Sunday, October 30, 2011
A high scoring game was not something that I had expected from a Chelsea-Arsenal derby match. Then again I had forgotten that Arsenal does not know how to defend this season nor did I remember that Chelsea has yet to keep a clean sheet this season. And so, we were treated to an eight-goal slugfest in which the Blues and the Gunners went after each other blow-for-blow until that defining John Terry slip. If blame throwing would be allowed, Florent Malouda's right foot must take sole responsibility for this heavy Chelsea defeat.
And so Arsenal's inspirational Captain Vantastic struck a much deserved hat-trick against their London rivals. He also scored his 29th goal in 28 matches, a remarkable record huh? He must surely be the most in-form striker in the Premiership, ahead of even Kun Aguero and Super Mario. The flying Dutchman has had so many injuries in the last two seasons, we had forgotten just how good he really is. This season RVP's goals has lifted Arsenal from the bottom three into seventh place.
A super sub last week, his timely introduction against Stoke allowed Arsenal to finally motor across the finishing line, thanks to his two goals. Two weeks ago, his sublime freekick gave Arsenal a hard-fought victory against Sunderland. His talismanic qualities this season, coupled with his non-committal contract talks surely must be making the Arsenal board worried.
On Saturday, as Chelsea pushed hard for an equaliser, Van Persie ended Chelsea's defiance with a trademark left foot swerving shot that left Petr Cech grasping thin air. His goals, once again, are the reasons why Arsenal are now on a three-match winning streak.
After a disastrous start to the season, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal is now climbing up the Premier League table. Mikel Arteta is doing well and brought some experience into that Arsenal midfield. Andre Santos' goal capped a fine Arsenal afternoon and now the Gunners can clearly claim they are now back to their best.
Perhaps being out of the media limelight has been good for Arsene's charges, now that they are back in the big time, I wonder how Arsenal's fragile mentality will welcome the unnecessary media pressure.....
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