By Tony Attwood
Watching the game on Sky and listening to the studio conversation after the match there seemed to be a general consensus that a) the Ox did not touch the ball, it was Kos who kicked it forward, and b) although the ball his Kos’ hands it was not handball.
Of course if that sort of goal had gone against us we would have been a trifle miffed, but as it was our goal we’ll take it, especially at the end of a performance which was hardly one of our best affairs.
The Guardian, in its immediate post-match report is quite clear that for a multiplicity of reasons the goal should not have stood, and they have a commentary written to give the impression that they have been calling for video refereeing for years.
They haven’t – it has been Untold that has been demanding it, and there are indications that we are now going to get it. Had there been such refereeing and had the goal been disallowed because we were over the 92 minutes then so be it – there would be many, many other incidents in which Arsenal would have gained the sort of benefit that the PGMO’s ancient and biased system denies us week after week.
But that’s how it goes – look back at our championship winning seasons – even the Unbeaten season, and you’ll find some horrible games tucked away among the glory games – the ones that we still remember. No season is perfect from start to finish – not even that one.
Out of the whole game however there is one thing I particularly noted (and I was just watching the game not making notes ready for an article) and that was the impact that Elneny made when he came on.
I’ve been impressed with him each time I see him – he seems to play with such verve and vigour, such drive and enthusiasm, and yet he seems to have slipped down the pecking order. To me he is an extremely powerful and valuable player, and I think had I been running the show I’d have brought him on earlier. Which would then probably have resulted in our losing!
And of course for once the Tiny Totts did us a favour making sure that any talk of Manchester Airport emulating our unbeatenness is quickly knocked on the head. Watching their game on Sky the Airport boys looked fairly ordinary to me.
Thus we now have nothing until the 15th and then in the space of 11 days we have four home matches! That at least should help us power forwards in all three competitions that we’re engaged in.
Just one other thing – Sky put up the statistical analysis of the match which almost totally conformed to the analysis Untold put up before the match of how the two teams play. 1-0 to the Untold I think.
Just one more thing – coming up during the interlull we’ve got another one of those Untold analyses of things that no one else bothers to analyse, and which reveals something quite extraordinary. Do stay with us.
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