We’ll start this morning with Freddie Ljungberg who was talking about our season and our aspirations yesterday. He said “The whole time I have been here, we have been either first or second, so that is what I am aiming for – but of course it does not look that great at the moment.”
He then went on to say “We can look ourselves in the mirror over the way we played football and the way we fight for each other.”
Erm, not ‘fight for’ so much as ‘fight with’ as eagled eyed viewers may have noticed Freddie and Kolo squaring up to each other during the second half. They were pulled apart by Philippe Senderos and some Newcastle player. Kolo gave Freddie a very decent push in the chest. Quite what they were fighting about I don’t know and while it’s good to see the players getting passionate they could probably channel their energy a little better. Still, these things happen in games all the time and I’m told it was heat of the moment stuff with no long term problems (although Freddie might not send a Christmas card to Kolo).
Arsene Wenger says about the Newcastle game “We have to take this result on the chin. But I don’t think we deserved to lose.”
I agree. We didn’t deserve to lose but we did lose and Arsenal fans have gotten used to not losing which makes every loss seem a little bit worse than it actually is. Losing is shit, no question, but as I pointed out at least 3 of our away defeats have had an element of bad luck to them and again I’m not trying to play down the problems we have but that is a factor. One thing that I’ve always enjoyed about Arsene Wenger’s teams is the way they can come back from disappointments to prove people wrong. With some more focus and bit of money in the transfer window I don’t see why we can’t do it again. It’s not as if it would be unusual and I think, and I’m not saying you have to agree, but we might just need to have a little bit more faith and show a little bit more support over the next few weeks because the team and the manager need it and they’ve earned it from us.
The Sun reports that Dermot Gallagher has been demoted after Arsene Wenger swore at him in the tunnel. I didn’t know Arsene’s swear words were that powerful.
Former Arsenal star Jay Bothroyd, transferred by the club after he threw a strop when substituted, has been arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs. Another fantastic example of a young English player we were right to let go. Meanhile Ryan Smith will stay on loan at Leicester until the end of the season.
Not much else going on. Now only 5 days until the biggest match of all time but we’re playing down the importance and not hyping it up in any way at all.
ARSENAL MUST BEAT CHELSEA OR THEY WILL NEVER WIN AGAIN!