Arsenal Back To There Best!
Ole Gunnar Solskjaers' decision to change the formation to a 4-4-1-1 has really paid off this month. In playing the ball out to the wings, Downing, Bennett and Walcott when they have played have performed impeccably but two men have been nothing short than sensational.
Lewandowski and El Shaarawy made sure that the Gunners ended the month unbeaten winning four and drawing one game. Bennett and Downing are making sure they keep there place in the team by there performances too, it has even earnt Stewart Downing a call back into the England squad that lost 3-0 to Poland.
The month started on the back of a EIGHT nil win against Aston Villa. A home game to Greek Champions Panithanikos, who are always a good challenge. But this was the day Elliott Bennett showed what he can do on the biggest stage. Bennett a 5.75m signing from Norwich was greeted with a lot of sceptitism from Arsenal fans. Not anymore. The first goal he scored, he played a neat one two with El Shaarawy and then planted one from 20 yards out into the top corner. He then set up Vermealen, enjoying a rare stint in the first team for a bullet header. After that match it became the Robert Lewandowski show.
Solskjaer said that is had been a good month and a draw against Man Utd was the least they deserved but bemoaned the fact that Arsenal couldn't hold on for the win.
Arsenal 2-1 Q.P.R
Cazorla (21), Lewandowski (36)
Man Utd 2-2 Arsenal
Lewandowski (30), Wilshire (pen 45)
Arsenal 3-0 Everton
Lewandowski (53), El Shaarawry (55,83)
So 2 wins and a draw in the Premier League and it was thouroughly deserved too. Early leaders Everton were despatched with ease and Arsenal can be happy with there performances.
So Arsenal go from 6th last month to 3rd at the end of this month. Solskjaer has a confidence in this squad he has got now. 3 points off Liverpool is not bad at all.
Arsenal 2-1 Panithanikos
Bennett (4), Vermealen (49)
Arsenal 4-0 Partizan
Lewandowski (47, 55, 87), Bennett (51
Arsenal dominated both Champions League matches this month and Lewandowski hit a stunning hattrick in the second half. Arsenal sit top with Kyiv behind on goal difference it all depends on that game I feel.
Player and Manager Of The Month
Stephen El Shaarawy has claimed the young player of the month award so we are going to take a look into who he is.
El Shaarawy has represented the Italy national team and Italy U21 national team, and also played for the Italy U17 national team and Italy U19 national team. He made his senior international debut in August 2012, in a friendly match against England. Three months after his international debut, El Shaarawy scored his first international goal, against France in November 2012.
El Shaarawy started his youth career in regional Serie A club, Genoa at the age of fourteen.
On 21 December 2008, when he was 16 years and 55 days old, he made his first team debut, playing ten minutes in a Serie A away match against Chievo, becoming the fourth youngest player in the history of Serie A. It was his only appearance of the season despite making the bench many times.
In June 2010 he was loaned out to Padova for the 2010–11 Serie B season. In his loan period at Padova, he quickly emerged as a key element for the team, leading the Venetian club to the promotion playoff finals where they then lost to Novara. He was awarded Serie B Player of the Year in 2011 as his glowing performance in Padova.
El Shaarawy with teammate Robinho in their pre-season friendly with Real Madrid
On 25 June 2011, El Shaarawy signed for Serie A giants Milan.
On 18 September 2011, El Shaarawy made his debut with Milan at the Stadio San Paolo in a 3–1 loss to Napoli in Serie A. Three days later, after coming on as a substitute for the injured Alexandre Pato, he scored his first goal for the club, earning his team a 1–1 draw at home against Udinese. In his first six months at Milan, he made a total of seven appearances leading to reports in the media that he may be loaned out for more playing time to help his progression. However a decision was made between Adriano Galliani, Massimiliano Allegri and himself to stay at the club for the near future. It was then that his performances for Milan began to improve and have led him to becoming one of the most highly rated youngsters in Italy. On 8 February 2012, El Shaarawy scored in a 1–2 loss against Juventus in the first leg of the 2011-12 Coppa Italia semi-final. Three days later, he scored an immensely vital winner against Udinese.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed second in the manager of the month contest too.