So it was nice to meet a few Grovers at the Arsenal Tavern yesterday, the S&B is off limits as the council have made them take in their ouutside tables, so we sit in between and buy our beer either in the Tavern or from the newsagent, yesterdays special was 3 large Peronis for £5. Almost worth missing the game for, but with Birmingham next up and revenge on the cards, we made our way to the ground baying like a pride of hungry lions.
You may be wondering why you aren’t getting Pedro’s match report, well after much debate about who is your favourite match report writer, and added to the fact that Pedro was captured by a girl in enemy territory last night, today you have me and my special brand of articulation instead.
I PROMISE TO BE GENTLE!
I thought we started off really well, like a well oiled machine, and Theo was skinning their back four with embarrassing regularity, that was until he was clattered by a brummy thug, a northern blow up dolly with studs on, which appears to be their trademark.
No Broken legs this time so that’s a bonus.
Theo got back on the pitch and almost scored what would have been the goal of the season, but he came off shortly after and was replaced by Arshavin. I think we lost a bit of momentum with the loss of fragile Theo, and shortly after they fouled Mannone and pulled one back. And who fouled our keeper? Larsson, our old mucker.
We went two up early doors with two crackers, the first from Robin with a superb finish from a Song assist, and the second from a great Diaby finish from a Rosicky assist.
At 2-1 Birmingham looked like they could nick one out of nothing, a punchers chance, so when our little Russian love machine twisted, turned and slid in the 3rd, we all began to breath again.
Shortly after that Diaby had a goal saved at point blank range from the impressive Joe Hart, who, by the way I predict will become England’s, England’s number one, and we should snap up.
Before the goal was scored, I was feeling reasonably comfortable, and then something happened that was the Wenger of old, we were 2-1 up at the time, and in control when Sagna came on as a substitute, fair enough we thought, Eboue will make way, but no, and this was shades of Tottenham at home, He shoves Eboue out wide, even though he had Jackie boy on the bench.
Why he thinks Eboue is a better option than a midfielder like Wilshere is beyond me, but he seems too. Arsene take note, Eboue is a full back, leave it at that.
Well we got a third and on 90 minutes he brough Jack on and took Eboue off, but it was strange thinking.
Wenger couldn’t wait to praise his favourite after the game and referred to his African midfield enforcer as a German, go figure.
No one had a bad game and no one had a blinder, the goal against was in my eyes a foul, and I felt very comfortable with Mannone in goal, I hope Wenger doesn’t drop him and use the goal as an excuse.
I would give the whole team an 8, I thought Gibbs did very well and he should keep his place, but we need to give Robin a rest from the free kicks, he had a free kick against the bar that was closer than a penalty, I know they are sometimes more difficult to score, but he should have put that one away, maybe we should give Arshavin a few of them.
So to sum up, a job well done, we are in 4th and within striking distance of top spot, well done the men, next up, some foreign team away in the Champions league and more beer forecast.
Have a great day Grovers at least we can read the Sunday papers today!