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It looked for all the world like one of those nights

IT WAS my regular quarter of an eye on a midweek game experience last night.

And for quite a while it looked for all the world like it was going to be one of those nights. We were battering them in the second half to such an extent that it seemed a goal would never come and with Michu on the pitch, I for one feared the worst. We’d hit the post, we’d had them cleared off the line and we should, just, have had a penalty when Theo Walcott was nudged when through on goal.

It was, in fairness to Mark Clattenburg, one of those ones where either giving it or not giving it would have been a reasonable decision. Yes, Walcott got his shot away but it was in no way as composed an effort as had he not been nudged. You wonder if the fact that it would have had to be a red card too put Clattenburg off. If so I can well understand why – the spot kick and red would have seemed undue punishment.

Then we got the goal and it was the excellent Jack Wilshere who delivered it. We need to be showing him we’re going places.

6 Responses to “It looked for all the world like one of those nights”

  1. PD says:

    I’m not even sure ‘excellent’ does Jack justice Goodplaya. So far ahead of everyone else on the pitch. My worry now is that we’re so dependant on him that the manager is going to play him incessantly even when half-fit/exhausted as he did with Cesc. I thought Cesc was handled very badly in his last couple of seasons & picked up way too many injuries as a result. Let’s handle it better this time Arsene please.

    I’m so utterly sick of this transfer window. Let’s hope Arsene is just playing his usual ‘poker face’ as Ferguson would say about him. As if he’s really serious that tying Theo’s contract up is sufficient for this window then he’s just not fit to be manager any more. ‘This is a very good squad’ – I can’t bear hearing it any more; it’s just not true – the league table confirms it.

  2. West Upper says:

    The other major plus last night apart from Jack’s terrific performance was the continuing excellent form of Gibbs and also Coquelin who did a great job as the more defensive midfielder – I would like to see him given more game time. Plus Arshavin was left unused on the bench.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Grove as empty as last night – I would guess no more than 50,000 actually there. It was brutally cold but I don’t think this is the reason.

  3. slc gunner says:

    West Upper – watching on tv, I would guess 40,000 or less. But the fans to be fair got behind the team, and were more inspired than some full houses.
    Gibbs as an attacking full back has really come on this season. I still worry about his defensive instincts sometimes, but he seems to have some fire in his belly, which is good. I think the jury is still out on Coquelin, I thought he did ok.
    As for Jack – well just amazing. He reminds me a little of Brady, but that doesn’t do him justice. I don’t think Brady had the same drive as Jack, but another very good player nonetheless. It amazes me how Jack stays on his feet. You think he’s about to lose the ball, and somehow he keeps coming away with it. Looking at him, you think this little guy shouldn’t have any pace or strength, but he is mesmerising right now. Long may it continue.

  4. PD says:

    Latest from Arsene on : ‘We have what we need in the middle of the park.’
    Extraordinary. He said it at the start of the season after selling Song & despite everything that’s happened since he still believes it. Honest to God it amazes me : how can such an intelligent man have such an incredibly stupid blind spot ? This team desperately – more than anything else – needs a big, physical presence in midfield.

  5. Strus says:

    PD, do you think Arsene will ever admit he need someone
    …and then pay premium over the odds?

  6. PD says:

    Strus, I assume you’re suggesting that Arsene is keeping quiet but really intends to buy ? What suggests to you that this time is different to all the other times he’s said the same thing, hasn’t spent the money he has had available to him & left issues in our squad unaddressed ?? This all just looks so horribly, depressingly familiar to me.

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