During the 1990/1991 season a group of Manchester IOU (then known as plain Manchester Thugs) players ran around some Arsenal players and there was a bit of pushing and shoving. In typical idiotic, insane, pathetic, stupid, disgraceful, bizarre and incomprehensible style the League decided to take two points away from Arsenal, and thus scupper their chances of winning the league.
What happened in fact was that the move reinforced Arsenal’s drive and they sauntered through the season, only losing one match. At the end of the season Liverpool Insolvency (who in those days were just called Liverpool) and Arsenal were playing evening games – Liverpool first on TV, Arsenal second.
Liverpool needed to win to keep the season going – they lost. We poured out of the pubs into the ground, and began singing, “You can stick your ****ing two points up your arse”. Never before or since have I heard one song repeated constantly for an hour before kick-off to way after the match end.
The Arsenal game too was shown live on what my Celtic neighbours call “Council Tele” and I recorded it. Playing it back at 3 the next morning (much to the lady wife’s annoyance) it was hilarious to hear the dope of a commentator say, “And you can hear the Arsenal fans chanting, ‘We are the champions…’,” when it was perfectly audible that we were all singing “You can stick your ****ing two points up your arse.”
That deduction became famous as a way of re-motivating a side. It was so obvious that the authorities wanted Liverpool to win the league that they would go to any lengths to stop Arsenal, and that made Arsenal stronger and stronger.
So it is the same with the wild and crazed attacks on Eduardo in the press and on radio and TV.
Uefa, that most knee jerk of organisations, has refused to look into the incompetence of the SFA but will instead get ready to ban Eduardo from 2 Champs games, citing the 2007 ban on Saulius Mikoliunas for two matches after he was playing in a match against… Scotland. (Do you spot a theme here? SFA making big fuss to cover its own inability to butter a bread roll, Scotland making a fuss before).
So we can rest assured, this will really work for us. We will have even stronger unity in the dressing room, and the squad will grow in strength. I think maybe we ought to go through this every couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, and speaking of nutters, international managers around the world are preparing to use injured Arsenal players in their squad. Fabregas who is only 50/50 to play against the IOU has been picked for Spain. England are ready to pick Theo after he played one half of a friendly before the start of the season (undoubtedly more than enough for England).
Narsi hasn’t been picked – he should be back in October, but Rosicky has been picked for his country after being declared fit enough. Our Jack is playing for the England Under 21’s so except further injury there. Carlos Vela’s foot is in a boot and they can’t get that through the scanning devise at the airport so he can’t play for Mexico.
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We’re being told that , Ebooooooooue, Fran Merida and Alex Song are getting new contracts which is great news. Fran Merida gets it for being the new Cesc who can also play wide, Alex gets it for being the defensive midfielder that everyone wanted us to sign, and Eboue gets one for being Eboue.
And Jay Simpson has gone for the season to QPR. Coquelin and Sunu have not left the club, so look to be the mainstays of this year’s assault on the Diddly Midweek Cup, which will also probably be the highlight of the season for Manchester Arab and the Tiny Totts. I guess Jack could play in the Diddly games, so he gets some games (except of course he will be injured playing for England).
In passing news Aston “Hold Your Head” Villa saw the final collapse of their bizarre policy of getting themselves chucked out of Europe last year (when they sent the reserves to Russian for a cup match and so got knocked out.)
The plan was to focus on coming fourth in the EPL, which they obviously didn’t. So they drifted into the the preliminary rounds of the Europa Cup this year, and have just been knocked out of that. You can’t have it all, or in Villa’s case, you can’t really have anything.
And there we are. Dealing with yesterday’s assault on this site by some malware I think I have cut some recent posts. Most annoying, and not deliberate. But better to have a safe site than any doubt.
Now, there doesn’t seem to be much coming up, so what shall I do on Saturday?
(c) Tony Attwood
PS Team Talk update: according to a good friend who watches these things, around 40% of the posts on Team Talk Arsenal yesterday were illicit reprints from other sites. They must be going for the record.
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