Sunday Arsenal News Roundup

September 21st, 2008

24 hours on and I’m reflecting happily on a great performance from Arsenal away at Bolton yesterday. Arsenal showed resolve as a team to come from behind and played some great football.

Wenger made an interesting choice to give Van Persie and Theo Walcott a rest on the bench, Arsenal got the job done without them though. Theo certainly got a bit of a stomping from Kiev in midweek but didn’t show any sign of that when he came on towards the end against Bolton, immediately breathing new life in to the Arsenal attack, Bolton were rocking :D

There were also some excellent player performances to take away from the game, I thought Denilson had an excellent game in midfield and Almunia produced some first-class saves in goal.

Eboue showed he can play on the left side of midfield as well, I think despite his fault that we all have noticed (if you haven’t, it’s his borderline-hilarious gamesmanship), he has been showing himself to be a great utility player in midfield this season – of course he’s not going to get a game at right back if Sagna is fit.
Eboue has always liked to get forward – he’s great bringing the ball forward on the break, and yesterday he finally picked up a goal for his troubles. Sure he was offside but I think he deserved a goal, the ref gave it so it counts! :D

Wenger seemed pretty pleased with the performance :

Davies clatters Almunia and gets the corner that lead to Boltons goal.

Davies clatters Almunia and gets the corner that lead to Boltons goal.

“I thought it was a convincing, united, classy performance with strengths everywhere.

“We were strong mentally, physically and technically. It was a complete performance.

“Even in the second half when we needed to defend more we showed resilience. There are aspects of our game that make me think the team is maturing very quickly.

“We can always get better, that is the positive thing. We want to improve. As long as your attitude is right, you can go forward. We did not panic after going behind and that is the pleasing thing.”

He is right and it’s great to see Arsenal playing well after everyone wrote us off again, the team have a great spirit and with the exception of the Fulham game have been performing and getting the results.

More good news, It is reported that Clichy came away from the match with nothing more serious than bruising to his shins, let’s hope it isn’t too serious; he probably wouldn’t have played the Carling Cup game against Sheffield Utd on Wednesday anyway, so should hopefully be ok for Hull on Saturday.

In site news, I was coding away this morning and I have added a Premiership League Table page, so you can always see Arsenal’s progress in the Premiership, and check up on Tottenham’s relegation battle. ;)
I also added a smaller Premiership table to the sidebar the home page.

As I’m writing this, the Sunday match between Chelsea and Manchester Utd at Stamford Bridge has just ended in a draw, so Arsenal stay top of the Premiership. It was another bad tempered match between the two sides, another massive haul of yellow cards and a red for Ferdinand.

So Arsenal are top of the Premiership, playing some great football and we still have some important players to return from injury, it’s looking good so far :)

What do you think of the weekend’s action? Have your say with a comment!

Tags: bolton, chelsea, clichy, denilson, eboue, league table, manchester utd, premiership, walcott

One Response to “Sunday Arsenal News Roundup”

  1. kill phil Says:

    popped your reply cherry… Go Gunners!!!

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