That was close! Arsenal didn’t play particularly well despite having a numerical advantage and passing the ball reasonably well in the second-half but they managed to hold out for a 1-0 win and crucially, three more points on the tally.
It wasn’t a particularly enjoyable match to watch and it was ruined by two quite unnecessary red cards. I didn’t think Sidwell’s challenge was a straight red and I certainly didn’t think Giroud’s was either but both were, according to the laws of the game, justifiable red cards so I cannot complain about the referee who I felt had a decent game.
Will he be missed?
The immediate aftermath of the game however was disgusting. The comments on twitter and general glee from some supporters at Giroud’s 3 match ban was disgraceful. He may split opinions and some may feel that he isn’t the quality we need but to actually celebrate his dismissal was frankly anti-Arsenal.
Some comments, as such comments usually are, were littered with grammatical errors and profanities describing what a waste of space Giroud is and questioning what he has brought to the team if anything at all. Immediately a Monty Python sketch popped into my head and an hour later here is a fully-formed blog. I hope you enjoy.
FRANCIS: We’re getting in through the underground system here, up through into the main champion’s league spots here, and third place is here. Having grabbed third place, we inform Spuds and Chelsea that third is in our custody and forthwith issue our demands. Any questions?
COMMANDO XERXES: What exactly are the demands?
REG: We’re giving Spuds two games in hand to dismantle the entire apparatus of the Oil Imperialist States of Mancheznia and Chelsistan, and if they can’t, we execute the chicken on St Totteringham’s day.
MATTHIAS: Cut its head off?
FRANCIS: Cut all its bits off. Send ‘em back on the hour every hour. Show them we’re not to be trifled with.
REG: Also, we’re demanding a ten foot mahogany statue of the traitor Van Persie with his little boy hanging out.