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Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack


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By Boris Mellor
December 22 2012

 When I first spotted the topic heading  on my forum that this could have been the best Arsenal win so far this season I did wonder, for a moment, about the sanity of football fans, but then I read on:  

“Spurs was great, Liverpool was impressive, Reading was scintillating at times, but this Wigan  (game) was just straight out TOUGH.
Once again Wigan went into super - mode, especially in the first 60 minutes, harassing us all over the place. Maybe the win wasn't as impressive as the others, but it was certainly one of the most important wins all season.
We can enjoy Christmas at least
.” Gunners R Us

 

We have all heard Wenger’s mental strength speech, and wondered what match he had just watched, but today the team were given a good working over and prevailed. Of course there was a large dollop of luck involved here, if Wigan could shoot straight Arsenal may have sank without trace; there again if Walcott hadn’t shot straight at the keeper the Gunners would have been ahead without needing a penalty.  However, the penalty was brilliantly played for by Theo, who says he hasn’t got a football brain?

 

Wigan actually managed more shots than Arsenal, but most were off target and the defence prevailed, in particular due to the efforts Szczesney and Mertesacker.  There was a resilience at set pieces and an effective use of the off-side law. I know I will be shot down by some regulars on here but I do detect Bould’s hand here. Maybe Wenger has allowed him more coaching time. They were certainly communicating more on the bench.

 

The match itself was dour, and Jack was particularly treated badly by the Wigan players and the ref. He was booked for a perfectly good tackle, he got the ball and didn’t touch the player first, and it was one footed and low. The ref then went on to ignore a lot of far more nasty fouls against him. He didn’t book Maloney until one nasty foul too many a few minutes from time.

 

Jack was particularly mature not to lose his rag, he kept calm and still managed to keep his edge. Sky gave the Ox man of the match for his second half performance, but I thought Jack was the one player who was consistent for the whole match.

Arteta's a winner

I just love the Lego haired Spaniard, he put in a good shift, but his willingness to step up for the penalty was a testament to mental strength. After Bergkamp missed the penalty against Man U in the FA cup semi he never took a penalty again, so along with smoking, drinking and flying that was another experience he denied himself. Arteta’s penalty was well placed, fooling the keeper, and was essential for victory. No wonder the Gunners have won only one league game without him in one and half seasons.

 

So Arsenal now, surprisingly, stand in third place with 30 points, but the Chavs have two games in hand.  Meanwhile Tottenham, Everton and WBA also have 30 points, so goal difference could be all important. It’s one game off halfway through the season and a team with only 30 points is third. It might not prove that the league is weaker this year, although I think it does, but it does prove that the top four teams aren’t as strong as they used to be.

 

Charm Offensive

Meanwhile the board continues its charm offensive, giving out £10 food vouchers for the Emirates to the away fans, well deserved. As my nephew wryly commented they should be able to get half a pie with that. I say “continues the charm offensive”, as the board provided proper food at the annual supporter’s groups’ Xmas drinkies. Normally its crisps and olives, but I think it will take more than a few hot sausage rolls to pacify fans unhappy with quite a few issues at present, but three wins in a row probably will help, turn that into ten in a row there could be a lot of happy people about.

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Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack
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22/12/2012 21:49
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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2012:12:29:21:21:05 by eduardo.

 
Re: Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
23/12/2012 01:50
Agreed, and harken back to the good old days of:

"Lucky Lucky Arsenal"

"Boring Boring Arsenal"

"One Nil to Arsenal"

I prefer we grind out results by keeping clean-sheets, Lady Luck sitting in Wenger's corner (certainly not on his lap which is reserved for Tatar!) and Football Gods love a good larf at 5pud2!

Lovely X'mas present to us Arsenal fans.

1-0 Wigan Win + WHU Postponed = well-rested TEam at St. James Park. (Sm128)

Certinly, BEST WIN of the Season as it maybe that the TEAM had crossed the RUbicon and there is no turning back on their newly-discovered mental toughness and fortitude in the face of adversity, bouncing back nicely from the Pits of Bradford.

We had seen too many Arsenal teams lost their bottles against those incessant attacks launched by Wigan with our MDIFIELD utterly over-ran.

Even with Sol and Clichy, we had seen too many Arsenal TEAMS snapped defeats from the Jaws of Victory, dropping points during 93rd and 94th minute.

