Krul End for Time Bandits Wenger Praises Walcott Thanks Webb
By Boris Mellor
March 13 2012
I can’t remember so many fans staying so late at a game, very few had left by the 99th minute when the game actually finished, and even then many still didn’t want to leave. They stayed to applaud the team off way beyond 10pm, and risked missing their trains to the eastern and northern counties.
Thanks Howard Webb and Crowd
The crowd were not best pleased with Webb, and even less pleased with Krull, but when 5 minutes was displayed the bloke next to me thought I had read it wrongly. However Webb must have allowed time for all the time wasting of Krul, what a delicious irony that it was the very last of these five minutes that saw Newcastle go down to a cruel defeat, not that the Arsenal fans were that bothered. Indeed to me the celebrations seemed louder and longer than anything that happened against Milan.
The crowd had done well to get on Krul’s back, howling at every split second he wasted, I have seen far worse, but it paid off, for Arsenal. Well done the crowd, it meant that Webb couldn’t ignore the time wasting tactics.
It was Vermaelen who made the mistake that gave the barcodes their goal, and it was Vermaelen who scored Arsenal’s winner. What a night for bookends. Newcastle’s number 10 scored, and seconds later the Arsenal number 10 equalised. It seemed an act of willpower, the crowd sang he scores when he wants to celebrate RvP’s 26th league goal.
But for the rest of the evening it seemed that Newcastle’s pressing defensive game would stop Arsenal scoring again. I must admit on the 94th minute I nearly gave up hope feeling that it wasn’t to be our night. That was just before Vermaelen arrived like an express train to score the winner, he is all heart.
It was that feeling of relief that you get at the end of watching a three hour long Greek tragedy, cathartic release at its most hysterical. It’s as good as watching Hamlet and King Lear all rolled into one.
Very few rushed home, lingering to watch the concourse TV I learnt that Arsenal had 23 shots to Newcastle’s five. The crowd were not wrong about Krul, time wasting was a key part of his team’s limited ambition, but like the Time Bandits his attempted larceny was foiled. I loved the way that the fans crowded around the TV watched as if it was for the first time, taken by surprise at every goal.
Geordie nation laughed one fan on the way out, they only took up half of the away end, WBA would have done as well.
Wenger Singles Out Walcott
A friend text me to say Walcott was Sky Man of Match, a just reward as he played the key role in both goals. Rosicky had another blinder, and having full backs again has really upped the tempo. In his post game letter Wenger singled out Walcott for praise having a knock at anyone who has criticised or doubted him over the last five years, reminding them he is only 22.
because its good, good times good article lets seee if we cant push on and build on this momentum. Hopefully carry it forward into the next season as we unfortunatley did the form of the previous season
Well that's praise indeed thanks Jack.
As long as we have no traitors in the ranks, as long as team knows RvP is staying, whether true or not they will hold together.
We fell apart several seasons running because of defectors
Arsenal is a top 16 European club that will remain a top 16 European club and the Emirates is tape-loop that will win trophy after trophy
Nothing will change to stop Arsenal's domination except the ticket prices which must go up so that Wenger can make even more marquee signings.
Kroenke, Gazidis & Wenger are made for each other a glorious triumvirate heading for immortality.
Arsenal’s not a football club it is the one true religion Milton Palmer
Not a huge turn out from them, understandable when you condsider the distance and that it was on SKY.
I find it really hard to enjoy a night game, because the return home hangs over me right the way through.
Got hom at 12, up at 545 and did a 10 and a half hour day.Makes me a bit zombie like.
Glad I went though, it was a tense evening but there is a good feeling about the place at the minute, it comes from the team because they all get along and play for each other. They've got some n*ts about them.
Hmm. I was afraid someone would ask that. To my eternal shame I could only remember he scored against a team playing in blue. I looked it up on youtube and it looked like Leicester and AFC had a very young looking A Cole in the team so I’m guessing at about 200o/1. galloped from his own half and the finish was more difficult than the verminators IMO.
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