Delayed: Arsenal 3-0 Seville
In an age of instant media gratification, I thought Iâ€™d offer you all a reminder of how we all used to devour match reports: a day or so late.
The thing is, I was at the game last night, then I retired to a bar for a loosener and didnâ€™t get home till late. Thatâ€™s the truth.
Enjoyable it was too. The football and the loosener. We were never going to enjoy the kind of possession we sometimes do in the Premier League, especially against a fine passing side like Seville, yet we never looked in too much danger either and in the end it was more comfortable than most of us thought it would be. I agree that Sagna was fabulous, Fab was sagnaulous, that Diaby is a bit lost on the wing and van Persie is quieter than he can be â€“ but itâ€™s a great start to the group against a side widely tipped to get through to the knockout stage.
Looks like weâ€™re paying for it now though: Rosicky limped off in the second half and is out for two weeks (is that two weeks in Gallastime? In which case itâ€™s two months). And now Hlebâ€™s got water on the knee (anyone got a towel?) and Senderos has got some hip ailment or other. Then weâ€™ve got the usual suspects out â€“ Gallas, Eboue and Lehmann. So thereâ€™ll be some shuffling going on.
It has to be a good opportunity for Walcott. I know heâ€™s only 18, but heâ€™s got to get some games under his belt now to get the experience he clearly needs. And with Rosicky, Eboue and potentially Hleb out, if Walcott doesnâ€™t get picked against Derby then it would be nice to know why not, what with the Milk Cup coming a few days later.
We havenâ€™t seen much of mysterious signing Diarra yet either â€“ a short cameo on Wednesday didnâ€™t tell us much â€“ so it might be that he gets his first start too in the centre of the park.
And finally: I got my membership pack the other day. Two beer mats and an â€˜Itâ€™s up for grabs nowâ€™ bottle opener included.
Now you can open your beer cans to the sound of Michael Thomasâ€™s â€™89 title-winning goal.
Quality tat. It doesnâ€™t get much better than that.