Sheeessh. Where are all the Manchester United (Manure) fans when you need them the most? lolz!
November 10th 2008. A night all Arsenal and genuine football fans will always remember. The night Arsenal dominated the game against arch rivals Manure without our two best players Adebayor (ankle) and RVP (suspension) who are also currently the top scorer(s) for Arsenal (with 5 goals each in this EPL season), and the others were Emmanuel Eboue (knee), Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) and Eduardo (broken leg).
With the injury roster, everybody assumed it would be a replay of that disastrous day (16th Feb 2008) when Manure trashed 10-man Arse 4-0 at the 5th round FA Cup because there were not enough experienced players in the squad.
The injury list for that black day was:
Philippe Senderos (knee)
Gael Clichy (hamstring)
Emmanuel Adebayor (hamstring)
Johan Djourou (groin)
Robin van Persie (thigh)
Abou Diaby (calf)
Manuel Almunia (sick)
Tomas Rosicky (hamstring)
Theo Walcott (thigh)
Alex Song (muscular)
Bacary Sagna (personal reasons)
Rumor had it that Arsene Wenger even started pulling out Arsenal supporters from the stand and made them play for the team
But for the match on Saturday Nov 10 2008, as true Arsenal fans, our faith in the team was as strong as ever, and boy were we rewarded!!!!!! Fantastic play dear Gunners! Yeahhhhh! Even with the usual biasness always shown in favor of Manure, Arse came out the clear victors.
Just a little bit sore though, because Bendtner definitely didn’t play well… Nasri could have gotten his historical hat-trick against Manure on so many occasions, if only Bendtner didn’t play selfishly. But over all, it was amazing, and there was no sign of the trademark Manure-last-minute-pressure at all, even when a ridiculous 6 minutes was awarded as injury time and Manure managed to score one in the 90th minute. No pressure at all. Arsenal kept their cool throughout. Positive signs of maturity indeed.
I love the way Arsenal concluded the official match report:
The whistle blew soon afterwards.
Arsenal were back. But had they ever really gone away?
And so I will get back to my opening question. Where are all the Manure fans when you need them the most!!?? So far, none of my friends who support Manure have answered my call Some of them even switched off their mobiles and till today they are still switched off! Hahaha!
Well dear friends, you can switch on your mobiles now. Your folks must be worried. It’s been two days already so the moment to gloat and thrash talk has passed. I promise I will not call you up regarding this…
To celebrate our victory, me and two other Arse fans went for a ride all over town at 2 in the morning in a rickety old auto (actually we rode around Andheri-Juhu-Lokhandwala area only but saying "town" makes it feel more ceremonious and pompous! )
2 in the morning we were screaming out Gunners woooohooooo everywhere and our auto driver too was definitely enjoying it! 2 in the morning we stopped by a roadside chai-wala on Juhu beach and treated everybody present to tea and ciggies! 2 in the morning we spotted a lot of things we shouldn’t see too! But then, let that be a topic for another post.
All in all, it was a memorable night. The auto fare came up to nearly 400 bucks, but it was worth it!