Another away win: Dinna dinna dinna dinna dinna dinna dinna dinna BACMAN!

November 15, 2010 16 Comments by Sian

It seems that this year, ‘The Arsenal Way’ is the only way. There we are 2-0 up with about 90 seconds of normal time to go and what do we do? Only go and flipping concede, don’t we? Cue five minutes of nail-biting, teeth-grinding and stress-related hair loss before finally, finally, Howard Webb blew the whistle to leave us all balding and prematurely-aged with dancing heartbeats and boiling hot faces.

But no matter, as far as I’m concerned we can all look like gremlins by the end of the season as long as results like that keep coming. After last week’s loss at home to Newcastle we were all left despondent and devastated that once again we had failed to show any kind of desire for any kind of win. Cut to this week and we’re all a jolly sight happier with three more points in the bag from on the road and a loss and a draw for Chelsea and Manchester United respectively (with regard to the former: almost killed self laughing).

It was a vastly superior performance to last week but then in all honesty, for Arsenal to have played any worse, they’d have to have been… I don’t know. Dead, or something. Everton still had a lot of attacking in them and it seemed from time to time in the first half that we weren’t actually going to see any of their goal, which was a bit worrying. Our first goal eventually came in the 35th minute from the most unlikely of sources: Lovely Bacary Sagna.  I wonder just how many times in the press this morning, Bac’s name has been prefixed by “most unlikely of sources”. A fair amount, I’ll wager.

It was a blinder of a goal actually, as well as quite humorous, knowing all that we know about Bacary. Arshavin was the one who provided the pass, but you could almost hear his mind going “Really? Really, God? I have to pass to someone and you give me Bacary? Mr One-Goal-Ever Bacary? You’re not a football fan are you God?” But anyway, AA23 made the pass and Bacary, who looked less than sure of himself on first touch, fired it into the top of the net like it was standard procedure for him. While all jaws hit the floor when he scored it, Cesc was right in saying in his post-match interview that “I think he shut a lot of mouths” with the goal. I was thrilled for him.

His goal celebration was one fitting of a man not used to scoring goals. Which, in my opinion, is always the best kind of celebration. You can keep your well-organised dancey-dancey smugfests and I’ll take a man running round like a disbelieving loon any day of the week.

Cesc scored the second goal of the afternoon shortly after the teams returned from half-time. From then, we really could have been 4-0 up with Nasri firing straight at Tim Howard and then Marouane Chamakh making a miss so bad that probably most taxis wouldn’t even allow him in their cab.

Controversy-wise (because we do love a bit of that), there was a sharp intake of breath when Squillaci brought down Louis Saha near the area. Squillaci escaped with a yellow and an awarded free kick to Everton, which Fabianski saved (obviously… Lukasz is his name, saving is his game). I’ve heard people say Squillaci was lucky to have avoided a red. I think a straight red would have been harsh, no? I don’t know. I don’t actually remember how bad/not-bad the incident was so maybe I’m wrong.

Weird Moment of the Day went to Cesc Fabregas and Sylvain Distin. Cesc went in for a tackle, got his ankle trod on and ended up with a yellow card. Given that Distin is built like a ferry, it seemed a bit harsh that Cesc now has another yellow to his tally as well as a bruise.

Howard Webb is a referee I really want to like. He’s not a pathetic little weed dishing out unneccessary cards to players in a pathetic weedy little way, but some of the decisions he makes really are truly bizarre.

Anyway, after the match Cesc was interviewed by Sky Sports who asked if he had feared that at any point he’d be sent off. His reponse was as feisty as Cesc has become known to be:

“I guess it’s one of those things, the other day I make a tackle, now everyone wants Cesc Fabregas sent off. What can I do, I just play football and that’s it.”

That’s about it. Oh yeah, they scored. Annoying because Fabianski had been really good throughout the match and was in fact voted Arsenal.com’s Man of the Match with a staggering 51% of the votes. But it wasn’t a particularly bad slip-up and it was fairly obvious from kick-off that Everton were going to get the goal they deserved at some point.

Arsenal’s away fans yesterday were superb, outsinging the home support at Goodison from start to finish. David Moyes mentioned in his post-match interview that they were unable to get much of an atmosphere going, which was correct from their point of view. If only our away fans could be cloned in order for the new clones to replace the many spectators at the Emirates who simply go because they’ve managed to get their hands on a ticket.

