Still reveling in the warm glow of Tuesday’s amazing election result, I headed down to Maggie McGarrys to watch a 7:00AM tape-delayed broadcast of the Arsenal-ManUre match. The Gunners had been on a run of poor form recently but you wouldn’t have known it by the great crowd of Bay Area Gooners who showed up for the match.
Arsenal were without their two top strikers, Adebayor (injury) and van Persie (suspension), so I was praying to the footie gods for draw. I was hoping the squad could steel themselves and hold off the Red Devils, who’d been dominating most of their recent league matches.
Now I’m just embarrassed for ever having doubted my club. While United squandered several chances, Arsenal always looked the more likely team to win. The back four, who I’ve complained frequently about this season, did an admirable job, with extra praise going to Clichy and Sagna. Cesc did not have his best match, but was brilliant when it counted, particularly his assist on Samir Nasri’s second goal.
Samir Nasri continues to be a brilliant addition, and his second goal was a rocket. Great article on him in the Telegraph.
For those of you who didn’t see the match, here are the highlights:
Finally, I just want to mention again the 40 or so members of the Bay Area Gooners who showed up for the match (pictures here). Probably the best crowd we’ve had yet this season for an Arsenal match-viewing. Thanks to Charles from Il Fornaio for the pastries and fruit. Hope to see you all at the pub very soon!