By Walter Broeckx
A few weeks ago I wrote that the FA/PL/PGMOL would do all they could to make it a 3 horse race as long as possible. I think even Steven Gerrard fell for this scenario yesterday. We are not going to let this slip he said a few games ago I have been told. And then he slipped….
But the authorities got what they want. I noticed that for this match the PGMOL or whoever pulls the strings of Mike Riley send Atkinson to Anfield for the match Liverpool – Chelsea. People who follow Untold and who have been reading our referee reviews knew that a Chelsea win would have been very likely.
The fact is now that Chelsea doesn’t have their fate in their own hands. Manchester City has. If they manage to win their game in hand they are first in the league. And from then on could clinch the title even if it is on goal difference. To be honest it looks the outcome I can live with. Not that I really would be happy with it.
But the fact is that Liverpool then would not win the title – after their owner blatantly lied about the Suarez contract, with help from the people that should stand up for the players.
It would mean that Liverpool would remain empty handed. Despite their owner having lied to the world in order to win something. I don’t feel too bad about that.
Chelsea ending empty handed in the league would be also not something I would feel bad about. Au contraire, I think it would be funny. And I also hope that my compatriot Courtois does what he has been doing for Atletico all season long and keep a clean sheet. He sure is a keeper I would have loved to have been bought by Arsenal when he was making the first headlines in Belgium. And to think that at youth level he was most of the time the reserve keeper in the Genk youth teams and considered to be less talented than Koen Casteels who is keeper at Hoffenheim in Germany now. I’m sad to think he will end up at Chelsea one say sooner or later.
Manchester City winning the league would be the natural way of things – the trophy following the money. Indeed it would show that money still can buy you titles. And it will take a genius to beat that. Someone we have. If only for the injuries….
But let us focus on Arsenal. Everton shooting themselves in the foot last Saturday was a great start to the weekend. A football weekend that will finish this evening with our match against Newcastle.
A very important match for us. Not that much for Newcastle. They are free from any relegation troubles but also are not really in the best shape for the moment. If we win today then we will have already something to celebrate this season. As a win will bring Saint Totteringham’s Day (often known as Saint Totteridge’s Day)*. The day that our ‘this year we will finish above Arsenal-neighbours’ cannot overtake us mathematically.
Do you still remember August last season? The days that the whole media was jumping up and down in joy about all those millions spent by Tottenham and how that this time it really was really going to happen. And now later tonight we might be able to shut them up. Till next summer of course as they will start all over again.
But apart from the St. Totteringhams trophy we also could make a giant step forward in making sure we get that 4th place. I know some will try to denigrate it by using the “4th place trophy” sentence. Just look at how much the tiny Totts would have loved to be in that place to know how much it is worth. Look at how much Everton was already celebrating it as a job well done after their win against us. It is probably the most important place apart from winning the league in a way.
If we win tonight we will be 4 points ahead of Everton, out of reach for the tiny Totts. And that with two matches to go. So if all goes well I should be in the stadium to celebrate us taking 4th place next week. As I will be there next Sunday.
But before we can do that we should win against Newcastle. This is today’s cup final match for Arsenal. We must win it, win next Sunday and then we could even relax a bit at Norwich, the week before the cup final. Take no risks with players who have a little niggle that week.
As then we will have the real cup final to play against Hull. So still a lot to play for and a lot to win. Let us hope that the returning players can give us the extra push we need today.
* Last year when debating Saint Totteringham’s Day / Saint Totteridge’s Day there was some debate about the correct use of the phrase. There is evidence of both being used from the early 1990s, with the press, TV and radio, late as always, picking up on it in 2010. Neither version of the name can be considered “correct” as both are widely used.
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