Saturday’s all a bit done and dusted now, isn’t it?
But as the arseblogger pointed out in a salient fashion, should we end up fifth rather than fourth, drawing against the Totterers wasn’t the result that did it. It was the bucketful of poor away days what done it, innit.
Personally, I didn’t much care for they way our guests scored their goal, but I can’t be bothered to dwell on it. It’s all done now and it can’t be changed, though if you ask me it wasn’t the most gentlemanly way to gain the advantage. In the end though, few would argue that it wasn’t a fair result. Perhaps had Henry, Fabregas and Eboue been on from the start, we wouldn’t have needed to talk about that moment, but they weren’t.
And whether you agree with the logic behind it or not, the reason they weren’t is Tuesday’s return with Villarreal. We’re on the doorstep of the European Cup final for the first time in our history, so Wenger demoted Saturday to give us the best chance possible to make it there.
Onto Tuesday, and it doesn’t look so good for Swiss Phil, who picked up some of knee injury, the results of which are not yet clear. Fortunately, Campbell should be able to come in for that, and he’s got a pretty good understanding with Toure, so there’s no reason to be concerned about that.
Also progressing are Cole and Clichy, and the latter, though probably not the former, might make the bench in Spain. As indeed might Theo Walcott – he’s made the last few Euro benches.
Signed in a fanfare back in January, the 17-year-old hasn’t played a single second for the first team yet. Will we see him before the end of the season? It doesn’t look like it at this rate, with every match being so very crucial.
Wigan at home, maybe, when we’ve already made fourth/blown fourth/made the European Cup final/been knocked out of Europe.
Finally, I noticed in the programme that there are severe warnings to Arsenal fans against purloining souvenirs [seats, grass, wheely bins, Pascal Cygans] at the end of the last game of the season, with threats of banishment from the Grove etc, etc.
How about this for an idea, Arsenal: – perhaps rather than trying to rip us off by charging £20 for two pieces of plastic seating, you should give us them for free.
Most of us have been loyal and trusted supporters/servants for many years, watching the team through thick [Selley, Morrow, Hillier, Carter] and thin [Bergkamp, Henry, Vieira, Hayes], and perhaps it would be nice to offer us our seats for nothing, on the proviso that we put £5 or £10 into the Rocastle charity?
As you can gather, I changed my mind about buying mine.