Feb 27th, 2010 by 'holic
Well, that is the first objective achieved. I managed a title that didn’t include the word SCUM, for that is what those three bone-shattering thugs are.
Sorry, correction coming in. They are all good honest English players who haven’t got a bad bone in their body. These soft foreigners don’t like it up ‘em, do they? Ramsey’s what? Well, Welsh is foreign isn’t it?
It should have been a great day to be a Gooner, after the FA cuckholders (thanks again, Dara) suffered as Bridge came from behind against Terry, for a change. The three points for Arsenal at the Britannia means the Premiership title race is well and truly wide open again. So why do I feel sick to the stomach?
You don’t need a match report from me, do you? We all saw the rank bad defending that saw us surrender the early goal to an unmarked Pugh at the far post. Stoke deserved their lead early doors, but Arsenal showed some real character, first to get level with a magnificent Bendtner header, then to overcome the feelings of deja-vu after the grievous assault by Shawcross on Aaron midway through the second half.
Let’s put the punishment into perspective. Aaron’s season, at least, is over. The perpetrator of the challenge that put a nineteen year old out of the game will probably miss three games. That is one more than Alexandre Song will receive for a bit of six of one, half a dozen of the other, shoving that earned him a yellow card.
Obviously from that moment all of our thoughts were with Aaron, who had been outstanding as Arsenal fought to recover from a shaky start. The penalty that Ramsey himself should have had when upended by Faye in the box finally arrived when Pugh handled. The skipper planted it, an then put a third goal on a plate for Thomas Vermaelen.
Cesc and Arsene were, I thought, far more measured in their post match interviews than I could have been, but this is becoming such a regular occurrence now that they are becoming better prepared for dealing with the situation. Dan Smith did it to Abou Diaby, Martin Taylor did it to Eduardo, now Shawcross. Don’t tell me he left the pitch in tears. That is no comfort to his victim.
“There are things that are a little too much but three times in five years is a little bit too much“, said Cesc.
“I just believe in what I see and when you see a player getting injured like that it’s not acceptable. Commitment is right, but that is not right.” Arsene was clearly angered, but careful not to repeat his rant after the Eduardo incident at St Andrews had derailed our last title challenge two years ago.
I’m afraid I am not inclined to be as measured and reasonable. I am sick to the pit of my stomach tonight because a nineteen year old with a remarkable talent is lying in hospital wondering if he will ever play again. I’ll bet Ryan Shawcross won’t be in tears when he takes to the pitch again in four matches time, but then he is a good honest English defender, not a whingeing foreigner.
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