Sunday, January 23, 2011

Four Clean Sheets in a Row....

.....can only be a good sign.

Since the disappointment of the late draw at Wigan, Birmingham, Manchester City, West Ham and Wigan (in the reverse fixture) have all been kept out. Ten points out of twelve, and probably the most momentum Arsenal have had all season, what with the Chelsea win still fresh in the memory.

Djourou and Koscielny seem to be dovetailing well at the back. And the midfield trio of Song, Wilshere and Fabregas seems to be offering the protection that, last season and at times this, the Arsenal defence so sorely lacked.

Best of all, it seems we have finally found a proper goalkeeper, and one with many, many good years ahead of him.

In truth, there were some iffy moments in the first halves against Birmingham and West Ham. Man City showed no attacking intent, and Wigan yesterday couldn't put anything together. But there have been games in the past where Arsenal could be utterly dominant and still concede.

Newcastle came to North London this season with containment the priority. They didn't put a move together all game. But a free kick near the halfway line was enough to conjure a goal. Arsenal were abject and that was that.

Hopefully, the days of farcical defending are over. Arsenal's defence is functioning well- even Clichy looks wide awake for once- and the attack is banging goals in. Whether this is progress, or just a good run of form, remains to be proven.

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