So far so good in the two big games of the week. Firstly, seeing Liverpool off in the Carling Cup in a record attendance for the competition, then disposing of a Sp*rs side who insist they are going to finish above us this season!
As I’m travelling, it’s hard to update the site as regularly as I’d like, but pre-holiday I have invested in a tidy little Samsung netbook – it’s got a 10-12 hour battery life – and I have 2 batteries – so I’m able to write when I travel. 10 flights in 10 days is a little too much for my liking. A massive shout out to the wedding couple whom tied the knot in New York last weekend where I think I successfully managed to recruit at least 6 people to life long Goonership! And another massive shout out to the boys in Vegas (where I am now) who are really showing me how to party!
By now, I presume you’ve read many a match report, so there’s probably no point in me going into much detail on Saturday’s game. It’s 3.15pm here on Monday, and that means it’s 11.15pm back home so just a quick summary before we look forward to the midweek game tomorrow.
The game against Sp*rs was a little more nervy than I expected and maybe the 4-4 was playing in the players minds. Luckily for me the game was on ESPN2 over here and I could watch it in the comfort of my bed. The first half of the first half was in all honesty Tottenham’s best period and at that point we didn’t look that threatening either. As the half went on though, we got into our stride and a goal before the end of the first half looked more possible.
Two goals though made the half time talk much better – the first coming from a cross from Sagna with Van Persie on hand to prod the ball into the back of the net ahead of the defender and past the keeper. And then whilst they were showing the replay of the goal, the commentator said “And that’s Cesc, past one, past two and now past three, can he finish? Yes he can, that’s 2-0 to Arsenal!”, and then they showed the goal and he did exactly that!
In the second half, it was crucial not to concede – we really didn’t want 2-1 with time to go, especially after West Ham, and I believe that our defensive performance was key, with Song being essential in front of the back four – wrongly carded for an excellent challenge too – I don’t