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Brilliant Arsenal Put Pressue On Utd

Brilliant Arsenal Put Pressue On Utd

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal out-shone and out-fought Martin O'Neil's Aston Villa on Saturday to open up a six point lead over title rivals Manchester United.

Many had predicted a tricky game for Arsenal, none more so than myself, who had predicted that Arsenal would suffer their first league defeat in 8 months. But Gallas and his band of brothers battled from the first minute to the last and managed to grind out a result.

Credit where it's due - Villa made in tough for Arsenal by denying the likes of Rosicky and Hleb time and space to work their magic. Indeed, Villa even went ahead for 10 minutes before Flamini leveled.

And after seeing his boys fight so hard, Wenger couldn't hide his delight after the game: 'We were brilliant and resilient. In the first half we played some absolutely amazing football,' said Wenger.

'We moved the ball quickly, were accurate with our passing in short spaces and made it difficult for Villa.

'In the second half, the physical contribution from Villa and the fact some of our players dropped off a little bit, allowed them back in.

'I felt at the end of the first half we seemed as if we weren't right on top of things and that made it difficult.

'But this is a big result. Because of the belief in the Villa side after their recent good run, we needed something special.

'Maybe in the past, games like that have been our Achilles heel. But we have improved, have more experience and resilience and we panic less.'

The result puts Arsenal into a fantastic posistion going into December, and puts immense pressure on Man United to beat Fulham on Monday.

With a trip to Newcastle and the visit of Chelsea yet to come, there's a long way to go yet before we can say we've got through December...

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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Sunday December 2 2007
Time: 2:07AM


We were amazing in the first half, in the second half they dominated but i'm very proud of the team for getting through this game with a win.
02/12/2007 02:30:00
How did Carew stay on the field? Anywhere else in the word that is a straight redcard. It was malicious, from behind and although not directly denying a goal scoring chance he clearly cut him down so it wouldnt have to be done in the box. *********.
Ozi Gooner
02/12/2007 02:33:00
exactly my thoughts ozzy. I hate that ****
02/12/2007 03:06:00
oh sorry for the double z. I am famous for my spelling
02/12/2007 03:07:00
and the y. wow. lol. its late
02/12/2007 03:07:00
When the camera showed the rain pouring down, it brought back memories of last season when we were away to a tricky team and it was a muddy night and we would mess up. This win really shows how far we have come :)
02/12/2007 03:46:00
Good win.... Lets hope MU stuff up BIG Time
02/12/2007 04:26:00
I justed wanted to give my props to Bacary "the Hustla" Sagna cus he blocked like 98% of their corners. The ball never passed got to any dangerous positions, they were only effective with crosses during open play. **Gunners All Day Every Day**
Youngest in Charge
02/12/2007 04:39:00
Youngest in Charge
02/12/2007 04:40:00
Beautiful performance in the first half. Simply amazing. However, the second half was a total contrast. As a neutral, would feel that villa deserved at least a point. anyway am happy, that Arsenal came away with all 3 pts. Now for the next test at newcastle. lets hope that the injury to hleb is not very serious. cause we need to be in full strength to go all the way
02/12/2007 06:26:00
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