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Saturday October 26, 2013 MYT 12:43:00 AM
Saturday October 26, 2013 MYT 12:45:40 AM
by hariati azizan
Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski scores against Arsenal in their victory over the Gunners in a Champions League match recently. The London side should have no problem going back to winning ways against city neighbours Crystal Palace in their Premiership match on Saturday.
THIS is more like the Arsenal we know.
For no reason, a key player makes a silly move to unravel their hard-earned progress this season.
And the player in question here is Aaron Ramsey, the catalyst of Arsenal’s surprise resurgence.
In an almost out-of-character move, the midfielder who has been walking on water these past few weeks decided to showboat with a dribble across his penalty box when their opponents Borussia Dortmund were waiting to pounce.
And pounced they did, grabbing their first goal of the match.
Their midweek Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund was their toughest test yet this season, and many are quick to pounce on their defeat as a sign that the revived Arsenal are no title contenders … yet.
To the Gooner dreamers who are not ready to give up their dream, however, it was simply a bad day at the office. Arsenal played well, but Dortmund played better.
Crucially, Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski’s clinical goal was a reminder for Arsene Wenger that Arsenal still need a striker.
Like Ramsey, Olivier Giroud has improved tremendously to boost his team’s game this season. But he has played in 13 matches in all competitions for the club this season, scoring seven goals and with as many number of assists.
The attacking flair in midfield notwithstanding, all it takes is one wrong step for Arsenal to be short upfront.
At the very least, the plunge to earth should be a good kick in the butt. It is still early in the season, and the Gunners have yet to meet the big guns in their current good run and this game was a timely reminder that there is still much to do.
The game against Crystal Palace on Saturday is as good as any for the Gunners to reassert their intent. It does not help the Eagles that they have to face their neighbours without a manager after Ian Holloway decided to walk away.
Currently second last in the table, Palace have lost their last five league matches and have yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season.
The Gunners also have difficulties keeping clean sheets this season due to their more cavalier attacking style.
The game against Dortmund showed they still have weaknesses at the back but luckily, ironman Mathieu Flamini should be back to provide the necessary shield.
And at the rate Arsenal’s been playing, it is difficult to see the Eagles taking the game to the Gunners, so it should be an easy win for the North London side.
Hariati is sure Arsenal will bounce back with a 3-1 win.
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