Lets make no mistake about it – Saturdays win was of massive importance and could well have a profound effect on the rest of the season. The result of the win, the way we came from behind to achieve it, the fitness and fight that we showed, and the skill to be able to maintain our rhythm and passing against a side fighting for their lives, proved I think we are capable of winning the title this season.
We now sit proudly on top of the league, with a game in hand on the teams who are all the ‘experts’ favourites to be first and second. I suppose the reality is however that winning at Shite Hart Lane these days is nothing special considering their league position. Nevertheless it was a local derby, and if any team should have been bursting their guts for a win, it should have been the Spuds playing at home against us. Judging by some of their misses in front of goal, perhaps the players want to see the back of dear old fat boy Jol as well as the supporters.
Anyway, we can now look forward to four nice juicy home games against Derby, Newcastle, Sunderland and Bolton interspersed with one short trip to Upton Park. It would be hard to get a much easier run of games I reckon (with the exception of West Ham perhaps), so we should be looking to be even more firmly established in that top spot before we start to hit some tough games starting with a visit to Anfield at the end of October.
Did anyone watch the match live on their computer? We just couldn’t get the stream up and running on ours despite having it on (Sopcast) OK for the Everton/United game. In the end we finished up listening to it on Arsenal TV.com. It was lovely watching the whole game later on Football First though. What a joy it is when you know you have won the game!
I must offer my congratulations to Adey for a wonderful second goal – I must admit I didn’t think he had it in him to score one like that. I still can’t say that I am totally convinced about him though, despite him having such a brilliant game. I will need to wait a little longer before passing judgement. It wasn’t all perfection though – poor old Bert looked like he had just got back from flying half way round the world, and, whilst I thought it was maybe harsh for Basil to be blamed for the first goal, he certainly produced a ‘mad Jens’ moment in the second half when Berbatov was away. RvP was quiet but did some OK things, and, considering that Bully Beef Boy, Tom Huddlestone was given the job of stopping Cesc at all costs – including breaking both his legs (if he could catch him) – Cesc proved once again that he is the best midfielder in the premiership. Must also mention Alex Hleb who I thought had another great game and worked non-stop.
Hard to choose man of the match in this one – I would be very interested to have your opinions dear reader. I can’t make up my own mind, but I think it would have to be between, Cesc, Hleb, Clichy and possibly Adebayor (though his miss at 0-1 must go against him). We also mustn’t forget Kolo for that sublime tackle to dispossess the aforementioned Bulgarian, and Sagna for an all round solid game and for an absolutely brilliant foul on Bully Beef Boy.
Oh what a glorious life it is to be a gooner!!