WBA 1 Arsenal 3
Nicklas Bendtner tonight showed us why Arsene Wenger has so much faith in him. His first goal on four minutes was decent enough, but his second on 40 mins was sublime.
Obviously after going ahead at four minutes, it was inevitable Arsenal would concede a goal, and they duly obliged two minutes later when a free kick from Brunt slipped past both the wall and Almunia.
The rest of the first half, Arsenal seemed a rejuvenated team, and then Toure and the aforementioned Bendtner each scored to bring it to 3-1 and halftime.
The second half played similarly to the first, except for maybe Song, who had a much better second half. The midfield in general held it together well with Denilson winning challenges and decisions.
Arshavin showed tonight what a great signing he was. Although lacking match fitness, he had a number of good chances, and it wont be long before he breaks his duck.
Van Persie and Vela both sat out the whole match on the bench, saving their legs for Burnley who have already given us a bloody nose this season, and Roma, against whom we squandered many chances last time.
WBA took the game to Arsenal as much as Arsenal took the game to them, as did Fulham. Sunderland parked the bus. The difference between tonight's performance was that the team played with a bit of spirit.
If they can only maintain this spirit, the rest of the season wont be as painful as the last couple of weeks.