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Arsenal Get Quick Reprieve After Fulham Defeat

Arsenal have been given a quick reprieve after the defeat at Fulham last Saturday.

The shock 1-0 loss at Craven Cottage last week has been dubbed one of the worst performance in Arsene Wenger's tenure. Many of the D&G merchants believed this to be the beginning of the end (Indeed I was beginning to lose hope), but instead of lying back and accepting our fate, the loss was used as a wake up call.

In the two following games the Gunners kept clean sheets in both and scored 7 fantastic goals, but more importantly a sense urgency and passion has been instilled back into the team.

Admittedly the quality of the opposition hasn't been great, but the old adage goes 'that you can only beat what's in front of you', and we have done that comprehensively.

Poor form wasn't the only worry after the Fulham defeat, but the fact that two games into the season and we were already playing catch up. But surprisingly enough, fast forward 7 days and everything is practically even and Arsenal back in some sort of form after a massive slap in the face.

Man United had already drawn one game already this season whilst Aston Villa took points from Liverpool after their chief mascots (Gerrard and Torres) missed vital parts of the game through injury.

The most surprising thing was that Tottenham were able to snatch their first points of the season **chuckle** away at Stamford Bridge, after scoring only their second goal of the season (and are still yet to score one entirely of their own making), practically leveling the playing field for those with title aspirations.

So let's hope that we can take hold of this reprieve with both hands and carry our form into the next few games.

Damn these international breaks.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 31 2008

Time: 6:12PM

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At least the over reaction to the Fulham game can now be seen as just that. You can't blame fans for being angry - even Wenger was apparently - but two games into the season was far too early for the despondency that seemed to engulf many. With reasonable luck with injuries this is still a very good side that we have yet to see the best of.
Amos.
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31/08/2008 18:19:00

lol "are still yet to score one entirely of their own making"! But at least they and the whole league are half up and running. While I think Everton are a good side, Pompey also hit form. And West Ham too. More exciting games and ups and downs ahead. This has also taught me (again) how quickly things can change in football and it'd make our lives less miserable if we stayed calm. Easier said though. I'm also glad to see the home fans' spirit is back up and running too. Agree with Amos, the best is yet to come.
Lou the Gunneress
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31/08/2008 18:32:00

I'm not really worried about the Fulham performance, though it did show how different we are without Cesc.---I think it should be noted that Flamini played the entire game for the great AC Milan as they lost to newly promoted Bologna and Hleb has the best seat in the house as the great Barcelona take on, and are losing to, Numancia.
TPowell
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31/08/2008 18:42:00

We have to be cautious here, a couple of years ago we started the same, a narrow home win followed by a very meek defeat. We responded but kept lapsing again with poor away defeats, followed by a decent response in the next three games before promptly lapsing again. It's a good response to the Fulham result, but we have to ensure it isn't repeated, and it's too early to see whether that will be the case. The next three games will be a massive indicator, particularly as our small squad means we are virtually forced into playing the same team in all three if them as we will be forced to play largely the same team all season.
Little Dutch
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31/08/2008 18:45:00

the last line - damn those international breaks - is a sentiment I guess we'd all echo!
merlin
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31/08/2008 19:23:00

LD is right, lets not get carried away. Ultimately its going to be our away form that will determine our success this season and I'm not convinced we are strong enough defensively, especially without a defensive/holding midfielder. If we can get through the next three games with positive results, it could really set us up. Please Arsene, please sign someone!
Gooner_Vin
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31/08/2008 20:39:00

Carried away with what? All has been said is that after a dodgy start we have been offered a second chance to make a decent start to the season, a chance only 7 days ago we thought had gone. The chance is there, it's up to the players to take it.
Rocky7
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31/08/2008 21:55:00

I don't think anyone is suggesting one home win makes us world beaters, but confidence breeds success so a confidence boosting performance is to be welcomed. The test will come after the next international break - we have to focus better than we did after the last one. Arsene needs to remind the team of the Fulham performance and result when they return from their travels in two weeks time.
Passenal
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31/08/2008 21:59:00

Hehe I think I've watched the highlights on different TV channels and online a few times now, but it's still great to see: http://www.football.virginmedia.com/page/premierleaguehighlights/0,,12555~1380361,00.html
Lou the Gunneress
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01/09/2008 00:53:00

Aweful time for an international break. It will be a big test of character for our boys to see if they can go to Blackburn with the same sense of urgency that they had left on.
ArsenalRob
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01/09/2008 01:28:00

Good and bad news. Van Persie's injury isn't serious, unfortunately, he will be fit enough to play in the international break. Last season, he got injured in those breaks. Hope he comes back alright.
BMF
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01/09/2008 03:31:00

Yep, i share the sentiments stated above about the international breaks, just then we are up and running along comes the international games, where as fans you just hope and pray that your players don't pick up any injuries. Also i agree with ArsenalRob, about the fact that the next 3 games all of them away from The Grove, will be a real Test for our team.
hackneyval
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01/09/2008 09:36:00

Wenger will get it right, a good performance is warranted against Rovers mind.
Sam_Imp
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03/09/2008 10:24:00

 

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