Saturday’s game at the Emirates marks the first competitive visit to our new home by Arsenal great, Patrick Vieria.

I say competitive, as he obviously played in the first ever game at the new ground in Bergkamp’s testimonial.

He remains the last captain of this club to lift a trophy, the 2005 FA Cup, and his famous last ever kick of a ball for the club was the winning penalty that saw us beat the Mancs to the cup.

His duels with Roy Keane throughout the late 90’s and early noughties are the true stuff of legend, and will no doubt be heralded for decades to come.

Maybe Paddy kicking a ball, albeit in an opposition shirt, on the Emirates turf could kill this darn curse we have hanging over us.

Yes, I certainly am clutching at straws.

Looking back at the season, you cannot help wonder why we get such unreal bad luck with injuries and refereeing decisions going against us.

They do NOT average out over the season where Arsenal are concerned.

The other amazing occurence is players having the game of the careers against us, and then reverting back to shite when they play every other team.

Have we not always been cursed with outrageous shots from all over the gaff just flying in over our goalies heads?

Maybe as a gooner, I am only seeing what I want to see, and should be a little more open-minded about these things.

Rubbish, I know we are cursed, and I know that curse will be lifted soon enough.

So hang on in there fellow gooners, keep those spirits lifted.

Ok so we lost!

February 8, 2010

Mark my words,  Abou Diaby HAS come of age.

He was immense today, Lumpy and Co shat themselves everytime he got the ball and went marauding at them.

Long gone is the clumsy, cumbersome Cartlon Palmer-esque gangly midfielder.

Diaby of old, coming back from yet another niggling injury, would have had a mare today… however,  he was THE dominant player on the park today.

He impressed with his  box to box play, he defended his own box admirably with last gasp sliding tackles, ran at the opposition with his usual elegant grace and gave it 100% for the entire 75 odd minutes he spent on the pitch.

To be fair, he has been bloody awesome for most of this season, the penny has  finally dropped for the lad.


Step forward… the true heir apparent to the throne of King Paddy.