1 DOWN, 11 TO GO.
So Arsenal have successfully navigated 90 out of 1080 supposedly easier minutes of Premier League football. For those of us who hate Math, i meant that Arsenal have won the first of last twelve games against ‘easier’ opposition in the League. Very few people will be surprised with the final score as the gunners were expected to claim a routine victory. The win felt really good and coupled with the fact that the Mancs lost, the win became somewhat significant. And like Arsene has stressed time and time again, the top teams will drop points, we just need to concentrate on our own games. We get our results and hope every other team does an ‘Everton’ over the Chavs and the Mancs. The toffees played both games as if their existence depended on them. They fell behind in both games but had the mental fortitude to come back to grab consecutive wins, something even Arsenal couldn’t manage.
Anyway to the match, Almunia was back in goal, Silvestre came in for Sol, Eboue started at right back, Song returned to the midfield, Aaron and Theo both replaced Rosicky and Denilson respectively in the starting line-up. Arsenal pressed Sunderland with intent very early on and created loads of chances. It still beats me how the half ended with only one goal to the home side. Arsenal really exploited Theo’s raw pace and the pacy lad ran their left back ragged throughout the half right in front of Enland manager,Fabio Capello. The gunners, particularly Nikky B were wasteful in front of goal. Though the first goal came courtesy of the Dane’s boots (not the pink ones, all the praise went to Eboue. The right back who had a game of his life gave the lanky Dane the goal on a platter of gold, and all Bendtner needed to do was tap it into an empty net. The goal got the previously frustrated fans singing again. Bent and Jones both missed great opportunities to draw level but Big Al made a decent save against Bent.
Arsenal started the second half exactly how they ended the first. They were stringing good passes together but the end product was lacking. Sunderland rarely threatened and waited to catch Arsenal on the break. The home team had all the possession but had very little to show for it. I was scared that Sunderland might just get that odd goal from nowhere and frustrate Arsenal once again. Theo, Nikky B, Samir all went close, TV5 also forced a great save from Craig Gordon. The sealer finally came in the 91st minute from what was a soft penalty for a shrug on Cesc in my opinion. It’s nobody’s business though, as the skipper dispatched the spot kick. Before this, Arsenal were the only team in the top flight not to have scored from the penalty spot this season. The result was safe now and everyone knew it as they leisurely passed the ball around until the final whistle.
It was a very good performance from the attackers even though they failed to take their chances. Theo looked renewed and more confident, Samir was excellent in his tackles and runs. Nikky B linked up well though his touch was all over the place. He also needs to start taking his chances. Almunia did a clean job and so did Song.
Special mention must go to Eboue who was the best player on the pitch by a country mile. He was direct and incisive, got an assist but he deserved a goal. A complete performance from a happy player.
Arsenal got a deserved win and we are just two points behind Man IOU but six behind Chavski. Let’s keep the faith because the title is still a possibility.
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