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Well earned point in Germany, Next stop: Ewood Park

by on September 15, 2011

Good day Gooners! Let’s crack on with the post shall we?

Great point on Tuesday night against Borussia Dortmund. My prediction turned out to be right! A point I would have been happy with before the game, and still turned out to be after the game. Of course it was slightly hard to take conceding the win in the remaining few minutes, but if it wasn’t for a Szczesny super save in 90+1minutes added, and some really determined defending throughout the second half, we would have conceded all three points. Their equaliser was quality. A goal well worthy of winning games. If it had been a shitty tap-in, then the draw would have been harder to take, but you just have to have some good sportsmanship about you to that kind of goal and say “fair play.”

But it doesn’t really matter to be honest, we got a point in a very tough atmosphere against the German Champions, and we did it by scrapping, and for that I was delighted!

If I’m honest, Dortmund were the much better team throughout. They played solid in all areas of their game, (although we didn’t really test their defence in the second half due to being pinned back in our own half), and never seemed to give up. A superb equaliser, and could have even snatched all three points at the death if it wasn’t for a brilliant save by Chezzer. They may feel hard done by, but a point was a fair result, and we were credited that due to our constant battling.

The first half was a bit sloppy defensive wise. We didn’t seem to have any positional awareness, and Dortmund did their best in taking advantage of that, including a shot cleared of the line by Bacary Sagna. That changed in the second half, as the defence and midfield gave absolutely everything to prevent Borussia from countless opportunities to threaten the goal. This was just something we did not have in our play last season. Urgency, fight, passion, and bottle, were just some of the attributes we lacked last year, particularly in the final few months. It was really good to see that when we want to, we can be a real tough defence to break. That’s the thing though isn’t it? ‘When we want to’. Hopefully that performance will push our players on to do the same thing week in week out.

Szczesny, Benayoun, Koscielny, and Song, were the best performers for me. The latter two had an edgy first half, and it got to the point where I was hoping Song would be substituted for Frimpong after the break. After taking the lead a few minutes before the break through a brilliant Van Persie finish, it was obvious Dortmund would come out guns ablazing after the interval, and the way Song was playing, I thought our chances of keeping the lead were slim. But Song had a class second half. He put his foot in for everything, like a defensive midfielder should. Great turnaround by the Cameroon man.

Szczesny is rapidly becoming an Arsenal legend in waiting. His performances have been brilliant, and those cries for a goalkeeper seemed silly, when we had the answer all along. He had a stormer of a game, including two brilliant close range stops. Not only is he becoming a fan favourite because of his brilliant saves, but because he is vocal, confident, passionate, owns the box he plays in, and most importantly, a Gooner like all of us.

Good start to the group though. Arguably the hardest group fixture done and dusted. Our next Champions League game is at home to Olympiacos on 28/09/11, but more on that nearer the date.

Up next for our boys is a trip to Ewood Park. Normally a team we feel relaxed about playing, especially with Paul Robinson in goal (he loves to concede against Arsenal). However Blackburn have been playing some good football so far this season, and they are definitely not a team to underestimate. They will definitely be testing our defence with any set-piece they get in our half. A team we need to hit as hard as they hit us. If we can show that bottle and aggression we did in the second half in Dortmund, we should take the three points convincingly. My prediction: Blackburn Rovers 0-3 Arsenal.

I’ll be back Monday, and no hangover this time as I am having a ‘quiet’ weekend. “Yeah alright mate”, I hear you say in a sarcastic manner. Let’s get these three points on Saturday, and climb that league table! Have a good weekend Gooners!

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