Sunday, August 24, 2008

1-0 to Fulham

"We lacked a bit more quality in our passing. We you look at the possession we had and what we did with it that is always a sign it is not only down power but vision and technical quality. That was not there today. I don’t know why. You have to credit to Fulham as well."

- Arsene Wenger, doing a passable impersonation of an ostrich

I'm not going to dwell on the unpleasantness of yesterday.

I like St Paul's at dusk. There's something quite meditative, sitting on the steps. Tourists walk up the steps and take photos. Business folk scurry past the statue. Double-decker buses and those black cabs hurtle down the road. The sun sets somewhere behind Fleet Street, and it's kind of poignant imaging the funeral processions of Nelson and Wellington as they were brought down that road to be interred.

Actually, I will say something about the match. What do we expect? We've lost our two midfielders, have two more who are injured, and one winger who's going to need time to adapt. We don't have the strength in depth to win games without our first team. But it's not the end of the world. We're still good enough to make the Top 4. Denilson and Walcott will get experience from this. Djourou should've been retained (we'll need him), but I'm not one Who Knows.

That said, we need someone like Alonso, Inler or Barry. Just someone who can get a beer without a driver's license. I hope we're getting him before Newcastle, because I'd like to see a functional Arsenal side.

Tower of London today.

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