Well, we watched Roadhouse last night, quality late 80’s action drama, with Swayze generally acting the bastard whilst being philosophical. It made me think of Arsenal. We’ve got the philosophy, but none of the balls. To paraphrase, “I thought we’d be bigger”.
As most of you will know, I wasn’t too upset by our Champions League and FA Cup exits. I covered in detail last week how I felt that going out to Barca and United were no great travesties, especially considering the way we played in both games. I mean, the preformance against United was deeply flawed, no questions, but we dominated the match for the most part and conceded two stupid goals. The gap between Arsenal and United, whilst still clearly present has narrowed to such a degree that on a different day with our shooting boots on we would have progressed.
Again, I covered last week the reasons the Carling Cup was so upsetting. Our arrogant attitude in the final proved to be our undoing. In fact that game summed up everything Arsenal in 90 minutes. Conceding a sloppy goal. Dominating possession. Failing to capitalise whilst on the front foot. Giving the fans hope with an equaliser. And then being undone by a mistake.
And so we played Blackburn, probably convinced we would win before we even started – and it happened all over again. There were no costly mistakes this time at the back, but everything else was clear and present – possession, domination, no goals, disappointment. And that’s the most frustrating thing about Arsenal. We should have learnt from that Carling Cup final, the players should be trying to salvage some dignity, grabbing the games we play and imposing themselves. Score 3 goals and then out-posses the other team. Don’t just cruise in 2nd gear for 80 minutes hoping to score the perfect goal before getting a bit panicky. Same old shit, different day.
Some other stuff happened, including Rooney being a tosser (I doubt anything will happen, he’ll probably get a telling off at best, he’s an England player after all), West Ham being tossers, and West Brom hilariously giving Liverpool the good news. Long time readers will know, I love lovely Roy Hodgson and I hate hateful Liverpool, so good to see the big man get a little bit of revenge.
Also, I am beggining to think managers are trying to destroy my fantasy league team. Nani and Ivanovich played 4 and 11 minutes, whilst I had 13 points sat on the bench in Barton and Johnson. For fucks sake, just don’t put them on the pitch and waste my time! If they had of not played at all my auto subs would have put me back at the top of the league. It seems like I’m destined to do an Arsenal though – it’s all to play for but I’m destined to stutter into second.