“I don’t think it was a penalty, I know it was,” he replied bullishly. “Andre Marriner is one of the best referees in Europe.”We have a penalty which is difficult to accept for winning team, but WBA know the ref didn’t make a mistake.” – Mourinho
Had to scratch the first two paragraphs I had written earlier to wallow in Chelsea’s defeat. The quote above was from their cunt faced manager after Ramires dived to earn them a point against West Brom and for him to come out to sarcastically congratulate the referees after the penalty his team conceded today just shows the kind of man that he is. Twat.
Laughing at your enemies is just a little less enjoyable than celebrating your own good result and I choose to wallow in this Chelsea loss for as long as I can. What would make it all better would be for Thibaut Courtois to make three penalty saves that would send Chelsea out of the Champions league and my joy would be complete.
Sad part is that we are too far back to take advantage of a result like this and you think of loses against Everton, Stoke and the points dropped against Swansea, 7 points from those games and we might have still being in with a chance. You have to go back to the win against Spurs to find the last time we won a game away from home and now we have 4 games with 2 away for us to hull in 12 points that would guarantee that we are back in Europe for the Champions League.
Winning the FA cup and qualifying for Europe would be some success this season but winning both the League and FA Cup really shouldn’t be mutually exclusive events. Wenger and Arsenal have done it before and we need to make the right kind of investments for those periods to come back to us. For now we have to focus on getting the 12 points that we need to be back in Europe and the manager has described it as 5 finals.
We would expect that the win over West Ham would have brought back some required mental freshness to a side that has suffered physical and mental fatigue so bad it looked like they had forgotten how it felt to experience victory and the orgasmic nature of their celebrations when they beat Wigan to qualify for the finals of the FA Cup just showed how much they really wanted to be back to winning ways.
We are further bolstered with the return of Ozil to the squad and for all the criticisms he received just before he suffered his injury, his effect on the team is evident for all to see now considering how we have struggled to create chances and even with his absence Ozil still leads the assists chart in Arsenal. I don’t think Ozil would be in from the start tomorrow as he is just returning but one player who would definitely reclaim his starting shirt is Ramsey. What a talent he has turned out to be, joining the fray against West Ham and creating the goal for Poldi just showed how much we have missed him. God bless his heart Ramsey!!
Hull City or ‘Hull City Tigers’ whichever name they go by these days recruited well with their acquisitions of Shane Long and Jelavic during the January transfer window and they have combined provided 6 goals. It’s this twin attack that our defensive paring have to be wary of. My best player in the Hull team would be Huddlestone, not guaranteed a starting berth is Spurs expensively organized trash team he moved to Hull and has been able to impose himself on their style of play.
Our midfield tomorrow would have to pay attention to Huddlestone trying to drive balls through them to find his strikers or A. Elmohamady. It would be interesting to see who starts tomorrow in defensive midfield with Arteta having played full minutes of the games against Wigan and West Ham one would expect that he would be rested for a refreshed Flamini who has served his 2 match ban.
Ozil’s arrival brings back to the fore the question of how the manager uses Podolski especially considering his goal scoring form. Cazorla and Rosicky have played in the Ozil role recently which allowed Podolski an extended run on the left side of attack. With Ozil and Ramsey back would the manager drop Poldi and resume playing Santi out on the left? Or would he keep Poldi and play Santi on the right which would mean a player like Oxlade would be relegated to the bench and we would lose the pace and energy he brings to the team. These kinds of puzzles are beyond our pay grades so Wenger would have to come up with the best way of using his whole available squad to ensure we get all the points we would need to get into Europe.
I’ve always loved the second goal we scored against Liverpool when we knocked them out of the FA Cup. Ozil’s intelligence, Oxlade’s pace and willingness to run behind defenders and Podolski’s precision. Hopefully we can recreate it again against Hull. Cheers Gooners!
Now, let me know if you find another preview on-line on the Arsenal vs Hull City EPL game that didn’t make some reference to the fact that both teams are billed to meet in the other cup final in a few weeks. 🙂 I would love to know.
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