It was by no means a pushover for Arsenal in yesterday’s 1-0 win over Stoke, mostly thanks to some brilliant goalkeeping by Asmir Begovic, but Arsene Wenger is convinced that overall Arsenal deserved the three points against a typically aggressive visitor.
Wigan 0 – 1 Arsenal. A gritty win that will be vital at the end of the season by KJ
Today’s game was a very odd match. On paper and on form, it looked like another thrashing was going to be dished out by Arsenal but in the end, we were lucky to get the win. However, it’s well known that winning when you’re playing terribly is what champions are made off.
Montpellier Analysis and Aftermath: by SV
So, that’s three points on the board for the Arsenal then. Not the cleanest of wins by any means but a win is a win nonetheless. There were ample positives and negatives to be taken from the game, but I’ll start with the former.
This has been one of the most rollercoaster seasons I have ever known, and for Arsenal it has been even more up-and-down than for other clubs. The depths of anguish at the beginning of the season when Arsenal were as low as 17th after gaining just 7 points from their first 7 games made it look like the season was over before it had begun, but Arsene Wenger dragged the team back up the table.
Arsene Wenger was well aware that his Arsenal team were given a very difficult game by Aston Villa last night, and it was only a goal from substitute Yossi Benayoun that sealed the points three minutes from time, but Wenger was pleased that the squad kept fighting right up to the end.
Arsenal may have lost their place at the top of the Premiership table to Man Utd on Monday, but both Andrei Arshavin and Wojciech Szczesny believe that it should have ended as a stalemate draw.
They both think that the winning goal by Ji-Sung Park was nothing but a lucky bounce off his head that spun past the young Pole.
The little Russian striker Andrei Arshavin has been musing on the strange game at Sunderland on Saturday, and says that although the Arsenal fans won’t be happy with the final result, they should “understand that our victories are ahead”.
All the Arsenal faithful were extremely worried about Abou Diaby when they saw the diabolical tackle from Bolton’s Paul Robinson last weekend, but he has now confirmed that he should be okay after missing just a couple of games for the Gunners.