In the Arsenal programme last night, there was a ‘Top 100 games at Highbury’ feature. Number one was a game way back in 1893 against someone or other – probably a casual or a Corinthian – and ending, at number 100, with October’s home win against Villa. Top 100 games at Highbury ever full stop, Villa at home in October? Come on! However, I wouldn’t hesitate to argue that last night’s mauling of Everton should at least be considered.
Nights like that don’t come along all that often – we were simply breathtaking. From front to back and wing to wing we were irresistible, as good as any time over the last few years, even when taking into account the end-of-seasonness about it all.
I know there are some voices arguing that Dennis’s time is up, but I just don’t see the logic in not having him. As long as he accepts that he’s notong to play 30 or 40 games – and he’s happy with that – then he’s an asset. I get the feeling that might be the only sticking point – how much Wenger can promise Bergkamp will play. Also, would a man convinced he wasn’t staying not have made more of his potentially final match at his home of ten years? I’m confident we’ll see more of the Iceman.
It was relentlessly good news last night – Henry came back for 45 minutes (to predictably good effect), and Campbell did what he does well alongside Senderos. Everyone was being applauded, including the groundsman, who’s won Groundsman of the Year. Wouldn’t it be great if his trophy was a miniature mower on a plinth.
All in all, it left me with a warm glow, a sensation that was heightened by the addition of an overly mustardy hot dog after the game.
Let’s hope we can take that form to Cardiff. Please.