Welcome to the GunnersoreArse blog. Being blogged 918.74 kilometers (in a straight line) from the Emirates Stadium.
I’m writing this immediately after the game, typing whilst under the influence, intoxicated not just by the alcohol, but by the way we played. It wasn’t an easy game, Besiktas played extremely well to their credit. But we just edged it, and with only ten men for the last 15 minutes. A magnificent performance. The boys dug in, played for each other and pulled off a result. And in the process, Alexis lost his virginity thanks to the quick thinking of Wilshere after some good link play between him and Özil, not a brilliant goal, but a goal none the less.
When down to 10 men, it galvanised the team and the fans together. It was an excellent atmosphere in the stadium. Those last fifteen minutes had my bum squeaking like a dogs toy. It was more than just nervy , but the team held on, despite a couple of good chances created by Besiktas which could have levelled the score. Demba Ba rose into the air for a cross but Mertesacker went with him and Ba failed to make contact. Bilic was going berserk in the stands. Courage was needed at that stage and the boys didn’t fail us, they superbly worked together to see out the match. Sanchez and Wilshere worked tirelessly but Jack was lucky not to concede a penalty, slipping into a Besiktas player in our penalty area, it wasn’t intentional but luckily the ref waved play on, just one of many bizarre decisions, but on this occasion to our benefit.
So the Arsenals fantastic record of Champions League qualification stays intact, Besiktas tried their hardest to ruin the party but on this occasion we somehow found the balls to scrape through. It seems this is becoming the norm after our first few games, not our normal beautiful football, but digging in and getting a result, it would appear that Wengers famous ‘mental strength’ has finally arrived. When the beautiful football eventually materialises and links up with this new found ‘grit’, it will be a joy to watch.
Yesterday I predicted the game would probably be a nervy 1-0 to the Arsenal and not a match to enjoy, but at the final whistle, despite having been on the edge of my seat and drinking copious amounts of whisky to stay calm, I realised that I had thoroughly enjoyed it, it was like a cup final. The relief at the end was nearly as good as an orgasm. The boys should be feeling proud of their performance, everyone will have their man of the match because there were a few to choose from, however, I’m giving the team my MOTM, it was a team effort that got the result.
And today we will learn of our fate in the group draw. It could be a tasty one with PSG, Ajax and Roma in the mix. But now we’re through the team can concentrate on the Premier League for a while. Start to work on finding our beautiful passing game that has recently gone missing, building on the great team spirit that seems to be infecting the players. That starts at Leicester on Sunday.
On a final note, yesterday we had Wenger being extremely vague about Giroud, saying that he wasn’t sure about the injury and that he was waiting for examinations to be carried out. But then later in the day we hear Giroud has in fact undergone surgery. Is Wengers cagey stance a sign that he is looking for reinforcement in the CF role, trying to avoid the inevitable price hike when teams realise he is desperate?
We’ll know by the end of the weekend.
Right, time for a glass of wine and some spicy chorizo…. hair of the dog! Hope you enjoyed your visit, until the next time.
GunnersoreArse, caused by lots of squeaky noises emanating from my arse last night. Don’t forget, there will be my normal Sunday supplement at 9am GMT on Sunday morning. Something to read whilst enjoying your morning coffee.