Tuesday, 26 May 2009

So that's that then

I doubt I've been to a deader football match.

I went to Arsenal V. Southampton at the end of 2003, but at least that match was the dress rehearsal for a cup final and it boosted morale.

A word about the pre-match fracas: the Redaction march (which I was part of) came down the cut-through to get to the approach road to the stadium (Drayton Park). Whilst the Stoke fans did try and kick things off, us Gooners weren't blameless: several people threw cans of beer and someone picked up a metal chair from outside a cafe.

Stoke started it and were in the wrong: but really it was very minor and as our fans exacerbated the conflict, it should be perceived as a minor fracas which lasted all of two minutes.

This was a real feel-good match. Arsene had obviously told the players to put on a show and as Stoke had even less to play for, it was an easy win.

Moreover, Tony Pulis' (or SCWWABC) post-match comments told you all you needed to know: he had seen that they were in danger of being hammered by seven or eight and they had shut up shop at half time.

The Stoke defending was abysmal but if we'd taken our chances earlier in the season, it could have been very different.

The show of support for Wenger spoke volumes: there are people who complain, but as long as Arsenal are run like a business, Wenger is the best man for the job - incidentally, when we had money to spend, he won us 5 trophies in 5 years, so he's the right man whatever the situation.

But in terms of the Premiership this season, one overwhelming point remains: we were two minutes away from being 8 points behind Villa in mid-February. Yet, with three games to go 4th place was secured.

And with that, came the most important thing for the long-term success of this club: Champions League qualification.

I will write a season review at some point, but I think one thing puts this season in perspective: there are more seasons we win nothing than seasons where we win something. Remember that.

Obviously, some change is needed. But it's not going to happen in the next couple of days, so lets all support Thierry and Co.

Keep the faith,


Anonymous said...

Its quite unbelievable how much of an absolte cunt you are

Anonymous said...

"several people through cans of beer"
Learn to write in English before deciding to write a blog on arsenal. The blog seems to have become rather lackluster of recent and seems to be stuck in a rut, rather like arsenal.

Adam said...

Point taken - that's a bad homophone error...changed!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

to the anonymous picking up on adam's spelling....

I think you meant Lacklustre, not Lackluster

Anonymous said...

Wow! this is the most comments uv ever had on ur blog. Pity they're all spelling corrections...

carl p said...

i cant believe ur choice of what to put in bold! your use of bold is always poor, but to highlight the worse point in a generally very dissapointing blog may have just been the straw that broke the camel's back, as i consider giving up on the blog for good!!!