Aaron, Andrey, Arsene, Jack’s speedy recovery and Thierry, King Thierry.

Sunday morning salutations to you, jubilant hero worshipers. News dominated by moronic racists refusing handshakes and twitchy tax-evading candidates for the England job is for others to discuss. Today, my friends, it’s good to be a Gooner.

Fairytales, huh? 92 minutes gone, the scores remain tied in game Arsenal need to win. Andrey Arshavin’s pin-point cross floats into the box and is dispatched into the net by a man truly worthy of the label ‘legend’ in his last Premiership outing for the club he loves. Cue euphoria.

There are moments in football that genuinely lift the spirits. I wasn’t lucky enough to have been at the game yesterday, but my heart soared the moment I heard that goal go in. Wenger stated the up-coming weeks represent a period that will define Arsenal’s season. That one goal, that moment of jubilation delivered from the right boot of Thierry Henry, could prove the catalyst for scales tipping in our favour. It was a big, big moment. After the game, Le Boss was understandably effusive of his soon-to-be-departing loan signing’s contribution:

??He finished the story of the legend today in Premier League and I hope he can do the same in the Champions League on Wednesday,? Wenger told reporters at his post-match press conference.

??He got us the three points in a very difficult game. People say it might haunt me and why didn??t I sign him for longer. He shows you as well that these players never lose it. Exceptional talent survives.

We’ll miss him when he leaves. Watching the goal, I noticed the unifying affect he has on both supporters and teammates. Call me a mindless romantic, if you will; I’d love him to become a permanent member of our squad. Wether it be his performances as a cameo on the pitch, or his buoying contribution to the dressing room, his presence has only given positives to the team. He loves us, we love him. His trade plied anywhere else seems wrong to me. When quizzed afterwards by the BBC Thierry couldn’t rule out a return in the future. I’ve a sneaking feeling that the Milan fixture won’t be the last time see him at the club in a capacity other than supporter.

Henry will grab the headlines, but football is a team sport and the notable contributions of others shouldn’t go unnoticed. Wenger’s substitutions were spot-on. Ramsey’s equaliser was a great, off-both-posts-and-in strike; having had a bad time of it recently, it was pleasing to see Arshavin put in a match-winning assist for the winner. Ramsey replaced Mertesacker, who was baffling blamed by some for the opening goal. I’m fairly certain he didn’t chose that moment to get injured on purpose. Hopefully, it’s nothing too serious, however, he left the ground on crutches and is certain to miss the trip to Milan. Perhaps most importantly, the two excellent saves made by Szczsney when the game was goalless were vital.

It wasn’t vintage Arsenal – the pitch was bloody awful – that gained 3 points. The performances will come, what’s important is to gain points and close in on our rivals. Yesterday’s victory, and favourable results elsewhere, have enabled us to do exactly that. We’re in 4th now, it’ll take focus and concentration, as well as a bit of luck, in order to remain in that place. My confidence in staying there remains in copious amounts.

To further cement Saturday’s status as a ‘good day’, news reached me via the delicious interweb of Jack Wilshere’s unexpected speed of recovery. He’s healing quicker than initially thought, and if his scan scheduled for next week brings favourable results, he could return to full training as early as next month. Splendid news.

Thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards. Take a moment to exude joy in the comments, and follow me on my Twitter account – @_ArmchairGooner.

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