By Bulldog Drummond
What will we do when the internet comes to an end in five years time (as New Scientist is predicting this week)?
The end (caused by a lack of carrying capacity, not a lack of hard drive space) will of course be the end of civilisation as we know it, which will be a shame. But I think what I shall miss are those wonderful web sites set up by the strange and funny IT people who seriously believe that programming a web site and letting it run (without watching what is happening) is a reasonable way to do the business.
By way of example, take the increasingly bizarre, amusing and eccentric “Who scored?” website which I have mentioned a few times of late. It has a man of the match predictor section, which this morning was showing this voting
Man of the Match
|2.Vassiriki Abou Diaby|
So, not just the return of Diaby to the first team, but also he puts in such a brilliant match-long performance he becomes man of the match.
And wow, look at this, Podolski flies in and plays! Wow, you won’t be reading that anywhere else. I say again, “wow!”
The silly-billy-programmers on the site do actually take ratings and rankings and other things beginning in “r” and ending “ings” from various sources and tell us that….
|Arsenal will score from a direct freekick|
|Arsenal will control the game in the opposition’s half|
|Arsenal will score as a result of individual skill|
|Arsenal will dominate possession|
|Arsenal will steal the ball from the opposition often|
So that’s all right then.
Ahead of the game the Independent had an interview with Ramsey who amazed the newspaper’s readership by saying he wants to play in the middle.
and that some of them might drop out given the context. Francis Coquelin,for example might sit this one out, with Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla in the midfield.
So, using the team I’ve put up, lurking behind them on the sun and sand we have some of Szczesny, Diaby, Gabriel, Rosicky, Wilshere, Walcott, Gibbs, Flamini, Chambers, Gnabry.
The interesting name is Diaby, who seems ready to play. How different his life would have been, and how different Arsenal would have been, had one injury not happened all those years ago.
So Debuchy, the Ox, Welbeck and Arteta, probably won’t be there for the cup final, but hopefully will make it back for the prelims in July (although the prognosis on Arteta is not good, and he might be later than that). Alex and Mathieu are training, but not ready for a game.
West Albion just have keeper Ben Foster out. Their form of late has been very good compared to earlier in the season. In the last six it is three wins, two draws and one defeat. They’ve kept 10 clean sheets in 17 league games.
Here’s them and us
|13||West Bromwich Albion||37||11||11||15||37||47||-10||44|
Across the season, they don’t score that many, but the defence ain’t too bad. And they have the arch-destroyer rugby man Pulis. It must be horrible to have a season ticket for a club and find half way through that you are now watching a Pulistic team.
But I guess even that is OK if the alternative is relegation. After 20 matches they were 17th but have been holding themselves at 13th across nine of the last 11 games. Of late they have beaten Chelsea, Man U and Palace and drawn with Liverpool.
Overall we are unbeaten in the last eight league games with WBA, and we have won six of them. But they did win 2-3 at Stadium Wenger in September 2010. We’ve always scored against them in PL games however. So just as we continued the run of not losing on a Wednesday, I expect we’ll also continue the run of doing the business against WBA.
But as the press are now going mad in saying we have only won one of our last five Premier League games, and the three consecutive 0-0 draws have been the first time that happened since February 2009, the Great Flood is about to happen, there will be a Second Coming and the World Will End.
And we ain’t had a defeat on the final day of the season for ten years. During that time it has been nine wins and two draws.
That end of the season went like this
- 11 May 2005: Arsenal 7 Everton 0
- 13 May 2005: Birmingham 2 Arsenal 1
I went to both and both were fun. Dennis B scored in that match in Birmingham – I remember it well, as we all dressed up in fancy dress for the day, and the police decided to search all of us going into the ground. The guy in front of us came as a dinosaur, and a young PC actually did try and frisk the costume, including a tail that went on for about 1o yards. Took him ages and he got redder and redder until his sarge came over to see what was what and told him to bugger off. The sarge then shared a joke with all of us about the problem of letting the kids do football duty. That’s the way to do it.
Unfortunately we had both earlier got refused entry to the ground for wearing masks (we went as Venetian dignitaries during the Festival).
Oh happy days.
As for the West Bromwich Wobbleyous the last time they won their final Premier League game of the season was against Portsmouth in 2005.
We need an uplift to help us on our way to Wembley. Mind you, watching Villa on the TV last weekend, I am not sure they don’t need it more than we do.
An anniversary from the old days…
24 May 1919: Arsenal played a friendly at home against Tottenham. This is of note for although hostilities between the clubs over Arsenal’s move north had been ended during the war years with Tottenham using Highbury for wartime games, the bad feeling had reopened 10 weeks before this game. This was due to Arsenal’s election to the first division in preference to Tottenham upon the expansion of the league.
Oh happy days.