Yesterday was a hugely enjoyable game. Well, it was the second time I watched it. The first viewing consisted of a maelstrom of nerves in my stomach and a over abundance of fidgeting. Watching the big games brings out my superstitious side. For reason I can’t quite explain, I find it incredibly difficult to watch the opening 10 minutes of the second half. Perhaps there’s a horrible moment from Arsenal’s history that occurred during that time that has becoming embedded in my subconscious. For whatever reason, such a silly habit caused me to miss Ramsey’s goal as it happened. I’ve watched it back some 45 times since, but feel cheated to have caused myself to miss the moment of euphoria that accompanies seeing such a thing.
I was delighted with the team performance yesterday. Across the pitch the players looked up for it, focused and fresh. Liverpool may have initially threatened during the early exchanges, but once we went ahead, our ball retention was superb and we played as a unit. Arteta and Koscielny were my stand-out contributors – both marshalling the defence superbly;y and keep a very talented strike force in Suarez and Sturridge quiet. Ramsey will rightfully be the focus for all the discussions, but to single out one players seems unfiar. We won as a team.
In the aftermath of the game, it seems the more Arsenal perform in the league, the more people seem determined to write us off. I’m not going to make ballsy statements regarding us winning the title. At this stage, to do so would be a bit foolish. But I won’t say we can’t win it. Football’s beauty is it’s unpredictablity. You can never know what’s around the corner, and even the greatest certainties don’t always turn out that way.
As things stand, we are 5 points clear at the top of the league and playing some very good stuff. We have a bundle of good players to return to the squad from inury. To write Arsenal off just because you may not like them, or because you know it will sell papers and attract hits is plain idiotic. I’m not saying we will win the title. Not at all. However, I am certainly saying we can win the title if our form continues as it is and we continue to pick up the results.
There’s a great deal to be done before any silverware is in the cabinet.
That’s all for today, folks. I’m trying to post as often as possible, but my other exploits tend to hamper me slightly. Not to fear, as I am still here (that was shameful). Use the comments below to jot down a few of your thoghts. What are your views on the game and Arsenal’s ability to compete for the title? Let me know.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards..