Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up.
First up is the tragic tale of illness, sabotage, friendship and woe that was Arsene’s sore throat. His illness forced him out of the pre-match interviews and thrust Steve Bould into the limelight. Was Arsene faking it because he just couldn’t be doing with it? Did Wenger see it as a funny way of squeezing an impression of the spuds manager into an interview? Did Bould somehow infect his boss’ food with the flu virus because he just wanted a go?
Well, no. Probably not.
Santi Cazorla Titanicked the Arsenal awards this month, picking up the prizes of best player and best goal for March. His shaped effort into the bottom corner against Reading was the favourite amongst the voters. Cazorla has been playing most of his award winning football form left this month. Previous players who have gone from the centre to the left of the Arsenal midfield have gone on to sit on various benches throughout Europe or even straight to the fridge. All eyes will be on the Spanish magician’s waistline and agent.
Theo spoke to Arsenal player about his burning desire for a trophy. This may offer some insight into his latest injury, and with Dr. O’Driscoll likely to have prescribed a cream, it should clear up in the three to four days. Theo went on to say that he’d trade all of his appearances to lift a trophy with Arsenal next season. Unfortunately for Theo, when we do win a trophy, and he is held to his word about giving back his appearances, he won’t have played enough games to qualify for a medal.
Nacho also gave an interview to the official site. It’s not as easy to tell when somebody is drunk in a foreign language but when talking about Arteta and Cazorla, Monreal said “Those two guys! Where are they right now? I need to tell them I love those guys so damn much”. The full-back, clearly emotional, went on to say that his new manager gives him confidence by playing him even though he is new. The tears ran down his face as he looked deep into the camera and sang Wind Beneath my Wings.
Then came match-day. We were away to West Brom and fans seemed to be more hopeful than confident. The speculation which suggests that Napoleon Dynamite is running the Arsenal twiiter account was all but confirmed when they teams were grumbled out: “Same players as last week…god!” The line-up was the same but the tie looked a very different proposition. Gervinho’s streak continued as he earned himself an assist for the first goal. Tomas Rosicky scored his first headed goal bringing his total headers for the club to 5 and
his career total to 8. Aaron Ramsey had a pretty funny miss at the end of an excellent bit of football. Giroud flicked it down and, even though you can clearly see why it happened, how on earth did he poke it wide? Gutted!(Welsh accent) Ramsey, having a good performance, more than made up for his fluff by setting up the one they call The Little Mozart for his second goal of the afternoon. Rosicky’s first touch set him up to thump a volley which brought a good save from Ben Foster. The ball bounced once and Rosicky smashed it home. The tide turned in the game when a chipped ball over the top exposed the poor positioning of a player who you expect to be more astute. Per was wrong-sided and, in overestimating his stilts, didn’t get near the ball and cleared Shane Long out. Straight red, get Vermaelen ready! Morrison scored the penalty and our cruise to victory was now looking more like a draw. It took a lot of fight to cover the ground against a team with this new-found belief. We weren’t playing our best Wengerball but we were winning a football match. Sometimes that’s enough. It finished 2-1 to The Arsenal and the spoils went the way of the Gunners.
And finally, with two home games coming up against Norwich and Everton respectively, Theo and Jack couldn’t have timed their returns to the team any better. They manager is hopeful that they’ll both be included but will they want to sit and talk about Wrestlemania with Szcesny and Vermaelen? A lot of players are in form and the proverbial selection headache will be troubling the manager. I daren’t write about how the table might look should we take all six points. The march to third continues!
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.
Up the Arsenal!