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.
Have some of that you Scouse bastards
Some say the best revenge is living well – but fuck that shit. The best revenge is knocking them outta the cup 8 days later.
What an absolutely pulsating cup tie, real end to end stuff. We were lucky not to be behind early on, as Fabianski showed that he is actually a very good goalkeeper by keeping out Sturridge. My theory is that he just didn’t want to see that silly dance that Sturridge does, and I am happy we were not put through that. Thanks Lukasz.
Suarez was being his normal pain in the arse, shooting, dribbling and falling over in equal measure. No doubt we got lucky that they were not given a second penalty, but justlike all football fans, I have a long memory ; Henchoz handball on the line in the 2001 Cup final, anyone? We didn’t even get a corner. Even 13 years later, it is still the worst decision I have ever seen.
The crowd also really got involved, and the stadium was shaking during the last ten minutes as we willed the team on into the quarter finals. Looking back on it now, Liverpool pulling a goal back kept the game on a knife edge right until the 93rd minute, so there were few early leavers and everyone was involved right up to the final kick. I must admit I was concerned by the team selection, but all of the contentious selctions did well ; Jenkinson was full of heart and never stopped working, Monreal was resurrected from his mauling at Anfield last weekend, and you have to give Sanogo credit for the way he battled for 85 minutes against Skrtel and Agger, despite it being his first game in ages. Sanogo was really running out of steam ,and could not hold the ball up at all, I was astonished that it took so long for Giroud to replace him.
Confidence restored for both players and fans ( apart from the moaners ; they will be back out in force before you know it ) ahead of another massive game on Wednesday. As good as Liverpool are they ain’t no Bayern Munich, so we will have to do even better as any mistake will be punished with the ball nestling in our net. Games like this are what it’s all about though, and as supporters we must play our part too. Not much time to enjoy the cup win, we are straight into another game, but that is just the way we like it.
What did she wear?
Come on you Reds!