Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Look at what happens when you let Arsenal play their own game...

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

On Wednesday May 11 at Highbury, the Arsenal delivered a telling message to all English Premier League followers.

In what was a match between second and fourth place in England's top flight, the Gunners went on to demolish Everton by 7 - 0.

In a very important way, it is a very sad result for all concerned, because it tells us that the gap between the top three clubs (Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United) and the rest of the Premiership is a gigantic gulf.

In addition, it is also very sad that the fourth-placed club, who qualify for the extravagant UEFA Champions League next season, can lose by such a big margin to one of Europe's underachievers.

But more importantly, it justifies the way in which Blackburn Rovers conducted themselves in the FA Cup semi-final against the Gunners: in a tough and defensive manner, with constant pressing.

It might not be pretty, nor does it win many friends (it does win plenty of enemies, though), but it can save a club from a total embarrassment.

If Champions League qualifiers Everton can manage a 7 - 0 loss against Arsenal by letting them play their own game, just imagine how much lowly Rovers could have lost by if they had rolled over and let themselves get trampled on.


At Monday, May 16, 2005 9:13:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your comments are spot on, but by the same token you cant have a go at the Arsenal players for "diving around", as these are perfect counter-tactics when the opposition "gets close to you"

At Wednesday, May 18, 2005 1:07:00 am, Blogger weenie said...

How I laughed when Everton let in 7 big ones.

How I didn't laugh when Liverpool finished below Everton in the league.

The gulf gets bigger and bigger, although from what the paranoid Man United fans are saying, soon, it will just be the top two of Arsenal and Chelsea.

At Wednesday, May 18, 2005 12:30:00 pm, Blogger Duniyadnd said...

It's a shame that Everton let out 7 goals. It's a delight to watch Bergkamp play such an influential game in what could have been his final game of his career.

However it's not so nice to the Evertonian team and fans when not many sources mention that most of the Everton squad that day were second string players.


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