Hi all, I hope you are all ok.
This is my first blog entry so I am a bit nervous but that is to be expected isn’t it?
I will begin with the fixture list and it is a tough start.
Newcastle away as i am sure you will remember doesn’t exactly bring back good memories from last season. Yes, I am talking about the infamous ‘four goal comeback’.
We started fantastically and before you knew it we were 3-0 up in 15 minutes and 4-0 up by half time but the dream wasn’t to last as we went from fantasy to tragedy. Poor defensive mistakes proved costly and Chek Tiote had too much time in my opinion to compose himself before he leveled to make it 4-4 in the dying moments.
Our second match, and first home match, gets even tougher as we play host to Liverpool. If I remember correctly there was 8 minutes of injury time to be played as Carragher went off knocked out; needing a gas mask to help him breathe (thankfully he was ok though). We scored on the stroke of the 8th minute of injury time and that should have been all three points to us. However there was to be another twist, three minutes after the whistle should have gone, Liverpool were handed a free kick roughly five yards outside of the penalty area for a trip. The free kick hit the wall and then Eboue decided he would rugby tackle the opponent and in doing so, gave away a penalty which Kuyt cooly converted.
To start, the ref should never have played three minutes over the allocated time. Whilst I appreciate we scored right when the whistle would have gone and he would have needed to play that little bit extra to play the full eight minutes, a celebration, the time that would have been to those eight, does not last three and a bit minutes!
Secondly, Eboue should not be trying to bundle Lucas over. He was facing away from goal and if he had just jockeyed with him, the ref would have blown soon after and victory would have been ours.
To complete the opening month of the season, we face the toughest test we will do in the Premier League, Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Old Trafford has become a bit of a fortress to Manchester United in recent . Last season we played reasonably well, but we had limited chances to push forward and when we did, we didn’t take our chances and lost the game 1-0
It was also the day when Wojciech Szczesny made his Arsenal debut in goal and there was nothing he could have done about the goal, it was a terrific looping header by Ji-sung Park.
The first hotly contested North London derby is away at White Hart Lane on 1st October.
All in all, let us hope for a strong campaign for next season and hopefully there will be a trophy other than the Emirates Cup in our cabinet this time next year!
Untill next time folks, goodbye!
Written by Liam Mercer