Arsenal beat Olympiacos and West Ham last week, both games with the scoreline reading 3-1. Gervinho , Podolski and Ramsey scored against Olympiacos while Giroud , Walcott and Cazorla scored against West Ham. We lost our home tie against Chelsea the week before so coming back strongly was essential. The matches weren’t as smooth as the scoreline suggests but still we won and got 3 points each.
So we sit at the top in Champions league table with 6 points. In the league, we are in 7th position, 7 points behind leaders Chelsea who have won all but one of their matches. In the tight 7 match run that concluded, we won 5, drew 1 and lost1 match. I think that was a decent run for us. Comparatively, Man U won 6 and lost 1 match, Man City won 2, drew 3 and lost 2, Chelsea won 5 and drew 2 and Tottenham won 5 and drew 2. So our league position might not be great but considering the teams we have played till now, I think we have started the season pretty well.
After the international break, we play Norwich, Schalke 04, QPR and Reading. 6 points out of the 2 league games would put us at 18 points, probably in 5th position. We will then play the crucial away tie against Man U. By the end of the Man U game, we will have an indication of how good the team really is. 6 goals scored by 6 different people in the last 2 games is a good sign. Hope we continue the good work.
India crashed out of the T20 world cup in the super sixes stage. We won 2 matches beating Pakisthan and South Africa but losing to Australia by a big margin meant that we couldn’t proceed into the semifinal. West Indies and Srilanka entered into the finals which was eventually won by West Indies. It was their first major cup after many many years so congratulations to them. Felt sad for Sri Lanka. This was the third world cup final that they have lost in the last 5 years.
Alonso crashed out of the Japanese Grand Prix in the first lap due to a mechanical failure. He had a decent qualifying session and he started the race in 6th position. If not for the failure, Alonso could well have been on the podium given Ferrari’s pace demonstrated by Massa, who finished second in the race. Alonso still leads the table by 4 points but this weekends Korean Grand Prix should be crucial to Ferrari.