Football is such a great sport involving 22 players or less to achieve any measure of satisfaction – points, possession, goals and the game itself. Last week and ultimately the weekend was created for Arsenal. A 3-0 win at Watford, A 2-0 down-to-earthh victory over Bayern and a hard fought 2-1 victory over Everton at the Emirates.
The footballing gods have a way of appreciating a good team. Clothed in Arsenal’s red, the metaphysical beings conjured Ozil’s eyes to see the cracks in various teams. Call it luck and argue with your kitchen sink, but Ozil has risen into the highest echelon of the Assist-o-sphere. 7 assists in 10 league games this season, you can dream that he is on course to win the golden socks – is there any award like that?
Two headed goals from Olivier Giroud and Lauret Koscielny gave Arsenal victory with both goals coming from crosses – Ozil the first and Cazorla the 2nd. Giroud won every aerial battle, a different approach to Walcott’s pace and through – the dynamism of the Arsenal. The joy of quick goals. The brief 24hrs quickie at the top.
Manchester City needed a draw to get back to the top and they did that in style, if drab is a style. Despite fielding the most expensive 22 men on the pitch, shots were few, game dull, many were bored, others fell to coma in a game that goals were expected. United were shifted down to 4th by Andy Carroll’s header.
There was more to Carroll’s header as Westham added pepper to Mourinho’s injury. One red card and a harvest of yellows saw Chelsea suffer their 5th loss in 10 games. Mourinho was sent off, so was his assistant, maybe in solidarity for Matic’s first half early shower. They got their shower shame after Mourinho even tried to enter the referee’s dressing room.
It is reported in some quarters that the Chelsea manager has accused goal line technology as being “naive and weak” – You can search for the source like a pin in a haystack. You could see the obsession Mourinho has of Arsene Wenger – the man he wishes he was. Pride goes before a fall.
So tell me why I wouldn’t want that weekend to continue. The jubilation at Upton Park where Mourinho stood in the stands says it all. Chelsea had been automatically fined for an incredible amount of cards in game, Mourinho’s 5+ match ban is in Mayweather’s gym preparing to give the Portuguese a knockout in the 1st round. Will he survive? Will he be sacked? No please, not yet. We need more. Is Roman weak? Is the $10m/yr payout the stumbling block? Who cares. They are still Champions though. Sips Lipton.
Other highlights of weekend includes Suarez’s hattrick for Barcelona – Messil-ess, Nigeria’s qualification for the CHAN after a 0-0 draw in Ouagadougou against Burkina Faso, the Falconets slim 2-1 victory over South Africa and many more.
Capital One cup returns tonight and Arsenal will travel to Sheffield Wednesday. Ospina is injured and Wenger is unwilling to play Macey in goal. Cech is expected to man the post. A lot of youngsters have trained with the first team. Maybe we can have a debut game for Beilik. Gibbs, Chambers and Campbell will need to grab this game as a chance to fight for first team shirts.
Enough for today. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton, F1 Champion of the World 2015.
Enjoy your day.
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