Today a guest post stolen from @shotta_gooner (shhhh he doesn’t know yet.)
The idea that we would simply walk over Man Utd is simply jaw-dropping in its stupidity. This is a good team who are currently champions of England. After a run of poor results, pride alone dictated they would put up a strong performance against a big rival like Arsenal. They came determined not to concede yet we were able to create five decent chances, most in the last thirty minutes.
Yet some punters at the Emirates were booing at the end. Frankly this mentality is stupid to the nth degree. There is an alarming sense of self-entitlement that I hoped would have subsided given how hard this squad has worked to be in their current position. And without two of our best players, Ramsey and Walcott.
I partially blame this emotive ignorance to the nonsense spouted by the media. For example on my feed, there was Lee Dixon lamenting all game that we lacked the speed to go behind United and moaning that the Ox should be brought on. As anyone who follows Arsenal could have predicted, the Ox was brought on in the 70th minute to have a go at a tiring United defense. But he immediately demonstrated why he was a sub by losing the ball in his first attempt at a dribble setting United up for a counter-attack. Did Lee Dixon admit that maybe he was wrong and Wenger right to focus on taking care of the ball with Rosicky?
Who is surprised he did not?
Take another example.
A tiring Arsenal in the 92nd minute, having recently mounted a failed attempt on goal, recover the ball deep in their half. United cover all the passing lanes hunting the ball to have a final attempt on our goal. Our midfielders and defenders play it safe, knocking it around, hoping for an opportunity to go forward. The crowd starts howling to get the ball forward. Lee Dixon echoes the sentiment. Jack, the archetypical Englishman, receives the ball and instinctively does the crowd bidding, tries to force the ball forward and loses it within our half and United spring into the attack. Happily our defenders were on their toes and win back the ball.
Does Lee Dixon acknowledge that Jack was naive and unprofessional?
Hell no. Instead the producers turn up crowd noise to emphasize the stupid booing.
This is the kind of nonsense that have many fans emoting rather than reflecting. It was a bloody good point and a damn better performance than last Saturday.
One point off the top. Twelve games to go.
It’s all up for grabs.