I’ve never quite figured out which one is better, the chalk or the cheese? However, when it comes to comparing Arsenal’s last two Premier League games, there’s no better phrase to sum it up.
A lazy lacklustre performance against Fulham was swiftly followed by a free-flowing game full of entertainment against Newcastle, even if the Magpies looked as if they were jet lagged from their trip down the motorway.
Robin van Persie wasn’t on top form, but he still grabbed a brace, which is a good sign as we hope he’ll be back to his brilliant best soon. He limped off late in the game, but by the sound of things he didn’t sustain anything too life threatening and he should be fit for the trip to Blackburn a week on Saturday provided he doesn’t get crocked on international duty.
On the hour mark Denilson rounded off the scoring for the Gunners as Arsene Wenger’s men for once converted one of those slick moves that had the visitors looking so bewildered that Shay Given could only fall onto his backside in appreciation of the way the young Brazilian combined with Emmanuel Adebayor and Samir Nasri to carved open his defence.
Hopefully that’s another sign of things to come. We’re all used to seeing the Arsenal create numerous chances only to fluff them at the vital moment. But signs on Saturday evening suggested that the players have their shooting boots on, as RvP’s second goal and Denilson’s strike hinted that our finishing has improved on last season.
As for man of the match, there were a few contenders. RvP is an obvious choice, as was Samir Nasri, who was excellent throughout the 90 minutes. Also worthy of a mention though were the oft maligned Emmanuel Eboue and William Gallas, as well as Gael Clichy, Cesc Fabregas and the aforementioned Denilson.
And we also got a glimpse of Carlos Vela, who looked very sharp when he replaced RvP with a little less than half an hour to play.
My man of the match would be Nasri, who was simply everywhere and looks like another fantastic Wenger signing. As well as giving us added creativity in midfield, Samir was only too willing to check back and on more one occasion could be found making tackles in defence as the Magpies tried in vain to make an impact.
But as usual the vote is up to you lot. Simply select your Man of the Match and click on Vote. And if you have any observation to make on the game, post it here using the appropriate comments link below.