By Chris Toronyi
Football is such an odd game. Games within games. Single plays or decisions that affect the outcome.
Case in point was this weekend for me and my football teams. I wrote a while back that I had a terrible footballing weekend when the Arsenal and my New York Giants delivered two terrible results against long-standing rivals. Results that ruined a weekend from start to finish.
This weekend provided some positive drama. Positive results for my teams, albeit in a very stressful manner. I'm beginning to think the Arsenal and Giants are somehow linked to cause me emotional pain and scarring.
The weekend began with another Arsenal game that provided us fans with frustration, but also reminders of what this team looked like at the beginning of the season. We still look a little fragile at the back - but that just reinforces how valuable Gibbs has been to us.
The real positive was seeing Jack on the pitch in an EPL game. The pressure for him to provide the magic to change our current form was no doubt felt, but it's just good to see him flying around the pitch. So good.
The game obviously changed with the sending off, giving us the man advantage. It was a new game to a degree that saw us deliver the much needed goal, but also gave us a couple hair-raising minutes that could have seen the win washed away.
Sure, it wasn't our finest display, but it was three points -- and another clean sheet. No real complaints from this American Gooner. You gotta start somewhere and a win obviously helps, gives us confidence even when we don't play at our best.
Now to the other weekend bookend. The football Giants once again played down to their opponent. Sound familiar? They built a huge lead, became complacent and choked it away. It truly was a game within a game. Thankfully the G-Men hung on for the "W". It was a good way to close out the weekend.
What's ironic is that the issue of technology played a big role in both results. The Giants won in part because replay officials overturned what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds. If the Premier League used a similar system, Arsenal's goal could have been ruled offside.
Stressful? Yes. Was it worth the watch? Of course. Best show on TV.
And please be sure to check out this week's episode of The Arsenal America Podcast later this week. We'll announce this week's guests on Twitter feed (@ArsenalAmerica) in the next few days. It will be available Thursday night Los Angeles Time.
'Stateside Gooner' Chris Toronyi is a longtime Arsenal supporter and the host of The Arsenal America podcast, available every week at ArsenalAmerica.com and on iTunes at "Arsenal America Podcast." You can read more of Chris' thoughts on Twitter.
The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect those of Arsenal Football Club or Arsenal Broadband Ltd.Copyright 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 29 Oct 2012