Francis Coquelin & Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Young Guns Give Us Something To Smile About

21.09.2011, 20:10 – Mike Harvey

Good evening readers, I hope you're all doing well. As you've probably realised, I've been a little busy lately.

There are two reasons for my absence. The first being that life, in general, has thrown me some pretty challenging obstacles. I won't go into detail, but you'll be pleased to hear that the problems are no more. The second, more obvious one, is the fact that our football team has been pretty terrible lately, making it particularly hard for me to write about Arsenal Football Club.

However, after a string of disappointing results, the young guns of Arsenal were able to give us something to cheer about tonight, as they overcame a tricky Shrewsbury Town side in front of a 45,000 crowd at the Emirates.

Despite an early scare, when the away side took a shock lead, The Gunners were able to turn the game around and ultimately triumph with a 3-1 win. With goals from Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Yossi Benayoun, Arsenal progressed to the next round of the Carling Cup.

Before the game, Arsène Wenger was facing some pretty harsh comments, spearheaded by the unforgiving English press. Promisingly, Le Boss was greeted with a "there's only one Arsène Wenger" chant, which was sung by the Arsenal faithful as tonight's match approached full time.

Despite everything, the Frenchman was able to silence his haters, if only for a moment, with this evening's win from a rather inexperienced side of his.

No doubt, the next big challenge is only a few days away, when Bolton come to North London this weekend. Of course, we'll see a very different side put out at the weekend, but the result must be the same.

The players need a win. Wenger needs a win. But most importantly, the fans need a win.

I believe we've had a very unfortunate start to the season - mostly due to poor decisions from officials and a clearly obvious absence of luck. Tonight has boosted our morale, but as Arsenal fans, we still need more.

Some fans are already writing off our 4th spot chances. I'll be honest, part of me is tempted to agree with these shouts. But the more logical side of me still, and always will, believe that only the next few months ahead will give us a clearer insight to where we'll finish in May.

Let's not jump to any hasty conclusions just yet. That's why I'm asking you to turn your attention onto this weekend's match against Bolton. Let's win that, and push from there.

Keep the support.

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