Date: 4th April 2009 at 5:15pm
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As the final whistle blew, the Emirates Stadium was serenaded by Thin Lizzy’s 1976 hit ‘The Boys are back in Town’ thanks to the stadiums loud speaker. The songs title and chorus accurately describes how the afternoon went for the Gunners. Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Theo Walcott all returned to the starting lineup and their impact on the team could not have been more evident. Adebayor grabbed the two goals, and Arsenal’s young Spanish captain provided both assists, in which one was especially brilliant. Although Walcott was unfortunately on his arse for most of the game, his pace and determination was enjoyable to watch. I talked earlier in the week about the importance of regaining our momentum in this match, and we did exactly that.

Tim will do his full match report later this weekend, but I wanted to point out one positive about today’s preformance that has stayed in my mind. It has to do with Adebayor, but its not his two goals that has recieved my attention. The effort in Adebayor’s play was back today. Even though the Togolese striker has had a decent goal haul for this campaign, for me his passion up front has been lacking for most of the season. In previous years he missed chances, but he made up for it with his world class effort. I haven’t seen that same commitment out of Ade this season. Today, though, it was a different story. On one occasion this afternoon, Ade lost the ball up front and instead of being frustrated with himself, he raced back to cover Robinho and effectively halted a quick Man City break. That’s the Adebayor I know and love. I expect him to be the crucial player in our quest for silverware over this next month.

Enjoy today’s result and have a brilliant weekend. I can’t wait for Tuesday!