Well, well, well… that’s what it feels like to have a nice day out at the Arsenal?
Met up with family before, drank some beer, ate some kebab then hit up The Grove not quite sure of what to expect. The starting line up, Flamini forward looked pretty spectacular. Flamini and back, well, it was hide behind the couch type stuff. Debuchy was playing at centre back for the first time ever flanked by Bellerin and Gibbs.
We needn’t have worried. Arsene Wenger let us know his tactics… score early apparently. Pretty technical stuff. We delivered as well.
Tiote started as he mean’t to carry on… with a studs up attack on Sanchez. Great thing about Alexis is he’s pretty much indestructible. He’s also a bit like the hulk, don’t hack him off, because he might make you pay.
We warmed up the goal area with a Santi cross for a Per flick onto the bar. I celebrated like it was a goal. How often do we connect with a corner? Rarely my friends, rarely.
Our next big chance came when Bellerin broke up play, using his electric pace to intercept a rogue pass, Giroud laid of Sanchez, the Chilean picked out Giroud in the box with a perfect cross… the Frenchman didn’t make the same mistake as last week and duly buried the header past Alnwick.
I don’t exactly know what happened for the next moment, but it looked like WELBZ was played through, he chipped the keeper but the ref blew up. Arsenal fans were saying it was a ridiculous position, judging by the ref on show, I’d probably agree without the need of evidence.
There was a ‘NEARLY THE BEST GOAL EVER’ moment when the players brought back interchangeable magic passing to life through the middle culminating in a chipped Sanchez pass the WELBZ volleyed over the shoulder just wide. So nearly incredible. Confidence was rife regardless and the crowd were totally buzzing and getting into the Christmas spirit.
Alarm bells had time to sounds, from a deadball, we managed to let Newcastle in on goal twice, Chezzer doing his job for once with a couple of smart saves from close range. This really was going to be a good day. One up at half time, should have been two.
Second half started off in exceptional circumstances… Kieran Gibbs set off a move, Cazorla laid it out wide for Sanchez who returned the favour, Cazorla took the ball in his stride, regained balance and chipped the keeper at the back post without looking up. A superb finish.
Chambo had a hand in the third, feeding in Bellerin who crossed with Giroud smartly finishing for his second. Bellerin really grew with the game, he looked electric towards the end.
Newcastle pulled on back converting a near post header from a dead ball. Typical, but really, considering the state of the back four, conceding one goal really isn’t a major issue.
Cazorla capped the evening with this penalty… arrogant and beautiful!
I said the fixtures look favourable to us over the next month and that I was confident we could take 100% of the points over this nightmare period. I stand by that. Newcastle were a form side, but they had injury concerns and ultimately, they were an avearge side in good form. That was never going to last. We took a confident game there and our big players showed up.
Our next game is against Liverpool, hopefully they’ll find themselves turned over at United today. They’re in real trouble, so I’d hope not to see too many problems from them on the 21st. Then we have QPR, they have a congested fixture list, they’ll look at us as an unlikely 3 points, so I’d imagine they’ll rest players. Then we play West Ham, again, they see us flanked by Chelsea and West Brom. Then it’s Southampton… all the points please.
He’s absolutely electric. Going forward he really offers us something neither Debuchy nor Sagna offer… decent delivery and a genuine threat. He started slowly yesterday but grew with the game. He’s fast on his feet and in the mind. He’ll be a major asset for us this season. A real exciting prospect.
You can’t defend against him. He’s just like Suarez. He’s unpredictable. He has no weaknesses. He can play left, right, central and he can defend. He’s an inspiration on the pitch. He has a relentless work ethic that is infectious. An absolute steal from Barca and really, he’s the benchmark for future purchases. He has it all.
One Arsene Wenger…
Look, I know it’s nice to beat teams like Newcastle, but the instant forgiveness and the singing of that song is embarrassing. For me, it keeps the malaise going. We get what we deserve as fans, instant forgiveness as soon as we have one good result is exactly the mentality the board have… we’ll get to the end of the year, having not competed for the league or the Champions League, and we’ll go again because fans who know he’s not good enough can’t shake the past and pitch for a better future. Wenger uses fear of the unknown to convince you he’s the right man for the job… sad that the known is this… elite mediocrity.
‘My job is to win football games and make people happy,’ said Wenger. ‘What happened last week … I work for 18 years in this country and I am grateful that I have been accepted by 99.9 per cent with a big respect.
‘I can take the 0.1 per cent and live with it but my job is to make people happy. If they are not happy, I have to live with it.
‘On one side, we benefit because we have become extremely popular. On the other side, the negative is that everybody talks and has opinions and that is what is maybe more difficult to live with when it doesn’t go well.’
I’m done with the manager, there’s no coming back for me because I can see him for what he is. Even the above comments about ‘opinions’ come across as extremely arrogant… kind of like a Tory politician who hates the fact he has to serve the people who know nothing. Lucky for Arsene, no one in the game ever challenged him on his right to an opinion in management, considering he’d never played at the highest level. Anyway, I can’t stop fans singing that song, but seriously, when you’re doing it, ask yourself if you actually believe it…did you sing it because you beleive in the manager, or did you sing it because of the station incident?
We have the fan equivalent of Stockholm syndrome…
Regardless of why you did it, know that every time you do, you fuel more of the same. More ego. More ‘my way’. More injuries. More failure. More boredom.
I’ll keep buying my season ticket, because I know that once he’s gone, that’s when the exciting times start. I won’t sing his name though. Those days are over for me.