Over the last few years, there has been a common complaint against this young Arsenal team. A lot of people have said that they lack the winning mentality, that Gunners cave in under pressure. But if there’s one thing that I’ve learn from the last month or so, it’s that our Gunner life is going to change soon enough….
Let’s just take a look game by game. First the North London derby against the Spuds, when the diving c*nt in Bale came to town hoping to cheat us out of another comfortable win. When we went down by two goals, Gooners could have been forgiven that it was going to be another lost cause. But it was never meant to be, was it? Arsenal players stood up together, pissed in the face of the scum from the darker part of town, and really rammed the win home. Rammed it hard too.
And then we travelled straightaway next week to Anfield, which was never going to be an easy game. I do hate Liverpool as much as the next Gooner, but sometimes, you have to admire Gerrard’s team in making their home ground a fortress. But I guess the fortress days were long past, and that there is only so much far you can get by buying off refs. And there, we confronted the bigger c*nt than Bale in Suarez. I’ll just repeat a stat from that match, I just like driving it in!
Luis Suarez: 7 dives, 6 screams, 9 floor-rolls, 15 gestures to ref, 5 big teeth, 0 goals
And so we went down to an own goal, and nothing whatsoever creative play from them. Arsenal held on till the end, didn’t concede any more goals, and then hit them with a killer punch deep into injury time. Haven’t Manchester United being praised for that very fact, the ability of scoring late goals to win games when it really mattered? Then I can’t understand how not even a single commentator, pundit or whoever didn’t praise Arsenal in this regard. On top of that, there’s a show over here in India called the Monday Night Verdict, where they ‘analyze’ the weekend’s matches. Out of all the pundits that they have, one is a Liverpool fan, one is a Spud fan, one is a Manure fan, and the only one who speaks sense in there isn’t allowed to give his opinion. And of all the points that they could have pondered upon, they chose:-
–> With a defence like that, Arsenal can never hope to win any trophy in the forseeable future.
–> Though Arsenal look good going forward, they always look like a bomb waiting to explode when they give away the ball.
–> Arsenal has no visible second-string anywhere near to being able to coming in and covering for the first team when they can’t play.
I won’t even respond to those points now. I’ve become sick of defending Arsenal against idiotic accusations like these time and again. But it really feels idiotic to me that there are no better pundits available. And the thing which really pissed me off was that I didn’t hear the word ‘dive’ even ONCE in the Liverpool and Tottenham games….
And then against Newcastle. We had all the possession, we created all the chances, but we were just unlucky not to win it a bit more comfortably. We went behind to a good goal by Ben Arfa, but not a single head dropped. And by god, our goal was good! A couple of great one-time passes between Rosicky and Sagna, then Rosicky finds Walcott’s run into space with a perfect through ball, the Englishman squares it to RVP and he does the honours. We didn’t stay behind for even a minute, and that showed champions’ qualities. We kept on going till the end and always threw bodies forward, looking for the goal that would win us the game against a supremely parked bus.
I won’t go on now, but I want your opinions on this. Have Arsenal finally learned to possess the spirits of champions, the will to succeed, at all costs whatsoever?