Arsenal storm back into the Premier League title race and positively stamp their mark on this season. Is this the dates we as Arsenal fans look back to and believe they came of age in a must win clash of titans in the City of Manchester Stadium? I think so. Arsenal inflicted the first time City have lost at home this season. Not bad. Beating City three nil at their place is brilliant, especially because of the elevated ambition over there. Chamakh, once again was fouled and again, deemed a red card offense. The Moroccan international’s quick feet and pace, draws the fouls and stupid decision making from opposing players. This in turn has softened the blow of losing Van Persie.
A win at City, was followed by four at St James’s Park. Walcott, and Bendtnar started and had bagged goals. The performance was a strong attacking one, and I was surprised Fabregas came on. I think Arsenal can win the Carling Cup, but I wouldn’t be devastated if we didn’t. I look at Chelsea under Mourinho, the first trophy they won, was the Carling Cup. They went on to win the League and became established title challengers. This Arsenal team has a lot to prove, but the dreamer in me, started to believe.
West Ham, before the game at the weekend, we residing in the relegation zone. I will be honest, I expected to steam roller them, but as always, Robert Green had a great match against us. Save after save made me think that this would be one of those days. In the past, Arsenal have settled for the point, and huffed and puffed at the oppositions tactics. Not this time, with the amazing Alex Song scoring a late header.
Arsenal look stronger, and the bench is of pure quality. To take off Arshavin, and put on Walcott, with Van Persie and Ramsey to still come back, was a huge indication of the power running through the squad. This performance has got to be a benchmark in which the team must carry on.
Song looks to be the most attacking defensive midfielder in the world, but he was aware the importance of the victory, when Arsenal were producing wave after wave of attacks. He keeps getting forward, as it pushes the creative opposite players back, and confuses most.
These last few games have produced unlikely heroes, in Song and the improved Fabianski. They must continue to grind and work hard for wins, as Chelsea and the controversial Manchester United won’t slip up. As long as Arsenal take it one game at a time, and the injuries are kept to a minimum, there might be something to celebrate come the end of the season.