I have a confession to make: I didn’t get to watch last night’s victory over Wolves.
When I arrived at The Oscar in Berlin I was greeted by the infuriating news that they did not have Sky Sports HD and that all the televisions would be playing the Manchester derby. Throw in a 45-minute bike ride in the cold to get there, some rather uncomfortable reflux and a drunken Irishman trying to pick a fight with me and it didn’t make for the greatest night ever.
The Manchester derby was a game to forget — nil-all games usually are — but there were two moments that lit up my night.
The first was the half-time scores from the other games being played. I looked at the screen, down, down, down… Wolves 0-1 Arsenal! Hooray! I high-fived my fellow Arsenal buddy and got myself a celebratory beer.
The second came at the end of the game when a text from my ever-loyal mother confirmed the news: Arsenal had beaten Wolves 2-0. What a great result, achieved after two difficult defeats and played under a fair amount of pressure.
On paper, 2-0 looked fairly comfortable. As I had left my computer at work I realised I would not be able to watch the highlights until today. I went to bed dreaming of a comfortable night for all involved, involving a calm defensive performance and perhaps a goal or two for Andrey Arshavin.
But switching on my computer this morning to watch the MOTD highlights I discovered out the truth: Wolves v Arsenal was positively mental!
Two goals of immense quality from Marouane Chamakh sandwiched an action-packed football game. Lukasz Fabianski starred with a brilliant goalkeeping display, Wolves had more shots and more possession (!), Cesc Fabregas lunged in with a very dangerous tackle and Johan Djourou almost scored! Unbelievable stuff.
Of course I cannot commen on the quality on our performance, to do so from a bunch of highlights would be extremely foolish. But 2-0 away to a Wolves side that have severely troubled both Manchester United and Chelsea is certainly a good result.
Throw in a favourable Manchester derby result and it was a brilliant night all-round for our boys.
I need a coffee…
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