First of all apologies for the absence (for those that even noticed!), I turned 30 last Tuesday, only one year contract extensions for me now!
On to the football, the Newcastle game seems an age ago now but I don’t think the smile has been wiped off any Gooner faces. A last minute winner is the sweetest way to get a winner but Vermaelen’s winner was quite simply orgasmic. The majority of the crowd were still in their seats urging the team on for one more attack… I just remember Gibbs winning the ball back, the attack quickly broke to the right and the world stopped as Theo’s crossed just bobbled off a head in the middle… TV5 managed to hook his right leg around the ball and then pandemonium broke out! Football is amazing; it’s beautiful, from the moment where the world stopped as the ball fell to TV5 and by the time it had hit the net the next 2 minutes is a complete blur of running, cheering, screaming, hugging and kissing familiar strangers. Once we’d tried to calm down, it was kicking off on the pitch but we didn’t care. The scarves went up for a spine tingling version of ‘We’re by far the greatest team…’. Turning 30 the next morning, I enjoyed a couple of three post match drinks at the Tollington pub; the pub was absolutely packed and singing like it was a Saturday 3pm match. Simply beautiful.
9 days on, Everton away. Arsenal go into the game with an odd record to be proud of; 4 wins in a row after going behind. I’m all for mental strength and bouncebackability but I rather just not go behind in the first place! Never the less, we go into the game full of beans and confidence. 1 point behind whoever is 3rd place, we have it all to play for and momentum on our side. However, Everton are on a bit of a run themselves and have beaten Chelsea, City and Tottnum at home this season. No official team news due to no press conference taking place yesterday but I expect an unchanged team from the Newcastle game. Everton have a few injuries to worry about after their Cup draw vs Sunderland but let’s not get distracted by that.
Our record has been strong there in recent years but complacency against a resurgent Everton side would be disastrous. The team know they’ll be in for a battle but if Theo and Rosicky keep up their recent good form they can reduce the burden from RVP and give Everton plenty to think about.
In other news, is this our new away kit? Erm hope not but with Nike anything and colour is possible.
The last word for this week’s blog goes to Fabrice Muamba. A lot has already been said and written about the events that unfolded on Saturday but it will be a moment in English football that some may never forget. I was walking to a pub and caught up with the story on twitter, by the time I had entered the pub the game had been abandoned and ESPN were replaying the faces of the crowd and both sets of players. My heart instantly sunk. Yes, Muamba was an ex-Arsenal player and a good guy but this was a player I had seen score against us in the Carling Cup just months ago, how could this be happening?
The severity of the situation was tangible by the outpouring of emotion and concern by friends of mine and those on twitter. It’s a cliché but the footballing world has come together. Yes there will always be c*nts out there (‘trolling’ I’ve been told it’s called) but the support for the Congo born Bolton based lad has been simply amazing. For all the bullsh*t play acting, handbags and cheating we see every week; fans and teams up and down the country have united to support Fabrice Muamba. Sometimes I really do love football.
After having a cardiac arrest on the pitch the Tottenham and Bolton medical staff worked on Muamba on the pitch and Dr Deaner, a Tottenham fan (and my hero for the week) was allowed on to the pitch as a cardiologist to ensure Muamba was in the best hands. From updates today about Muamba talking in French and English to visitors, Dr Deaner and the medical staff have saved this guys life. I really don’t care who they support but I salute you.
Fabrice Muamba, I saw you score at the Emirates earlier this season (judging by your celebration you really seemed to enjoy it too!), I would LOVE to see you score against the Arsenal again soon.
Come on The Arsenal, do it for one of our own.
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