
March 13: Mad Men, mad season
March 6: Rush of emotion
February 29: Pride and joy
February 14: An evolving Arsenal
February 22: Anger is beautiful
February 14: An evolving Arsenal
February 8: A welcome display
February 1: The value of value
January 31: FA Cup magic
January 24: We have to be supportive
January 19: This is a massive game

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17 Sep 2012