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A Victory For Arsenal & For Football

A Victory For Arsenal & For Football

Have the urban myths that Arsenal 'don't like it up 'em', can't beat teams in the North and that Bolton are Arsenal's bogey team been well and truly dispelled after a 2-0 victory over Bolton at the Reebok today?

Probably not.

However the truth is that this vital victory in the chase for the Premier League title was a victory not just for Arsenal, but for football and football lovers everywhere.

Long has been the myth that if you get in Arsenal's faces they can't cope, and that Bolton's 'physical' style of football cause Arsenal untold troubles, yet despite the fact that the Gunners have triumphed in six consecutive league meetings between the two teams, that myth won't go away.

Describing Boton as a 'physical team' is as misleading as them describing themselves as a 'football team'. Truth be told they substitute their lack of talent for a style of football that wouldn't look out of place in a Sunday league team.

Today, Arsenal proved that style and substance is more than a match for over zealous challenges, snide digs and general c**tishness.

Bolton fans often refer to us as Southern Softies and that players like Kevin Davies have our number, yet once again 'Elbows' Davies was nowhere, completely nullified by Vermaelen who has the physical presence and the talent to be able to play football.

Arsenal's football has everybody drooling again, and when you draw plaudits from people like Richard Keyes and Jamie Redknapp, well you know you're doing well.

Andy Gray pointed out today that Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres have played more games together this season than Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie, and when you consider another 2-0 victory against Bolton on Wednesday will put us to the top of the league, you just have to be impressed with the way we've improved mentally and physically this season.

Whether we have what it takes regain the title this season remains to be seen, but the vast improvement from recent seasons is as plain as the elbows on Davies' arms, and that's whilst suffering crippling injuries and playing magnificent football.

It's exciting times at the Grove that's for sure.

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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Sunday January 17 2010
Time: 6:47PM

Comments

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we look forward to a thrilling title chase but let's sure it ends up in London and not remaining in Manchester!
merlin
17/01/2010 18:51:00
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I can't see United winning it again. Of course you can never write them off, but they just seem to be missing something this year. It's going to take a mammoth effort to get past (and stay past) Chelsea this season, they are very very strong, but we have a chance. Let's see how far we can go.
Rocky7
17/01/2010 18:52:00
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I couldn't be more proud of the manner in which our team plays, one of the most entertaining teams in the world and even though we have a player in Bentdner who is a more physical player he still has the guile and soft touch that seems to be innate in all arsenal players
DBerg
17/01/2010 19:03:00
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I think the fact that lots of our players have been together a long time now they're feeling a bond and are fighting for each other. It's awesome to see these players fighting for each other like brothers. Cant wait for Wednesday now.
Rocky7
17/01/2010 19:07:00
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Indeed Rocky. To add to the mystery, we got 1 more yellow card than Bolton too. lol
GoonerLou
17/01/2010 19:10:00
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So much for the southern softies BS
Sajit
17/01/2010 19:23:00
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Right on, there, Rocky. I will describe the attitude of the team as that of a Gang (one for all and all for one). Did you see Rosicky attempt to avenge Diaby or the way Sagna gave Taylor the treatment few minutes after he pulled Fab's hair? It is that edge that has been missing all those trophyless seasons; smetimes, we have to play good football but win the battles of the uglies, as well. It is looking good, I tell you.
Naijagunner
17/01/2010 19:29:00
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Pssst! Don't want to speak too soon but but Song may just be coming back early, as most fans have wished. It is Zambia 1, Cameroon 0, at half time. Just to regale you in some (East) African style commentary, it was a goal by MULENGA, off a cross by CHAMANGA, who was released on the left flank by a pass from KALABA, after a clearance by NYIRENDA. The Cameroonians are not taking it lying down, though. Fingers crossed, they lose this one and Song could be back by the weekend.
Naijagunner
17/01/2010 19:37:00
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Ohhh they got some abuse from the away crowd. Not more than Almunia, but their fair share '-)
Tom14
17/01/2010 19:54:00
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btw Wenger really does love the word "interesting" a lot. he uses it so many times on so many different things in his interview. our league position is interesting, eastmond was interesting as well lol, never a dull moment with Arsene..
luckys_10
17/01/2010 19:56:00
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