By Tony Attwood
My intention having got home in time to make a bacon sandwich and watch Match of the Day was to then write a report on the game highlighting the total ineptitude and lunacy of the referee. But then the best laid plans… the computer went onto another planet and short of bashing on the neighbours door and demanding to use their computer for half an hour (never a good plan as it approaches midnight on saturday/sunday) there was nothing else for it than to go to sleep and hope the technology revived itself by the morning.
Which it did. (I think actually it was WordPress trying to do an update repeatedly through the day. But never mind, where IT is concerned, its all rubbish. Ask Talk Talk. Sorry if you had problems getting on the site).
Anyway, here we are, the sun is rising, the digital clocks have dutifully retreated (in the EU at least) and we’re, oh where are we, let me just check the league table for a second…
|The United Arab Emirates||9||7||0||2||24||8||16||21|
|State Aid Utd||10||6||2||2||22||13||9||20|
|The Tiny Totts||9||3||5||1||11||7||4||14|
|West Bromwich Albion||10||4||2||4||8||11||-3||14|
|Liverpool the Almighty||9||3||4||2||8||10||-2||13|
|Total Meltdown Oh Dear||10||3||2||5||15||19||-4||11|
|Sherwood the wonder manager||10||1||1||8||9||17||-8||4|
Ah yes we seem to have reached the top.
Of course we’ve done this before. Lots of times. And lots of times we have faded away. And the aaa will be saying that we should have made it more than two, and so on, but personally I just like to enjoy these moments, have a happy Sunday, and keep on enjoying it even if Man U don’t beat Man C 4-0 – enough to dent the oily goal difference, but not too much to lift up the Man U GD too far. (We can get quite involved in these things chez Attwood. I blame my maths teachers at school).
The key point for me is that we are getting better, and that although we have injuries to key players we are doing well. In the past we have generally done very well without injuries but then when the injuries sink in, we slip. Now we can look at the injury list of Ramsey, Welbeck, Wilshere, Rosicky and Ospina and know that in time they will come back, and we will be even stronger.
And we can reflect of course that Arsenal were the only team not to buy a new outfield player in the summer and we are at least for the moment top of the league. And ask…
“Do we know something the rest of the league don’t?”
Or put it another way, could it be, as our new silly league table with added transfer values suggests, transfers are not everything? Shock, horror, surely not. What will the blogettas do if they ever discover the truth?
At last we seem to have got rid of the nonsense about Giroud and people are recognising what Untold has said all along – he is a fine centre forward who scores goals. And all the gibberish about Mesut Özil who did the assist for Olivier Giroud’s sublime goal.
Mind you I can remember when Laurent Koscielny was said to be obviously of lower quality than Arsenal needed, and Wenger only bought him because he was French, and he had a deal with Lorient in which each time he bought a Lorient player he got a kickback. And where are these people now? Looking for someone else to knock, and wondering who to go for, I shouldn’t wonder.
Giroud was excellent, as was Özil.
As Mr W said, “After the first game of the season when we lost to West Ham, nobody could have predicted that after 10 games, we are there. Would I have predicted that? Honestly, no. I thought it would take much longer because City started with five wins.”
Meanwhile, the ref really was awful, but I will wait for the official Untold report on this rather than give a long piece about just how awful. But at least he sent the equally awful Gareth Barry off, which drew attention away from playing Gibbs in the forward line. Walter reminded me that Gibbs started out in the front four. An interesting transformation.
The key to it all was that we held Everton back for almost half an hour, during which time they hardly had an attack. By that time we had got the measure of it all and then we struck and that is the way to do it.
For the record the team was…
Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal;
Oxlade-Chamberlain (Flamini, 81), Özil, Sanchez (Gibbs, 89);
And the man of the match was Özil (who else?)
And meanwhile there was the news of that old turnip José Mourinho. Oh what is he up to, what is he doing? A row over two kids following him down the street, and then sent to the stands at a time when he is still fighting his suspended one match ban. And his assistant sent off. That’s careless.
Still at least the FA will always support Chelsea – as they have shown by opening an enquiry into Heather Rabbatts support for Dr Carneiro. In response Lord Ouseley described the FA as “antiquated” and in need of serious reform. Perhaps your lordship would like to write for Untold Arsenal; we’ve been saying that for eight years with precious little support from anyone. Nice to have you on our side m’lud.
Rabbatts said she had “major concerns” regarding the disciplinary process in the Dr Carneiro case. José Mourinho was cleared of making discriminatory comments towards the doctor by the FA. Need one say more?
Cesc Fàbregas also seems to have lost it a bit of late (you should never have had that DNA test Cesc) and it looked as if all the team could have been booked for dissent if only the ref had been on his game. Apparently Mourinho was sent to the stands for trying to argue with the ref at half-time. What a silly little boy.
Chelsea had six players booked and so will get fined – which is a pathetic punishment given the huge oil wealth the club has at its disposal. They also followed the approach of Sir Alex F Word in not sending the manager to the post-match press conference, which is a breach of Premier League regulations. Sir F was supposed to be fined each time he did that, but I don’t think he ever was.
So now we can watch and see how the FA deal with the appeal of Chelsea against the £50,000 fine and one-match suspended stadium ban on their Supreme Leaderette. Probably give them a 10 point bonus for bringing the irregularity of the rules to the FA’s attention.
Some teams do well with an “us against everyone else” feeling in the dressing room – Wimbledon survived for years on that sort of mentality. I wonder if Chelsea can. I don’t think they are up to it.
But here’s a bit of news. It has stopped raining. At least where I live.
Arsenal on this day
25 October 1924: Debut for Jimmy Brain v Tottenham in front of 51,000 at Highbury. He scored when the ball hit his head and knocked him out. He later became a player and coach at Tottenham but eventually ended up as an Arsenal scout.
25 October 1999: Bergkamp is reported as saying of Kanu, “The skills he has got, the moves he makes, are something you like to watch and learn from. I watch him in training and it is a joy.”