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The silky football returns to haunt Pardew

The confidence was clearly back in the team tonight, is this beacuse Henry was back or just because they were able to play their own game? Clearly Charlton did not put up much of a threat, it was more like a training game, which was probably what was needed ahead of the next two games. The team knocked the ball around at will, creating chance after chance, once again however the opposition goal keeper Carson was outstanding, denying, Henry, Hleb, Rosicky, RVP, Cesc and Gilberto with a string of outstanding saves. We still managed to score 4 with no reply.

It was good to see Henry applauding his team mates for trying passing moves and through balls that didn’t quite complete, hopefully he has  come back into the team with a bit of humility and encoragement for the more junior players rather than berating them for not getting inch perfect passes. Gilberto continued his run of impressive performances fighting lost causes and showing real vision in the midfield, lets hope the knock he received chasing a goal scoring opportunity is only superficial.

We really should have embarassed Charlton, quite definitely the poorest Prem team I have seen this season, a fitting tribute to a f..ing useless manager, who incidently was taunted all night by the Arsenal fans. It will be good to watch him fail, if dissapointing to see another London club to drop down a league.

The dissapointment tonight, apart from not scoring more goals was the noise of the crowd, or lack of it. 60057  people should be able to produce a rousing chorus, just like we did against the Scum. Come on gooners let’s show the same commitment at every game, I’m sure the team will respond, look what the crowd did for Sheffield!!

Hopefully the injury crisis will soon be over and we can get a good run of wins under our belt until the end of the season. We need Champions league football at The Grove.


January 3, 2007 Posted by | Matches | Leave a comment