Arsenal were due to play Stoke the last time I wrote a post. We went to Stoke City and came back with a point. There were plenty of positives to take back from that game and our strength in defense was a treat to watch but I was still a little disappointed at the result. Our rivals registered wins over that weekend and we ended the week at 12th position.
We played Liverpool at Anfield last weekend and won the game 2-0. They controlled the pace of the game for the first 20 minutes or so but after that, it was all Arsenal. Podolski and Cazorla ended the game by scoring and providing for each other on either side of the break.
The highlight of the game for me was the performance of Diaby in midfield and Jenkinson at right back. It was only the third game that I have seen Diaby play so I am not sure if he is usually that good but if he can keep that up over the season, we can compete well. Liverpool played decently but their midfield lacked a creative player and they were a striker short with the cunt that is Suarez having to do all the creating and acting.
So going into the international break, we sit at 8th spot with Chelsea leading the charts with 9 points. After the break comes a crucial period for us where we will have to play 5 games in 15 days including those against Man City, Chelsea, a Champions league match and a League cup match. By the end of September, one will have an idea of the real strength of our first team and bench.
Alonso crashed out of the Belgium grand prix in the first lap itself after getting involved in a crash with Grosjean and Hamilton. Alonso still leads the title race by 24 points followed by Vettel and Webber.
India won the second test against New Zealand and finished the series 2-0. As I noted earlier, we only gained 2 points after the series victory but there were still positives to take from the game. The performances of Kohli and Ashwin were the highlight of the series and with the long season still to come, hopefully they can continue their good form.