Fulham 1-3 Arsenal: Poldi Brace for Impact
This week has shown Arsenal responding well to the poor performance at home last weekend by, firstly, winning away at Fenerbahçe by three goals to nil, and three goals to one today at Craven Cottage. It seems that even though there’s been a lot of pressure on the manager and the players, the latter have at least stepped up their efforts to improve the club’s situation.
Giroud scored the first goal after brilliantly controlling a shot from Ramsey, allowing him to flick the ball into the net from close range. There’s no doubt he was lucky with the take, but given the situation he did very well to position himself and keep his composure to make the finish. Podolski would score a screamer before halftime, when a shot from Walcott was saved by the Fulham keeper and the rebound found its way to the German on the edge of the box. Poldi would score again after halftime with another fine finish from the left corner of the penalty area. Cazorla made a fine run into the box only to be crowded out by defenders; he spun around and, almost without looking, passed the ball back to Podolski, who fired it across goal and in.
Since the trip to Istanbul (was Constantinople) midweek, there’s been talk that Podolski might be leaving Arsenal, either on loan or permanently, in light of likely signings that might see him spend more time on the bench than on the pitch. He’s done a good job today, being deployed on the wing where he seems by far to be most productive. I think some competition for him would do the job nicely. That said, Wenger has stated in a press conference today, in response to these transfer rumours, that Poldi will be staying at Arsenal. Today’s brace for the German shows that the manager hasn’t lost his marbles yet.
A good result overall with some fine individual displays across the pitch. It looks like some depth added to the current squad in the form of two or three top quality players may give us a shot at some silverware this season. Live in hope.