Good morning readers. It’s been a week since I last wrote and a lot has happened in that time, with the Premier League showing exactly why it’s so famous for its twists and turns. It’s been a particularly whirlwind week for us Gooners so we’ll delve right in and discuss it all.
Thoughts on the Liverpool game
Ahead of the game I think the majority of footballing fans were in agreement Arsenal would most likely get at least a draw from this fixture. Despite Liverpool’s top goalscoring form we knew that our rock solid defence were more than capable of keeping them quiet on their day. You only need to look back earlier in the season to see it’s already been done, not to mention the same with the likes of Dortmund, Chelsea and Napoli.
However, football doesn’t work like that. It doesn’t like statistics. It likes what happens on the day and that only and I think we’re all in agreement when I say we didn’t expect what happened on the day. A shambles of a defensive performance in the opening 20 minutes gifted Liverpool four goals and pretty much ended the game. Considering we’ve struggled to win by a three goal margin this season once in the league you couldn’t help but feel that at 2-0 down after less than ten minutes, it became more damage limitation than comeback kings.
The damage limitation was terrible though, because Liverpool could sense we were having a bad day and they went full steam into punishing us retrospectively. We looked better in the first half but at the end of the day the game finished 5-1 and I don’t really want to go into discussing the game itself. All I’ll say is it was quite simply a day where one team turned up and the other just didn’t. Sometimes it happens in football, heck Mourinho’s Real Madrid lost 5-0 to Barcelona a few seasons back and neither of them are poor sides.
Thoughts on the Liverpool aftermath
After the game the backlash from the fans was pathetic. Every toy found in every pram across the world was being thrown with people saying our title chances are over, the players don’t understand what the badge means and even ridiculous calls of sacking Arsene. Give it a fucking rest? I swear our fans look harder for reasons to complain than reasons to celebrate?
If you want to know exactly how I feel on the matter then watch this video and you’ll see an Arsenal fan truly hit the nail on the head. As he very rightly points out it doesn’t matter what the scoreline was, it’s the points that matters at the end of the day and we lost one point here, get over it.
It did of course give both Man City and Chelsea the chance to both go above us however the league loves to spice things up and it sure did. Chelsea managed to get their three points but a lacklustre Man City only achieved one. This is the Man City that every pundit across the country has their tongue firmly up the arse off, the one that can’t stop scoring and is clear favourites for the league. Yes that Man City. They went and drew to Norwich away 0-0. I mean, in hindsight what is worse? Losing one point away to Liverpool or two points away to Norwich? I think I know what I think.
Thoughts on Man Utd
This Arsenal side have responded to disappointments amazingly in recent seasons and this one in particular. After losses to both Aston Villa and Man City we went on incredible runs of form notching up largely wins and the occasional draw so I think today we need to kick start the same mentality with a win over Man Utd. They’ve been poor all season particularly at the back so I think we’re more than capable of beating them or even battering them if we play our game and be ruthless in our attack.
Our defence cost us the game against Liverpool but it’s been the backbone of our success this season. It’s imperative we maintain that consistency and give Rooney, van Persie and Mata absolutely no room to breathe. Robin van Cunt has scored in every game since we’ve played against him so it’d be nice if we could stop it from happening this time round. Let’s send them home with 0 points, tailing 17 points behind us and wondering how the fuck they’re going to get Europa, yet alone Champions League.
The pressure will be firmly on both teams so it makes me think it’ll be a game of tight margins. We obviously want to bounce back but after Chelsea very kindly drew last night away to West Brom (another two points lost by the way) it opens up the opportunity for us to return back to top of the table once again. Man Utd of course need a big win after picking up only four points in their last three fixtures, so we’ve got to ensure that doesn’t happen.
The thing is with this fixture is that it’s always about who turns up on the day. With the history and rivalry between the two clubs, it doesn’t matter about form. We’ve beat them in seasons we’ve played poorly and they’ve beat us in the same fashion as well. We can’t underestimate them, they may be sitting down in seventh with a manager incapable of beating top sides, but this is the kind of game where that can all change. We cannot let that happen. When you analyse the statistics the game is very much in our favour, but as Liverpool showed it’s not about statistics – it’s about which team turns up.
I get the feeling Man Utd will score at some point and it’ll most likely be van Persie, however we’re at home, we’re looking to bounce back, we want vengeance and we’re definitely a stronger side. Let’s not only beat them, but batter them. I want a margin of three goals or more to send all the shitty armchair Utd fans back to their troll caves licking their wounds calling for Moyes head. Here’s to a win, a three points and a return to the top of the league.
COME ON YOU GOONERS!!