Santi Cazorla to the rescue as Arsenal maintains their top spot in the Barclays Premier League through his 2nd half brace against Fulham. It was another struggling performance from the Gunners but like many other times this season, they just knows how to get the job done and they did get it done once again.
Arsenal started the match in fine fashion and created a golden chance when Wilshere’s pass reached Ozil but the German couldn’t get a clear touch to net it in. After that, Fulham slowly came into the game and started to throw in a few counter-attacking threats and Sidwell made Szczesny work from outside the box. The score stayed at 0-0 at half time and Arsene Wenger had to wake his players up as Manchester City were winning their league match against Cardiff at the same time. Arsene Wenger’s half-time talk seemed to have worked as in the second half we saw a hungry Arsenal team pushing forward to get the lead. Their persistence paid off as Santi Cazorla scored a couple of goals with his right and left foot respectively within a space of 5 minutes to secure the Gunners another precious 3 Premier League points.
With this victory, Arsenal have equaled their best run in the English Premier League this season with another 5 consecutive wins. Arsenal now also have the best defensive record in the league with 10 clean sheets under their belt.
Heading into another weekend of Premier League football, Arsenal finds themselves walking wounded as many players have been ruled out for the London Derby against Fulham this Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.
Team news: Ramsey, Arteta, Vermaelen are out while Rosicky and Monreal may come back to the squad.
Arsenal will be looking forward to put on a better performance as opposed to the one they displayed in the 2nd half against Villa earlier in the week. According to the Arsenal manager, the growing confidence in the side will overtake their injury blows and won’t damage their performances on the pitch. Fulham, on the other hand, are having a torrid season under Martin Jol this season and are fighting to stay in the Barclays Premier League. With Manchester City and Chelsea breathing down Arsenal’s neck, the Gunners must keep winning the winnable games against the lower teams in the league if they are to have a say in the title race towards the business end of the season. Come on you Gunners.
Right the wrongs. Yes folks, that is exactly what the guys and our manager needs to do when we travel to the Craven Cottage to face Fulham this weekend.
Wednesday night’s convincing win against Fenerbahce takes a bit of pressure off from the players and especially from the manager after last Saturday’s dismal showing against Aston Villa. It’s also good to hear that after that midweek UEFA Champions League qualifier win we are once again been linked to world-class players like Benzema and Di Maria for a possible move to the Emirates and not average players like Cabaye etc.etc.
Wenger confirmed in his pre-match press conference that there is no fresh injuries ahead of our trip to the Craven Cottage and said that everyone should be available from Wednesday night. That’s a good news as we can all see clearly the fact that our thin is very very very thin at the moment. One more good news is the fact that our main striker Olivier Giroud has now scored 2 goals in 2 back to back games and adds to his impressive pre-season scoring streak. Let’s hope the players rights the wrongs of last Saturday’s depressing Premier League opener and gets back to winning ways in the league.