Tomorrow’s post will contain as much teams news and predictions as I can get my grubby little paws on. Today’s is all about some of my early thoughts about the huge game on Saturday.
8-2. Still hurts, doesn’t it? It bloody well should, too. There have been many low points throughout my tenure as a Gooner. That fateful day ranks highly amongst them. Arsene says tomorrow’s fixture isn’t about avenging that scoreline. It is for me. Demons need to be exorcised, and bad moments need to be banished from memory.
We have an opportunity to put things right. United are a skilled and impressive team, but they have weaknesses. Defensively, you could argue they’ve had as much trouble as us, and there will be chances to be had against them.
I consider the most important thing to be making the day about us, and not about a certain ex-player. The media will blow things way out of proportion leading up to the game, and I’ve no doubt the away support will give him the reception he deserves – although, I hope they lay off that tacky and embarrassing “She said no, Robin” song, as that does them no favours at all.
As much as he deserves a bit of stick, he isn’t worth it. He chose to left, and whilst I can’t say we are better off without him, we will certainly survive his absence. Robin may think he’s left for a better chance at trophies, but in doing so he’s destroyed a legacy. He could have been considered in our club’s history alongside the likes of Bergkamp and Adams. Financial gain was more important to him than that. Football remembers its legends with constant reverence. Mercenaries rarely get the same treatment. There’s no weekly six-figure income that can buy you the status of a legend.
He doesn’t deserve our attention anymore. That should be reserved for the guys in red and white – the guys who’ll be playing for Arsenal. There is a result to be had tomorrow. United’s powers, much like ours, are not what they used to be and when you take away the how daunting a trip to Old Trafford sounds, and look at the team; they are extremely beatable.
I believe we can do it. Do you? Let me know in the comments section.
Thanks for reading today, you wonderful creatures. I shall return tomorrow.