It was good to win again in the Premier Leagye for the first time since Sp*rs away on March 16th. Here’s the guff from the papers and blogs about last night.
There are foibles aplenty in the Arsenal attack, as has been painfully exposed as Wenger’s team have slipped wearily down the table since leading the Premier League in mid-January. But at a critical moment in their season, with no more slips allowed in the chase for a Champions League finish, Giroud and Lukas Podolski found a boldness, and a clinical edge. – Guardian.
As if often the case with Arsenal; what should be relatively straight forward invariably turns to nerve-shredding tension and reason to remove enormous clumps of hair in sheer terror. When there’s a quest ahead, it certainly appears that way to those of us who dedicate our spare time to following them. We have 5 games remaining this season, if they all go in a similar fashion to last night’s we might make it out of this season with our sanity intact. – Armchair Gooner.
Podolski’s left foot is a remarkable weapon. The way in which he adjusted his stance before delivering the killer blow was reminiscent of some of Robin van Persie’s finest Arsenal moments. Podolski can frustrate, but he is the club’s best finisher by some distance. Between now and the end of the season, he could be the man to fire Arsenal back in to the top four. – ESPN.
Arsenal were stagnant. All of which made Giroud’s role in Arsenal’s eventual victory so satisfying, because his goal was all of his own making. From a long, hopeful ball played forward by Thomas Vermaelen, Giroud managed to out-muscle Andy Carroll before cushioning the ball with (dare I say it?) Bergkamp-like aplomb. The finish was also hugely positive, it coming from a right foot that had been so foolishly ignored during a first-half chance from which Adrian made a comfortable save. Sheer, unadulterated beauty. – Football365.
Arsenal fans have been treated to some special strikes down the years, goals of sublime first touches and elegant finishes like Dennis Bergkamp’s delicate destruction of the defences of Leicester City and Newcastle United. Echoes of the great Dutchman resonated in Olivier Giroud’s goal that restored Arsenal to the Champions League places. – Telegraph.
Arsenal looked disaster in the eye tonight, and, for the second time in four days, decided to postpone their engagement for a little longer. This was a game that Arsenal could not afford to lose and yet West Ham United took the lead late on in the first half. – Independent.
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