Arsenal’s (almost) perfect start continues

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Before I get started today I just want to apologise for the problems that readers would have had in the past few days with accessing the blog. Things are now back up and running after some server problems and I definitely have some catching up to do…

The server problems have meant that few people will have read the post I wrote about the Arsenal FC Blog monthly eMagazine that is set to launch in a week’s time. You can read all about it here. I just wanted to remind everybody that I am running a competition to see who can come up with the best name for the eMagazine. The winning entry will be used for the eMagazine and the person who comes up with it will win a free shirt of their choice from

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Robin van Persie’s header proved the match-winnerArsenal maintain lead at top

You’ll be well aware of it now so I’ll cover it in brief detail, but Arsenal is still on the top of the Premiership table after a gritty 1-0 win over West Ham at Upton Park. Robin van Persie was the scorer of the only goal, heading in a fine cross from Alexander Hleb after a great bit of play from Emmanuel Adebayor. I watched the game at the pub with my Chelsea-supporting friend and although things got little hazy there were a couple of things that stuck out in my mind. One was just how easily Arsenal controlled the game and the other was how well Mathieu Flamini played.

When Arsenal took the lead in the 13th minute, I never thought West Ham would get back into the game. For all of Philippe Senderos’ defensive fallibility and as good as Dean Ashton was, I just never thought that Arsenal would concede. I met a couple of English fellows who supported Arsenal and spoke to them at half time, and I just could not believe how worried they were about the game. One of them even said to me that he would be happy if Arsenal got away from the match with a point. It was quite astonishing. Contrastly, I never felt like Arsenal were under any real pressure and in my mind it was always more likely that a second was going to be scored for the away side than a first for the home team.

Mathieu Flamini is improving with every gameFlamini on fire

A large part of that came down to an excellent performance by Mathieu Flamini. On a day when Arsenal’s football was not at its flowing best, Flamini had another great game and showed just how valuable he is becoming to the team. His fighting qualities were there for all to see but it was his control and passing that were much improved, a sign that he is starting to play with composure and a real sense of confidence. Unsurprisngly, Arsene Wenger had some very nice things to say about him at the end of the game.

“He is growing – he has a little bossy attitude in midfield you know and he is an organiser, a fighter and a winner. He has improved in football terms; his vision is better, his presence is better and overall at the moment he is doing very well.

Let’s hope he continues to grow because his decision to stay is having a big impact on Arsenal’s season so far. I mentioned previously that Flamini is the perfect squad player; someone who can be relied upon to perform well whenever they are required in whatever position they are required. It’s pleasing to see that he is possibly becoming more than that.

Overall though, it was an excellent three points to pick up, and keeps Arsenal two points clear of Manchester United at the top of the table with a game in hand. You couldn’t ask for a better start to the season and with an away trip to Steaua Bucharest and three home games against Sunderland, Bolton and Slavia Prague next up, there’s every chance that Arsenal will maintain their unbeaten run for some time to come.

What do you think?

Have your say on Arsenal’s win over West Ham by leaving a comment.


20 thoughts on “Arsenal’s (almost) perfect start continues

  1. First all I am very relieved to have won the game at West Ham.I can’t see any slip ups in the next four games,After that,Liverpool away game which could be a draw.
    Why doesn’t Arsene Wenger buy another defender and give Kolo Toure the armband full time.Gallas is always getting injured for long periods.
    Bring in Micah Richards,Miguel Veloso,Samir Nasri and Kaby Djalo !!!
    Tomorrow match:
    Adebayor-Van Persie,
    Subs:Gilberto,Rosicky,Walcott,Fabianski,Diarra and Bendtner.
    ARSENAL 3 – Steaua Bucuresti 0

  2. well it was a great win, and am happy to say we are becoming ruthless we taking chances, bit upset that adebayor missed a few chances, i think he just needs that consisentcy but when he gets it he can easily get 20 goals a season. big sam is opening his big mouth a lot nowadays he mentions about arsenal academy, well son english players are not that special u only get the odd one here and there, what about bentley, sidwell they are doing well aint they.
    hleb is playing well it is crap that noble the twat did that to him.

  3. Yeah that was an awful tackle by Noble. When I saw it live I was a bit confused but the replay showed how brutal it was. I can’t see him being risked against Steaua. I think you’re spot on though, Gunnershabz, the result was a very good one. Again guys, sorry about the blog being down…

  4. The win over west ham proved that we mean business, out of evry game we have played, we hav only dropped 2 points, we are quickly becoming the team 2 beat, but no-one can do tht atm! Bring on champo league group stages. A high scring win agaisnt Steau Bucharest and then a 5-0 over sunderland. I have my reasons for that high score!

  5. Spanish Fry – My already thin credibility is in even more danger. I had Flamini down for an off game. I like your story about the English guys you talked to at halftime and were worried about the game. I was like those guys. I thought Flamini was going to get sent off, and 10-man Arsenal were going to drop two points.

  6. lol! we are still going from strength to strength. I am able to see both Steau Bucharest and Sunderland on television so i can c hu performed well and things lyk tht!

  7. Sweet. I can’t see Steaua causing us any trouble at all. Unfortunately I won’t be able to watch the Champions League clash, but I should be able to watch the game against Sunderland.

  8. 433 – Really? Wow. I just never felt worried at all. Maybe it was the beer but West Ham just did not seem threatening. The fellows I talked to were unbelievable. They just had no faith – it was quite surprising. My Chelsea-supporting mate was just laughing at how paranoid they were.

  9. spuds got lucky last night, we need martin jol as there manager so we can still take the piss, as long he is in the job they aint doing nothing much. but they got a decent squad and if they do get someone really good in like capello, lippi or mourinho maybe they can get somewhere, but at the moment, am having fun watching them

  10. F**K the scum. No matter who is manager they will always be scum. Mourinho is coming to Italia to manage Juve, Milano, Fiorentina, or most likely Roma. Capello may go to Chelsea. Lippi wouldnt waste his time on workin with those scum.

  11. Arsenal are interested in signing Samir Nasri but are locked in a £10 million battle with liverpool for him. Also the gunners have won the signature of highly rated 19 yr old Diego Capel from Sevilla.

  12. Just wondering about Gallas after Asante’s comment – I’m waiting to see him react when he gets back from injury and finds himself not being able to get back in the team.

  13. You’d think that Gallas will go straight back into the side. Apart from a good performance against Bucharest, Senderos has been a weak link in the side and Gallas’ presence has been missed. I for one will be happy to welcome him back.

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