Yes, a referee killed all our title hopes, but he’s not the one to blame
Written by Chris on December 22, 2008 22:30
The rollercoaster of emotions which the Arsenal made us go through this season seems to have reached its final destination. After wins over Manchester United and Chelsea which gave us that glimpse of hope which we so much needed, here comes Howard Webb and his mistakes to shatter all our dreams and the possibility to cut the gap to five points from the top.
But, Webb just added fuel to a fire which has been burning heavily since the season kicked-off and he will not be the one to blame when we’ll look back at the what has been in July.
Proud of the guys, many said
The Arsenal supporters all agreed on one thing after yesterday’s match: Mr. Webb should be sentenced to death. No seriously, that the lads made us proud, that they gave it all, fought until the last minute and deserved to win. And I agree, yet I stop to think for a second and start wondering. I wonder why they didn’t play like this against Fulham. I wonder why they didn’t play like this against Stoke City. Against Sunderland. Against Middlesbrough. Why?
Of the big four we have faced, we won two, drew one and lost one. That’s 7 points out of 12. Pretty good record if you ask me, so we’re not as weak as many want us to believe. The head-to-head encounters between the top teams do not win you a title, someone said. Can’t remember who, maybe because he was damn right when he said so.
We can still win the title, Wenger said
As bizarre as this season has been so far – for all the teams and not just us – we have to face reality and fight for that so-important fourth place in the table, something which we’ll have to do immediately on Friday when we pay a visit to in-form Aston Villa. That’s because regardless of what Chelsea do tonight, I can’t see this Arsenal team collecting points and the others dropping them, not from what I’ve seen so far at least. In a way I appreciate Wenger’s comment, I mean, ask Real Madrid fans if they were happy after Schuster’s the “no way we can beat Barca” comments.
Oh Alonso …
Only last week I was thinking about Javi Alonso and how much Arsene Wenger wanted him in the summer transfer window. He would have helped us, for sure, especially since he’s not shy to shoot and long-range efforts is a weakness in our side. Instead, he stuck with Liverpool and stuck his feet into Fabregas’ knee. He didn’t intend to hurt Cesc of course but ironically, I would have paid all the money in the world to have him in summer knowing that he would have been the reason to have Cesc sidelined during such a critical time of the season.
Who to replace Cesc then? Give Aaron Ramsey a chance I’d say. But of course Wenger will move Denilson there and insert Diaby in the first eleven. Back to how we were at the start of the season, basically.
We don’t know how to kill a game off and that is what really makes me proud
As a final note, and maybe because we don’t know how to do it, what really makes me proud of this side is that after taking a 1-0 lead, we just keep on going forward. That’s the reason why we lost against Hull City and that’s the reason we lose so many points, but, I would never want to see the lads defending like crazy to achieve a narrow 1-0 win. Well, maybe late in the 80th minute.