It was a relief to see Arsenal regroup and play the sort of soccer that they are capable of against Newcastle in their 4th round FA showdown. After the dispiriting loss against Spurs and the fracas involving Bendtner and Adebayor, it was a week filled with lots of post match distractions and potential recrimination.
The FA took a closer look at Bendtner bloodying at the hands of Adebayor. Even Bendtner's father got into the act, sending Adebayor a clear lay off my son message.
But Adebayor's timely apology defused the situation. Things looked up as the FA found nothing incriminating in the video footage, so there were no punishments meted out. But Wenger wisely kept Bendtner away from this match. He was not needed as King Ade responded magnificently with a brace.
He has been the one consistent scorer. Eduardo had a little outburst previously but the woodwork of late, has been very unfriendly. But Eduardo has revealed another side of him, his hand in assisting others score. Against Fulham, Rosicky was the beneficiary. This time it was Adebayor.
Fabregas last scored in November and his timing in front of goal continues to be off. Bendtner, Rosicky, Flamini, and Hleb have had their moments. RVP's rehab continues but he is still out for at least another week or so. Gallas saves himself for the big occasions. It is Adebayor's presence that is keeping Arsenal's spigot from completely drying up, making circumstances less dire.
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