Yesterday was as good a day as an Arsenal fan can have without actual football. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so much.
First came the news that Hull have parted ways with Tango Brown. I’m sure every single Arsenal fan, whether pro-Wenger or anti-Wenger, irrespective of nationality and personal beliefs, would have been delighted by this. Given the fans’ feelings towards him Arsenal could make a killing on commercial revenues by launching a punching bag with his face on it. That way even we can give Brown the sack and a sock!
As I was having a merry time reading Tango man’s reaction, I bumped into a Stan Collymore article. Normally, he’s a writer I try to avoid. Nothing pains me more than a combination of stupidity and arrogance in football. This time though, Stan The Man has taken football punditry to a new low. If you’ve read this article you would understand what I’m saying, in case you’ve not I suggest it as a great source of humour. The essence is that Collymore feels most Arsenal fans don’t know how good Bendtner is and goes on to predict a great future for the young Dane. If there is a Museum of Utter Tosh anywhere in the world, this article should be framed and put on a pedestal. Hell, it’s worth creating a museum just to preserve and display this piece for posterity.
On a more serious note, did anyone see Fernando Torres yesterday? I believe he is one man who can win the League for us! United and Chelsea have to face Liverpool and the Reds, with a fully fit Torres, have a good chance of winning those games. Torres is probably the only striker in the League who can trouble the top two defences all on his own.
A couple of good games from Torres and a draw between United and Chelsea at Old Trafford can put us in the drivers seat. Given the way we have responded with late goals in tough fixtures recently, I feel confident that once we get into pole position there will be no stopping us.
I feel the late goals show the team continues to believe and has the ability to deliver. After the Eduardo incident at Birmingham and all through last season, I sensed a lingering doubt in the minds of our players, especially when the going got tough. In the last few games, that seems to have changed into a belief that we can do it. Actually, more than belief, there is a will that pushes players towards excellence and resilience. It’s the same feeling I had at the start of the 07-08 season and we all know how good the initial period was.
As I was reflecting on how good yesterday was, I began wondering what would make today a good day for Arsenal fans? Should we be happy if Chelsea go out and suffer mentally or do we want them to be in the competition and have more games to play? I can’t quite make up my mind.