For all the reasons, Arsenal fans could finally jump into the new week with a sense of vigour hoping that today Chelsea loose to Manchester United and Newcastle loose too. I don’t want to sound so pessimistic neither do I want to be in conflict with any Gooner today; yesterday’s performance surely was 7 star by any means. The glee and pride on Wenger’s face showed it all after the game, the satisfaction of the fans and the screams that rent the air as Persie walked away with the match ball was a sight to behold. I finally thought, the clock that used to be at Highbury, now at Emirates might have turned back the old VINTAGE ARSENAL days and brought them forward to 2012.
In my eyes I fail to see which Arsenal player was awful maybe just for Kolscleiny who made the tackle that gave Blackburn a lifeline at 1-1. The rest was just world class and if to go by yesterday’s standards, Arsenal might be just right back in the mix. In the Absence of Gervinho, Ox proved to be a valuable asset, a gem worth keeping but why the boss just can’t give the young man 90 minutes of complete football worries me. In as much as Arshavin never featured, I’m at the same time optimistic that Ramsey deserves a place in the bench after several lacklustre performances and frustrating moves he can’t finish. Arteta, Henry, Persie and the little Ox at the end of the day have their names on the score sheet but the 3 points is engraved in every Arsenal’s players heart, every fans’ soul and the manager’s spirit, one that never says die, believes tomorrow will be a better day, and Champions League football will still be at the Emirates in 2012/2013.
Blackburn were by no means winning the tie after they went down to ten men, and in the mood Arsenal were in, you knew it was going to be another bad day in the office for their embattled coach. You are left wondering why the board at Blackburn just keep holding on to this man taking into account that even Warnock (formerly of QPR) and even Steve Bruce the man who turned Sunderland’s fortune last season have all been shown the door. It’s a case of Westham and Avram Grant and what I can predict is RELEGATION for them if they insist on Steve Kean. Then Kean will be jobless, the club will have to fight to come back to the premier league and the players will depart.
Straight up to the Super Sunday and lots of action expected but what catches every football fan’s eyes is Chelsea vs Ferguson. Chelsea was beaten last time the two teams met, AvB was left cursing the missed chances they had, but in this business, the chances don’t count, the goals matter and only by beating the best do you become the best. Every blue fan will have a brief prayer in church today for the Spaniard Torres in the absence of Didier Drogba. Every Manchester fan on the other hand will only ask for one thing, that Rooney gets his goal scoring boots again after a brief injury stint and if not him, maybe Berbatov or Henandez.
I don’t want to guess who’s gonna start in goal for Manchester United, David De Gea has proved he was a wastage of money and was utterly overrated, Lindergaard is good but hasn’t yet proved his worth on the few occasions he has graced the stage, Amos has also been given a few matches but I doubt if he has yet stolen the Mangers heart to start today. Should De Gea start, you expect Chelsea to nick in a goal even if they go to loose and Petr Cech on the other hand is not any better, long gone are the days he kept long clean sheets and single handedly won some games for his team.
With Terry ruled out and Cole suspended after the card at Swansea last week, Chelsea will probably field an unfamiliar backline giving all the advantage to the Red Devils. The flying ex Man-City player, Sturridge is expected to come face to face with the dreaded Patrice Evra, a battle, Evra is expected to win easily albeit one or two moments of genius and utter brilliance given the fact that the support at the front for Sturridge is lacking at the moment. While Mata enjoys passing past defenders and Lampard enjoys finding defence splitting passes, on the other hand, Paul Scholes at his best is bound to run the midfield alongside Carrick. Valencia is a menace to any team he comes across and how young Ryan Bertrand who is expected to be given a start today will handle his runs is exciting to watch. David Luiz who once scored a winner in a tie like this to seal a title, is expected to start today despite having had to enjoy the warmth of the bench in recent times.
Cards and controversies are surely certain in this tie. From Drogba’s offside goal to Rooney’s drama antics in the past, it’s a backdrop that provides a game worth watching both off and on the pitch. The coaches and the players will both have to be at their best, sheer maturity and level headedness will have to prevail for any of these teams to win. A fast paced game, tackles in here and there and verbal exchanges will keep the officials on toes which will either earn them boo’s and at the same time claps. Until then, this is the Super Sunday, where football means football. Hope at the end of it all, football carries the day, the winner takes it all and a draw will be a disappointing result.