By 1970’s Gooner
It was I think Harold Wilson, the Labour leader and Prime Minister back in the 60’s and 70’s that coined the phrase: “A week is a long time in politics”. And the same is so very true of the world of football.
You’ve all had a very difficult 15 days. The last minute defeat in the Carling Cup Final, Champions League elimination and now the defeat at Manchester United in the FA Cup.
The only game where one can say that you were truly beaten was at the hands of the best team in the world, Barcelona.
A team that you matched and beat at the Emirates in that epic first leg. A victory that made everyone all over the globe put Arsenal Football Club up there as one of the best teams in the world.
And in my opinion if Fabregas and van Persie were fit for the return leg it would have been a different story…
Do you think that Manchester United or Chelsea would have escaped the Neu Camp without a comprehensive drubbing? They would have certainly been handed a severe beating.
Your performance at Old Trafford suffered due to low moral and fatigue, coming so soon after the game at Barcelona.
Yet without playing at your best you still created enough chances to have won the game. It’s no coincidence that man of the match was Edwin van der Sar! If it weren’t for his fantastic saves a different story would have unfolded.
You now have an opportunity to write history for Arsenal Football Club. Only three points behind in the League and with one game in hand.
You have a week to rest your weary legs and more significantly, your souls.
Regroup, dust yourselves off and get going again. You owe it to Arsenal Football Club, the manager, the fans and to your selves.
Manchester United are still involved in the FA Cup and the Champions League and their long list of fixtures are bound to take their toll.
The League title is there for the taking. Win the next game at West Brom and the title race is back on again. The last 15 days will then be forgotten.
And you will then come to realise that “a week is a very long time in football”