Arsenal managed to come out of the Craven Cottage with their hands full as a 1-0 victory gave them 3 very important points. Mertesacker scored the only goal of the game and his third of the season from a close range header late in the first half and two reds cards one in either half of the match were the main talking points. Sidwell who just returned to the team after serving a 3 match ban finds himself out the game again with another straight red card on a needless tackle of Arteta. And not only did Arteta receive some feisty challenges, for the second game running the Gunners got some nasty tackles on their way.
However, the Gunners got what they came for and that’s what it matters to them.
Following the game, Podolski Tweeted a picture of himself, Wilshere and Chamberlain expressing his joy over the win.
Here is a shirtless picture of Mertesacker after the game.