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January 2, 2014

Hi all,

I’m a season ticket holder. I did not go to Arsenal yesterday – shoot me!! Quite frankly as choices go, it was bloody spectacular choice. Sounded for sixty minutes like a very poor game played out in a monsoon. I instead passed tickets on and stayed at home in the warm & dry – firstly watching Swansea v Man City, followed up with the coverage of Arsenal v Cardiff on Twitter/Sky Soccer Saturday and finishing up a New Years Day football fest by watching Man United lose at home to Spurs.

The long injury list that was reported the day before the Arsenalmatch was cut down somewhat by the time the teams were announced. A nice little tweak with the press by Arsene there.

All-in-all a pretty decent team was put out, with Podolski being played as a front man with Giroud as expected out injured. This decision of Arsene’s did not work, neither did playing Flamini & Arteta together. Once Flamini & Podolski were replaced by Rosicky & Bendtner (yes Bendtner) Arsenal dominated with wave after wave attack. However, with some 20 odd shots at goal and only three on target the twitteratti were almost in meltdown. “Where was the goal coming from?” “We need three points” “Shoooooot!!!” “For fuck sake Arsenal” “This is shit” “we’re rubbish” “How have we not scored against Cardiff?” “Get Podolski off after 30 mins, bring on Bendtner”

Mr Kipling once said, His cakes are exceeding good… Sorry wrong bloke, it’s this one..

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

Patience is not a word that many football fans subscribe too anymore. If you’re not 4-0 up with a 100% pass accuracy after five minutes then all fairs in the slagging world of Twitter. I sat there in my living room, feeling that the pressure was going to pay off and so it did. Firstly Bendtner followed up a good header by Sagna to blast the ball into the net to make it 1-0 with two minutes left – the crowd then rose like 50,000 soaking wet Salmons wearing hoodies to celebrate with sheer relief. Yet it was not over, Arsenal broke again, the ball was played into Wilshere who in turn played a sublime flicked pass into Theo’s path and he outpaced the Cardiff defence, chipped the ball over the advancing keeper to make it 2-0.

The commentator on BBC MOTD might have though it harsh on Cardiff, but really you come, park a bus, hardly pass the halfway line you pretty much get what you deserve.

“We are top of the league” sung the 50.000 saoking wet hoodies. It should be remembered that a football match lasts ninety minutes with a bit of added time at the end of each half.

So after twenty matches Arsenal top the table from City & Chelsea, kept another clean sheet and have the best defensive record in the Premiership. In fact nice of the goals conceded have been v Villa & City. Making nine conceded in the other 18 matches. That’s pretty damned good.

While watching Man City match, or maybe I should say watching the Alan Parry, Manchester City wankfest.  I felt this is where football today is just not the same. You have 10 matches being played on New Years day, basically every team will have played 20 matches by the time the United v Spurs finished  at 7.15pm.`

Yet City win and oh my God! How they go on and on about Man City topping the table. How little they go on about how much it it cost them to get there. After the game the studio geezer, don’t know his name so insignificant is he, mentioned that City top the first table of the new year. If I was being pedantic, I could say the first table of the New year was at 12.01 and Arsenal were top at that stage.

It may seem like nothing & I suppose in the big scheme of things it doesn’t mean anything,  but for me it’s part of the crazy hyping up of the game. They were saying during the City match that there have been four different leaders of the premiership in the last week or so. However, it’s only because TV itself chops and changes the games around that has teams playing before and after the main bunch of games.

If Arsenal had played first yesterday and beat Cardiff, we would have been four points clear at the top of the table, but not really as no one else had played as yet. So City were never really top of the table. The table should only count once all teams are level on games after everyone has played. It’s stupid to think otherwise. If we had lost and at 7.15 and City were top, then fair enough.

With Liverpool, Chelsea, City & Arsenal winning the pressure was wrenched up for Man Utd v Spurs, whichever team lost you could say, in all fairness, that winning the league is all but gone. Notwithstanding that though even if United were 20 points behind the media arse lickers would still be saying don’t write off United. Hate to say it but Spurs deserved their win, United really aren’t much kop, full of a lot of simply average players who like to dive about a lot. Just build a sodding swimming pool instead of a pitch and be done with it. All things come to an end and I think we are starting to see the end of United for a number of years.

As for Howard Webb, after his displays in the Chelsea v Liverpool match and United v Spurs, is he really the best we have? I feel most officials just make the rules up as they go along. Opta tweeted and it was also mentioned in the live United game that it’s seventy-six (now seventy-seven) games since United have conceded a penalty in the league, That’s like TWO seasons. How can that be right? We’re being told that United have not made ONE tackle worthy of a penalty being given! If it is correct I tip my hat to the United defenders they must be bloody amazing with their tackling inside the 18 yard box.

Roll on Saturday

Cheers

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