Anyone who has followed Arsenal in the recent past, knows that the football we play is a thing of beauty. If you have followed Arsenal long enough, another thing would we plain to you, beauty does not always win. But beauty did win yesterday at the Reebok. It wasn't the most complete performance. We had our harried moments, especially in defence, but but we rode them out to come out on top.
A complete match report is here, so I won't go into details of the game.Three sublime goals it was that put Bolton to the sword, and 3-1 was the final score. We laid many of our demons to rest with the performance yesterday. Can we mix it in a hostile place like Bolton, with them kicking you for 90 minutes on the pitch, where the fans will bite your legs off given half the chance off it? YES. Are we going to get bullied off the ball, so much that we lose our rhythm. NO. Can we get a result away from home? YES. Was the Fulham result a one- off? YES. Do we have belief in our abilities as a team to come back strong from a setback? YES. Are we really title challengers this season. OH YES!
If you really think about it, it really is a kick in the teeth for the ' ugly' version of the beautiful game. Bolton's hoofing the ball forward and hard man tactics were effective, and we were in many a precarious situation either side of the break, but we still held firm. Holding even firmer to the belief that we could score more than we let in. I really believe we could score at will in this game. As usual there we squandered chances, but that's almost a given with the present set up. We will have to learn to score off of them against tougher oppositionwhen the chances do dry up.
It must be said that as irresistible as we were going forward we very quite vulnerable at the back. Maybe it was just Bolton's physical prescence and their strength in the air, but we were found wanting every now and then, and that clearly has to be sorted out.
Stand out players yesterday- Almunia, Song, Adebayor, Denilson and Walcott. Also, the battler Clichy seems to be ok.
In the end though it was a fantastic, battling win for the Arsenal.It was a win of character. The boys put mind over matter, knowing that they were the better side, and just well did the job. Will forget about the jitters at the back and say it was a very satisfying result, many things proven, and also puts us atop the table for the first time this season. You could see it meant a lot for the lads too. And it gets better, who is at the bottom of the table you ask.. well who indeed. North London isn't the biggest place in the world, but if you look at the table you get the feeling there's enough room for about 18 teams between Arsenal and Totscum.
Enjoy your Sunday lads, and look out for Chelski , Manky Shite game at 1830 in India and that's 1400 in the UK, a draw would be an ideal result, as usual.