Posted on Sunday, 4th March 2012 by Steve Wellman
We arrived in Liverpool on the back of one of our best performances of the season. Unlike the locals, we did not pass go, we did not nick the £200, we did not go directly to jail. We undertook the ultimate smash and grab, burgling the points from under the Liverbird’s beak.
Whatever anyone says, at the final whistle, its the graphic in the top left that matters, nothing else.
It wasn’t pretty to watch, in fact we were bloody dire for large parts of the game, but they still owed us for the 2001 FA Cup final and justice was, in part, received with this result.
The four main perpetrators of this break in were:-
• Robin van Persie – two attempts, two goals, his 30th and 31st of the season secured the points, again!!! If anyone says there is a better striker in the world, they are lying. He scores when he wants!
• Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen – forming a strong centre-back partnership and will have left Merseyside with Luis Suarez and Dirk Kuyt firmly in their pockets. Now they can make mistakes, but so did Kolo and Sol, Tony and Baldy and I honestly believe these two (with the BFG as cover) can be as good.
• Chesney Hawkes – To think, if the offer had been accepted last summer, it would have been Pepe Renia in between the sticks for The Arsenal and after yesterday’s displays we would have been the poorer for it. The penalty (more about that later) save was quality, the second to deny Kuyt was world-class. From that point Szcz took control of the rear guard and marshalled his troops. After his unfortunate OG, Kos sank to his knees feeing sorry for himself. Szczesny, taking control of the situation, wasn’t having any of it, dragged him to his feet and told him to forget it and get on with it. At 21, he is not one to lack confidence, he told us all he was going to be one of the best and he is proving he is a rightful successor to Spunky and The Mad German and will be the worthy recipient of the no.1 jersey next season.
‘It is good that he had a performance like that, because he had a little bit of a difficult period in January.
‘He has shown his potential and I like that he was brave as well. He had a lot of kicking to do and a lot of coming out to do, and he didn’t make a mistake.
‘At 21 years old he is a great talent, he is learning his job but because he is a great talent, he learns quickly.’
We came, we scored two, we conquered, we left town sharpish.
To go back to the penalty and jingoistic coverage as ever from the British broadcasters. Last week, good old British lad, G.Bale ‘he’s nice to his mother and adopts kittens’ dives and it’s not even a footnote to any report. Yesterday, dirty, cheating Suarez dives and 30 replays are used at half-time to prove he dived and should be hounded out of the country.
Now I’m not defending Suarez in anyway, just highlighting the media’s double standards.
Arsene has reported that the injuries are piling up in advance of Tuesday’s forgone conclusion against AC Milan. Obviously Diaby is injured again, but more of an issue are the problems with Gibbs, Mikel and Yossi.
Personally, send the second string out on Tuesday to gain some valuable game time and give the first-team the night off to prepare for the next fourth place six-pointer against the Tsunami on Monday week.
TheSundayMorningGooner, sneaking off with your silverware!!!
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