Tuesday 27th March 2012
London N5 was a simply beautiful place to be on Saturday afternoon. Bathed in sunshine it contributed to the feel good factor very much brought on by our recent rich vein of form.
The points we have picked up have put us in a strong position when it comes to trying to make sure we enjoy yet more Champions League football next season. Even though the weather is always a good indication that the season is in its latter stages, complacency must be avoided at all costs with so many points still to play for.
Pre-match activities matched the sun's rays in their intensity and with the lunchtime game's result finishing arguably in the way we would have chosen, a really high-spirited atmosphere was present in the build up to kick-off.
Although winning after falling behind always feels extra special it was pleasing to break that 'habit' up at Goodison on Wednesday night. The way we dug in to make sure we took home all three points was a totally different way to achieve the same goal.
Saturday afternoon saw probably the most relaxing way to bring home the same haul of points. Gibbo's good run and shot opened the scoring before Theo's great touch and finish from yet another magnificent Songo pass doubled our lead and sent us in at half time for a desperately needed thirst quencher thoroughly satisfied and relaxed.
Without the excitement of recent home games the second half proved pretty comfortable, as we confidently kept the ball for long periods before the icing on the cake in injury time.
As far as long range free-kicks go Mikel's was up there among the best you will see. He simply thumped it and it hit the back of the net with stunning velocity.
Three-nil, three points and our seventh league win on the bounce. Good weather, good day... in fact I'm running out of positives!
A trip to Shepherd’s Bush comes next, something that was a regular occurence back through the late Eighties and Nineties but more of a novelty in recent times.
Rangers are battling for their Premier League lives, their incredible comeback against Liverpool a perfect example that they are certainly up for the fight.
We cannot go into the game however, without feeling anything but positive. Hopefully all Saturday's ingredients I've mentioned above will be there again... especially the three points of course.
Come on you Gunners.
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