So there you go, three points more and we’re sitting pretty in second just two points off leaders Chelsea, who lost to Sunderland (lol) at home (LOL) 3-0 (LOLLL). I don’t normally write ‘lol’ as 99.9% of the time when a person writes it they are in no way shape or form “laughing out loud” but come on, this was a laugh out loud situation! Of course the nearer we get to Chelsea the more we should be regretting the points dropped against West Brom and Newcastle (oh, and them), but what can you do?

At the end of November last year we were 11 points off the top. A win next week against Tottenham (please please please please please) would either put us in front of the current leaders, level with them or keep us two points behind. Over to you Birmingham. It has to be said that after everyone saying our season was over in November last year, we then went on to go top of the league after beating Bolton at home in January. So really, league positioning at this point means nothing.

It’s still cool though.

16 Comments

  1. James Dalton VII
    2417 days ago

    Best blog you’ve done so far. The title made me gob coffee everywhere.

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  2. sianyr
    2417 days ago

    @JamesDalton If I’d been drinking coffee at the time, this comment would have made me do the same!

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  3. shegunner
    2417 days ago

    The smile on Bac’s face was all I saw for the rest of the day. Great blog. Great title.

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  4. Bogie
    2417 days ago

    I would probably have spat coffee everywhere as well if I’d been drinking it when reading that.

    But that would probably be more down to the fact I can’t stand the taste of coffee…….

    Good post.

    I was in the away end, it was magic. Everton didn’t sing a single song until the 16th minute. Tragic.

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  5. MoHoops
    2417 days ago

    Nice post, nice title..lol

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  6. Treez
    2417 days ago

    Hats off to Bacary Sagna- for too long an unsung hero. I too was very pleased for him. The away fans were, once again, amazing and like you, I wish the rest of the crowd at the Emirates would try and emulate them. Really enjoyed the blog and seriously can not wait for the Sp*rs one!

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  7. Uncle K
    2417 days ago

    Watched the game in a pub full of Spuds fans on their day off,so the last 15 was like being a cat in a roomful of rocking chairs!! Grand blog,but surely ‘LOL’ doesn’t quite capture the schadenfreude we all felt 2 hours after the whistle.

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  8. MoHoops
    2417 days ago

    Any thoughts on the week bendtner’s had?

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    • sianyr
      2417 days ago

      Not really. I think he was silly to make his complaints public (if he did), but I don’t think too much should be read into it. The only thing I’d say is that the only reason he’s been benched is because he’s coming back from injury… so the comments are a tad baffling.

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  9. MoHoops
    2417 days ago

    Can’t disagree there, I do think he’ll have a siginficant role to play, his nack of being in the right place at the right time is quite rare.

    I mist say I’m enjoying seeing a relatively healthy squad again, I know our best defender & forward aren’t fit yet but it’s a welcome sight..& as far as Chelsea playing ferrera as CB, wow that speaks volumes about their depth, & with united’s position..it’s very hard not to be excited about our future.. both in the short & longterm

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  10. sue
    2417 days ago

    spot on sian, yes the last 5 minutes were unbearable sat watching behind a cusion!!!

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  11. Alan
    2417 days ago

    Brilliant headline, Siany – best yet. Maybe Bac should shoot in future instead of crossing! Great confidence-boosting result on one of those rare weekends when nearly all the other results went for us.
    Just weeks ago how many Gooners would have believed the words ‘Fab was man of the match again’ could possibly have referred to Lukasz21 and not Cesc4. Football’s a funny old game.

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  12. Dollpet
    2417 days ago

    I have only word to describe your blog….faboosh! xx

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  13. cfcjourno
    2416 days ago

    The headline is more Pink Panther than Batman

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  14. Yogesh
    2416 days ago

    Anytime Bac does something great gives me immense joy. One of the nicest person you could wish good things for.

    What a goal and you are right, a thoroughly refreshing n genuine celebrations! :-)

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  15. ANN COULTER
    2055 days ago

    JAMES DALTON VII ..what a pathetic CRIUSE down TWIGHLIGHT PARADISE.
    GERMANY- MEESE- IRA- BALDWIN- TORONTO – - NEVADA-
    ACE HARDWARE.
    Well, what can we all say except JAMES DALTON with the SYN SEA 7 and 777 PINK PANDA ST. have COCKS!
    And yes that definitely means CK- KANSAS and that’s why there will grout BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE called: ” KANSAS KINGS”.
    SALUOTE!

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