Date:Sunday December 16 2007
So Grand Slam Sunday drew to a close at shortly before 6pm, and saw The Arsenal resume top spot in the league.
The latest 'test' placed in front of the Gunners, recently shorn of their unbeaten record, has been faced, placed and chased. We remain top.
With so much build up this week to both fixtures, it was entirely to be expected that both fixtures on this Sunday would be tight, low-scoring affairs, and so it proved.
With today's early fixture seeing ManYoo see off Liverpool to leapfrog the Gunners at the top of the table, a statement of intent was needed, and the red and white pride of london responded, with Cap'n Bill Gallas proving the decisive difference between the two sides.
Arsene Wenger feels that despite the resumption of our position at the summit of the Premier League, the title is still there to be won by any of the big four of ourselves, ManYoo, 'Pool and Chelski. Le Prof said,
There is nothing decisive, but at the moment the most consistent are Manchester United and Arsenal.
Liverpool have lost many points at home, they need to come back but are still in contention.
Chelsea showed they can still fight for the championship.
Such is indeed true. I think it was Petr Cech (though I'm not really sure, but hey, who gives a rat's arse...) who said in the lead up to the game that it was who was top after Christmas who would have the best chance of winning the title. Well, we've seen off the blues (something long overdue), still top of the pile, and Christmas will be upon us soon. Let's hope we're sitting pretty after the festive period, and that little pearl of wisdom was right. Nobody's out of it yet, but in this league, you can't afford to find yourself too many points off the top, as although not impossible to work your way back into the title fight, you're then relying on the teams above you slipping up to provide you with the opportunity.
17 games down, and we're not doing bad for a team who was tipped by everyone to struggle. With RvP, Cesc, Flamini and Hleb back from injury, Bendtner showing very promising signs and Theo getting himself more involved all round the pitch, it bodes well for a busy Christmas schedule.
Good to be a Gooner? It surely is.
Date:Sunday December 16 2007
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