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Arsene should give the players a dvd of the Arsenal Sunderland match as homework. As it was, coming back and taking three points will be a much better lesson than beating them 5-0.

You can be sure now that if we score 2 early goals against Bolton then we will continue to work hard until the final whistle.

The first 15 minutes was fantastic yesterday, we moved the ball quickly and accurately. Van Persie and Hleb were the best players on the pitch and were causing Sunderland all sorts of problems. As I said in a previous article, Van Persie is slowly coming back to his best after a slow start.

It was Van Persie who was brought down outside the penalty area before Diaby smashed the ball past 9 million Craig Gordon. The referee already blew the whistle so Diaby's goal did not count, he could have smashed in his second cracker in two home games.
What would have happened if the goal counted and Van Persie didn't get the freekick? Would it have worked out just the same as it did? Who knows, that's the beauty of football. Every little decision, every choice in pass, every tackle or foul could seem a positive thing but could end up not working for you.

Cesc and Van Persie were behind the ball and I knew that Van Persie would score, it just felt right. Van Persie said that Cesc was supposed to take that one as Van Persie took the last one against Steaua Bucharest. But Robin himself said it felt right. Only Toure could possibly match the power in his shot that Van Persie has in the squad. 77mph in off the bar and Craig Gordon dived a second after it hit the net, it was that quick.

Jens Lehmann was not on the bench, there were rumours that he drove away from the ground before kick off. It will be interesting to hear what Arsene says if he is questioned about this. I can only assume that Arsene told him that he was on the bench for the game but his ego didn't agree with the choice. I still think that Jens is a better keeper than Almunia but his attitude is appalling at times.

Gael Clichy had his worst game of the season. His final ball was really not good enough and defensively he had problems throughout the match. It started all the way back in the 4th minute when his back pass to Almunia was under hit and Almunia had to rush out to the impressive Kenwyne Jones who was booked for fouling the Spaniard.

Adebayor has been through alot of running this season and didn't look at his best. He had a header saved by Gordon after a cross from the right wing.

Diaby missed a flick from Adebayor's cross but Senderos bobbles a shot past Gordon an untidy goal but it doesn't matter because we are flying.

Poor old Abou Diaby. He could have had a hatrick, he finished a cross like he blazed over at White Hart Lane but it was wrongly disallowed for offside. Although there was an offside on Adebayor moments before.

The energy and momentum was starting to disappear from the players and Sunderland started to get on the ball and pass the ball. Liam Miller was making an impact on the game and showed his class with nice touches, enough to make Ferguson take him from Celtic to Manchester United.

Kenwyne Jones looks like a player who will be a fans favourite at the stadium of light before moving on to a bigger club. He is a mixture of Adebayor, Drogba and Asprilla. He lead the line for Sunderland on his own against the Arsenal back four and caused problems throughout.
He pulled on the shoulder of Gael Clichy and muscled passed him but Almunia was quick enough to block his shot. The ball fell to Ross Wallace who had to presence of mind to dummy Toure and hit a shot through the legs of Clichy and past the unsighted Manuel Almunia. 2-1 Sunderland back in the game and smell a chance to capitalize.

Liam Miller had a shot saved by Almunia, Van Persie had another long range tipped over by Gordon.

Just after the break Jones powered a header past Almunia who got a touch on the ball but should have done better. Incredible, the game was a practice match after 20 minutes was now pulled back to 2-2. It would be interesting to see what Roy Keane could achieve with a big team who have quality players.

I wondered how Arsenal would react, would they cave in and concede another goal as our neighbours would do or would they forget the messy defending and team play and get back to doing what we do best.

Arsene had to make a change and he did. Theo Walcott came on for Diaby. Hleb went over to the left (where he is better) and Theo slotted in on the right. Could he change the game and give us that injection that we needed?

On 59 minutes Kolo Toure would was pushing forward alot more as the game went on fired in a super long range strike from fully 30-35 yards out that arrowed towards the corner of the goal but unfortunately smacked the post and came out. It looked like one of those days.

I was screaming for the introduction of Bendtner but it was Eboue who came on to replace Sagna to give the side more offensive power on the right hand side.

Fabregas had a great chance to shoot but decided to pass to Van Persie instead but his pass was cut out. Would Cesc have shot a two weeks ago?

Theo Walcott had his first chance to make a huge impact on the game but fluffed his lines. A good one-two between Cesc and Hleb who had a good match pulled the ball back to Walcott who missed the ball when surely it was easier to score and the ball was cleared.

Theo grew as the game went on, he ran at defenders and opened up space on more than one occasion. He looked sharp and confident.

On 80 minutes Theo made up for his error by turning his marker on the edge of the box and sprinted into the box on the right hand side, he looked up and saw Van Persie in the box his low cross was controlled by the Dutchman and fired in on his left for 3-2. Van Persie's third match winner in the last three games?

Theo Walcott can be a fantastic supersub until is mature enough to effect the game for 90 minutes and not just spurts.

Sunderland had a great chance to level again in the 83rd minute but Almunia saved from Miller and Jones dragged his effort wide.

Gilberto replaced Van Persie to shore things up at the back.

Paul McShane was sent off for a horrible act of violence against poor old Alex Hleb who seems to be the victim of thuggish behavior. Three matches just isn't long enough for what he did.

Adebayor produced a great bit of skill to beat the last defender and attempted to place the ball past Gordon from the left of the penalty area as Thierry Henry has done many a time for Arsenal but his shot rolled wide of the far post.

Theo Walcott side stepped a defender and cannoned a shot off the foot of the post. The young lad deserved a goal and made a massive impact on the game. Hopefully he can now have more substitute appearances and gain confidence.

The match finished 3-2 and a tenth straight win for Arsenal in all competitions will do the players a world of good before the international break. Hopefully we can regroup after the break and get the likes of Gallas, Rosicky and Eduardo Da Silva back in the squad.

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more