By Bulldog Drummond
All runs end… except of course the run that means that Olympiakos win the Greek League. That goes on for ever – although even that might be affected by the cancellation of games by the government this season.
So the run against of results against “M” and the run of results against Arsenal in M-shire will end one day. After all, even the “49” – something Cornish supporters can only dream of – came to an end. Yes it came to an end in Manchester, but just read the ref review of the game, if you haven’t ever thought about just how far refereeing can be manipulated (either deliberately or by incompetence).
However thinking of Game 50 reminds me that yes, PGMO is engaged in testing a video replay system. The report which says that when eventually introduced it may only be used at the request of the referee on the pitch do not make me hopeful that it will do any good. But then the awareness that even if it were in use today, like most of the PGMO committee, it would not be live gives me little faith.
But, the notion that others in some far off camera land are actually pouring over the “errors” as they might call it, or “deliberate looking the other way” as I might on occasion be prone to think, could even up the battle just a little. The ref (certainly not one of the worst offenders) could actually be on his game.
Overall the past should always be seen as another country where they did things differently. We’ve only lost away once this year (something that is very embarrassing for the media who are desperate to run their own agenda) – what reason is there to think that just because “M” is at very old trafford, it will now be two?
As Mr Wenger said, “Leicester won the league last year, we won at Leicester. And where did Man United finish last year? We beat Man United 3-0 at home in the same season. Today, you fail one time and the reaction is: ‘Oh, they failed, they will fail again.’ Life is not like that. If you turn up 25 times and you lose one game, people take that one game as a normality. No. You have to turn up the 25 times before, believe me.”
But of course such logic never appeals to journalists, nor even the fact that the win at Leicester last year was by five goals to two, but they’ll always find an excuse.
As Amy Lawrence wrote yesterday night on the Guardian website, even when Arsenal won away in the last year, “Arsenal did not eke out what you might call a standout victory – the kind of result that can send shockwaves. [An] in-the-spotlight away-day win would be worth something bigger than three points on the board. That has to be in Arsenal minds as they walk on to the pitch on Saturday lunchtime.”
And that really is the problem. Journalists are now telepaths, and by and large most of them (like most aaa correspondents who tell Untold writers what they “clearly think” or “clearly believe”) they are utterly useless at the job.
I know I can’t read Mr Wenger’s mind but what I can do is take a guess at the team
Iwobi Ozil Walcott
Monreal Koscielny Mustafi Jenkinson
The alternative would be to drop Iwobi and play a different formation
Xhaka Ramsey Coquelin
Monreal Koscielny Mustafi Jenkinson
The third option of course is to play Alexis from the start and replace him on the hour with Giroud. Plus we might not put in Jenkinson, but instead move Mustafi out to the wing. Then we might have
Iwobi Ozil Walcott
Monreal Koscielny Holding Mustafi
I am not too sure something as radical as that will happen, but it could be fun. (Sorry I got carried away this week and forgot to put Coquelin in twice).
Beach buddies today could be seven out of these nine, depending on what the actual line up is.
Ospina, Gibbs, Gabriel, Holding, Elneny, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis, Xhaka.
Meanwhile Arsenal have more injuries that the rest of the Premier League put together as we know, because the media tell us so. Man U are in 8th place and Arsenal 9th in the injury table with seven and six respectively.
Arsenal once again failing to deliver on the journalistic promise of having more injuries and that table must be in
As for Man U different reporters give different return dates and times, but Rooney, Shaw, Fellaini and Valencia might be back in, especially given the way “M” fails to take heed of his medical staff. Ibrahimovic is banned but given the way “M” performs he too could play.
First to return from our familiar list is Perez who is scheduled to be back on December 10, although Santi Cazorla remains an unknown date, despite some bloggers setting up an immediate return so they can then blame Mr Wenger for not playing him.
So, to look on the bright side, we have not lost in 16 games in all competitions and by and large we are doing rather well. And we beat the Cornish away in the FA Cup last year, although that of course doesn’t count because it destroys the propaganda. And we beat Mourinho in the Community Shield in 2015, but again that doesn’t count. This victory today won’t count because “it was a very depleted Man U side that narrowly lost to Arsenal in November.”
Thus the Arsenal win which I fully expect will find the journalists not celebrating some wonderful football, but going back once again over games we haven’t won. Has it ever been otherwise?
Manchester United are lined up to draw a third home league game in a row, and the press will call that sort of result an Arsenal defeat. But if Man U do indeed lose they will have their lowest points total after 12 games since before the Viking invasions of 843 AD (or at least 1992).
The truth is we are rather good away from home and our only defeat away in the PL this year was last February. Yes, it was at Very Old Trafford but that is still one hell of a record. Do you remember how the Invincibles were built on the basis of an unbeaten away season the year before? Besides, we have also lost only one of the last 21 PL games.
Have faith, there is hope. And you never know we might even be able to get out a pizza or two. Just for the hell of it.
As for the aftermath, I’m hopeful Walter will be here after the game, but if not, well, you’ll just have to make it up.