A look at the reaction from the media and blogosphere to last night’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League.
“Arsenal are back on top of the Premier League, taking in the view and showing no signs of a side that is going to wilt any time soon” – Daniel Taylor, Guardian
Wilshere was key to this win. He has been wanting to score more from midfield, following the example of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. The England international was certainly in the mood for this, enjoying his central station which allowed him to attack while Mathieu Flamini stayed behind to shield the back-four. – Henry Winter, Telegraph
From a position of supremacy, by the end Arsenal were clinging on as Villa came back into the game with a spirit that looked frankly absent in a first half which ended with the home crowd booing them off. Where previously Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini had commanded the game, it fell to Per Mertesacker, his team’s outstanding player, to head away a sequence of balls pumped into the area. – Sam Wallace, Independent
It wasn’t professional. It was sloppy. Arsenal should have had this game wrapped up, but instead slacked off in the second half and allowed Villa back in to it. Given how poor Villa were for most of the game, anything other than three points would have been something of a disaster. – Gunnerblog
Arsène could not have asked for more, at the final whistle the players had achieved their objective. It was not an ugly win, it was not an aesthetically pleasing performance over ninety minutes, it was a bit of both. And a bit of both turned out to be a bit of alright. – A Cultured Left Foot.
When all is done and dusted; when the cows have come home for milking; when the cheese is in the sandwich; when Mother has shaved little Leopold’s scrotum in time for Church; Arsenal secured 3 points, and that, delicious readers, is all that should matter to anyone. We sit pretty atop the Premiership and have taken another step towards the unbridled glory of lifting the Champions’ crown.- The Armchair Gooner
The German teenager, not dissimilar in build to “the Ox,” is one of those jewels that Wenger turns to. Once a young Arsenal player is ready, there is no time like the present, no matter how callow he may be. Gnabry is raw, but already troublesome for opponents. – John Brewin, ESPN
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