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Gallas (83) , Rosicky (86)

Match Gunner: William Gallas

The match started with a virtually indistinguishable Arsenal central midfield. Denilson and Diarra coming in for the suspended Cesc and the injured Flamini. Fab-Flam had been so dominant as a pairing this season that the change really made us look like a different side altogether.

Wigan had new boss Steve Bruce looking on in the stands. They duly performed what all sides come to the Emirates and do. Damage limitation and relying on counter thrusts and setpieces as their only attacking options.

They did well, in fact; good enough until the 83rd minute where once again, our propensity to produce late goals which have been a revelation this season emerged yet again. Gallas; my man of the match on this day finished with a textbook glancing header to end the frustration.

Before that, the starting pair of Walcott and Adebayor provided some highlights but no goals. At least three last ditch tackles from Bramble of all people, Granqvist and Boyce saw to this. Walcott again looked lively and useful but still lacking confidence as is expected of one so young.

It was quite a dull match but sort of sparked to life in the 72nd minute when Bent made a crude tackle from behind on Denilson. One that looked like Henry’s red card tackle against Uruguay in WC 2002. Bent was only given a yellow card though and in the aftermath Heskey and Gallas were yellow carded too.

The yellow on Gallas was particularly puzzling as he was standing up for his player as a captain does and was pushed away by Heskey. All I can say is that England players have learnt nothing from their European Cup qualifying failure. Their goonish mentality is encouraged by the plaudits for getting stuck in and giving 110% on the tackle. Just look at what Lampard did in last years League Cup final. No wonder Wenger doesn’t field many Englishmen. He wouldn’t want the tag of being the worse behaved side in the Premiership again.

Later on, this view was augmented by another bad challenge, this time from Heskey on our only Englishman on the field; Walcott. Theo needed a stretcher to bring him out of the pitch and was subbed with Bendtner. Heskey really should have been sent off as he was on a yellow following the aforementioned shoving with Gallas. The commentator really pissed me off by defending both Bent’s and Heskey’s tackle as being clumsy rather than bad. They are well paid professionals for god’s sake. They should not be clumsy!!!

The goal came after Gallas passed it to Bendtner. He layed it off to Sagna who was charging in on the right wing. Sagna produced a brilliant pinpoint cross and Gallas finished with aplomb.

Rosicky closed the game off after a fine pass by Bendtner three minutes later with a shot that went in off the post.

Thoughts after seeing the match? Bendtner gave a fine 10 min cameo as he was directly involved in the two goals. Walcott is young and is the potential star. Sagna and Clichy are fine fine French wingbacks. Diarra produced another solid performance. This time in his preferred central midfied role instead of the rightback slot. Man Utd’s loss at Bolton means that we are three clear with a game in hand heading into the busy Dec period. Goal clips here


Van Persie(13)

Match Gunner: Van Persie.
A goal at the far post. A freekick from the right which forced a save in the near post. A shot hitting the post after a touch from the keeper. A goal line clearance. No doubt about it.

This was touted as a potential banana skin as we have failed to win at Upton Park for the past two seasons. An early goal by Robin gave us the win and kept us at the top of the table. Similar score lines but different circumstances kept Manchester United and Liverpool breathing down our neck. They were pushed hard by Wigan and Birmingham and were lucky to escape with a win.

It was a routine affair as we practically strolled to a win. The goal came via a Hleb cross from the right channel which Robin glanced in off Green’s hands at the far post.
Flashes of brilliance from Green maintained the modest scoreline particularly early in the second half when he got a vital touch to a classic Robin thunderbolt to guide it onto the post and away. Apart from that, Green made at least 7-8 good saves from Flamini, Adebayor, Clichy and Van Persie
Fabregas had a quiet game by his standards especially after his recent form of goals and assists in all competitions.
Horror point of the game occured when Mark Noble two footed clash sent Hleb back to the dugouts for another spell in the injury list. He had just come back from a knee injury and was clattered on that same knee.
The only signs of trouble that we had in keeping West Ham at bay were the raw power of Dean Ashton and the incisive speed of former Gunner, Freddie Ljungberg. Final kick of the game saw Fabregas fluffing a shot straight into Green.
3 points well taken and we are carrying a good momentum into the month of October with 8 wins on the trot in all competitions.

In other news of the week, the Porstmouth-Reading game was crazy. It went 7-4 in favour of Pompey. First Adebayor vs Derby, then Torres vs Reading in the League Cup. Now Benjani vs Reading? Henry vs Levante too? Is there a secret hattrick garage sale going on ??

Man City won 3-1 over Newcastle. Elano capped a fine performance there with certainly the goal of week 8. Terry has to do a cheek surgery and Drogba is sent off in a 0-0 draw for Chelsea. Terry might be out for up to six weeks. It’s all going downhill for Chelsea isn’t it?

Henry applauds the fans

At about 5 pm, Thierry Henry arrived at the club offices to sign his contract. The fans had been arriving at the Camp Nou, where the new kit was also being unveiled, for at least an hour beforehand. They were able to follow the unfolding story as told by Barça TV via the giant video screens at each end of the stadium.

Around 30,000 fans and 200 journalists! That’s quite a crowd for the unveiling of a player.

Well, time for reality to sink in. Titi is in Barca shaking hands with Joan Laporta and posing with the club emblem

He is even fucking giving the thumbs-up sign there. Titi, you’re breaking our hearts!

The 8 years have been swell, but it’s time to turn the page. Henry, Thx 4 the Mmrs.