November 30, 2009
Sunday's encounter with Chelsea turned out to be an all-too-familiar story. After a purposeful start by Arsenal, the Blues soon settled into their stride and proved to be stronger and more powerful in every department, cantering to a victory that puts them firmly in charge at the top of the table.
In common with so many of the meetings between the two sides in recent seasons, at times, it was boys versus men and, despite the positive spin that Arsene Wenger tried to put on things after the game, the truth was that Chelsea were by far the better team and the Gunners looked a long way short of what is required in terms of being genuine title contenders.
November 22, 2009
After waiting two long weeks for another interminably boring international break to finish, Arsenal's return to Premier League action saw them disappointingly slump to defeat at Sunderland. It was the first time this season that the Gunners failed to find the net and their on-going struggle in keeping clean sheets meant that a 70th minute Darren Bent goal was enough to settle the match.
It was a scrappy game with neither side creating much in the way of chances. Arsene Wenger's men started purposefully enough but never quite managed to find the penetration and the cutting edge to break down a Sunderland team who were always going to be a tough proposition on their own ground. As the game wore on, the Blackcats energy and endeavour prevented the Gunners from getting a grip on the match and when Bent seized on little more than a half chance there was no way back for the visitors.
November 8, 2009
Sometimes you need a bit of luck and Arsenal were the recipients of two slices of good fortune to fire them into action at Molineux yesterday. Wolves had started strongly but two first-half own goals saw their early confidence evaporate and, from then on, the Gunners took firm control of the match.
The encounter was finished as a contest on the stroke of half time when a sweeping Arsenal move was capped with a sublime lay-off from Robin Van Persie into the path of Cesc Fabregas who calmly passed the ball into the net. It was a goal to light up any game and was a moment of genuine class in what turned out to be a relatively bloodless victory in tricky conditions. Andrei Arshavin made it 4-0 in the 65th minute and a late Wolves rally, coupled with some abysmal Arsenal defending, allowed the home side to pull back a consolation effort with a couple of minutes to go.
November 1, 2009
As an Arsenal supporter, there are few more exquisite and satisfying pleasures in life than seeing the Gunners giving Spurs the sort of good hiding that silences all the pre-match talk from their manager, players and supporters and sends them all back down the Seven Sisters Road well-and-truly put in their place. Yesterday was one of those days and it was a match to savour.
To be honest, Arsene Wenger’s team were not at their best yesterday but they didn’t need to be. Tottenham’s much-vaunted improvement this season failed to materialise at Ashburton Grove and they looked very ordinary indeed. Manuel Almunia, who was finally recalled to first-team action, only had one meaningful save to make all afternoon when he palmed a David Bentley free-kick over the bar. That aside, the visitors had no real attacking ideas beyond punting hopeful long balls up to Peter Crouch.