Watching Arsenal Is Bad For Your Health
The season run-in remembered
I don’t mind admitting that the final few weeks of the season were not good for my health.
It all started with a truly dreadful home display against Wigan. Losing that game somewhat closed the gap on the baying monsters lying beneath us, and I sustained a stiff neck from constantly looking over my shoulder.
A week later, I hoped that we might have secured three points at home to the Odious Chavs, and that would have saved the NHS a load of blood-pressure pills. However, on the day, the Odious Chavs turned up with a stiffs’ eleven (plus John Terry) and parked a couple of buses. The biggest cheer during a depressing 0-0 bore draw was the sight of Cashley entering the fray to an onslaught of abuse, and then promptly getting booked. I could hardly bear to watch when we conceded a corner in the final minute of time added on with the sight of Terry pushing and shoving in order to get a head on the ball as it came over. Fortunately, we held firm and the final whistle put paid to the Odious Chavs finishing above us. But I still managed to develop a nervous twitch.
Then came Stoke away. Of all the teams to play at this crucial time of the season it had to be Stoke Rugby Team, along with their Neanderthal followers, who I feel rather sorry for, because they have been starved of watching football. We managed to leave with a point, but the door was left open for the monsters to make hay. This amounted to more angst.
We now move on to our last home game of the season where everybody apart from me seemed highly optimistic that we would take three points off Norwich and this victory would guarantee us third place. We had not played well in the three previous games, only taking two points out of nine. The newspapers were full of pieces that third spot was ours for the taking. Then, on the day of the match, the latest Gooner mag thundered through my letter box. To my dismay, I saw no less that twelve references to us having done the hard work and third spot was ours. The editor set the tone in his first paragraph, and shame on The Spy who mentioned it three times in his piece, closely followed by Micky Cannon with a brace. Now, was this complacency setting in, or what? Then, walking to the Grove, I saw “Tottanic” T-shirts on sale in the stalls. Er, excuse me, there is a matter of securing three points first. During the match I went through every emotion possible, from complete depression at half-time, to complete ecstasy following Percy’s two goals, then back to complete depression again at the end. The Norwich equaliser was almost too much for me. The thing that saved me from jumping off Westminster Bridge was the look on Percy’s face as he celebrated the second of his two goals directly in front of me. This was the look of a man who wasn’t prepared to walk away.
Knowing that we had to win the final game of the season at West Brom was all a bit surreal. The day passed me by as I found myself dribbling behind the sofa, feeding off texts from well-wishers. Thanks to Marton Fulop, we found the net three times and Marton found himself being nominated in my Gooner Survey as our second-best player of the season. It was all down to Kieran Gibbs’ last ditch tackle to protect our third place and me not caring what happened in Munich a week later. Thank you, Kieran for keeping me away from that wooden box a bit longer.
15th June 2012
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Adam 9:56am 15th Jun 2012
the west brom game is the most uncomfortable i have ever felt during a match! i was all over the place! - Post No. 25845
Angry & Frustrated 11:26am 15th Jun 2012
Bad for your health and also bad for your wealth! - Post No. 25847
Big Andy 14:54pm 15th Jun 2012
Makes you worry about next season, doesn't it? Especially if RvP goes. If the Chavs get it right then we will be lucky to finish 4th. - Post No. 25851
billthered 15:04pm 15th Jun 2012
Well it all ended as best as we could all have imagined,because in late september to think we could finish third was beyond anything imaginable.To tell you the truth we should all thank Fabio Capello and Chavy Terry for turning Harry's head and upsetting the spuds mindset for which we be eternally grateful,something Mr Levy has'nt forgotten it seems.But next season we cannot start like that again and there should be no excuses,lessons should have been learnt,to late for Harry though. - Post No. 25852
maguiresbridge gooner 15:28pm 15th Jun 2012
Not good for your health Fozzy you were certainly not alone there it was probably our nervous system that took more off a battering than anything (apart from our defensive system)I can't say i was overly confident myself going into the last couple of games remembering our form through out the season especially against so called lesser teams.The last game of the season had us all saying surely we can't blow it again surely we can't make another balls up but with this team anything was possible.But like you said thanks to marton fulop and gibbs it all worked out in the end and arsene got his third place trophy. - Post No. 25854
Alan 16:29pm 15th Jun 2012
Thank heavens you are not a Man Utd supporter then - Post No. 25855
Ct Gooner 18:15pm 15th Jun 2012
You make a great point, we managed just 6 points from the last 5 games (3 of them at the Grove)! Yet to many fans, nothings broken.... - Post No. 25856
DW Thomas 19:17pm 15th Jun 2012
I don't know what's worse. Ending the season with Groundhog Day again (coming 3rd or 4th) or seeing how far below the two Manc teams we were. And as of today, only Podolski is in. If a month from now the team is still pretty much the same with no new additions, it is time to seriously question whether Arsene should continue. Would he have been sacked like Redknapp had we finished 4th and out of the CL? No way! - Post No. 25857
northbank123 22:52pm 15th Jun 2012
Did you really not care that Chelsea are champions of Europe? - Post No. 25858
Mike 10:45am 16th Jun 2012
Nice to see the deadwood putting in the goals and assists in the Euro's. Combined the Arsenal players must have contributed more goals than any other team. In 20 minutes, Walcott displayed why he is a useful player - 1 goal, 1 assist and the swedish left back pegged back. - Post No. 25859
Stroud Green Road Boy 11:14am 16th Jun 2012
It would have been better had we not finished 3rd, perhaps then there would have been some change at the club. Probably not but as it is we are guaranteed more of the same next season. It has become incredibly tiresome but there is no prospect of change, the Wenger-Kroenke-Gazidis triumphate have the club locked up and there are enough mugs who have been brainwashed into thinking qualifying for a competition is a magnificent achievement to keep them going for a few years yet. - Post No. 25861
Ronster 12:07pm 16th Jun 2012
Mike.....yeah,when they're not under Arse-ne's watch...... - Post No. 25862
Arsene is a liar 6:20am 17th Jun 2012
I know that many who predicted that we would finish seventh this season were proven wrong this season but for the next season we will probably finish there and it would take several seasons for us to come back to CL because Chelsea have invested massively and Liverpool and Suprs have sacked their useless managers. - Post No. 25866
lee afc 19:58pm 17th Jun 2012
Fozzy...what sort of look did RVP have on his face to suggest that 'he wasn't prepared to walk away' because as is regular with The Arsenal during the seasons end and the new season, have we heard the players dedication....no....its becoming a bit tiresome season after season. - Post No. 25867
20th May 2013
Online Ed: 4th place trophy and CL qualifier secured