A few of us are lucky and we’re going to at least one of the away games – in our case Leicester City. But for most today is the end of the era, and it is pleasing to note that not every journalist has lost it, themselves, and everything else at this moment, although some do feel a little lost.
I’d like to quote the entire column from Jonathan Pearce (a writer with whom I don’t always agree) which comes from the BBC’s website this weekend:
“The realisation dawned on my teenagers this week. ‘We’ve never known any other Arsenal manager. We feel lost.’
“They’ve met Arsene. He’s played a big part in their lives – just as he has mine.
“I commentated on his first game in charge at Blackburn in October 1996 and was at Old Trafford for the two wins that sealed titles; I saw cup finals and was there for the end of Highbury and the start of the Emirates. Great memories.
“One hour-long interview was set up with Arsenal. Arsene didn’t know. He said he could give me the normal five minutes. We started talking politics, global warming, his work in Japan. He gave me a 75-minute interview! Highly intelligent, he is also a caring, remarkable man.
“He once said of Japan: ‘It has beautiful things that we have lost in Europe, beautiful things that make life good.’ English football is losing a beautiful mind. We will not see the like again.”
And yes I am with Mr Pearce on that, as with so much else. And it all seems a bit prosaic to think of Burnley, but of Burnley, today, think we must. So here’s the last part of the preview series…
Subs from Ospina, Macey, Iliev, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Mavropanos, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Iwobi, Willock, Nelson, Welbeck
Injured Cazorla (achilles, unknown), Elneny (ankle ligament, unknown), Koscielny (achilles, unknown)
Discipline Y53 R1
Leading scorer Lacazette 13