By Tony Attwood
I suspect many Arsenal fans keep an eye on Stoke City, not just because of the injury caused to Ramsey, but also because of the way some of the Stoke City supporters have reacted to Arsenal and Ramsey in matches subsequently.
I am not sure if there are other clubs in which one of their players commits a foul which results in a long-term injury to one of the opposition, and then some of their fans boo the man who was injured… but such it was with Shawcross and Stoke City.
So there was a certain level of ironic justice with the fact that it was an error by the aforementioned Shawcross which led to a defeat of Stoke today to Crystal Palace and as a result of that Stoke City are now relegated.
Of course there is more to it than that – Crouch with his truly awful autobiography became something of a laughing stock in some quarters – but Shawcross and Ramsey are the heart of it. There is something rather nice for me (and of course I am talking about myself) in the fact that we shall not have to play Stoke City next season.
Here is the league table as it stands before the 3pm kick off on Saturday…
|20||West Bromwich Albion||36||5||13||18||30||54||-24||28|
Because Swansea City play Southampton on 8 May, one of those clubs will end up above Stoke. A draw makes Swansea safe, otherwise the winner takes all.
So farewell Stoke, and most particularly some of their supporters. Of course not all Stoke fans booed Ramsey and I am sure that many were thouroughly decent regular people who just enjoy supporting like local club. But the club and the mainstream supporters have chosen not to deal with those who jeer and boo Ramsey and that does not reflect well on them, in my opinion.
It is of course just my opinion, and as such it doesn’t matter much in the broader nature of things. But I shall be pleased we are not playing Stoke next season, and I can only feel sorry for the Championship.
- Arsenal v Burnley. Alexis returns to Arsenal amidst injury chaos. Burnley to win 9-0.
- And thus it ends at home… to Burnley, the low score speciality team.