Sunday, October 30, 2011

Robin van Persie has scored 28 goals in 27 Games In This Calender Year

What a lovely morning today promises to be! Yesterday's impressive derby result at the home of our major rival Chelsea, was one that broke a lot of odd records in respect to our dismal away outing this campaign.

The Gunners were faced with the daunting task of ending the Blues' winning streak at home, where they have won 10 of their last 11 Premier League games, the only draw they registered at Stamford bridge during this time frame was courtesy Newcastle in May earlier this year. It took an enterprising Liverpool side in company of their major acquisitions (Raul Meireles to be precise) to snatch all three points from the Blues at Stamford bridge on the 6th of February.

Given the circumstances under which the Gunners were expected to beat the Blues, it would have appeared impossible on paper despite the absence of Didier Drogba. Arsenal were yet to register a win away from the Emirates stadium. The only thing of note they got from their four away trips this season was a solitary point they won at premier league high-flyers Newcastle United, which was the equal worst record in the Premier League -until now.

The Gunners' last away win came at Blackpool back in April, around the same time Chelsea last failed to win at the Bridge. However, that they say is history as Robin Van Persie has successfully underlined his importance to The Arsenal by single-handedly beating Chelsea for the second time in almost three years at their own backyard.

The return of Arsenal's confidence was at a steady pace given the fact that they have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions. Although, unlike the Blues who have won all five Premier League games when they have opened the scoring, the Gunners have lost all three games when their opponents scored first. Well, that little detail did not come into play yesterday as the Gunners drew deep into their energy reserves to end the Blues' 33 games record of not losing back to back matches since they last suffered consecutive league games losses in the hands of Sunderland (home) and Birmingham (away).

Our boys came from behind twice yesterday to make the supporters proud as Van Persie 3, Andre Santos 1, Theo Walcott 1, all scored to ensure that the combined efforts of Frank Lampard, John Terry and Juan Mata were futile in the end.