The Queen on possibly the proudest day of her life.
The regular weekly look at the Arsenal news, from Bradesque7
Hello and welcome to this week’s round up.
First up this week is the Andre Santos’ From the Basement video. Andre wasn’t making sweet indie music, he was more likely under his parents’ house playing with his new phone. For those who opt to ignore the human side of players, Santos will never be anything more than a dodgy full-back who nabbed a couple of important goals. Almost like the second coming of Eboue. To the rest of us, Andre was like some kind of happy man-baby, frolicking and meandering with an infectious, if not delirious, smile on his face. Almost like the second coming of Eboue. I like him and I like the gesture.
The Queen met Pat Rice this week. For his remarkable contribution to the club, and to football in general, the Arsenal legend received an MBE in what may have been the proudest moment of her life.
Then came Lukas Podolski and his sightseeing tour of London, which he shared on Twitter. The fans and the player really seem to have taken to each other. This is infinitely better than the last time we were given a detailed description of a player’s movements around London. Andre could have taken that tour in around forty minutes. Podolski was ‘Learning London’, people were happy and having fun about something Arsenal, what could possibly go right?
Everything was ticking over, having beaten Sunderland, and we were seemingly making progress until Blackburn came to visit and the sky fell in. Arsenal dominated the game but ultimately lacked the guile to win it. Then, of course, Blackburn scored with their one real chance. 1-0 and we’re out of the FA cup to minnows. Bloody typical Arsenal! Everything’s been said in the post-mortem and much of it has been crazy. We dust ourselves off and we move on.
We move on to a battle of epic proportions.
It’s London and Munich sending their finest men to go head-to-head in 180 + minutes of intense combat. It’s bigger than big. It’s the Champions’ League and it’s tonight. Wilshere and Schweinsteiger will lock horns tonight! TONIGHT!!
As always the pre-game press conference comes first and this one was more like a dressing down from a headmaster. First came the video and then the full transcript in which Arsene Wenger took the handbrake off. He accused the journalists of what is clearly true but would never be confirmed. He believes that false stories were circulated with the intention to manipulate and cause damage. They all do it, it’s what they’re paid to do. It’s probably all that some of them can do.
There’s bound to be a great atmosphere in the stadium, similar to that of Milan last season when something magical happened. It was a thing of beauty and great power. The crowd at The Grove always seem to take these Champions’ League games very seriously and very rarely fail to perform on the biggest stage.
That’s it for this week, thank you for reading.
Come on The Arsenal!