Everyone’s got an Arsenal mate, haven’t they? I’ve got three but strangely didn’t volunteer to communicate with any of them on Wednesday evening. However one of them, Mickey, couldn’t resist, erm, taking the mickey via the gift of Google Mail.
There were a few cheap cracks such as had Josip Drmic borrowed his boots from Ronald MacDonald, did Tim Krul think he was under hypnosis and were Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis the Invisible Man and the Ghost respectively. Plus a couple more that were pretty explicit as I’m sure you can imagine.
But by Satan Mick had a point. I cannot and will not lay any blame at Krul’s door. He’s been so good for us this season that he has to be nailed on for POTS and if you don’t vote for him I’ll stamp my feet and scweam and scweam and scweam till I’m sick. And I can.**
Teemu Pukki looks shot and why on earth we ever signed Drmic I will never know. Young Adam Idah looked quick, mobile and interested and hasn’t yet created any media hype around himself so don’t be surprised if he’s our main striker next season. We could do a lot worse than the strong, intuitive youngster from Corcaigh.
The only bright note I can muster is that shot from Ben Godfrey which hit the post. I’ve no tape measure but he must have been well over 30 metres out when he hit it. I’m sure Rio will engineer a good move for him in the summer where he will go to a truly ambitious club and play as a defensive midfielder, which surely is his best position.
I know we have had little choice this season due to injuries but I think he has that perfect combination of strength and skill for midfield. And as he proved not for the first time this season he has one hell of a shot on him.
“Sadly, we made too many mistakes, especially in front of the goals. Arsenal were the better side in terms of scoring goals. We have to accept the loss because we didn’t reach 100 per cent the level of performance and made crucial mistakes before the goals.”
Well, at least Daniel Farke spoke with perfect honesty after the debacle.
Two howlers [Krul and Drmic], one deflection [Onel Hernandez, who was unfortunate rather than neglectful] and what seemed to me like an acceptance that we are second best for 75 minutes of the match didn’t do a lot for me.
Bournemouth, Villa and Watford cannot buy a point at the moment and I would guess West Ham’s achievement against Chelsea was a blip. But the trouble is that we seem incapable of taking any kind of advantage of this.
It’s a bit like our dogs. Neither of them do very much wrong but I have to tell them off when they howl in unison at the Match of the Day theme at 07:30 on Sunday mornings.
It’s the trumpets that do it. After the telling off [non physical I hasten to add] their tails drop and stay that way for a while. Just like us. Our figurative tails have dropped big time and there is no way out of our current predicament. Unless…
It’s Brighton tomorrow, we have Timm Klose back and I guess we don’t know what might happen. But this time around we really have to defecate or self-destruct. This is it. Absolutely it.
Although I quite like the evergreen Glenn Murray as a person I’ve never been a fan of his integrity as a player. There’s also the threat of Neil Maupay, who without mincing my words, can be a nasty ba$tard if he gets the bottom-ache.
However, they are now surely safe as they shot out of the post-shutdown blocks really quickly so seemingly have little to play for.
But neither did Southampton or Everton have anything to play for either, which remains ominous.
I really think that NCFC players and supporters alike cannot wait for this wretched excuse for a season to end.
**Most of our more mature readers will get that reference I would imagine, especially if they have the Christian name of William.