Fight, Grit & ‘Champions Luck’ Keep Arsenal Top

A hugely satisfying result and performance at Upton Park from a resilient Arsenal team took all 3 points at the weekend and deservedly so.

Many expected Arsenal to slip up at West Ham and while our previous record there was not great, they showed the Arsenal fans what has served them so well so far this season; fight, determination, the will to compete and sheer fearlessness to play any team that’s in front of them.

Add great team spirit and a ruthless mindset and you have a very dangerous team.

And as ever, West Ham put in a performance against us and it was Robin Van Persie’s 13th minute header that ended up being the difference between the two sides.

The goal itself was brilliantly crafted, with the in-form Adebayor holding the ball up well in the penalty area and coolly laying the ball off to Hleb on the right. His cross was excellent and Van Persie threw himself at it, and was rewarded with a well-taken goal.

Arsenal enjoyed most of the possession and while West Ham had a couple of excellent chances to score in reality we dominated in the final third, forcing 14 corners and having a total of 16 attempts on goal while the Hammers had considerably less.

And if it wasn’t for another inspired Robert Green performance against us we should have notched up a couple of more goals.

I also have to mention the terrible tackle on Alexander Hleb by Mark Noble.

It was ugly, it was horrible and with Hleb’s standing foot firmly in the turf, a two-footed tackle like that was shocking. It could have easily broken his leg and obviously Arsene was less than amused.

Former Gunner Freddie managed to find the net early in the second half after making one of his trademark perfectly-timed runs from midfield but was adjudged to be offside. Replays showed the Swede was just onside and the equaliser was ruled out.

But that’s what I mean about ‘Champions Luck’.

When it goes for you, you get the rub of the green and it could be seen in action for all the top 4 sides this weekend.

Liverpool had an incorrect offside decision given against Wigan’s Marcus Bent whose goal was clearly onside, and scored when the score was 0-0. Liverpool ended up getting all 3 points by winning the match 1-0.

Manchester United also scraped a 1-0 at Birmingham, when the home side had numerous chances to take the lead and even managed to rack up an amazing 18 attempts. How many times this season will teams have that many shots on goal against United?

And although Chelsea are not exactly on top form, they managed to earn a point despite Fulham having a couple of clear opportunities to steal all the points.

But Arsenal keep on winning and when I think I can’t be surprised anymore by the lads the next week they do it again.

It is seriously like a dream.

Who could have predicted 10 wins from 11 games?

I’ve always said the first 10 games of the new season would tell me what Arsenal can do this season and sitting 2 points clear at the top of the league with a game in hand is scary.

I say scary because the potential of this team in fantastic.

And I don’t care what people might say – there are no easy games in this division, with the possible exception of Derby, although they did manage to beat Newcastle the other week.

I can’t find any more superlatives for Arsenal.

They will die for each other on the pitch, are so ruthless and are supremely confident.

They will shoot from anywhere, score from all kinds of positions and score a wider variety of goals that they have in previous seasons. Tap-ins, headers, volleys, set-pieces, 30 yarders – the list goes on.

And of course, they still play some of the most beautiful football this country has ever seen.


8 thoughts on “Fight, Grit & ‘Champions Luck’ Keep Arsenal Top

  1. I believe the English FA is behind its Euro counterpartsin certian issues regarding offences. The Noble tackle would have earned the palyer a red card in Europe. Here he was giving a tsalking to and a yellow.card.

  2. Its very sad to see …a player like Neil, Bowyer, Savage, Thatcher and few others play their games like a hooligans..its a gentleman games..COMMON

    And Referees…hmm Guys you’re the spoiler of the beautiful games.

    Hands Down Ref…You guys SUCKS..

  3. Take off the Gooner-glasses. Yes, Noble’s tackle was robust, very robust but not cynical a la Flamini tackle on Parker which put him out for the rest of the game.

  4. Great article. As an Arsenal fan myself, I have been impressed with their brilliant performance over recent weeks. Fabregas and Flamini have been brilliant and we’re looking like a formidable force. However, the best opposition we’ve come up against so far has only been the Spurs. We have two easy home games against Bolton and Sunderland but then travel to Anfield and then host Man.United. Don’t get me wrong, Arsenal are currently playing the best football in the Premiership but half the teams we’ve played aren’t even in the top half.

  5. Why is everyone patting themselves on the back when West Ham had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside? Imagine if the shoe was on the other foot! Whining Wenger would have spoken of a conspiracy and everything under the sun. Throw in the hypocrisy of the media going quiet coz it was only lil plucky West Ham yet when Chelsea were denied a goal by a linesman’s flag, it made front page news. Big four bloody hell!

  6. Well if Freddie’s goal stood I’m confident Arsenal would have found that second goal. You can’t just be narrow-minded and assume that if the goal was given it would have ended 1-1. Football isn’t as predictable or straight forward as that.

    Great performance from the boys though, and Van Persie looked excellent and caused all kinds of problems. Adebayor and Hleb also linked up well for the goal, and Diaby looked impressive. He’s more effective than Rosicky I think and is good at winning the ball. He also adds a bit of height to the team which can be vital at certain times in a match.

    If Arsenal win their game in hand, we can go 10 points clear of Chelscum!


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