Monday 20th December 2010

With our fanbase being far and wide everybody has a tale to tell about Saturday's postponement. Even Kylie, an Aussie Gooner based in Canberra texted me his disgust at having to leave a nightclub just so he could see Saturday's game (although he seemed to be quite happy to be heading back there once it was called off!)

My day involved a three-hour journey to London where I took in a fast food burger when the rumours were circulating that a blizzard had hit N5, before embarking on the same journey back. I don't even like burgers! I did get home relatively easily, safe and sound however, so with the weather in much of the country once again bringing life to a standstill, my own experience wasn’t too bad overall.

Wasted journeys due to postponements have happened from time to time down the years of course but for some reason I found Saturday's particularly irritating.

The cost of the whole journey always feels like you are simply throwing money down the drain for starters and the fact the sun came out just as my return train departed Waterloo station, literally moments after news had filtered through that the game was off, didn't help my state of mind either!

For me, however, it is far more to do with the way the world is these days. Of course, I don't blame Arsenal or the referee, you only have to look at the pictures to see the stadium and the surrounding streets were covered in snow when a decision was made.

But even if the conditions had been less severe the game might not have gone ahead because with injury law as it is these days it simply isn't worth the risk.

Years ago pitches might have been cleared by a few 'volunteers' if required, us fans would have donned more suitable footwear and we all would have taken a little more time and care getting to and from the stadium! Back then, if you fell over, it was due to the snow... and you can't take that to court!

Now you only have to watch the TV, listen to the radio or even glance up at one of the many hoardings around our towns and cities to see or hear the injury law 'specialists' ramming their slogans down our throats.

It seems to be a British thing too, you only have to look at our away game in Bayern Munich a few years back or Spartak Moscow for that matter. Both were played in stadia surrounded by more than two feet of snow!

Certainly as an aspect of law it needed to improve as a concept and consequently there is an argument that it is a good thing to some degree but we simply cannot have an 'accident' these days and it be just that! It has to be somebody's fault. For me that is just ridiculous.

The snow has given us a longer 'break' than is usual of course but I still feel it is very much the calm before the storm that is the Christmas period, both on and off the pitch!

Chelsea is comfortably a big enough fixture to whet the appetite and will give us the kind of PMT to help sweat out the previous few days' excesses.

All that remains for me to say is a massive Happy Christmas to all Gooners around the globe!


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20 Dec 2010