Wednesday, December 19, 2012
There are certain songs I have always believed should remain firmly in the locker until it is impossible to not end up with egg on your face! In recent times trips to both Newcastle and Monday night's opponents Reading have definitely emphasised that!
When our hosts scored their second on the night I was beginning to hope those travelling Gooners who had chosen to start singing a certain festive ditty about winning away from home were not going to regret it!
Monday was thoroughly enjoyable for our particular group, a comfortable train journey seeing us taking in some fine pre-match fare in a Berkshire hostelry before taking our place in an away end where we all witnessed a game almost beyond belief back in October.
There was always a danger I guess, given what did happen on that crazy night, we could have been in for a boring 0-0 draw this time round! Given our recent plight and all the media attention that has gone with it, that definitely would not have been what the doctor ordered.
When concentrating on your attacking qualities, for me there is nothing quite like blistering pace, especially given the kind of football we like to play. The line up on Monday certainly had that look about it, Theo playing 'up top' being something we have only seen fleeting glimpses of in the past.
Reading can score goals, there is no doubting that and they have shown examples of this on numerous occasions this season. Consequently I expected them to enjoy situations where this might continue. Likewise however, I felt if we were on our game we would see plenty of opportunities come our way too.
This is pretty much how it panned out with some excellent football seeing us enjoy five excellent goals, Santi's hat-trick sandwiched between Lukas' and Theo's efforts and five goals for us travelling Gooners to enjoy.
Nineteen goals in two visits is a simply incredible statistic and one that will live long in the memory. Above all else however, it is three massive points and that is the most important thing to come out of the week.
Talking of memories I am finishing my notes today talking about something I have never needed to in the 13 or so years I have been writing this diary/blog.
Back in July 1999 I penned a 'trial' diary after a pre-season trip to Notts County. Little did I know that come December 2012 I would not have missed a single game home and away since.
Believe it or not, unless for some reason it is postponed, I am not travelling to Wigan away on Saturday. A good friend is getting married and I am attending. Despite my considerable efforts to persuade him to change his mind it appears the situation is beyond salvation!
He has been seriously reprimanded about his behaviour of course and at least the early kick-off time up at the DW Stadium means I will be able to see the game on television.
It will feel extremely strange not being there but my desire is no different. Let's get three points.
FrankCopyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 19 Dec 2012