Good morning one and all.
Well ok, when I say good morning, I mean what an crap morning this is, I have a stinking hangover from last nights game, and I didn’t even have a drink.
Our honeymoon period with Arteta was brought to an abrupt halt by Covid 19 and by the looks of the team. Mikel gave it to them all and they are still under the weather.
So lets start at the beginning. The team was announced and I thought it was people having a giggle on twitter, but I checked on .com and there it was. Perhaps it was Mikel having a giggle? My initial though was “Are you farkin kidding me!”, but on twitter people were saying that because Arteta knew City so well that he would have a grand plan and that our kids would surprise them. So for the next hour I decided to wait and hope for the best. I won’t bother doing that again in a hurry, I can tell you.
After about 3 minutes Xhaka injured himself, and we had a midfield of Willock, Ceballos and Guendouzi ,up against KDB, D.Silva and Gundogan , good luck with that.
For the first 15 minutes City were poor, and we managed to match them, but then ,inexplicably, they decided to start passing the ball to each other and totally dominated us for the rest of the game. It could and should have been three or four nil by half time.
Luiz, having had to come on when Mari got injured, made a mistake and the ball , rather unfortunately , fell at the feet of Sterling, who lashed it in for his first goal in 2020. How kind of us.
For the second goal , we were opened up by a punt form their goalkeeper and Luiz , this time nothing unlucky about it, cocked up big time, gave away a penalty and got his marching orders. By the time the third goal came I had started playing Candy Crush Saga and missed how it came about, so I can’t help you there.
On a positive note, Tierney looked decent and City helped us prepare for the rest of the season by giving Leno some practice.
I would love to describe some of our good bits of play, but honestly, I can think of any.
I said last September that we would be lucky to finish top half, and right now we are sitting at 10th, right on the halfway line. Xhaka is out and our best player, Mesut Ozil, is being left out for “tactical reasons” Some clever prick on twitter posted this:-
I suspect Aubameyang is packing his bag as we speak. The club will possibly bow to fans pressure, as they did with Wenger then Xhaka, and we might have seen the last of Luiz, a player that until yesterday was being hailed as on of Arteta’s success stories.
It’s not all dome and gloom, we have Mikel, but it’s certainly clouding over again.