Today?
We welcome Lady Luck back to our corners.

 
Re: Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack
RadioFreeArsenal (IP Logged)
23/12/2012 05:51
What exactly is Lego Hair?

 
Re: Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
23/12/2012 10:18
Newcastle is at home on 29 th December merl.

Lego hair? take a look at a Lego man toy RFA



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack
Jack_is_the_truth (IP Logged)
23/12/2012 14:11
good read, apart from the arteta bit



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The future is now!!!!!!!

 
Re: Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack
Flava (IP Logged)
23/12/2012 21:43
Good fact though, eh Jack?

 
Re: Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack
Jack_is_the_truth (IP Logged)
23/12/2012 22:16
meaningless information more like



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The future is now!!!!!!!

 
Re: Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack
weedz (IP Logged)
23/12/2012 22:38
Padre Scrooge, I enjoyed the read, but feel you have not given teams outside the top 4 or 5, a fair rub of the green, mate.

For me, at the half-way point, the surprise is how teams like Swansea, WBA, Norwich and Stoke have competed at the highest level.

I `ve watched these teams, in the past, wilt under the pressure of an inferiority complex, but not this season. And I wonder if the new FFP rules are, in fact, already making their presence felt.

 
Re: Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
23/12/2012 23:29
Thanks for the praise weedz, but I stick to my guns ie

"It might not prove that the league is weaker this year, although I think it does, but it does prove that the top four teams aren’t as strong as they used to be"

I think there is more proof on that, this year only 2 Prem teams went through to final stages of CL. Not only that but in the group stages England was below Spain, Germany and Italy for overall performance.

The prem is beginning to lag behind, its not evidence that that WBA is wonderful



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack
Gunners R Us (IP Logged)
24/12/2012 17:05
Quote:
weedz
For me, at the half-way point, the surprise is how teams like Swansea, WBA, Norwich and Stoke have competed at the highest level.


Mate, don't believe the hype. If you check my twitter you will see I am very critical of all this swansea praise.

They have constantly been midtable and can still drop down to 14/15th by next week. Their performances against the big teams are not the same as against the smaller ones.

WBA the last month have proven they will wilt away.

Norwich have done well. But it's only half time, I still expect them to be mid-table and even relegated next season. This is mainly due to the lack of quality in their squad. Team togetherness can only last so long if you don't improve it by adding quality.

Stoke's defence has been VERY good this season. However, their attacking play is dire to say the least. They are getting a lot of draws. They need to be careful, if they start leaking goals they will not have enough upfront to save them from defeats.

 
Re: Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack
karl16 (IP Logged)
26/12/2012 09:18
Qpr game was tough, it took an Arteta winner also.

 
Re: Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
26/12/2012 10:03
The bloke has mental strength, along with Wilshere



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack
weedz (IP Logged)
29/12/2012 09:00
Fair call, Padre.

I still think that there`s a breathe of fresh air about the Prem this season. With a couple of new managers doing good and some clubs boxing well above their weight.

City, ManU and Chelsea have big and good enough squads to keep the Prem if not top, top3 in Europe.

Serie A isn`t top3 anymore, IMO. Bundesliga have overtaken them, but the German league isn`t as strong as the Prem, overall.

Take Barca and Real M out of the equation and there`s not that much left in La Liga, either. Certainly not as strong as the Prem is, if the 2 Manchester clubs were taken out of the equation. And it`s the same in Germany and Italy.

Having 1 or 2 dominating clubs in a league does not necessarily mean that, that league is stronger. An over-view is required.

Judging the strength of a league on how well the top team, in that league, does in the CL, is not a fair call.

World-wide fan-base numbers, TV rights and merchandising are a far more accurate indicators to take when measuring the strength of a league. Let the market-place choose. And on that front the FAPL is still the strongest football league on the planet, IMO.

 
Re: Best win so far this season? You're alright Jack
Gunners R Us (IP Logged)
29/12/2012 10:53
1. La Liga
2. Prem
3. Bundesliga

I think weed is overestimating the strength of the big 3 and undestimating the strength of spains top 6/7.

Where are chelsea and man city in europe?

valencia, malaga, barca, madrid all qualified

Measuring a league as a brand and a league in terms of quality are two different things. IMO you should always judge it by the latter.

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