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?
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.