The Nervy Home Straight…

Morning Gooners,

Bit of a short sharp blog today as I was hooked on the Champions League semi final between Barca and Chelsea.

First things first, The Arsenal.

Last Saturday’s game against Chelsea was well, erm, quite boring for London derby. Chelsea held the ball better than us, we looked like a team that was nervous and unable to actually retain possession. That said two the best chances in the first fell to the Arsenal. The first a free kick whipped in by Theo, RVP was only able to stab the ball onto the post. The other chance was from a RVP free kick that fell to Koscielny, who with his back to goal had a free header on to the post.

The second was a bit of a non event. Arsenal weren’t at their best and Chelsea seemed reluctant to try and score a winning goal that would reduce the points gap in the league.

In the end the game petered out in a goalless stalemate which left many in the ground scratching their heads about how that result should be taken. Well, come 1930 it was actually a good point. QPR had beaten Tottnum in the late kick off so it was point gained rather that two points dropped.

The winners of the weekend were Newcastle, who took Stoke apart to move 3 points behind us with a game in hand. With Chelsea also going through to the final tonight, the team that finishes 4th (unless Chelsea) will
need to sit through the Champions League final praying that the opposition do them a favour. Only 4 English teams can enter the Champions League next season even if one of them is the winner. Therefore, 4th place can be replaced by the winner if need be.

Simply, we seriously need to finish 3rd. In my opinion, we need 2 more wins to secure this.

Lastly, a massive congratulations to RVP who was named PFA player of the year on Sunday and completed the double by being awarded the Football Writers Association player of 2012. He has been an absolute pleasure to watch this season, Thank You.

FWA chairman Steve Bates, chief football writer at The People, said: “Robin was the overwhelming choice of our members this season and deservedly so after a magnificent campaign for Arsenal.

“The quality of his goals, attacking movement and consistency in a turbulent season for the Gunners has been eye-catching. The considerable size of his majority in the votes cast by our members reflected the general view that he has been the season’s most outstanding individual performer.”

Have a look of his best of montage for the season… I hope he has a couple of moments still to add in the last 3 games.


That’s it from me, apologies if this is shorter than you hoped but the message is simple… We need to finish 3rd or cry like John Terry at the end of the Champions League final.

Have a great Wednesday.


  • ArseFan101

    Without Walcott, Arteta can we do it?

  • kiki

    Just going to enjoy the ride.