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Positives Amid All The Doom And Gloom

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If you were to believe most of the news reports, you would have thought that following Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester united, we are now lying bottom of the Premiership table  and likely to be relegated. It does seem funny how with each match the sentiment among pundits can change just at a whim.

No doubt it was a defeat but not unexpected given our recent history. Are we out of the title race…definitely not. Although many pundits would like to brush off our chances, they simply can’t do that. We are still in second place and I won’t be surprise that the conclusion of next weekend’s round of matches, we would be again sitting on top of the league.

I tend to be optimistic and look at the positives from the match on Monday. First, it was a credible performance by the young keeper Szechny. He couldn’t do anything about the goal and made a great save in a one-on-one situation with Anderson. Again I wouldn’t be suprise to see him between the sticks in the next game against Stoke. He has a presence in the box which Fabianski doesn’t and this will continue in handy against the aerial bombardment expected from Pulis’s guys.

Second, I thought the defence held up better than expected. We did concede a goal and a penalty but other than that I don’t think Man United had many chances. I count probably two; Nani’s volley and Anderson’s miss but that’s it. The central partnership of Koscielny and Squillaci kept Rooney pretty quiet for most parts of the game.

Upfront, we couldn’t get going with Arshavin and Rosicky both disappointing but Walcott was not too bad when he came on. He was lively and had a couple of shots. I also see better things once we can get Fabregas, Van Persie and Chamakh to work in tandem. This is probably the first time they played together and I see positive things in the future.

All in all, we shouldn’t be too hard on the boys following the defeat. It’s over and let’s move on.

Submitted by The Arsenal Kid

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Sinbad

    December 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Finally someone showing some common sense.

    First of all, we lost to many people’s favourites for the title in their own back yard – nothing shabby in that.

    Also, we had Diaby and Vermaelen out, Fabregas and Van Persie only half fit and our third choice keeper. Apart from valencia being injured this was probably United’s strongest team and yet they managed a paltry 1-0 win.

    Last season I thought we played really well at old Trafford but we ended up losing 2-0 – I blame Almunia but that’s another story. I was guitted but the fact is we played badly against them on Monday and United played well.

    United are on the decline and they won’t go onj mustering 1-0s all season. The future’s bright fellow Gooners.

    I think Chelsea will beat them or at least hold them to a draw and we should hopefully beat Stoke so we’ll be joint top again

  2. gooner

    December 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    i do agree with you our defense was just great and lets not focus on this one game that we lost we still have so many games to play

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