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We had a very disappointing first half but credits to the young gunners for fighting back aggressively from behind in the second half. Gibbs made his premier league debut and was very lucky not to be sent off for the foul on Valencia. In fact, we were lucky not to be down by two goals in the first half, as the freekick given away by Gibbs’s foul hit the bar. Djourou got injured and now we are really depleted of defenders. With Almunia, Gallas, Clichy and Djourou all in the treatment room, we were forced to field a rookie goalkeeper, an inexperienced leftback and an old & rusty centre back (Silvestre). Will this makeshift defense hold their ground against teams like Villarreal and Chelsea in the coming week?

Song looked good in the last few matches, both defensively and offensively. He was arguably the most improved Arsenal player in this season. Arshavin was great, had a hand in three of our goals. Walcott had the raw pace to trouble any defenders, but he needed to couple it with good decision making.

Anyway, we are now 8 points cleared of Aston Villa, who drew with 6th-placed Everton in yesterday match. I still don’t think we have the 4th place in our pocket, as we still have to face Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the last 6 matches.

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It was a night when everything seemed to be against us. A wonder strike from Senna gave the host the lead in merely 9 minutes from starting time. Almunia was later subbed by Fabianski due to injuries. Our most experienced player on the pitch, William Gallas, was also stretchered off and replaced by Djourou. For most of the time, Villarreal looked the more dangerous of the two teams.

However, we managed to hold our grounds and a stunning, acrobatic strike from Adebayor gave us our equalizer. The game ended with a draw and we came away with an important away goal. Three assists and three goals in two games from Cesc Fabregas and Adebayor. If they could carry on their form till the end of the season, we might end on a high in a subwhat disappointing season.

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After a long period of injury, we finally see the return of Adebayor and Fabregas. Adebayor scored twice, both from the assist of Fabregas. An interesting note would be that we are playing a 4-2-3-1 formation in this match, with Cesc playing in a more advanced position than his previous ones in a 4-4-2 formation. This somehow gave Cesc more freedom to attack without worrying about the defending part of the game.

Song and Denilson did well to dominate the central midfield. Arshavin was a bit quiet in this game, while Walcott was lively and his dribbles constantly threatened the Man City defence. Toure had a good game and hoped he could carry on his good form. Eboue was rather impressive when he came on, almost having an assist but only for Bendtner to shoot it wide. Ramsey had a few minutes of game and did reasonably well.

We are now six points cleared from Aston Villa, but we need to keep up the momentum as we still have to face Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea, so the fourth place is still far from guaranteed.

Next match would be a much tougher one: an away game to Villareal. And it would be great to see Pires again, but hopefully he don’t score against us.

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