by Tony Attwood
OK we have to keep a sense of perspective. The most consecutive wins in the Premier League is not yet within sight, as that was 18 achieved by Manchester ££££ last season. We’re a long way from that, but oh the sheer joy of another win last night was just something special, and one of those where you really, really, really, had to be there.
Getting up this morning I read Walter’s commentary (was too knackered last night after 30 miles at 10 miles per hour through the Chris Grayling Memorial Roadworks on the M1 (the A1 being completely shut for the occasion as part of the Chris Grayling “Don’t Move!” policy of being transport minister), and it (Walter’s commentary) really does bring the excitement back to me.
And that’s good because I am finding it hard to get the words to describe what it was like. When the first went in, we knew there was every chance. With the second and the third we knew we had past through the clouds and touched the sky. I am still, this morning, buzzing. It is a long old time since the three of us who have the good fortune to have seats in the front row of the upper tier at Arsenal Stadium, had our arms round each us as we jumped up and down in just sheer overwhelming delight.
Because of course it wasn’t just the win, nor a response to the rather childish goading from the Leicester fans that followed their opening goal, but the utter style and quality of what we saw.
I have no idea how long the manager is going to continue bringing Aubameyang on as a second half sub, nor how long the player is going to put up with it, but for the moment it sure is a ploy that works.
So the run continues…
|25 Aug 2018||Arsenal v West Ham United||W||3-1||Premier League|
|02 Sep 2018||Cardiff City v Arsenal||W||2-3||Premier League|
|12 Sep 2018||Coventry City v Arsenal||W||0-3||Football League Trophy|
|15 Sep 2018||Newcastle United v Arsenal||W||1-2||Premier League|
|20 Sep 2018||Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava||W||4-2||UEFA Europa League|
|23 Sep 2018||Arsenal v Everton||W||2-0||Premier League|
|26 Sep 2018||Arsenal v Brentford||W||3-1||League Cup|
|29 Sep 2018||Arsenal v Watford||W||2-0||Premier League|
|04 Oct 2018||FK Qarabağ Agdam v Arsenal||W||0-3||UEFA Europa League|
|07 Oct 2018||Fulham v Arsenal||W||1-5||Premier League|
|22 Oct 2018||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||3-1||Premier League|
Ten wins in the major competitions, 11 if you include the Trophy. And let us not forget how we are scoring goals. 11 in the last three. And there aren’t even people around saying, “fourth is not a trophy.” The style of the play and the excitement in the ground is a trophy in itself.
Of course there are the comments about Arsenal being lucky not to concede a penalty, but these are as ever incomplete. Just how many fouls did Leicester need to referee to ignore in the second half as part of their game plan? I lost count in the end. It didn’t all even up in the end because the leeway given to Leicester in that second half far outweighed our escape in the first, but in the end it didn’t matter.
But it is a sadness that still, year after year, the newspapers and others will write and say that “the moment of controversy came when…” as if there was just one. No, there were what, six moments of controversy? Ten? As I say I lost count. Ten fouls were given against us, nine against Leicester. That is just lunacy. That is the controversy.
But let us not dwell on such inevitabilities. Aubameyang and Guendouzi on, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Stephan Lichtsteiner off, on the hour. Xhaka at left back????!!!! And then kerpow. Özil added another 10% to the 100% game he was playing and within five minutes it was all over.
Meanwhile the press tell us that, “Harry Maguire ought to have scored with a header from Maddison’s free-kick” and describe it as a “let off.” How many of those let offs did Leicester have? I lost count probably because I was too excited.
But at least I have a sense of context. It is a game played for 90 minutes plus a bit. “A let off” indeed. What total and utter crap.
And let us not forget Iwobi. Remember Iwobi? The player who took more abuse last season than anyone else? The staggeringly brilliant Iwobi.
Arsenal: There is no absolutely shame in selling Alex Iwobi (Pain in the Arsenal)
Arsenal should have sold Iwobi – Thisisfutbol.com (This is futbol)
Or how about
Piers Morgan names seven Arsenal players who should be sold …
That ws in the Express. In the list was Iwobi and Lacazette. And these comments came from last summer. Oh how times change. What appalling bad predictors most of these pundits are.
So here is the top six…
We are the second highest scorers in the league and have the sixth best defence. Not yet as good as we would like in defence, but an excellent improvement on last season, and by and large I don’t really mind how many we let in as long as we are winning like this.
And yes, fourth is not a trophy. But when it is like last night, it sure as hell is fun.
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