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Spirits remain but Gunners fire blanks

Updated: November 1, 2011, 9:52 PM ET
By John Brewin | ESPN.com

LONDON -- Arsenal has been confronting its problems in public. Previously silent Stan Kroenke's step into the limelight has not exactly been received with unanimous critical acclaim, but on the field, Arsene Wenger's team has staged a revival act after a horror-show early season. Saturday at Stamford Bridge saw a famous victory celebrated in raptures, as team and fans joined together in hailing the felling of a long-troublesome ogre.

Robin Van Persie had simply destroyed ...

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