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