Hello Gooners, out there! I can vouch for the fact that all of you are in the best of moods, unless of course, you happened to meet a Sp*rs supporter, who thinks they can still finish above us in the league. What a load of bollocks, I say!
The Newcastle game marked a 5th consecutive Premier League win. A streak that started with the 7-1 mauling of Blackburn, followed by a late Thierry Henry goal at the Stadium of Misery, a 5-2 humbling of Sp*rs, a daylight robbery at Anfield, and a Newcastle Vermination. 15 points gathered in these 5 games, and add to that Sp*rs consecutive 3rd league loss, which saw them lose to us, ManUtd and Everton, has seen us close the gap between us to just 1 solitary point. Couple of months ago, Arsenal were 7th in the league, and Sp*rs, were 13 points ahead of us, dreaming of a league title. How quickly things can change in the game of football.
Arsene Wenger does the customary, speaking about the team spirit…rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb..
That is the best response to something that has been questioned sometimes this season. I believe that shows we have quality, we have spirit, which I have never questioned.It was a relentless effort again tonight from the first to the last minute. The tempo was absolutely top level tonight. We kept going until the last second and just managed to win the game.Certainly the fact we have done it before helped us. Even when we were 1-0 down we just kept going and we feel now at the moment in the team we just have that complete and total commitment to do as well as we can and give absolutely everything.We played recently against Tottenham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sunderland who are all very difficult to beat and we won all of these games. We know every time it was very tight and we won in the last minute in three of them.There is definitely complete commitment in every single game. Where we finish is down to how we keep going and if we put that same amount of effort into every single game.
I don’t focus on Tottenham. I feel what is at stake for us is our commitment and that’s all we want to do.I don’t compare us to any other team, I just think we have rebuilt confidence and belief and that will be vital in the race until the end.It can change very quickly because as soon as you lose a little bit of urgency you are in trouble in this league. So let’s focus on keeping that and after we will see when we finish.The atmosphere is great within the squad, and tonight it was exceptional in the dressing room because the pleasure is even more intense when you win in the final minute of the game where you have given everything.It’s very important that we keep our feet on the ground, keep our complete focus and give absolutely everything until the end.
Yes, I completely with Wenger here. How can we even contemplate to compare ourselves with the Sp*rs, of all? We are way better than that. Meanwhile, the man who ‘scores when he wants’, aka Robin van Persie, who scored a fine equalizer against the Geordies, was full of praise for the Arsenal faithful.
During that period, our fans have been incredible. I really mean that – the atmosphere in the stadium has reached unbelievable levels and that makes me feel very proud. I sometimes hear people saying that Emirates Stadium can be quiet, but I’m completely certain that those people will adjust their opinions now.Our bond with the supporters is special and has been there for a long time, but in the last few games I feel it’s reached a new level. As I’ve said before, it’s down to us to give them that energy, to show them that we are ready for the fight, and then they will respond.That’s what has happened recently – the fans and the players have worked together and made a really good team!
Mikel Arteta, meanwhile spoke on how Arsenal deserved the late winner.
We all keep believing, we had the chances and thankfully at the end we got the points. All credit to the team, we never give up even when we’re losing, and the crowd as well has been absolutely fantastic.We deserved to win the game earlier, we had chances to put it in the net before, and it was tough, but as I said kept trying, putting them under pressure and the energy today was top drawer.We are now only one point behind Tottenham and three ahead of Chelsea, so we are in a much better position than four or five weeks ago. We are really happy.
One of the talking points of the game was the clash between Newcastle’s goalkeeper Tim Krul, who was taking ages for his goalkicks, and was not penalized once, by Manchester United legend Howard Webb, and Captain Vantastic. Robin van Persie kept accusing Krul of wasting time, and matters nearly got out of hand towards the end, when after Vermaelen’s winner, van Persie taunted Krul, by saying “Take your time now!”. Arsene Wenger tells he doesn’t know much about the incident.
If it’s history from Holland or it’s today’s story I don’t know,I will find out, but I’m happy he stayed yellow and didn’t become red.
Moving on, Arsenal’s best player on the night, was Theo Walcott. He gave a torrid time to Newcastle’s Italian left-back Davide Santon, in the first half, which resulted in Pardew substituting him with James Perch. Walcott set up van Persie’s equalizer in the 15th minute, and was also responsible for Vermaelen’s winner. Arsene Weger, was full of praise for the pacy winger, who he bought from Southampton in 2006.
Theo Walcott was outstanding,From the first to last minute he was great. I feel it was his best performance for us.Against Milan, Theo was hitting top form and he has continued it tonight. He played with intelligence and power.Newcastle gave the impression of a strong team and to come back quickly was important.The equaliser was provided by Walcott. We speak many times of many other players and he deserves great credit this time because he was exceptional.I think that he is so long in the spotlight that people forget that he is 22 years old and getting now to an age where you perform. It is as simple as that. He develops well because he is intelligent. Tactically, technically tonight he had a complete game.
Walcott has often tended to frustrate Arsenal fans, with his inconsistent displays, and that he has shown little improvement since joining us all those years back. He has drifted in and out of games, at times looks completely out of ideas and disinterested, but he has also played like a world-beater at times. Another player, who has frustrated the Arsenal faithful, with his injuries, rather than lack of performances, is Tomas Rosicky. Owing to his recent top form, he has been awarded with a new and improved two-year contract extension. Little Mozart, stated,
It’s a great honour to sign a new deal with Arsenal, I love the Club and am proud to wear the Arsenal shirt. It’s felt like home since I arrived six years ago and I couldn’t be happier to commit my future to the team.The manager, my team-mates, the staff and the supporters – everyone plays their part in making this a great Club, and I feel privileged to be a part of it. I believe we have a really talented group of players and, together with the manager, the future looks bright. It’s always been my goal to win trophies here at Arsenal, and I will fight hard to achieve my dreams here.
And while we are about it, on loan Russia captain Andrei Arshavin has revealed that he intends to return to Arsenal after his loan spell ends.
Of course,Yes,Every player wants to play and not sit on the bench and sit in the stands watching the action. I always wanted to play and not sit on the sidelines watching everything unfold.I’m used to living in London and while I’m on loan at Zenit my family has stayed there because my children go to school there and everybody feels comfortable there.
Is it just me, or has Arshavin’s departure on loan to Zenit, coincided with the recent spate of great results. I still, feel though, that the Russian still has a season or two in him to succeed at Arsenal. He offers something extra to the midfield, and all Arsenal fans hope to see a rejuvenated player in him, come next season.
Finally, Arsenal welcomed back Brazilian left-back Andre Santos from injury. It was revealed that he will be ready in time to face Everton. Before that, he will get some much needed game time against West Brom reserves. It will be interesting to see if Wenger sticks to the impressive young Kieran Gibbs at left-back or brings back the experienced Santos. It is a happy problem. Also slated for a return, is Abou Diaby.
Of course, Arsenal don’t have a game this weekend, due to Everton’s involvement in the FA Cup, where they take on Bolton. It’s going to be another long weekend then. Hopefully, we will be all set to take on Everton, come next Wednesday.
Jai Arsenal 🙂