Arsenal pull a Curtis Mayfield and Nasri is a God.

December 6, 2010 11 Comments by Sian

We arrived at the Emirates this weekend enjoying the positively balmy climate as compared with the temperatures we’d been subjected to on Wednesday evening during our 2-0 win over Wigan in the Carling Cup. Apologies to those asking where the blog for that match was by the way. I never got round to writing one thanks to a sudden influx of university deadlines and readings to do. There’s this one, right, which I have to read for tomorrow. I’m only halfway through and it’s so dull, I don’t even let the words go in when I read it, I just sit there counting down the pages and thinking about cake-

But that’s another story!

So anyway yes, the Fulham match. It was a Saturday. It was a 3pm kick-off. It was a home match. Used to be my favourite kind of kick-off, but thanks to recent matches (OK, one recent match), I think I can safely say we all arrived at our seats feeling just a spot of “Eek”.

We had a few chances in the opening minutes of the game, quite a lot actually, which by the 13th minute had you wondering whether it was going to be another one of those matches. In the 14th minute, however, the only thing floating around any Gooner’s head was “WHERE IS THE WOMAN THAT GAVE BIRTH TO SAMIR NASRI AND CAN I MARRY HER.” Yes, even my head.

I’m no mind-reader but if you replay the footage of the goal, which he eventually slammed into the top of the net, you can almost see the little cogs whirring away in the mind of Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Nasri (definitely not enough Nas there but I’m on a deadline here people!): “Nope, too easy… nope, still too easy… I definitely feel I should take on some more defenders, shall I go for say two? OK… steppety step one… steppety step two… BOOF! OH yeah.”

It sort of put me in mind of the beauty he scored against Porto last season but also not as it was completely different too. What a pointless sentence. Moving on.

We stayed on top throughout the first half with some good chances coming up for both sides, then in the 30th minute, Squillaci brained Koscielny who is now concussed. See this is the trouble with having so many languages in your team, how could they possibly communicate? One speaks French, the other speaks OH WAIT. Well that’s blown that theory out of the water. Anyway poor old Kozzer looked as though he was seeing fairies doing a jig after being sent into the middle of next week by the head of his partner in defence. He tried to go on, which retrospectively was the honest yet ultimately daft thing to do, because play went on and Diomansy Kamara got Fulham a nice little equaliser.

The trouble with Arsenal this season is that when we get scored on, you can visibly see heads drop. It’s like they resign themselves to “Oh well, I suppose we’re not that good then”. The rest of the first half was pretty scary, with Fulham really exploiting our somewhat weakened defence. It’s hard to point out who was the dodgy one though, because Squillaci was pretty solid, Gael Clichy had a great game (see those tackles he kept making that left you thinking “Wait where the hell did he come from?”) and Johan Djourou (Koscielny’s replacement) played as well as I’ve seen him play this year. Nevertheless you got the feeling that had half time not come along, we could have been going into the second half losing.

The second half was a bit nondescript. We had loads of posession and did next to nothing with it. Fulham, also, were really rather good. Meanwhile Mark Schwarzer, in spite of having signed a new contract with the club last week, seemed to be remaining on his one-man mission to be spending his 40th birthday at the Emirates by wasting time any time the ball came near him.

Throats were raw and heads were aching by the time our second and final goal finally came along in the 75th. Obviously it was Samir Nasri again. It’s been described as “poetry in motion”, “the touch of an angel”, “one of the goals of the season”, but my only comment is ”… Woah.” If you haven’t seen it, Youtube it or head over to Who Ate All the Pies, where it is currently residing on the homepage as Goal of the Weekend. Samir Nasri, tek a boo son! 

Any other Arsenal player but Samir would, I’m fairly sure, have messed that goal up on Saturday. Wenger said after the match too that he thinks there is plenty more to come from Sam. And let’s be honest, Wenger usually knows. It’s also worth mentioning that the pass from RvP to Nasri was what started the whole thing. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, Robin hataaaaaaarz. Though it must be said he wasn’t back to his best just yet. But stop whinging anyway.

So Move On Up rang out loud and proud at the end of the match and it seemed so long since it had. And we did move on up. Right on up to the top of the league for more than two hours! Yes the other “top four” sides have been a bit crap this season but who gives. We could have been even further ahead had we not dropped those silly points at home but you know how the saying (sort of) goes: if my Uncle Norman wore a frock he’d be my Auntie.

Next up we have Partizan Belgrade at home in a very important match for the future of our Champions League participation this year. We could have made it so much easier for ourselves by winning the games we lost but if you want to support a team that won’t have you on the edge of your seat every match from start to finish until May… well, surely you know by now that you’ll not be getting a ride as simple, boring and bump-free as that from the Arsenal this year.

11 Comments

  1. Reznuk
    2396 days ago

    Brilliant Blog Sian – funny *and* accurate, keep it up – I look forward to reading on Thursday about our Champions League qualification on Wednesday night (I mean, I’ll be there, but it’s always good to read about it afterwards)

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  2. Treez
    2396 days ago

    Wish I was in your head when you were constructing Samir’s thought process before his goal. Must’ve been one funny place! Like the previous comment, I too am looking forward to Thursday’s blog…

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    • sianyr
      2396 days ago

      @Treez My head is a hilarious place always!

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  3. Moha
    2396 days ago

    … and what is his song? loved the description of the goal and what are you doing at university coz i have a job for you at arsenaldotcom lol

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  4. john Maiso kennedy
    2396 days ago

    thanks fo the blog however equating Nasri to Immortal status is way to beyond just fo that display. lets appreciate performance of our players appropriately cause the player may under perform in the next games and so …….. man i luv Nasri and i believe so are many of our supprters but lets pray to God for the consistecy of the entire team.

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    • sianyr
      2396 days ago

      @Maiso Kennedy I don’t really believe he’s a God but “Nasri is a really good player based on Saturday’s performance” didn’t fit in the headline box.

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  5. Bala
    2396 days ago

    As usual a very good post and a bit funny one is well.Wonder why Fabianski’s two great saves are not mentioned!

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  6. Kanz
    2396 days ago

    Great blog! Samir has evolved – morphed – into a genius! If he bulks up he’ll be unstoppable.

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  7. Alan
    2396 days ago

    Brilliant blog, bird. Sami’s goals were wizardry of the highest level. Had to watch them again a few times to really see how good they were. Funny old game though, we were a bit out of sorts and Fulham were pretty good. Just as well we got a ‘BOOF! Oh yeah!’

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  8. Uncle K
    2396 days ago

    Wasn’t there,but between MoTD and your blog I feel like I had a front seat.Great bit of writing,roll on thursday(and wednesday,of course)

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  9. El Greco
    2394 days ago

    Great blog, Siany – keep it up!
    Can you imagine how frightening this team could be if at least half of them were to reach the heady heights of Nas’s performance?…..

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