Take a bow Arsenal. You make every other team in the Premiership look pedestrian. Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool may rank above you in the table but that says very little about the quality of this Arsenal side. They make mistakes and sometimes believe in one pass too many but when they are on, they are breathtaking to watch.
Arsenal is a right brained team. Intuitive and anticipatory. Spatially creative. Artistic and articulate. Illogical and emotional. Frustrating and exhilarating.
Watching Arsenal makes you a symptomatic manic depressive for 90 minutes and in the Bolton match much longer. I lost count the number of times I alternated between delight and despair, punching the air and rocking back with my head between my hands. Adebayor goal: Punch. Gilberto PK miss: Head between hands. Meite equalizer: Head between hands. Ljungberg goal: Punch. Baptista PK miss: Head betwen hands. Adebayor goal: Punch. And these are the broad strokes. Sometimes you wished for those stolid, salt of the earth George Graham teams.
As bizarre as the FA win over Bolton was, it showed that Arsenal's future is bright. Denilson was the pick and this young lad skipped around the tough no nonsense Bolton defense to set up Adebayor's first goal via Rosicky. Wenger rested most of his first team big boys including Henry, Lehmann, and Fabregas and went in with an even younger lineup as Denilson took over Fabregas role. This win was more important than just keeping their FA Cup hopes alive, this was a test for beating a bogey, Big Sam and the Boltons. And this young Arsenal side (Lehmann could well be Denilson's father), barring some nerve wracking hiccups, came through.