I’m happy, happy for the team, and obviously personally very happy. I’ve heard many things, in the press, people talking about me, but I proved them wrong. I’m still here. I have no problem with anyone at the club, I’m happy here. I had a point to prove because I haven’t played for a while, today was my day but overall I’m happy for the team. – Flamini after Flaming at White Hart Lane
Football is such a great sport and offers you such orgasmic moments like the one that happened at White Hart Lane last night. A night before, it was all about Lewandowski’s 5 goals in 9 minutes but last night was all about the man almost every Gooner wanted to be shipped to Turkey – Mathieu Flamini.
Every Tom, Dick and Harry wanted Arsene Wenger to get a back-up for Francis Coquelin. They saw nothing in Arteta or his other deputy Flamini – some still don’t see anything though. When Arteta started his first game of the season in the land of the Croats, he didn’t perform to the Coq-standards. The Capital One cup was an avenue to see how he could perform for many but Wenger even added another jigsaw by playing Flamini with him.
I play two prediction leagues on two platforms and nobody ever predicted that Flamini will the first goal scorer in the North London Derby last night. Come to think of it, we had a Giroud hoping to banish his demons so he could get on the score sheet, Ramsey was yet to open his account, Chamberlain had puffed and huffed with no result, Campbell is yet to open his official account, nobody thought of Flamini.
Flamini opened scoring after pouncing on a rebound from Chamberlain’s shot. How he thumped his chest after the goal was awesome, like he was proving everyone wrong. Arsenal’s top striker signed in the summer gave Tottenham the lead. I thought we got him to do the business at the other end of the pitch. Own Goal it was, off Calum Chambers. Harry Kane came close to opening his club account for the season but Gibbs cleared.
Then came another Flamini moment: A looping ball sent into the sky by a Spurs’ boot towards the penalty area, seemingly having n threats with everyone watching the ball. No one was watching Zizou Flamini. He timed his run, kept his eyes on the ball and volleyed the drop ball beyond Vorm into the bottom corner. Nobody believed that Flamini will score even a goal and now he has a brace. No, he got a hattrick – A yellow card and two goals.
The Spurs victory landed us an away trip to Sheffield Wednesday in the 4th round. Other big teams progressed too with Liverpool sweating the most with the luck of Penalties to save Brendan Rodgers.
Before the Spurs game, there was good news for Angel Gabriel as his red card was chalked off after the FA decided to use some part of the white matter behind their skull. He although may still get a ban/fine for not leaving the pitch quick enough for a red card that has been chalked off – Sips Lipton. The Blue devil that caused the melee was banned for 3 games for his troubles. I feel that is small but a certain Neville feels it should have been just a game. He needs two slaps from Costa to get the colour of his matter back to white. I am waiting for the FA action on Mike Dean because Wenger is still furious.
As for Jose Mourinho – the driver of the demon in Costa – he can only take bitter solace in “Now we know that retaliation is allowed. No Problem, you can do it”. At least he agrees that Costa did something to be retaliated off. I do wish to see any one of his team follow his new philosophy of retaliation. It will be fun to see how the FA responds.
ICYMI: Barcelona lost 4-1 to Celta Vigo. I love football.
Enjoy your day.