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A few thoughts on the Bolton 0-0 Arsenal Premier league

February 2, 2012

It’s match day. How does the Man from Harlow get through a match day. Well here’s an insight.

It’s 6.20am and I was awoke to the tune of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida coming from my BlackBerry. I jump out of bed, It’s match day. “It’s all about the Arsenal today”

Clothes readied the night before so no mishaps in the time allowed to get ready. I jump in the shower, have a shave, do my hair, deodorant & eu de toilette, put on suit, shirt & tie, gulp down a cup of tea, take the handful of tablets that health matters have deemed I have to now take everyday. Check I have everything! All’s fine. Say goodbyes and off to the bus stop opposite where I live to catch my 7am coach to the Big Smoke (that’s London).

During my commute, twitter/facebook/solitaire and music (90’s Brit Pop) passed the time.

My Twitter time line was full of the previous nights lack of transfer activity by Arsenal in the window. “Spend some fucking money” “Arsene’s lost it” “If RVP gets inured we’re F***ed” the negative, frustrated (some positive) feedback was obvious and the keyboard warriors were in no mood for prisoners.

However little did I realise that things were about to go into overdrive as @daveworthoAFC (worth a follow BTW) and quite a few others were tweeting the news of a rumour that Jack Wilshere was out for the season. Oh no! I’m thinking, this coming only hours after the window had closed.

I have to make choices now….. Do I stay away from Twitter/Facebook and forums, save my day might go pear-shaped? Nah! I’ll stick to my guns and just stay composed, calm and see myself through.

Being as it’s match day, the ritual is nothing must go wrong. I must not get wound up and everything during the day has to be rosy in garden. I can’t take any chances on anything that might not help the Arsenal beat Bolton.

Travel down the M11, A12 into London was pretty uneventful and I arrived at Leadenhall around 8.15am. Today I walked down Cornhill and up Cheapside, past St Mary le Bow Church (well I’m a Cockney you know) to stretch the old legs, before arriving at the office at 8.25am. Cup of coffee, turn on PC and first job of day. Check the internet for news of Jacks injury. Nothing on Arsenal.com. Nothing new there then and it should be renamed Illuminatti.com. They tell you nothing and what they do, is all spin…

The papers next. The red tops don’t seem to be carrying the Story on Jack, However, the Mail leads with it on their internet football sports page. The tweets are coming in thick and fast and the forums are coming alive to the news. Only hours after the window closed. Tweets “What is going on at Arsenal”. “They must have known about jack before window closed” “F**k off Wenger and take Gazidis with you” the traffic is taking on a life of it’s own on my TL. Time for me to quit for a while and get on with some work. After all it’s what helps pay for my £1400 season ticket.

10am and it’s time to leave the office. I have to take a trip Centrepoint in Tott……. Court Road to see the delightful people at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Thing is on a day when you need to stay calm and keep in check with the days rituals this is a tricky situation. You see the staff are trained to be a bit eccentric being kind to them. The gentlman I saw on yesterday’s visit was madder than Mad Jack McMad, winner of the Mr Mad competition, for 10 years running. So I will be treading eggshells and chilled about the whole thing and just accept he is bonkers and play along with him for the greater good.

Picture of Emirates from 18th floor Centrepoint

After attending the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, which went surprisingly well (no sign of Mad Jack McMad on the radar), I made my way to the Rolls Building, the new courts on Fetter Lane, where again all went well.

12.08 and back in the office the day is panning out like I hoped it would on match day, no aggro at all. Time for lunch, which has been prepared today by her indoors. Taken this option today so as to avoid lengthy queues in and around Cheapside sandwich bars, that might result in me getting frustrated in any way. Oh Look! Smoked salmon & cream cheese sandwich, with a flask of chicken noodle soup. That’ll do nicely Mrs, her indoors..

WedsnesdayAfternoon flies by in a flash and the next thing I find myself back on the coach heading towards Harlow and home. Traffic is not bad and we made good time arriving at home by 6.15.

Quick cup of tea and then back out to Passmores School, to pick my Son Luke up from football training. Back home and it’s beef casserole for tea tonight. Mrs her indoors surpassing herself. All has gone well and I’m in the zone for the Arsenal. Nothing can go wrong (could it?) I’ve done it all as planned today.

