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1. Arsenal can play poorly but still win
It’s quite a common occurrence for Gooners to whine about how well we played, but failed to put our away our chances. We probably didn’t deserve to draw to Wolves and Bolton, or lose away to Spurs and Blackburn, and yet we did. But finally it has gone the other way – we won a game despite Liverpool dominating for the majority. Dalglish’s side was full of confidence after winning the Carling Cup, and his team played well throughout. From my perspective, they have a very average first team (apart from Suarez). Downing, Henderson, Adam and Spearing is hardly a midfield that would scare most fans, but they ran the show today. Kuyt dropped deep and Suarez’s movement was exceptional. Despite this, Arsenal defended with great enthusiasm and Szczesny’s performance was impressive.
2. Van Persie isn’t just a great player, he is a great man
He wasn’t really in the game for most of the first half but scored a goal. In the second half, he helped keep the ball on the occasions when Arsenal were in control. His second goal was sublime, and it won us two vital points in the race for Champions League football. However, van Persie’s decision to give his MOTM champagne bottle to Szczesny showed great humility. Our keeper was superb today, and our captain highlighted that fact by giving the Pole his award.
3. Suarez is a cheat, but also a bloody good footballer
Suarez has been embroiled in plenty of controversy of late, but it is his diving which keeps cropping up again and again. He is a very skillful footballer, and his dribble past several players before forcing Szczesny into a save is an example of his great close control. But why does he dive? I’m quite sure that he could’ve stayed on his feet for the penalty incident, and perhaps he could’ve gone round the keeper and scored. Until he stops cheating, he will never be put in the ‘world class’ bracket.
4. Comeback kings?
This Arsenal team has once again shown its ability to overcome a deficit and win. We did it against Norwich (A), Chelsea, Spurs (H) and Aston Villa in the cup, to name but a few. The typical view of previous Arsenal teams is that we would drop our heads if we went behind. Not this side. There’s a bit more to this team than there used to be, even if the football isn’t as pretty. But maybe that pretty football will return when Wilshere comes back.
5. Song is an amazing creative midfielder, but is he a DM?
Wenger has to ask himself if Song is the man to do the defensive midfield role for Arsenal. With Frimmy and Coq waiting in the wings, perhaps Wenger should give them a chance in that position. Song isn’t a poor defensive midfielder by any means, but his positioning leaves a lot to be desired. In matches where the opposition dominate, we need someone to track the runs of their midfielders and Song just didn’t do that today. But his creative talent is fantastic. I think his pass for the winner was his 11th assist of the season (feel free to correct me in the comments section). Even Cesc would be proud to have 11 assists to his name at this point in the campaign (in fact, Fabregas has 16 assists at Barca so far). So should Song be pinned to the DM role or allowed to roam free?