The Day After The Day After The Day After The Big Win…

Morning fellow Gooners…

It’s the day after the day after the day after the big win…. and I am still enjoying it – beyond belief… everyone’s insistent on telling me to “wait until the Nou Camp”… and I say… youuuuuuuu shutttttttuppppppp…. we just beat Barcelona – dubbed “the best team of the decade”… a team who spends more money that it earns, had the world’s best player in Lionel Messi – the team who were at full strength – with the top three players in the world – well FIFA say they are anyway with Xavi and Iniesta in their ranks too, and their new striker, David Villa.

All of their players could probably get into any team in any league. There is no denying their strength and quality – and at times, they showed it – but we, the Arsenal, were resolute, were strong and we played our game. We countered well, and in the end the better team won.

We beat them on our patch and we have the players to beat them at their place – do not think for one second that we don’t stand a chance – we stand every chance. Barcelona have to try to score and we have the players to counter them. Of course, it hinges on our first team keeping fit in time for the game, but if they do, I have complete belief that we have the quality and desire to win the game…

Our team was very much delighted with the win, but the good thing to know is that they all have commented on the fact that know the job is not done and they will have to repeat their efforts in the second leg. Jack Wilshere has become the newest icon of the Arsenal and for those of you who lambasted me during my praise of the player after his England debut – you are Arsenal fans – believe in him, he is the real deal. He is a player who at 19 has done so much – he’s taken his chance whilst other regulars were injured and is now our first choice central midfielder. I’m sure Arsene now considers him one of the first names of the teamsheet (don’t blame me if Arsene rests him against Leyton Orient)…

Arsene was full of praise for Jackie boy and very recently he said…

“He has Spanish technique certainly. But he has an English heart because he is an English boy. He just loves to win like all the other players in my team and he showed that on Wednesday night. What I like is that he takes everything with a cool head. When you are at his age, you want to play and to play again and show how good you are. He is not phased by the occasion and he is not inhibited. That is what is fantastic with him.”

Very true… to think this time last year, young Jack was playing at Bolton on loan trying his best to get into their team. I am so glad for him, he is a proper player – passion & desire and ability – he has it all… the game on Wednesday was his best game, so he says…

“It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, probably the best couple of weeks of my life,” he said. “It’s the biggest night of my Arsenal career so far. Definitely, without a doubt [Barcelona are the best team I’ve ever played against], with players like Xavi, Iniesta and [Lionel] Messi. I’ve been watching those players for years. By far it’s the biggest night of my Arsenal career so far, like I said, [but] we’ve still got a job to do at the Nou Camp.”

So passionate, but at the same time, so down to earth. Unbelievable, isn’t it?

So, all I can say to my fellow Gooners… is enjoy it… enjoy the fact that we beat “the greatest team in the world”…

I’ll be back tomorrow with an FA Cup preview… but for now, relax, put your feat up and watch Crawley beat Man United…

Adios amigos…..

  • Tm17

    @ devday
    “So passionate, but at the same time, so down to earth. Unbelievable, isn’t it?”

    Lol a perfect example of what you just said !!
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3420833/Jack-Wilshere-poses-with-a-Barcelona-shirt.html

  • Wisy

    Yeah I still feel the impact of the game till date. Most important part was our attacking formula with speed and good delivering. cheers gooners

  • Arsefan101

    I think Jack Wilshere is the best thing this season – he is like a new signing!!!!!!

  • khairuldin

    chelsea’s out. lmao. 1 less strong team in fa cup.

    WE ARE CLOSER TO OUR QUADRUPLE! :D