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march 9th

21.50 – Newcastle 1-1 Arsenal. A fairly lacklustre performance from the boys it has to be said, but if we’re gonna play below par in any of the upcoming games, I’m glad it was this one. A good goal from Edu who got in where most of us have been crying out for our strikers to be all season. An equaliser from Laurent Robert, and Newcastle could have had a handful. Some last gasp defending and the woodword kept it one each. Saw Stepanovs play for the first time since the Everton game. He’s improved, but he still puts the shits up me everytime he comes near the ball.

We just couldn’t pass the ball tonight. Credit to Newcastle they played their black and white socks off. That Acuña fella did well in the midfield even if he does look like some kind of homosapien-lupine-bovine crossbreed.

Not the ideal result coz that means another game in an already congested fixture list, but, we’re still in there. I hope we win the FA cup this season for Dennis. Some post match reaction here.

16.50 – The battle is hotting up between AW and Fergie. Arsene was asked this week what he thought Alex Ferguson’s weakness was. He replied “…that he thinks he doesn’t have one”. Fergie hits back and complains that Wenger won’t have a drink with him, or anyone else, after a match. More in this Onefootball article. Expect this to go back and forth till the end of the season. My own favourite is when Fergie said he had sent an apology to Arsene over something, and when asked if he had received it, AW replied “He must have sent it by horseback, because I haven’t got it yet”.

They’ve been showing Frank Sinclair’s own goal again today, along with a collection of his other classics. All footballers probably have one thing they’re really good at. It might be great passing, tackling ability, positional sense, finishing etc, but it’s quite obvious that the thing Frank Sinclair is best at is scoring own goals. Not ideal for a footballer really.

Anelka played very well for Liverpool the other night. He’s a quality player, he really is. He’s just fucked up in the head. Maybe he’ll settle on the sunny banks of the Mersey, but given his past form he’ll be itching for another move in 18 months.. I’d love to see him playing up front with Henry at Arsenal. We’d win everything and this is how. When we build the new stadium, we build a pitch 50 yards longer than any other pitch in the league – draw the opposition to the half way line, someone in midfield punts it over the top and the two speed hounds latch onto it and score. We’d win games 14-2 and stuff. Imagine Gerry Taggart or Laurent Blanc trying to keep up.

Still no word about Peter Brackley’s alleged legs.