Bad times at Birmingham.

March 29, 2010 9 Comments by Sian

So, I was on the Arsenal official website this morning, doing my Arsenal thing, when I became confused. This is a regular occurrence for me early in the mornings, but this time there was a reason for it. The main headline.

Wenger: “No room for error after ‘defeat’”

Why is ‘defeat’ in quotes? I thought to myself. It was a defeat, we lo-… Oh. We didn’t lose. It just FELT like we lost. I see what you did there, Arsenal.com, you are one step ahead of this game.

It’s safe to say that when Kevin Phillips scored for Birmingham City in the 90th minute to level the scores at 1-1 on Saturday afternoon, the sound of aortic valves snapping all over North London was more than audible. And not even just North London – my time on Twitter has shown me that the magic of Arsenal Football Club is spread far beyond the reaches of the M25.

Mind you, I say scored. If I got walloped in the face with a football while stood facing a goal, I too would have got my name on the scoresheet. Manuel Almunia, a man whose season can be summed up with the word ‘flappy’ flapped at the ball and… well, didn’t save it. More on him later.

All in all, a 1-1 draw away at Birmingham a mere five days before we face the European champions at the Emirates is not exactly ideal. In fact, it’s the opposite of ideal. The correct term for which I believe to be: “proper shite”

Our misery was compounded by the fact Aston Villa didn’t turn up at Stamford Bridge at all and instead sent their grandparents. Many of whom were seemingly only exhumed shortly before they ran out at the Bridge. 7-1 it ended. I know other results are irrelevant if we can’t keep our own up there, but it was still the dog poo icing on the cake of crap that was our weekend.

It was a rubbish afternoon wherever you were and, having been at the Emirates to watch the screening live, I got to share in the misery of about 400 other people. Frustration was order of the day and Arsenal’s flat-out refusal to treat this game with the urgency it required cost us big. The team cost us big. Not just Manuel Almunia or, bizarrely, Nicklas Bendtner as I’ve heard from some.

The fact Almunia hasn’t had a good season is an understatement. But some of the venom I heard directly aimed at him and him alone from some fans in the aftermath of Saturday’s disappointment was astounding. I actually wonder about the mentality of these people. Berate him for not being good enough. Have a go at Wenger for failing to find any kind of back up that doesn’t come in the rookie shape of Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone. Call him an idiot if you’re feeling really angry, but please don’t blame the entire performance on him. And really don’t start saying some of the disgusting things I did hear about him.

Samir missed a sitter, Arshavin tried to stroke the ball into the net at one point and Cesc really should have come off when he got injured. Somehow though, once again you’d have thought Almunia was the only one to have put a foot (or hand) wrong at the weekend. Arsenal simply should have played better, end of story. There is going to be one man between the posts on Wednesday night and his name is Manuel Almunia. Nothing anyone can do about that, until the end of the season.

Ooh, also heard some charming things about Nicklas Bendtner. Hoping he faces a firing squad, one person was. Yep, you heard right. Unfortunately that wasn’t the first time I’ve heard a fan wishing death on one of our boys. Of course I’m not stupid enough to believe that they mean it but for God’s sake next time you tweet, finish your PMS bitchfit before letting loose!

Twatbag McNoHair, or Howard Webb, if you’re not fluent in 13-year-old, did his best to piss everyone off for the duration of the match. I’m not even going to talk about him, because what’s done is done and now it’s time to move on to the next match.

In Barcelona news, Andres Iniesta is out of at least the first leg of the tie – which is marvellundamonious. In other Barcelona news, I am going to the away leg at the Camp Nou! Ridiculously excited about this and will be sure to post lots and lots of pictures of both matches regardless of the result. It’s going to be a cracker. COME ON ARSENAL, WE BELIEVE IN YOU! YES, ALL 11 OF YOU!

8 Comments

  1. Sam H
    2765 days ago

    Very funny. Again!

    Gotta say it takes and immense blog to make me laugh quite literally out loud…especially considering the mood West Ham have me in at the moment

    Great stuff :)

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    • sianyr
      2765 days ago

      Ta! Yeah, in a pretty bad mood myself in case you couldn’t tell. Never mind, only Barcelona up next!

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  2. Teresa Ranscombe
    2765 days ago

    Nailed it again, Shaz. Well done. X

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    • sianyr
      2764 days ago

      Thanks Mama! xx

      Reply

  3. Alan Ranscombe
    2764 days ago

    Another brill blog. Dat’s my goil!

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    • sianyr
      2764 days ago

      Thanks Papa! xx

      Reply

  4. sianyr
    2764 days ago

    I haven’t actually listened to this week’s “It’s Up for Grabs Now” podcast, but I will now. Thanks for your comment!

    Reply

  5. Haitham
    2764 days ago

    Very Funny blog ..added to my google reader

    i totally agree with you with the blame game.
    we didnt play well and to be honest i dont think its Almunia’s fault for the goal .
    didnt see the reply cause i left room and didnt see any footage for this game.
    what i remember the ball got to him by surprise .

    Lets hope we are all happy on after Wednesday night

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