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Its a very disappointing result. And the clown did it again! I had always said that Almunia is a mediocre goalkeeper who will cost us precious points, and under the tight title race this is just intolerable. Cesc seemed to pick up an injury and would be doubtful for the Barcelona clash.

Overall, the players had let themselves and the fans down. Yet again, we seemed over confident and instead of trying to keep the ball in the final minutes, we chose to attack Birmingham hoping to have a more glamourace scoreline. Denilson was pretty bad as a defensive midfielder, losing every aerial balls and was easily bypass throughout the game.

Its a serious dent in our title hope, especially when Chelsea and Man United are on fire now, trashing their opponents at ease. Hope the lads can learn from the lessons and take one game at a time, regardless of opponents.

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Yet another hard fought victory. We were reduced to 10 men after Vermaelen was sent off for a foul on Franco. The lads perservered and were rewarded with a well-deserved victory.

Almunia had done well and managed to save a penalty to preserve the scoreline. However, our backline would be severely tested in the next few matches, as our two first choice centre backs were suspended (Vermaelen) and injured (Gallas). Are we going to rely on Sol and Silvestre (whom I felt is a liability) for the next few matches? Or are we going to move Song, who was very solid in the West Ham match, to centre back position and weakened our central midfield ?

One good news over the weekend would be that Chelsea had dropped points against Blackburn. But Liverpool failed to contain Man United even though they had an early lead. The race is getting closer, and we are only two points from the leader. We would just have to concentrate on winning the remaining matches and hope our competitors drop points along the way. Keep it up, gunners!

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An injury-time goal from Bendtner, thanks to the rebounce from the long shot from Denilson, managed to give us a well deserved victory and keep us in the title race.

Without key players RVP, Cesc, Gallas, Rosicky and Song, we started off brightly and managed to score from Arshavin’s moment of brilliance. However, Hull was awarded a penalty through Sol’s foul and managed to equalize. The penalty was an absolutely woeful decision from the referee, as the Hull player was clearly offside and there was minimum contact from Sol. For majority of the match, Hull City basically parked their bus in their own half trying to soak up our attack to clinch a draw.  Frankly speaking, our winning goal caught me by surprise, as I didn’t really expect we would score in injury time, especially after all those frustrating attacking efforts.

Wenger started with a front three of Arshavin, Bendtner and Eboue. Arshavin and Eboue were lively and their dribblings caused much trouble to Hull’s defence. Bendtner was a bit wasteful upfront, but took his chance well scoring the winner. The substitutes Walcott added more pace in our attack, but Eduardo did not manage to impress, probably due to too little time. In midfield, Nasri was rather quiet while Denilson was very average in the defensive midfielder role. Diaby stayed deeper most of the time, perhaps to compensate for the lack of presence of Denilson.

Sagna and Clichy were solid in defence. Good to see Clichy getting back to form. Sol was still a rock in defence, while Vermaelen had put in yet another superb performance. Almunia, well, did not make any mistake but he didn’t have much to do either.

Overall, it was a hard-fought victory, because it was a tough away game right after our mid-week champions league match. Some of the players were obviously tired, and considering we were without a few key players, the lads had done quite well to keep up with the other title contenders.

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We are in the quarter-final of Champions League!

We managed to beat Porto at home 5:0, and doing it without Cesc, Gallas and RVP. Bendtner responded to his critics with a hat-trick, and its really good to see him hitting good form at this stage of the season, especially when our main striker is out. Arshavin had a good match, having three assists. Diaby and Song were reliable and solid. Nasri had yet another good game in the central midfield, scoring a wonderful goal after dribbling pass a few Porto defenders. I had always wanted to see how Nasri fare in central midfield, especially in Cesc’s position. Looks like we are having more options in the central midfield now.

Eboue had a good match too, scoring the forth goal and earned the penalty for the fifth. The forth goal was a classic Arsenal’s counter-attack that we had not seen much ever since the invincibles were dismantled. You could see the reaction of Wenger for that goal. He seemed so excited that the lads were able to execute a swift and decisive counter attack just like the invincibles.

Mathematically, we just need to win another three matches to win the Champions League. Of course, it is not as simple as that. The opponents will be getting tougher. But if we are going to be champions, we are gonna beat everyone. Keep it up, gunners!

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Its a hard-fought victory over the team that is famous for their “Delap-long-throw”. Aaron Ramsey suffered a terrible injury that would rule him out for the season, thanks to Shawcross’s reckless tackle. Hope Ramsey is able to get over this terrible injury and come back stronger.

This match somehow reminded me of the Birmingham match two seasons ago, where Eduardo suffered a similar career-threatening injury because of a “display of passion” of an opposition player. We drew the match eventually and did badly for the next few matches. Its sort of a turning point in our title race, and that match was the match that lose us the title. But this time, we responded well and showed our character and determination. Hope that at the end of the season when we looked back, this is the match that win us the league.

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