Actually, it’s been a very good Easter weekend, though before Thursday it hadn’t promised much!
It still threatened not to turn out as good as it did, when I was picked up by Chris, our guitarist, to go to band practice, Man¢h€$t€r ¢it€h were somehow clinging on to 0-0, but this all changed by the time we picked up my brother, Mark, from the Cherry Tree. Arteta, Goal, 1-0 to the Arsenal! I used to go to matches, but in those days you didn’t need a season ticket, you could stand on the terraces and have a laugh. Unfortunately times have changed, it’s all about money these days. Never more so than when you play ¢it€h and ¢h€£$ki. When you’ve had so many good players defect to the blue half of Manchester, with promises of trophies and huge salaries using money robbed by a Sheikh from his people, it’s not only nice to show them a little class, but also to beat them. Deservedly and decisively despite the scoreline.
With the last minute victory over Newcastle this evening, Arsenal move to within one point of the Tiny Totts. A few weeks back, this looked extremely unlikely, with the Spuds favourites to beat Arsenal at the Emirates, which would have opened a 13-point gap. Since Arsène Wenger took over as manager, Arsenal have finished above their local rivals every season. The one time it was looking likely that the Totts might finish above us, that lead has all but vanished over 3 games.
Turning a 2-0 deficit in the local derby into a 5-2 victory seems to have given Arsenal the confidence they seemed to be lacking. In the post-Fabregas era, we seem a little less tippy-tappy, back to the directness of the Henry-Pires-Ljungberg attack, and a new toughness is emerging. Also a new togetherness, I think that RvP, as well as his phenomenal goalscoring, is the first real leader since Vieira.
I think we’ve got something here. I hope that Le Boss can keep the team together and add a few in the summer.