Hi all, you know i’ve been racking my brain since Saturday trying to put it all into words. 3 points away to Stoke is no mean feat, especially with the extra pressure of playing late and already knowing that Chelsea lost :), plus knowing Manure weren’t playing a league game it must have given the team an extra incentive to really stand up and be counted in this title challenge. Also considering it was one of the more difficult of the games we’ve got left to play, along with the scum and Money City, 3 points is excellent.
I don’t really want to go into the what ifs in terms of would we still have won if the tackle hadn’t happened, I thought we looked a little flat to be honest, but there’s no doubt in my eyes that the tackle really got our players tails up. For me though, the main difference and the key reason why we are going to win the league this year, was in the form of two/three players, firstly our outstanding captain who almost single-handedly dragged us across the line for the win. Cesc was truly amazing, he recovered and got back into the game the fastest, leading by example, check, scored a wonderful penalty, check, and even gave some back to one of the Stokies (where he should have been booked, he was late and came in from behind but whatever) and then gave Pulis the *sshhhhh*, check. The other players who pushed us over the line were the Verminator, my god he’s living up to that nickname isn’t he?! and Super Sol, in those 5 or so minutes after the tackle where nobody really wanted the ball and wasn’t sure what to do Sol and TV were uber solid at the back, with every Stoke attack you could see in the faces, ‘you aren’t f*****g scoring against us’. And with that solidity at the back we had a firm enough footing to push on and take the game to Stoke, sure they were a man down but so were we, unfortunately quite literally.
GET WELL SOON RAMSEY!!!
So, the tackle, it was reckless, stupid, unnecessary and bloody immature. He lost the ball on the half way line because he’s got such a poor touch so he lunged in in anger. Doesn’t sound to bad just reading it like that but I’m sure you’ve all seen it and well, it’s a terrible tackle, I’ve heard/read loads of *pundits* (and I use that term loosely) saying it wasn’t that bad a tackle, it wasn’t two footed, it wasn’t from behind, it wasn’t blah blah blah, see you next Tuesdays all of them. Rory bloody Delap said the ref shouldn’t have sent Shawcross off and only did send him of because of the injury! Now just imagine for a second that you were in Ramseys shoes, lying there leg in pieces, not to mention possibly his career, and the bloke who did that to you doesn’t even get sent off!! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a better example of adding insult to injury!!
I’ve also has enough of the, he isn’t that kind of player, rubbish, there’s proof all over the show that he his, his challenge on barn door last season when he wasn’t even on the pitch and what he did to our beloved franny jeffers, it’s all adding up to prove that these, he isn’t that kind of player, pundits (once again very loosely) are complete morons. I think what they are trying to say is, he’s not that kind of bloke, but you can’t deny he is this kind of player, rash, heavy footed and handed, all or nothing, commited and can’t tackle to save his life. I liked Stoke, they beat us fair and square at the Britannia the last couple of times we played them there but it’s obvious Pulis has said something on the lines off, arsenal don’t like it up ’em, and so is influencing the way they play against us negatively, come out and play against like you play every game! Try to win fair and square as I already mentioned, play some football and enjoy it. Sure you could get embaressed but then you just put your hands up and say, well, they were better than us. My god my 5-a-side team have recently just been battered 15-2, 10-3 and 9-2, we were well and truly embaressed but none of us went in like Shawcross did, I know it’s not the same, it’s not just a game to them it’s there career and all that but they’ve still got to get there priorities right.
I wish the Arsenal played in Spain, when was the last time a tackle like that happened in la liga?! They don’t allow it full stop, it’s a far more technical game than in England where we play some sort of primitive caveman football, throw ball in box, kick ball high, head ball, it’s ridiculous. Things need to change but whilst we’ve still got those folks in the FA and FIFA doing there thing, does anyone need an iPod by the way :), it isn’t gonna happen anytime soon.
Anyway I’ll shut up and let you good people get on with your day, remember all comments are welcome, don’t like it tell us why :). See you soonish :).
Come on Arsenal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!