So with Chelsea doing us a favour against Manchester United in mid-week, we had the chance to go be just one point behind, having played the same number of games, if we beat Sunderland.
As easy as that might seem on paper, we have to remember they beat us at the Emirates last season, if I remember correctly. Yes, Bent left, but they still have a pretty decent game. They might have lost their last 4 games, but as usual, teams ALWAYS reserve their best for the Emirates, especially the goalkeepers. It’s almost as if goalkeepers think they’re auditioning for a spot at the Emirates. Very maddening! They always have blinders when they’re playing against us, but as early as the next game, they make blunders! How about making your blunders against US?! We already have a first-choice goalkeeper in Szczesny, thank you very much! Sigh…
Anyways, enough of the mini-rant. So what really happened yesterday?
The line-up for the game was:
Sagna – Koscielny– Djourou – Clichy
Wilshere – Denilson
Nasri – Diaby – Arshavin
I could not watch the game, as I was out on the road, but I was able to follow the game on Twitter. And going by the majority of tweets on my timeline, here’s what happened: “F*ck”. “F*************ck!!!!”. “What the F****ck”. And on and on and on all game. All the frustration was directed at Denilson, Diaby, the referee, Arsene, and anyone who so much as misplaced a pass! It was a massive game, one we really ought to have won to put the pressure on Man U. But is all lost? Ofcourse not. Seeing as I did not watch the game, I watched Match of the Day in the evening, and what I saw was an unfortunate game. We threw everything at Sunderland. All the chances they showed were Arsenal ones, until towards the end when Szczesny had to make brilliant saves.
From where I was sat, we pushed and pressed and pressed and pushed and… but Sunderland were resolute. They defended really brilliantly, and we could have and should have won. Arshavin was a real thorn in Sunderland’s side. Had decent chances to score, but fluffed his lines. But he should have had a penalty! Titus Bramble the offender. A ball over the top, and Arshavin beat him to it, and Bramble was struggling to catch him. He got into the box, and as Arshavin was about to pull the trigger, he fell over on his own accord, according to the referee. But did he!? Titus Bramble definitely fouled him. Twice! He pulled his shirt and when that did not work, he pushed him, with both hands! But the referee did not spot either, and we were denied a clear penalty. And Bramble