Truth be told,I don’t quite know what to make of that game !
I could quite happily leave it at that.
At 4.55 pm my wife gave me my tea.Very nice too.Roast Chicken,mixed salad and crusty bread.
“I cant eat that now love.I am having palpitations here .I think I am going to faint”
“You are pathetic,they won didn’t they?”
“If only it was as simple as that or you my dear !.Now put that in the fridge and give me some recovery time will you?”
What should have been a lovely relaxing afternoon watching Arsenal romp to a comfortable win ,was in the end a nerve jangling curse filled nightmare.
I only have myself to blame.I know.But still !
When I saw the team Arsene had picked I tweeted
I think that is our best 11.Bar none”
The way we started ,I sat back relaxing thinking this is marvelous.Wengerball at its best.
We were passing the ball so quickly that no Fulham player could get close enough to make a fair tackle.
Then Sidwell lunged at Mikel and was dismissed .And rightly so.He is always at it.Nothing more than a thug.
Sadly though,that marked the end of our scintillating play.For the rest of the half we were patient and half decent,but the spark had gone.The Urgency lost.
Did the players think “all we have to do is wear them down and the goals will come”?
Perhaps they did think that.But they didn’t come.
When one did come it was down to Fulham deciding not to contest a dead ball swung into the Area.
Still .Who cares .Not a bad half .One up and them down to ten.Time to improve our goal difference.
Yeah right !
What went wrong in the second half is beyond me and Arsene too,as he expressed in his post match interview.
Where we tired after chasing Norwich for almost 90 minutes and from playing flat out against Everton on Tuesday?
We may have been .Everton losing to Sunderland would perhaps suggest its at least a consideration.But weighed against that is the fact that Fulham played 24 hours latter than us against Chelsea.And they only had ten men for 80+ minutes.
Our passing was slow and we created next to nothing .Caught in possession and balls just given away.All a little bit disappointing I must say
If anything Fulham were the better team in the second half.
The substitutes failed to make an impression and we looked like the team that was a man down towards the end .
Giroud gave the Referee an opportunity to even the numbers on 89 minutes and he took it.Personally I think he slipped,rather than having any malicious intentions.
Anyway ,Laurent and Per were fantastic all day and we hung on.
All I have said can be discussed and argued about,but what cant be argued with is that we now sit third and if today’s results go our way we will be in a very strong position
Oh yes ,we won.We won 3 points and its a great result .
At this stage it was a fantastic result.
We didn’t play well and we won.Is that not what they say good teams do?
Well that is what we did.Lets just enjoy the result
I am happy as a Bull meeting a herd of Cows for the first time.
What good will it do pointing the finger at individual players for a collective poor performance ?
Bring on United and we can put our footballing world to rights.