Arsenal go top after controversial comeback – Thats a good thingBy: Rob | January 21st, 2010
Arsenal are top of the Premier League this morning after a 4-2 victory against Bolton last night. I suggest if you didn’t see it, you pursue the highlights above, it was a cracking match. Bolton went 2-0 up within 20 minutes, Tomas Rosicky got Arsenal back into the match just before half time.
Then, the controversy, as William Gallas lunged at Mark Davis, leaving the latter to be stretchered off, while play continued, into a Cesc Fabregas goal.
Vermalean and Arshavin scored the final two goals to ensure Arsenal were top. And as a neutral, I have to say, I think its a good thing.
Arsenal are a good role model for other teams in the league. Well run, not in massive debt, loyal to their manager, faith in young talent and play good-to-watch passing football.
I know some with criticise the lack of English talent in the side, but I don’t think it matters really. From an England perspective it would be nice if a few more English boys were playing in winning sides, but they shouldn’t get in just because of their nationality.
Besides, if Arsene Wenger is to be believed, he has a bunch of very talented English guys sat in his youth teams, so the next generation will be more anglo-centric.
To win the title they are going to have to grow in confidence, and show the kind of spirit they showed last night against Bolton. They sometimes look unsure of themselves still, but going top, even if it doesn’t last, will be a huge boost for Wenger’s boys.
Its been a great season for them already though, truth be told. At the start of the season many were predicting they would be the side to fall out of the Top Four following the rise of Manchester City, but they started the season strongly, and have bounced back from a loss against Chelsea admirably, winning 10 in 12.
The key is going to be firstly – keeping teh likes of Fabregas and Arshavin fit, and second surviving the following run of fixtures and still being well in the race
27 Jan A Aston Villa
31 Jan H Manchester United
07 Feb A Chelsea
10 Feb H Liverpool
Thats a horrible run of fixtures for anyone to face all sides battling for a Champions League place (Liverpool are back in the running after a 2-0 win against Spurs last night). The next few weeks then will define Arsenal’s season. As a neutral, I hope they come out on top.