West Ham fans appeared to pleased during the week when they sealed the loan signing of Wayne Bridge, to finally have a left back on their books.
What they didn’t know is that Wayne Bridge is anything but a good defender. A player who’s barely had a look in at Manchester City recently, his career has been on a decline for a while. From Chelsea, to Manchester City and now West Ham, it’s all been downhill.
Debut Hattrick of Sorts
Wayne Bridge was at fault for Arsenal’s first goal when he allowed Theo Walcott all the space and time he wanted down the right wing to pick out Robin van Persie for a relatively simple tap in. Later in the first half, Bridge failed to man mark Walcott in the penalty area, allowing the England forward to smash home left-footed inside the 6 yard box. If you thought Bridge’s day couldn’t get any worse, he foolishly conceded a penalty with a slide tackle on Theo Walcott who was facing away from goal. Robin van Persie duly converted.
Prior to yesterday’s evening kickoff, there had been strong suggestions it would be Avram Grant’s last game and Martin O’Neill would be his replacement. That and the absence of Scott Parker made it an easy bet to back Arsenal and make up for some of the money Blackpool’s defeat at West Brom cost me.
On that note, please be sure to follow me on Twitter after successfully tipping Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Watford to win the Championship yesterday.
Bridge or no Bridge, the result never looked in doubt. This result handed Wojciech Szczesny his first Premier League clean sheet, now on par with Manuel Almunia on the season. West Ham have failed to score against Arsenal in both meetings in 2010/11. There is every possibility these two will meet in this season’s Carling Cup final.