What a mad week it’s been. First we see United for the first time in donkeys years get positive contentious decisions at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea themselves make a stand on racism, Chelsea of course are a club who’s supporters are well known for their passionate views on racism. We had Arsenal on Tuesday night taking part in one of the best matches I’ve ever seen as a neutral. I’ve only ever twice seen a match where teams recover from a four goal deficit and both of them games have occured in the last two years and both have involved Arsenal. On the same night as United played Chelsea again at Stamford Bridge in the League cup there was a report of children in Royton, Lancashire instead of being given sherbet dip whilst out trick-or-treating, were given Cocaine. Jack Wilshere’s rehablitation from a fifteen month injury lay off continued and also stagnated today when he was sent off two minutes after Patrice Evra had score what turned out to be the winning goal. Wilshere was given a second yellow card for a tackle I believe was a red card in its own right. Halfway through the second half, Patrice Evra had shown Uniteds wasteful forwards how to put the ball away when he headed United into a 2-0 lead. By that time, United should’ve been out of sight. As it happened, Arsenal were outclassed and only with literally the last kick of the game did Santi Cazorla give the score a far closer look than merited when he made it 1-2 to the Arsenal
Patrice Evra makes the score 2-0 on 67 minutes
That United weren’t out of sight was down to some sloppy final balls and finishing coupled with the fact that United have now had four penalties missed this season by four different players. Today Wayne Rooney added his name to the list that contains Robin Van Persie at Southampton, Nani at home to Galatasaray and Javier Hernandez at home to Wigan. As luck would have it, United haven’t dropped a single point in games where these penalties have been missed. All said, I have no memory of United missing so many penalties in such a short time.
Wayne Rooney puts the penalty wide in first half injury time
After Arsenal kicked the game off, United quickly asserted possesion and within three minutes were winning 1-0 after Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen made a mess of clearing a poor cross from United full back Rafael. Robin Van Persie, a man who seems to have the same knack that Ian Rush had of being in the right place at the right time put the ball past grasping Arsenal keeper, Vito Mannone to put United in front.
Robin Van Persie responds in kind to the nearby Arsenal fans greetings to make the score 1-0
You never know which Arsenal side are going to turn up. The superbly organised side that played Liverpool and City off the park in away matches this season or that abject team which were so bad in the first half at Reading four days ago. Today, the latter turned up but as bad as they were, you can never relax against a team of that quality. Whichever Arsenal side turn up, three points against them is always a great three points. All said, Arsenal is not a happy place at the moment. Understandable really, to go to date, seven years without any trophy for a team as good as they consistently are is an anomaly. There were mumblings of discontent about Arsene Wenger when I was sat incognito amongst Arsenal fans at Ashburton Grove in January for Uniteds 2-1 win. Today, whilst not calling for his dismissal, Arsenal fans certainly made their feelings clear at half time when only 1-0 down. Venga, Venga sowt it aart was being chanted by Arsenal fans as the half time whistle blew. When Arsenal went 2-0 down they turned their ire to their Manchester Grammar educated and boyhood City supporting chief executive Ivan Gazidis. Arsenal fans were singing “What the fuck do you do, Ivan Gazidis” and “We want our Arsenal back“. It appears that there’s a similar discontent with Arsenal fans about their clubs ownership as the brooding undercurrent about the present incumbents at Old Trafford. We know long and hard what hard faced bastards we’ve got as custodians, it looks like Arsenal fans are just finding out just how much they matter in the grand scheme of things. Then there was their predictable songs of hostility aimed at Robin Van Persie. Basically they’ve nicked the song Tottenham fans have been singing about him since his incarceration in Rotterdam in 2005 for a charge he was aquitted of. After seven years of stoutly defending Van Persies innocence, Arsenal fans have suddenly uncovered new evidence which satisfies them that he did commit the crime after all. He signed for United, read it and weep suckers
Jack Wilshere rubbing his nose after he was sent off after 69 minutes