Arsenal Grinds it Out Against Sunderland

Brad SimkuletSenior Analyst IOctober 2, 2007

Tonight's dour performance in Bucharest was exactly what I've been longing to see. Arsenal really played like crap, but they still got the win, and they got it away against a stingy and well organized defense. This is a turning point.

We ran into games like this last year, especially in Europe, and we couldn't win them. They were soul sucking grinds that we needed to win but couldn't, but things are different around Arsenal this season, and the Gunners were able to keep going, no matter what happened, and still plug away until they got the goal they needed.

There were no great performances for me, but the one performance that continues to give me concern is Almunia. I love him as a backup, but as a first choice keeper I remain unconvinced (the problem is that Lehmann, my personal favourite, is responsible for the only points we've dropped this season). Fabianski is too far away from being number one, but he's got promise. I figure Mad Jens will be back soon, and for a while he will be great, as his last benching backs up, but can he keep it up. And if he can't, can we really go the distance with Almunia? I don't know. But he certainly has been lucky so far.

Anyway, that was an excellent result today. I expect a free flowing Arsenal side again on the weekend against Sunderland. Can't wait to see Keano at the Emirates.