This is what I said following the reverse against Spurs on the Fourth of March,Two months ago
There are thirty points still to play for.
All is not lost by any means. But even if it was, nothing is to be gained by withdrawing our support for the team. Every week I see a team of huge potential. We simply must give them to time to fulfill that potential. I honestly don’t see why people can’t relish the challenge. Rather than throw their arms up and ask for change. “
Since then we have played 8, won 6 and drawn 2.
That’s 20 points and undefeated.
Three of them came yesterday. And a fully deserved 3 points it was.
Were we at our irresistible best? No.
Do I care? Yes, I do if I am totally honest. I would have liked to see a Champagne performance. However yesterday I predicted a poor game, the pitch is a disgrace. You can not play one touch intricate stuff, as we do,with the ball bobbling all over the place .
Am I upset ? Hell no
The points are the main thing.Its not like we played badly.But after scoring within 20 seconds ,I think all of us thought we would have a more comfortable afternoon than that which was forthcoming.
As Arsene might say: “We played with the handbreak on”
In fact if you ask me its stuck on at present.Arsene might have to visit the nearest Pound Shop and get a can of WD40 if we are to take the last six points.We will have to create more chances if we are to see off Wigan at home and The Barcodes away.
Dont worry though, I am sure we will.
It was all a bit dreary yesterday. Of course the importance of collecting the points made it nail biting dreariness.
We dominated, without managing to dominate. If that makes any kind of sense ?
We are constantly told that title winning sides are built on a sound defence. Well no matter how often the dimwitted pundits and match commentators say “Arsenals back four are suspect” The statistics and evidence ,since the Per and Laurent partnership was formed,tell a very different story.Those two boys are consistently excellent.Conceding an average of a goal every other game,that wont lose many for us.
Nacho,despite getting skinned a couple of times by the Spurs player on loan(who’s name escapes me ,and as he is a Spurs player I wont give him the respect of looking it up) showed enough to convince me he is going to be a great asset.
Bac, the butt of endless abuse last week, showed class is indeed permanent. So can I just say to his abusers: Go fuck yourselves.
Arteta again displayed everything you want in a Captain.
I feel Aaron is hesitant with his through balls.Again its a handbrake thing.He seems to be more intent on retaining possession than taking a punt.And who can blame him with thousands of fans waiting for the next ball he loses so they can vent their anger towards him.The abuse he has had this season must make him think twice before he releases the ball.And that moment is the difference.
Tomas was good again.He always is.But not so much magic as efficient conjuring.
And Wojo, another much criticised young man, pulled off a magnificent save towards the death.
Once again the amount of negativity on Twitter and other Blogs,following and during the game,is quite sickening.I really wish these miserable bastards would STFU, at very least for the next two games.
This post is not intended to tell you lot what happened,most of you know better than I do. It is just a vehicle to get us to the comments section. That is what Positively Arsenal is really for.
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