A look at the reaction from the media and blogosphere to yesterday’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Arsenal have managed only three first-half goals in 10 league games and even Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted he had initially failed in his “duty to make more runs off the ball”. In a midfield depleted by pulls, tweaks and suspension, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s was a reassuringly crisp presence in the centre. Arsenal can tap into his enthusiasm over the weeks ahead. – Dominic Fifield, Guardian
In an 11-day spell starting on Feb 8, Arsenal visit Liverpool and then host Manchester United in the Premier League before entertaining Liverpool in the FA Cup and then Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 meeting. They will face a potentially daunting passage with confidence quickened now that Oxlade-Chamberlain deepens their scoring options. – Henry Winter, Telegraph.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a team with so little attacking intent or creativity and one quite happy just to play a deep line and have no forward ambition. Yes, Palace worked extremely hard but after that there was nothing, nearly all forward forays ended in misplaced or overshot passes betraying a paucity of attacking talent. – 7amkickoff
Arsenal, bidding to win the title for the first time since 2003-04, gained a vital three points to move two clear with Liverpool and Manchester United the opponents in their next two league games. – BBC
Oxlade-Chamberlain is back and a happy consequence for Arsenal is that they return to the top of the Premier League, for 24 hours at least until Manchester City face Chelsea on Monday night. If City do win to re-take first place from Arsenal, the consolation comes from the fact Chelsea will be five points adrift of second place in third. After the draw against Southampton last Tuesday this was a welcome return for Arsenal to the business of ticking off the wins, one at which they have proved surprisingly efficient. – Sam Wallace, Independent.
After the events of the last few days it was nice to get back to the part of football we enjoy the most – the football on the pitch. The closing of the transfer window presented an unwelcome distraction as at first the lack of transfer activity was followed by the questionable caliber of acquisition to the squad which then led into the revelation of the injured condition of a certain Kim Kallstrom. Granted the whole saga involving the Swede has caused much embarrassment to fans and employees of Arsenal Football Club but until the results on the pitch are affected I couldn’t care less. – Gambeano Snitch
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