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The Arsenal Comeback

Boltan 2 – 3 Arsenal

These are the type of matches which makes you love football. Arsenal needed a win to get there title challenge back on track and what a way to get it. Arsenal didn’t get off to a great start as Boltan scored from there first attack with a header from Matthew Taylor. Things got worse for Arsenal as Diaby was sent off for a professional foul and Taylor’s deflected shot doubled Boltan’s lead. It looked as if the game along with the title challenge might be over for Arsenal as they were lacking there natural rhythm and Boltan were well organized.

But come 60th minute and things started to change for Arsenal. An unmarked William Gallas scored from a Fabregas corner and just six minutes later, Arsenal won a penalty and Van Persie converted it to send Arsenal level. Van Persie had another good chance but he fired wide from 12 yards. But the game was set for a fairytale finish as Arsenal scored through a Fabregas deflected shot in the 90th minute and Arsenal recorded there first win in 6 games to keep them in the title charge.

With the champions league also coming up, it will be interesting to see how the small and young Arsenal squad deal with all these games. Arsene Wenger should have brought a couple of players in the January window. But with the young players playing extremely well, anything is possible.

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The Big four EPL Showdown

Ferguson, Benitez, Grant, Wenger

The English Premier League has definitely reached the crunch stage. With just 8 games remaining, the title can go either to Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea. Tomorrow’s match between the big four may turn out to be a crucial movement in the final rankings. A few weeks ago, Arsenal were cruising, they were 5 points ahead but after four successive draws, they currently lie 3 points behind Manchester United. And it could have been more miserable for Arsenal had Chelsea not drawn with Spurs.

It is one of the most close call finishes in the Premier League which i have seen after a long time. The pressure will be mainly on Arsenal and Man Utd but i would be a fool to rule Chelsea out. If Manchester United win against Liverpool and Arsenal lost to Chelsea, then it might be "Title Gone" for Wenger. Consistency will definitely be the key in these last matches. And with the Champions League also looming close, the freshness and determination will also play a big part. Liverpool have been in great form recently winning there last 5 premier league matches. The form of Torres has been exceptional. Looking at both set of players, we might have a classic match to watch but these big matches usually turn out to be quite boring. I think defense will play a key part in this game. How the defenders will be able to cope with the likes of Torres, Gerrard, Rooney, Ronaldo, Nani and Tevez can certainly have a bearing on the outcome. These games are usually decided by a solo goal. United have won there last 5 fixtures with Liverpool but Liverpool will be going there thinking of a win as there recent form in the League as well as Champions League has been tremendous.

The game between Arsenal and Chelsea is crucial for both of them. Arsenal’s poor form recently have seen them being replaced by Man Utd at the top of the table. Chelsea were also poor in there 4-4 draw against Spurs but the home advantage may give them the edge here. Chelsea have been poor against the big teams this season and Grant may want to set the record straight. There home form has been terrific and i cant see them losing this.

With so much pressure surrounding these fixtures, i don’t think we are about to witness an exciting game. The game may be settled with a 1-0 , 2-0 , 1-1 score line but who ever wins will be the one thing that will matter in the end. We will talk more about this after the matches. Till then stay tuned.

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Can Arsenal win the Champions League

A few days ago, if you had asked someone whether Arsenal were capable of winning the champions league, then they would surely have doubted it. After Eduardo’s injury and draws against Birmingham and Aston Villa, few people would have thought that Arsenal can win against Milan at San Siro considering that no English team have beaten them at San Siro. But history was made when Arsenal beat Milan at San Siro and the main point was that they virtually outclassed them at there own turf. Now the pundits are saying that they have an excellent chance of reaching the finals for the second time in three seasons.

Milan started the game well and were playing like champions for the first few minutes after they were outclassed by a youth and pace of the Arsenal side. Even though Arsenal scored the goal very late in the game, it was no clear indication of the way that the game had proceeded. Even though Milan had Kaka with them, he was virtually overshadowed by the performance of Fabregas and Adebayor, two young stars of the Arsenal team. The best thing that can be said about this performance was that it was away from home. For progressing in the Champions league, away form is of utmost importance and if you can defeat AC Milan at home, you can compete against almost any team. Last year, Manchester United were outclassed by Milan at San Siro and if Arsenal can beat them at there own turf, they are sure a team that has the right to be thought of as a future Champion.

Now any team would like to avoid them in the draw for the next round but the best thing i like about champions league is that it is so unpredictable. Anything can happen, so lets just wait for the draw.

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Manchester United, Chelsea Win, Arsenal Draw

Another round of Premiership matches has passed by and now the Premiership is back to being a three horse race. A draw for Arsenal along with wins for Chelsea and Man Utd means EPL is heading for tight finish with just 10 games remaining. Chelsea had received a lot of negative coverage in the media following there Carling Cup final loss to Spurs and an immediate response was needed to restore there confidence. Avram Grant who had taken a swipe at the media before the game and he made six changes to the side which lost to spurs. They were top form and in spite of getting Lampard red carded, ended up winning 4 – 0. They started well and they should have been a goal up inside two minutes but Anelka’s goal was incorrectly ruled offside. That didn’t deter Chelsea and soon they took the lead through Lampard penalty after Kalou was fouled by Anton Ferdinand. Three minutes later, Joe Cole’s added a second and the game was over in 22nd minutes when Ballack volleyed in a third after a clever pass from Lampard.

Lampard was sent off in the 36th minute after an altercation with Boa Morte in which he appeared to push the West Ham winger. The West Ham also managed to test Peter Cech on a few occasions after there numerical advantage through Mark Noble. Carlton Cole had a shot cleared of the line by Terry but a goal by Ashley Cole completed an emphatic win which puts them back in the title race and makes it more interesting.

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