Thursday, November 5, 2009
Watching our team is what we all enjoy doing. That's what makes us football supporters. Through thick and thin (although many of you have never seen 'thin' believe me!) we spend our time and hard earned (or often borrowed) money to follow our team all over this country and beyond.
Of course, off the field activities including especially for me, the company of good friends and fellow Gooners, very much enhance the enjoyment no matter how well things are going on the pitch. There are times however, of which there have been many in recent times, where the football we are playing on the field is an absolute joy to behold.
To say it has been a fine few days to be a Gooner is a gross understatement. Pre-match chat on Wednesday was still crammed full with all our individual experiences as we enjoyed taking our nearest and dearest to the cleaners on Saturday. Realising that if we were to lose to Alkmaar we would be in serious danger of not qualifying from a group we have throughly dominated so far however, quickly brought home how important the next chapter in our season was.
Similarly to Saturday I feel, the opening exchanges saw us dominate with a considerable amount of comfort without creating a huge amount of chances and taking that all important lead.
Once Cesc's 'dribbler' somehow made it inside the near post however, the result never ever looked in doubt.
Talking of our captain, just how well is he playing at the moment?! For me one of the biggest aspects to the huge amount of experience he has under his belt for someone so young is that when through with the goalkeeper to beat, he no longer occasionally suffers from that 'cat in the headlights'
situation young players often seem to experience. We've just enjoyed a week to emphasize that point methinks!
In the nicest and most masculine kinda way I would describe the majority of our goals as 'pretty' and we saw yet more examples of that on Wednesday. One RVP strike in the first half very very nearly saw a goal that could only be described as footballing perfection and Abou's and our fourth was not far away from that, Eddy's backheel, Andrey's vision and the sublime finish putting the icing on a very nice Champions League night out!
Most of us initially thought we are definitely through but although mathematically this is not quite correct, we are very much in a position where it is ours to throw away. It is a great feeling to know we can win the group if we beat Liege at home in three weeks time. I like Athens as a city but a nice relaxing few days enjoying the local wares knowing matters on the pitch are totally irrelevent will do me nicely!
Wolves away next and yet another massive game. Like West Ham I fully expect our hosts to make it very hard for us until the final minute, even if we take the lead. We have enjoyed a quite fantastic week but in football the next game always becomes the most important.
Saturday is no different.
Come on you mighty Gooners!
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