It’s a horrible feeling watching a team you hate march towards the title, and it’s even worse when you know the only other team capable of catching them is a team you’ve grown to hate even more. As United dispatched Blackburn last night I was forced to repeat what I’ve been saying for most of the season, if a Manc club has to win the title, I’d rather it was United. I’ve grown used to their brand of evil and United winning the title is kinda like the sun rising in the morning – sometimes I notice it but mostly it just happens.
What their win last night will hopefully mean is that City will be slightly demoralised when they roll in to town on Easter Sunday. Needing all three points they will have to attack so we know there will be no blue bus parked in front of us. This is always a good thing for us, and given that City aren’t too hot at defending it makes a win for us all the more likely. That being said, they have enough going forward to test our defence should we not quite be at the races. It’s going to make for a fascinating match.
Throw in the added spice of Na$ri’s return, a player who showed he couldn’t handle the pressure when we met in the cup and he was practically begging to come off and that should add a nice little cherry on top of three points. Yes I’m feeling confident. This is likely to fluctuate as the week rolls on and I dare say that by the time kick off is upon us I shall be a blubbering wreck in the corner, swaying back and forth, wondering why I didn’t decide to go shopping with my mum when I was four instead of to the football with my granda.
God I love supporting Arsenal.
Ahead of the game RvP has been talking about how the team will take a little time to feel disappointed about the result on Saturday and then will pull themselves together in time for the arrival of the Northern Chavs. Well, he might not have called them the Northern Chavs. Speaking to Arsenal.com our captain vantastic said “Everyone is disappointed but towards the end of the week I am sure the spirit will be how it was. We’ll have a couple of days to be disappointed but after that our focus is on Manchester City. It is a shame we have wait eight days for the game, but it is how it is. Losing at QPR is a big blow but we have to look forward and the next one is a big one.”
And it really is, with just one goal separating us and that lot up the road there is simply no room for error and every goal counts. To have to start adding to our goal difference against City is not ideal but the team have done incredibly well to claw back the goals we shipped at the start of the season in *that* match.
Apart from that there’s not really much to talk about, some transfer talk but that’s all it is – talk. The Podolski transfer which was to be confirmed last week, and then was to be confirmed this week has still not been confirmed. Not that this has ever happened before when Arsenal have been linked with a player. No doubt, when he has completed at least 18 medicals, we’ll hear we’ve signed him.
A rather strange story ran in the Islington Gazette regarding two Arsenal fans, brothers as well, who have been banned from the Emirates for refusing to sit down. They have, according to the story, also been banned from ALL football matches for a total of eight years which seems a little bit extreme, I mean, what if they had haemorrhoids? Matters were reported to have spiralled out of control during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at home to United in January when the pair were removed from the ground after getting annoyed at being told to sit down. PC Lucy McAuley of Islington’s Police football intelligence (ha!) unit said “In the bar area, James became very aggressive towards a police officer and tried to headbutt him. He had to be restrained by several officers.”
“It didn’t have to happen, it was as simple as persistent standing. They did not take kindly to being told to sit and it spiralled into something from there. They have no one to blame but themselves.”
Persistent standing. Really? Is this what our game has come to? I remember being in the back row of the upper tier of the Emirates and being told to sit down and I understand the need for people to take their seats so that others can see, but eight years? From ALL football matches? You can read the full story of this absurdity here where you can also read about the fines they received as well.
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