Normally I like to remain positive, but bloody hell, after days like Saturday it can be pretty tough. It’s hard to take any positives from that match. Toothless in attack, we never looked like scoring, right up until that last minute chance for Sanogo. He might be just an inexperienced kid, but he is still a professional footballer and should be able to hit the target from there as a bare minimum.
The result has brought about the usual doom & gloom, alongside the poison and hatred online for the manager, board and players – plus all of the fans who happen to have a different opinion to someone else. Can’t we all just get along? I like Koscielny, but he has a habit of giving away penalties – even if I did not agree with the decision on Saturday. The referee gave it, but his linesman did not ; strange as they were both equidistant from the incident. The ref can of course overrule the lino on anything he wants to, but it just showed it was down the interpretation.
I think we can all concede the League now, even if we are just 4 points off the top – when you look at the fixtures we have remaining, we would need to win all of those and hope the other challengers slip up. It’s the hope that kills you. Too many forward players out of form at the same time – The great hope that Ozil would win us the title now seems to have been misplaced optimisim. He is clearly an outstanding player, but not quite ready to dictate and influence games in the Premier League just yet. Next season he will have adapted and be much more influential, of that I am sure.
We must now turn our focus to the Everton match next Saturday lunchtime ; our most important game of the season (cliché alert). Defeat does not bear thinking about. Will the manager put out his strongest team, or prioritise the second leg of an unwinnable tie in Munich the following midweek? Yes I know we won in Munich last year, but lightning doesn’t strike twice ; they will have learned from that.
Massive game now against Everton. Massive.
Come on you Reds
It was most enjoyable to win a game by half time for a change – after a run of massive games, it was nice to swat aside inferior opposition with the minimum of fuss. Just what we needed.
The stats for first half goals this season are very low, and I yearn for the days where we would win a game in the first 20, but Saturday was a good improvement – though I think we must acknowledge the part that Sunderland’s Wembley fever played in this. But fuck them, they got what they deserved. Good luck against Man City though, hope you beat the fuckers!
The only downer from the weekend was Chelsea’s late winner in the lunchtime match – we were all drinking up and putting our coats on in the pubs around N5 as the clock was running down in the 12.45 KO, and then King of the Chavs fluked one in the 93rd minute. Wankers. All we could do was win our game though, and we did that with ease. A defeat for the Tiny Totts at Norwich was a nice little bonus. High six!
I thought we played very well when we had to, and the game kinda fizzled out in the second half as we have a big lead, but that is only to be expected, and only the most demanding of Arsenal fans could complain about that. Job done. Nive to have a midweek off now, so we can focus on the Stoke match ; are any injured players due back? It’s all worryingly quiet on Aaaron Ramsey, we really need our goalscorers back in then side at such a crucial time of the season. I really fancy him to hit the ground running with a Ljungberg-esque run of crucial goals to drive us on to greater things. When men became heroes………..We can but dream.
Koscielny and Monreal both went off injured on Saturday, and when you factor in existing injuries for Gibbs and Vermaelen, it does make me feel a bit itchy about our defensive cover over the next few weeks. Luckily the BFG and Sagna have been generally injury free this season, so fingers crossed that continues. There is no transfer window to bale us out now!
Another massive game on Saturday – Stoke are slip sliding down the table, so let’s give them a good old fashioned kick in the bollocks to help them on their way.
Up the Arsenal.