Arsenal 1-1 Man Unied; a draw will do, plus the prospect of a return of a former player? … Maybe…

How I miss the good ol’ days…

Morning folks.

A draw.  1-1. All things tied. Stalemate.

Whatever you might want to call it, it’ll have to do. It’s not perfect. It’s hardly the awe-inspiring demolition we’d all secretly hoped for – the one during which Robin van Persie is stretchered off having missed an open goal and collided testicles-first with the goal post. Yet, it’s hardly the biblical disaster some of the more grouchy and pessimistic Arsenal fans seem to prefer. You know the ones I mean; miserly souls whose only form of expression is moronic bleats of dissatisfaction.

Yes, Piers Morgan, I do mean you

What a c**k.

The game itself – for the first 45 minutes at least – saw Arsenal play arguably their best football of the season; passionate, controlled and with verve and swagger. The boys seemed spurred on from the indignity of United’s guard of honour, and set about bossing the champions, taking a deserved, albeit offside, lead after mere minutes.

From then, until Bacary Sagna’s awful challenge in first half stoppage time, the game could, and most probably should, have been put to bed. Alas, it wasn’t to be. United showed glimpses of growing into the game, and the inevitable eventually happened; the Dutch so-and-so buried a penalty as ruthlessly as only he can, and then proceeded to pour a little false humility on proceedings with a lack of celebration.


The second half saw the occasional half chance spurned, and neither team could find the winning goal. At the end of the day, domination and possession counts for little when compared to goals scored, and few could truthfully dispute a draw was a fair result. We gave it our best shot, and whilst the outcome wasn’t what we’d hoped, the team deserve credit for the performance – especially Koscielny, Mertesacker and the ever-improving, Aaron Ramsey. Perhaps only Sagna’s display could have been better.

3 points could have really put some daylight between us and Spurs, but a solitary point gained means we’ve plenty more anxious moments to look forward to until there is a resolution. Saturday’s game with the now relegated QPR will be another must-win outing. I’m not expecting anything less than this all going down to the last game of the season, and then things are going to get really tense.

Elsewhere today, a particular news story regarding Cesc Fabregas caught my attention. Featured in the Daily Star….

Okay. Let me stop there a minute.

Ordinarily, any story that features the words ‘Daily’ and ‘Star’ above its content would have me clicking away from the page furiously. It’s hardly a secret that the sports stories in that rag are essentially the result of darts being throw at a board featuring random names and scenarios, and then passed off as real thanks to spurious “sources” and “insider information”.

I’m not discussing it for any alleged truth – let’s face it; we all know is pure, unadulterated bollocks. I’m mentioning it because I shan’t lie to you; I quite like the idea of Cesc coming back to Arsenal. Granted, there are those amongst us who feel his departure wasn’t the best, and those folks certainly have a point. However, purely on footballing reasons alone, I’d take him back in a heartbeat.

And, it doesn’t hurt that I still unabashedly carry a torch for the little fella. He may not have had the success to rightly have his name mentioned with the true greats of days gone by, but few could dispute the many, many wonderful moments he left us with. Add to that he’s unquestionably a midfielder of world-class ability, and you’ve got a struggle to come up with many reasons to be against it.

It’s on that note I’m going to leave you for the day, folks. The comments below are where I hope to hear a few of your thoughts – both on the 1-1 with United, and the dubious story of Cesc’s return to Arsenal. Do you think we’re still on for 3rd/4th? Would you take Fabregas back with open arms? Let me know.

As always, thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

7 thoughts on “Arsenal 1-1 Man Unied; a draw will do, plus the prospect of a return of a former player? … Maybe…”

  1. I’d accept Fabregas at Arsenal in a heart-beat. He is still young, at the age of 26 his peak is yet to come (except if he is not going through his Macaulay Caulkin-phase). He would add technical and tactical qualities to our team, especially since we have had a lot of problems with carving our opponents open.

    I just don’t get that “Fabregas in crisis!”-thing as he is second-best goal-scorer of Barcelona this season.

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