By Walter Broeckx
When I was doing my match report of the match against the tiny totts something strange happened. Now I must explain a bit how I do my match reports. I start before the match with the teams and then just type things that I see or that I think are important to mention about the match as it unfolds itself in front of my eyes on TV (if I’m lucky) or on my laptop. So in a way it is a life report.
Now when I see the match on my laptop I open two windows and so can watch with one eye while I type things down. But on my TV this is impossible as I have to look in different angles. So when I watch it on TV on our Flemish sports channel called Play Sports I put the sound very low. But still hard enough to being able to hear the match commentator.
Because when writing things down I then turn up my internal hearing ability and try to listen to hear his voice going up as that usually means there is something going on, on the field. So in fact when I type something I listen to the commentator and when I just watch I just ignore the voice of the match commentator. I’m pretty good at times in ignoring hearing what people say. Well that is what my wife tells me from time to time.
Anyway, in the second half with Arsenal being 0-1 down I was typing something and then suddenly I heard the match commentator starting to talk about the managers from our local rivals during the Wenger years.
And to my surprise he then started to talk about the fact that Tony mentioned in his article before the match. That only good old Arry has managed to beat Wenger more than once. And that if the score stayed at 0-1 this would be Pochetino who would enter that list. It was as if our match commentator was actually reading out Tony’s article, be it in Flemish of course.
But the fact that he started talking about this fact really was something that struck me at the time. As the chairman of the Arsenal Belgium supporters club I might get an invitation when we play at their ground in March to be in the studio with a pundit and with the chairman of the Belgian Tottenham supporters club (yes they do have one).
The members of our supporters club have petitioned for this on the Facebook page of our sports channel and they promised to invite me. So I might have been on their radar the last week or so and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they had visited our supporters club website on which we link to Untold Arsenal.
As the match reporter himself is said to be an Arsenal supporting one (we complain a lot about him as he usually tries to hide his pro-Arsenal bias be being very negative) he might have also sniffed around a bit and found me and of course Untold Arsenal. If I get invited as promised to the studio I will ask them about it of course.
Another thing that was very important last Sunday was our own Mesut Özil. I remember a few weeks ago when we had an article about Özil someone saying something like: “A world class player is a player that can turn a match around when you have no chance of winning it, are behind and he steps up and drags the whole team with him and forces something out of the match”.
Not a word by word quote but that was the gist of that comment. Well I think that this time this was the first time (or maybe the first time it really was noticed) that we saw Özil just do that. It was he who gave us chance after chance with his free kicks and corners and finally delivered the assist for the equaliser.
Of course we all know by now about the fact that by doing this he set a new PL record in being the first player ever to have assists in six consecutive PL matches. Long may that run continue. He also has 10 assists to his name so far and that is 4 more than the player in second place. Long may he be the number one in this table also.
Wenger said something about Özil becoming a leader in the team. And yes I have seen him waving his arms around, pointing and shouting at team mates over the last weeks. Özil who is not really an extrovert type (more a quiet type of person) is now adding this to his matches.
I think he finally feels completely appreciated at Arsenal now and this has brought him now confidence and energy. Not to forget a first real pre-season at Arsenal for the first time in 3 years.
Özil can win us matches when we are in control. That is something we already knew. Well at Untold we knew. But now it seems that he also can be the man to grind out results when things aren’t going to plan. And that is something that we should really keep in mind. One of his passes will find the right man in the right place in the end. We just have to trust him and let him feel our trust.
I think Özil really needs to feel the trust of his team mates (he has that I think) and the coaching staff (has that also) and of the supporters. And that is where we come in to the match. Let us sing his name and shout his name as much as possible. He finds that very important. If we can give him that and keep him here we might have a player that can go on an break any possible records in assists in the PL. Much to the benefit of the whole club.
10 November 1948: Laurie Scott last appearance for England. He won 17 caps between 1947 and 1949
10 November 1951: Arsenal 6 WBA 3. Doug Lishman (3), Holton (2) and Logie were the scorers. With this result Arsenal had scored 16 goals in four league games.