How long have we been waiting for this fixture – just how long.
The answer to that for me is, since we played them at home earlier in the season! Tonight was supposed to be about getting to Shite Hart Lane, coming home with three points – isn’t that what we all expected??
It was quiet on here yesterday, so after hearing that kid called Rose was starting for the scum, I asked around, Who is this kid? No-one really knew too much about him, nor did I! You just knew though didn’t you….
We started the same as we usually do, all the play, all the posession and yet again, no end product!!
We also started in the same old fashion way in defence, well, more like in the goal keeping department. A corner to them, a punch out by Almunia and that kid called Rose hits it on the volley straight through the hands of Almunia….
Not long after that, the worst thing that could happen, happened…. Thomas Vermaelen pulls up and goes off injured, probably out for the rest of the season….It got worse though as Silvestre came on to take his place…
From that moment, my heart sank!!
Again though we continued to keep the ball, again though we passed it one, two three many times too many, why oh why can we not just shoot? Eboue had an opportunity to do so, as did Tomas, but neither took them…..The only player so far to have a pop at goal was Clichy….
Says it all really!!!
Just after half time, seconds in fact, the sluggish Silvestre showed just why so many of us don’t trust him. He let Bale, bloody Bale of all people get a second goal for our most bitter of rivals… 2-0 and right now I’m thinking Game Over…
So at 2-0 down, on comes Theo Walcott for Sagna..
Finally, a ball played into Nikki on 65 minutes that produced a shot from the big Dane, sadly it went wide, well wide….
Enough was enough for Arsene Wenger, time to send on our only real hope to maybe grab a point…
67 minutes on the clock and on comes Robin van Persie for Denilson…
This kind of thing really pisses me off – van Persie has the ball in the scum half, looks up and sees a gap, a gap that Rosicky should be looking to run into… Rosicky just stands still and watches the ball which ends up going out for a goal kick… Sorry Rosicky, but if you don’t have the energy to jog to get that perfect pass on 70 minutes, I think it’s time you found yourself another club!!
75 minutes on the clock and we are still 2-0 down and I can’t see where a goal is going to come from for us, our end product is shocking!!
Finally, Robin takes a pop at goal, a wonderful bit of control on his chest and hit on the volley, sadly, straight at Gomes.. (Yes I know it was a save really)
Free kick, step up Robin, another Gomes save denies him and then denies Sol Campbell from the resulting corner..
84 minutes, great ball across the goal from Theo following a great pass from RvP to Theo…. Nikki B finally gets it right and puts the ball passed Gomes…
2-1 and 5 minutes to go!! Last ten minutes of the match we have had 81% possession!!
Another shot from Robin on 87 mins, another save from Gomes – why oh why didn’t RvP start…
It’s over and we lose to the locals in the league for the first time in ten years……..
I dont do player ratings…
10 for Big Sol, you were up for this game
9 for Clichy
10 for Robin, just for seeing him back, and showing us that left foot of yours..
4 for Nikki, just for the goal…
The rest of the side, hang your heads in shame, oh, and go and give your weekly wage to charity, after last nights performance you don’t deserve a penny!!
Last night was the story of not only this season, but the seasons gone by, we play, play, play, pass, pass, pass, pass – but at the and of the 90 minutes, possession doesn’t win a game, goals do!! But we won’t score goals if we don’t shoot, will we??
Sadly, the game also showed again how a goal keeper can get you points. Gomes did that in the last twenty minutes, Almunia didn’t and probably never will!!
Last night though it hurt the most!
I’m gutted, angry, peed off and darn right grumpy…..