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September 26, 2010
Posted by David Young on 09/26/2010

Carling Cup hangover? Or a grossly complacent and sloppy performance by a group of players that thought they only had to turn up to win? Seeing as Arsene Wenger made eight changes from the team that started against Spurs midweek, let's go with the latter, shall we?

Before talking about Arsenal’s display, it is only fair to say that West Brom were magnificent yesterday and thoroughly deserved their victory. They competed from the first whistle to the last. They took their game to the Gunners and looked the better side all afternoon. They attacked with pace and real intent and were organised and focussed in defence.

Arsene Wenger Put His Head in His Hands at The Grove Yesterday - He Wasn't The Only One ©Getty Images
September 19, 2010
Posted by David Young on 09/19/2010

It has been a contrasting week for the Gunners. On Wednesday night they comprehensively demolished Braga in the Champions League but were then brought back down to earth by Darren Bent's late equaliser at the Stadium of Light last night.

As gutting as it was to drop two points to virtually the last kick of the match, there was a certain air of inevitability about Sunderland’s late strike, particularly after Tomas Rosicky’s 73rd-minute penalty miss. Arsenal had taken a fortuitous lead through probably the best deflection you will ever see and, in an incident-packed match, they had their chances to put a final nail into Sunderland’s coffin. But, as we have seen too many times before, they just couldn’t apply the killer blow and let their opponents off the hook in the final moments.

Cesc Scores from Freak Deflection ©Getty Images
September 13, 2010
Posted by David Young on 09/13/2010

Arsenal continued their impressive start to the season with a convincing 4-1 victory over Bolton at Ashburton Grove on Saturday. Rather like the win up a Blackburn a couple of weeks ago, it was a performance that suggested that Arsene Wenger's charges are becoming more mature.

The Gunners took a while to get into their stride despite holding the lion’s share of possession throughout the opening period. During the first half Tomas Rosicky impressed the most. The Czech made numerous penetrating runs and picked out some fantastic passes - most notably the one that put Andrey Arshavin through for a glorious one-on-one opportunity. He also still found time to track back and cover his defensive duties.

Chamakh Majestically Heads Arsenal's Second ©PA Photos
September 1, 2010
Posted by David Young on 09/01/2010

So, the transfer window slammed shut for another few months on Tuesday evening and there was no late activity to report other than the loan moves of Armand Traore and Nacer Barazite to Juventus and Vitesse Arnhem respectively. That there was no new goalkeeper signed will be the biggest talking point amongst Arsenal fans.

The "goalkeeping situation" was not just a figment of fan-talk or internet hysterics, it is clearly an area that Arsene Wenger recognised needed addressing due to the fact that a formal bid was tabled for Fulham's Mark Schwarzer. Personally, I am not that disappointed that the Australian has not come. At his age, he was never going to be a long-term solution and the fact that it has taken until this point in his career for a big club to take a real interest in him rather suggests he is not actually that much better than what we already have.

Walcott Strikes Again at Blackburn ©Getty Images
David Young Sam Limbert: My retirement as a football player came at the age of 14 due to being rubbish, it's fair to say I was more Kaba Diawara than Thierry Henry, so I turned my focus to writing about the game. I'm a lifelong Arsenal fan and have been lucky enough to watch the team across England and Europe. My favourite Gunner of all time is Dennis Bergkamp, and the 2004 Invincibles is the greatest side I've ever seen in English football. I try to be positive about the Arsenal as it's the hope that keeps us going! Follow me on twitter @SamsMatchReport.

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