Brave Brave Wenger...
February 15, 2007 4:12pm CST
Hats off to AW for his strategy! Fabregas, Henry and Lehmann out? Who would have agreed with him before the match? Denilson and Diaby at the heart of the midfield? Against a hard-tackling Bolton side? You wouldn't have given them a chance... But to me, the best part about this line up was that most of these players didn't have a history of losing to Bolton so it would not play on their minds, especially Fabregas (who's been at the receiving end of all those tackles in the past) and Lehmann (who's conceded all those goals; not his fault in most cases but nevertheless) and Arsene got it spot on! If I were asked to pick one out of Rosicky, Hleb, Denilson and Diaby for the best player on the pitch, I'll throw in the towel. It was breathtaking; the way they moved, tackled, passed... everything! Only to end up with Baptista who bundled chance after chance! He was an eyesore all evening; completely off touch. Why does every Arsenal striker's career have to start the same way??? But I think he stll played a very important role by distracting the Bolton defense for most of the time... I was actually expecting Ljungberg to come on in place of Baptista and play deep or as a part of a 5-man midfield but AW took Hleb off just when he was getting tired. Perhaps there were concerns about his injury resurfacing. Aliadiere on for Rosicky was another brave move when Denilson probably looked equally tired. What a move by Ali and what a finish from Good Old Freddie... a reminder of what we have missed all these days and what it really means to be a goal-scoring midfielder. Brought back memories of the 2001-02 season The match should've been in our pocket by the end of the first half itself but we did it eventually. I am very happy for Arsenal but I am happier for Wenger. The Professor has given the perfect reply to all of Fat Sam's tactics on the pitch and jibes off it... and in some style