As Roy "Catchphrase" Walker use to say - "say what you see, say what you see" and i certainly did last Sunday watching Arsenal V Manure!!
|Harry's going down for this long|
I was bamboozled, that since Sunday, and the furore has subsided a bit , the defeat was nothing to do with Wenger's decision to take the Ox off but down to us fans booing Arshavin - puuleaaase - wake up and smell the coffee
It was just me caught on camera out of 55,000 Arsenal Fans asking - quite rightly in my humble opinion , why, when Arsenal were on the ascendancy in the second half, had just equalised after a fine ball by The OX - who looked to be getting stronger and stronger - was The Ox replaced by the dedicated, passionate, hard working, die for the cause, undoubtedly talented, lover of all things English and London( as his partner), wear gloves despite coming from one of the coldest countries on the planet, miniature Russian.
Oh but in the papers and on Twitter - oh yeah Twitter - all those that have 100's or if not 1000's of followers who have probably not set foot in The Emirates or may have but weren't there for this particular game - comment that "its disgraceful to boo Arshavin" OR " how can a player be expected to perform, when "we" can't even get behind our own players" -OR "us fans should be ashamed to boo our own players" - sorry to disappoint but that is literally "talkinoutyourarse".
The VAST majority of Arsenal fans were booing at the decision to bring on Arshavin for Chamberlain NOT BOOING THE PLAYER.
|Welbeck, Fabio, Rafael and some other blokes?|
70th minute Koscielny with a well timed tackle in the Arsenal 18 yard box on the moonwalking Welbeck,passed into Rosicky who in turn fed the ball out wide left to The Ox, who with no fear and no apparent sign of "fatigue" drove forward, drew out his defender and with a lovely reverse pass, played in Van Persie who, by taking the shot early, deceived the Utd keepr and drilled the ball home in off the far right hand upright to make it 1-1 - and cue - scenes of wild jubilation - we were back and on the up- or so we thought!!
A minute or so later and off the Ox came and on went Mr Motivated Arshavin. Picture the scene, you're with a young lady, you take her back to her house, you go upstairs to her room, you're at 3rd base, you're on the final furlong, the ball is trickling towards the hole to win The Open, that last minute Johnny Wilkinson penalty is just about to go over the sticks, you're on the vinegar stroke -------------- and her mum walks in!!!
Well that's how it felt Sunday - massive euphoria - followed by a massive come down.
There was anger and frustration and it was vented at Wenger - in hindsight, maybe a little over the top BUT - its a game of tension, passion, emotions, atmosphere and feelings - that is slowly be taken out the game. Its a football ground not a cinema - you want to sit through a match and not stand or get excited when your team is on the attack or goes close - watch it at home!!! The favourite phrase or saying now is " Siiiiiiiiittttttttt dooooooooooowwwnn" Even if you fidget to shift your arse cheek to one side so you can let one go - "siiiiiiiiitttttttttttt dooooowwwwwwwwnnn" is screamed at you by some cretins behind.
Its not just at The Emirates - the sooner they bring back standing areas the better.
Yes there were chants of " You don't know what you're doing" but this is a reaction chant - if i can call it that. I went along the lines of " We don't know what you're doing" which is more Arsenal like and less derogatory to Mr Wenger BUT he is stubborn and set in his ways. The talk being peddled out from Arsene and Arsenal after the game was that Ox was fatigued!! that he signalled to the bench - scroll back up and look at 1st picture - that's how close i sit - I'm NOT a ball watcher - he didn't signal to the bench. Ox was interviewed and was asked if he was tired - He could have been told not to say anything - but surely if the manager had said earlier he was tired then he would have been told to at least say that - he didn't!!
It was, in my opinion, yet another tactical cock up - not going to trawl through all previous games but most recent Fulham away - rack your brain cells - 60th minute substitutions!!!
The rest of the game is history - momentum back to United. Arshavin not tight to Valencia when 1st ball went out, ambled over, didn't go with runner, wasn't strong enough and Welbeck, literally riding on a train, buried the ball to make it 1-2 Manure and game over.
On the balance of play i'd say a draw would have been a fair result - Rosicky played well - not many mentions of that. Same with Koscielny, excellent - but Walclott was unimaginative, unproductive, unhelpful, underperforming and undeniably shit. He rarely doubled up to help Djourou and was nowhere to be seen when Nani fed Giggs to get behind Djourou to cross under no pressure and Valancia scored!
Anyway we lost and we have to move on - and listen to all the transfer gossip of Eden Hazard or is that Daisy Duke from Dukes of Hazard ( i wish, get me back on the vinegar stroke - Daisy that is) joining Arsenal. Be realistic - he knows best, he has managed 30 years and done 50,000 substitutions which would work out about 6 a game !! ( Economics and maths is his strong point).
Bottom line - we have a stadium to finish off paying, we are going to struggle for 4th (not impossible), got a tough game Sunday - i will be there - lets see if those giving me stick when i made my feelings known to Walclott for his lacklustre performances will be there Sunday - I doubt it! We won't be buying so will have to put up with more afternoons like last Sunday!!
Atmosphere and drink up (the best bit)
The Eaglet Arsenal Supporters Club had decamped from The Eaglet pub to meet down The Gunners Pub, Blackstock road to have a drink and a sing song with The Awayboyz - to be honest, pub got packed - as it would, but, when the alcohol isn't going down the hatch at 3 to 4 pints an hour, we were not happy - plus not drinking in our local home match boozer felt a bit like cheating on your Mrs with her mum - slightly wrong but a little naughty!! ( ok totally wrong and i shouldn't have gone there - well i won't again!!) So went to The Canon across the road and managed to have enough to get us in the mood. Beer in a glass always helps and easy access to the bar is a godsend. Left at ten to four to make the ten minute walk to the ground.
Arsenal fans were in fine voice for 70 minutes despite all the ludicrous newspaper reports - United fans drowned out to be honest ( and you know i am) and disappointing - but as always they had the last laugh.
Disappointing blog this week - full of doom and gloom so apologies again and I'll move on.
I've been lucky enough, following my previous football "career" to be asked to manage the following football team on a Sunday and I'm looking for a kit man,assistant and masseur!!!
|That's not what i meant by "round the back"|
And before the dvd comes out
That's all for now - let's see you all down The Eaglet Pub Sunday at 2pm for the Fa Cup Arsenal V Aston Villa ko 4pm
As always up the arse