Thursday 5th May 2011
Sunday contained possibly the most difficult emotions to ever try and put into words. Of course we always want to win every game we play and consequently the day can be described as nothing less than satisfactory. Somehow however, with the few weeks we have just endured, it was a victory that almost seemed to add to the frustration!
There was a definite lack of confidence in the air as we enjoyed our pre-match refreshment, not I feel because we didn't think our team were capable of beating our opponents on the day but more because of the sheer disappointment and frustration at how our League challenge had drifted away over the previous three games.
Even in the stadium I struggled to remember such a 'low key' atmosphere before and certainly during the early stages of what is usually such a huge fixture.
With the team dominating from the off however, the noise levels began to rise but yet again luck deserted us when Vidic's quite superb handled clearance was not seen by any of the officials, denying us a definite penalty and probably the red card that would have gone with it.
Of course, late in the game a penalty decision did go our way so with the overall result I will take that from the day. If the first one had been originally given as mentioned above however, the whole direction of the game would have been different making everything after that incident almost irrelevent when it comes to analysis.
Rambo was fantastic I felt, looking something like the player he was when he got his injury and his winner was no less than both he and the team deserved for being the better side throughout.
It was pleasing too for an Aussie mate of mine, Kylie, and three of his fellow Gooner mates who had travelled all the way from Canberra to follow their team over the last four games. Just like every single one of us, they were absolutely sick at how we managed to not win their first three so a victory on Sunday at least left them flying home later that night with something to smile about!
So, by nothing more than our finger nails, we are hanging in there and that continues with our tough trip to Stoke on Sunday. Of course, nothing less than a win will be good enough and even then we rely heavily on results elsewhere.
Come on you yellows!
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 5 May 2011