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We extended our unbeaten run and have a 3-point lead over fifth placed Aston Villa, after we beat Newcastle 3-1 followed by a 5-0 massacre of Aston Villa at the hands of Liverpool. Manchester United carried on their poor form, losing 0-2 to Fulham, and the title race have now become more open.

The team now looked more confident and assured, and I believed this had much to do with the addition of quality and experienced player like Arshavin. Most of our players are still very young (including Nasri and Cesc) and at times they needed someone that has the class and experiences to look up to, just like Fabregas looked up to Hleb, Rosicky and Flamini last season. 

We will face Manchester City at home next, while Aston Villa will face Manchester United. If we win our match and Aston Villa loses theirs, we will have a 6-points lead over them.

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It was a great win over Blackburn and finally we are back to fourth place again. Arshavin scored a wonder goal and guess what, Eboue scored twice as a substitute! I loved the Eboue dance! 🙂

Song was instrumental in the central midfield and if he can perform like this consistently he would be my favoured partner for Fabregas in the center. Walcott offered us the pace and directness that we had been missing. Nasri and Denilson had decent games, and I think Toure was back to his best. As a striker, Bendtner was shocking in front of goal, but to be fair he did rather well to link up and play the fluid passing game with the midfielders.

Other EPL results over the weekend also went in our favour. Aston Villa suffered a loss in Spurs’ hands, letting us to overtake them in the fourth place chase. And Manchester United was trashed by Liverpool 1-4 at Old Trafford.

And finally, Blackburn’s player Pederson had a really outrageous dive:

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After losing 0-1 to Roma on their turf, we eventually beat the italians on penalties. It wasn’t a great performance but at least we are not the only english team that get knocked out in the last 16s of Champions League.

So who will be our next opponent?

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A convincing win over Burnley brought us to the quarter final of the FA Cup. Two superb goals from Eduardo and Vela, followed by a well-taken goal from Eboue (yes, it’s Eboue!).

Song was immensed in this match, playing like Cesc Fabregas. In fact, this was actually closer to his role in the Cameroon national team. Walcott showed great pace in his short appearance. RVP and Diaby were a little disappointing.

The defence was a bit shaky at times. Gibbs did well at leftback, its good to finally have a decent backup for Clichy. All in all, I think Eduardo provided us the much needed movement and killer instinct up front, while Arshavin provided the much needed creativity from a midfield that suffered from the prolonged absence of Cesc, Rosicky and Walcott.

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After four frustrating consecutive goalless league games, we finally managed to score again and register a win over WBA. Frankly speaking, its becoming more and more frustrating watching Arsenal, and its hard to imagine that a few seasons ago we were playing the most beautiful football in the world.

Whether we can finish in top four still remains a big question. There are so many problems in this team that I really can’t remain optimistic even after this win.

Players like Denilson, Diaby, Song, Eboue, Bendtner, Vela, and to a certain extent Nasri are still not ready to play week in week out in a team like Arsenal. These players are all decent squad players at the moment, and some of them have potential to become world beaters, but they are still too young and/or inconsistent to shoulder the responsibilities of a title contender’s key players.

This team has a lot of potential, but I am really tired of having to say this for years and waiting forever for them to realize their suposed potential.

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