I didn’t see last night’s game but I thought I’d do a report anyway.
Here it is:
First Half: we were pants.
Second Half: pants with skiddies.
I have deduced this summary from Arsenal blogs and newspaper articles. And Twatter. And Twat (better known as Piers Morgan).
The thing is though, we won. And we’re now in a cracking position to guarantee qualification for the knock out rounds of the Champions League yet again.
Yes, I know we take the “knock out” rounds a bit too literally and tend to get knocked out, but we must be due a lucky draw in the Round of 16 this time, surely?
Back to the game that I didn’t see. It appears we struggled to put two passes together and left ourselves spreadeagled and wide open at the back, resulting in a nasty Belgian Surprise (like getting an iffy mussel at Belgo).
Having gone a goal down, we instantly went back to not stringing passes together, leaving ourselves wide open at the back etc etc.
Then, when all was about lost, we scored two goals and knicked all three points.
Although I didn’t see the game I did manage to see the goals on YouTube before a UEFA lawyer had the clip removed. Gibbs’ finish was a thing of class and composure and the most striking feature of Podolski’s winner was the sheer determination of Sanchez to keep the ball alive and in the danger zone. We got a lucky bounce to plop the ball at the Pod’s feet, but we’ve had few enough of them this season.
Anyway, many of you will doubtless want to go on about how bad our performance was, regardless of the result.
To that I say: “Hush, my little ones. Curb thine tongues and sooth thine fevered brows.”
We’re going through a wobbly phase at the moment (we’ll snap out of it soon) and what the players need above all is support and confidence. They are certainly taking the good bits out of the evening: Kieran Gibbs says we made a statement with our late comeback, Aaron Ramsey says it’s good to get back to winning ways, Mesut Ozil called the win very important and Arsene Wenger hailed our spirit. Well, alright, Arsene would hail our spirit if we’d just fainted on the Jungle Bouncers (“toddlers welcome”) at Chessington World of Adventures.
But while Arsenal fans wail and gnash their teeth, who’d have thought the most sensible comment of the night would come from Mr Stanley Collymore?: “Well done Arsenal. Crap most of the night, bottle when it mattered. Big big result and confidence booster.”
I say let’s treat the result (and the game) the way the players are treating it: a characterful win on a night when things didn’t always go smoothly.
We all know this Arsenal team has the players to do something special. Let’s help give them the confidence to get on with the job.