It’s now 7.45, time to sit in front of TV and watch Soccer Special on Sky. I have Paul Walsh on the screen covering the Villa v QPR match.  Walsh is telling me that Cisse is not that good with his feet and laying into him… Wait!!! What’s this!!!…. Cisse has only just gone a rattled one in the net. Merson, Thompson and Nicholas are LTFAO and pointing at Walsh. 0-1 QPR. Nice bit of expert analysis there Mr Walsh. Tell me again why Sky Employ you? Team news is in…………………………………………………….

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Song, Van Persie, Walcott. Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, Ju-Young, Henry, Arshavin, Benayoun, Coquelin.

Nice to have Bacary back in the starting line up… COYR’s 3 points tonight and push on over the coming weeks

8.00 we’re off

8.08  and All McInally tells me that fine work from TV5 on the left and he puts over a cross to the back stick and RVP heads for goal and it’s off the line.  straigh back to Ally and another chance, this time Ramsey Oooooo…

8.12 Thompson tells me Scott Dann (OG) has scored for Newcastle 0-1

8.13 Ally tells me Oxo has shanked one wide that’s 3 early chances

8.14 Walsh is back with anothe goal for QPR and it’s 0-2 QPR

8.16 RVP shoots high wide and handsome.

8.21 Merson screams in the background… “What a worldy!!!” Sunderland 1-0 Campbell.

8.22 S13 keeps the boys in it with great save

adverts…

8.25 Theo has missed a sitter, this after Ngog should have scored, sounds a well open game.

8.28 Merson screams again….. This is an even better “wordly” says Merson…. Sunderland 2-0… Sessegnon, more about the move this time…

8.29 Villa back in it 1-2 and goal from Bent

8.32 Ally is telling me what a game this is.  Chance after chance for both sides… (hate having to wait for updates)

8.30 HT Villa 1 QPR 2

Adverts

8.39 TV5 booked. Not a booking Ally tells me. No contact whatsoever.

8.43 PENALTY!!!  Blackburn….. Dunn to take…… Krul saves!!!! Still 0-1 to Newcastle… Blakburn all over Newcastle.

8.45 Half time. Ally seems to be saying Arsenal are on top and should be winning.

HT Blackburn 0-1 Newcastle

HT Bolton 0-0 Arsnal

HT Fulham 0-0 WBA

HT Sunderland 2-0 Norwich

Tea and doughnut time.

9.11 Sunderland 3-0 …  Ayala (OG) “not a Wordly”

9.18 RVP hits post…

9.19 Kos heads wide…

9.19 Villa score Nzogbia 2-2

9.25 Chamberlain just wide

9.25 Henry replaces Oxo

9.27 Fulham 1-0 Dempsey ( I said a few months ago we should have gone for him)

9.37 RVP hits bar and Theo wastes chance.

9.37 FT Villa 2-2 QPR

9.41 West Brom Score 1-1… Tchoyi

9.50 Newcastle score 2-0 Obertan-orang

FT Bolton 0-0 Arsenal

Tea & Biscuits

Well that was as good as it got on SSS tonight. On each occassion they went over to the Reebok for an update from Ally, he was looking more and more depresseed from his stance at the start where he was saying “There are goals in this match” to be fair many people also thought this. By the end of the game, you felt Ally was going to jump off the TV gantry. PENALTY shout for Bolton, was it Mertersacker or S13 that brought down Mark Davies?…. Replays show it was neither, just a cheating, diving Davies, who is not that sort of player (they never are)…

In the end Arsenal just shaded possession, banged in 16 shots of which 7 were on target had 6 corners and a massive 0 goals. Looks like the whole team were below par on the might save for first 15 mins, which seems to be the case for all our games in 2012. We started well v Fulham, Swansea and United but ended up losing all three. Reports suggest Sagna played well which is good. The defence kept a clean sheet so that has to be good, I mean Liverpool conceeded 3 there last week.

Spurs are much more of a consistent team than us right now along with City and United. The thing for me is that no one is setting the league alight. All the top teams can be beaten and have been beaten. If one should go on a six/seven match unbeaten run from now, I reckon they are title winners. The good thing is, have you seen Spurs next seven games? Anything could happen between now and the end of the season and until that fat bird walks onto the stage and starts belting out her soprano then in this corner of Harlow there is always hope.

The news that Arsenal are looking to have most of our injured players back within the next two weeks, some already starting to come through bodes well. We need to take the bull by horns and start to WANT to win matches, show some bottle and beat the teams we should be expecetd to beat.

If we can fight for the remainder of the season, then we have an outside chance of top 4.

Time 11.15 and up the apple & pears to uncle Ned… Match day over..

Roll on Blackburn.

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