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Seven Heaven, 7 reasons why this is our best league win yet

December 13, 2009

Now some of you will disagree and point out the comprehensive 3-0 demolition of Spurs as our best win. Another group will remind me of the 6-1 trashing of Everton at Goodison Park. And then a few will could claim that winning at Fulham despite being outplayed was rather impressive. I actually believe the result at Craven Cottage was our best result (note, not necessarily best performance) until today. Here’s why.

1. We had failed to win at Anfield since 2003 when Pires’ stunning goal gave us a scarcely deserved win. On that occasion we were also a goal down. History repeated itself as we turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win. No other team in the league has replicated this feat at Liverpool in the league.

2. In the following league encounters there we had failed to maintain adequate levels of concentration which meant we squandered positive results late in the game . In the 2nd half the team were absolutely magnificent defensively and restricted Liverpool to only 2 shots, neither of them on target. That is commendable isn’t it?

3. Considering how awful we were in the first half, the turnaround, mentally at least, was impressive. Only the 2nd time in the league this season that we came back from a losing position and won. That Wenger’s first ever angry half time talk in 13 years shook the team to positive effect shows that our manager will not accept half-hearted performances anymore.

4. Not only was Arshavin’s strike beautiful as much jaw dropping when you begin to analyse how he managed to shoot with such accuracy and speed, but the best thing about the goal was how the Russian promptly ran to Arsene. Can’t recall the Russian celebrating in such collective terms.

5. Those who say we were lucky are partly right. But it is luck we deserved. In the two matches against Chelsea and Utd, we gifted them the initiative with own goals. Today Johnson did us a favour with his own goal equalizing the game and from there on Liverpool lost the belief. Shows you how much the game is dependant on luck and confidence.

6. After yesterday’s set of results, I saluted Atkinson for being a strong referee by resisting pressure from everyone connected with Manchester United. I queried whether Howard Webb could be a strong referee for us today. I still think we were lucky to get away with what looked like a blatant penalty. But otherwise Webb held firm resisting pressure from Torres and Gerrard especially and made the right calls or rather sometimes made the calls to suit us. Makes a nice change considering his previous record in Arsenal matches.

7. Considering that only Villa in the Top6 won yesterday, our result was ideal and it will give our team the confidence to realize what they can do. Opponents also know that we can play scrappy and still win.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Spirit of 1989 baby permalink
    December 13, 2009 21:46

    and that was Liverpool’s first team against our team missing RVP, Rosicky, Clichy etc etc…Some achievement but please no complacency now. Time to take it to new level.

  2. GoonerGaz permalink
    December 13, 2009 22:10

    Great result with only 10 men…………sorry dont count Walcot as anything other than dead wood.Walcot =ferarri feet skoda brains ,just dont see how he will ever be good enough to start for the Gunners.

  3. December 14, 2009 00:06

    good post, ALMUNIA is like a shirt between the posts.

    • vukunike permalink
      December 14, 2009 01:02

      haha funny man but almunia had a 50-50 game. wasn’t as bad as you make it. for the goal he was completely blocked off.

  4. Nigel permalink
    December 14, 2009 01:40

    After we lost the match to Chelsea people were starting to say that Arshavin couldn’t handle playing the “big” teams. what a load of nonsense. He didn’t even train during the week, played the game despite not being fully fit, scored a cracker just like he scored at Old Trafford. Oh and the small matter of FOUR, four freaking goals in one game. What was that, Flat track bully? Rubbish. Yeah but he does nothing else in the game. Wasn’t he meant to be our striker today? Yeah and he scored. Any chance the newspapers will recognise this. No, no chance at all. Loved Hansen’s analysis, give a red card to Cesc. What. Ever. But you know what I don’t mind. I don’t mind at all. I have a good feeling and they won’t knock that off me!!!!!!!!!

  5. midou permalink
    December 14, 2009 02:53

    nigel,i liked lee dixons reaction at him though regarding that matterby . nice to see diaby back he can partner arsh 4 the next 2 games.

  6. Deen nigeria permalink
    December 14, 2009 03:11

    Very gud thing dt we won now we need consistency. Now i know arsene can talk angrily once they misbehave

  7. apek permalink
    December 14, 2009 04:18

    In term of seeking a new player, i would be love to see Marouanne Fellaini play for Arsenal. Why not, he such a defensive and offensive player and could adopt well in Arsenal style.

  8. December 14, 2009 15:57

    Best win or otherwise, sureply a very very important win, after two disappointing league returns. The confidence is back, and top 2 is now top 3. Cmon Arsenal, make it top2 again, at United’s expense!!

    http://11gunners.com/opinion/premier-league-table-%E2%80%93-a-different-perspective/2913/

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