Arsenal: Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.
Some of you will remember my I am bored post from a few weeks ago, and I genuinely have been so fed up of even watching Arsenal of late, but that all changed yesterday afternoon.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I would ever be that bothered about Arsenal again after the past couple of years. On and off the field I have been completely over it. But as Alexis blasted home from close range I found myself celebrating as much as ever.
The first half was more of the same. Pretty dull, uninspiring football. But when we came out for the second half it felt like things changed.
The team looked more settled and comfortable in the new formation. The fans seemed to be more into it and we put in our best display since the first half against Bayern. (I still maintain that pre-Koscielny red we were very good.)
I know a lot of you reading this will not agree, and I totally get that, but watching Arsene Wenger celebrating at full time made me so sad that things have turned the way they have with him.
I will always love the man. I can’t turn on him. I may not be “Wenger in” as such, but I will never be “Wenger out” either. I have too much respect for the man. He has given me some of my best moments as a sports fan and I can’t forget that.
Again, don’t take this as criticism if you do want him to go – I totally get it.
It was so good to feel that way about an Arsenal game again. To actually care. Even if we had lost, I would have come away from it feeling so much better about things. There was fight there in that second half.
It is too early to say that the 3-4-3 can kickstart things, but the early signs are positive. For once I am actually looking forward to watching us again.
Now just the prospect of the last ever North London Derby at White Hart Lane against a team still chasing down Chelsea at the top of the table. Perhaps I should have waited another week to write this one…