Friday, April 17, 2009

One day more

Tomorrow we'll discover
What our God in Heaven has in store
One more dawn
One more day
One day more!

- One Day More, Les Miserables

We're up against it tomorrow. Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final. I'm not entirely convinced about the importance of the FA Cup (why doesn't any other country take its domestic cup competition seriously?), but it's against Chelsea, and I want us to win it. We can't let Chelsea win. It's the principle.

We're up against it because Guus Hiddink is amazing, an genius and very, very lucky. He's the luckiest manager I've ever seen. He has great tactical setups and brilliant substitutions. He likes attractive, pressing football, but he's a pragmatist as well. He's willing to win ugly if he has to. He's willing to put a tall striker like Josh Kennedy up front and lump balls at his head, if it gets the results.

We're up against it because Chelsea have the strikers to kill us, and by Saturday, we'll probably be left with Toure as our only fit defender. We seem to lose a defender every game now. It's worrying because we're down to our last four now (Sagna, Eboue, Silvestre, Toure?) and maybe Song. Or maybe Sagna's still out. I'm not sure, and I don't have the courage to find out.

Then again, we've the Owl. The Premiership is scared of the Owl. He's only played in a few league games, but he's been sensational. He's the reason our season's picked up, and he's fit and fresh and ready to be unleashed against Chelsea. Guus Hiddink knows all about him, and he'll impart that respect and fear to his players. He's the seed of doubt in the minds of the Chelsea back four.

We're on an unbeaten streak that's run for ages. We're coming off a 3-0 win. Cech's freaking out and the Chelsea defence are leaking. We've Cesc Fabregas and we've Theo Walcott. I think we should strip our defence and play all our attacking players at once. Might as well let go of the handbrake. Toure and Fabianski can manage on their own. It's all very exciting, anyway.

One day more, fellas.


Anonymous said...

I like your blog WEG although as for it being "Prettiest pink Arsenal blog in the world" it seems more like a lilacy - purpley sort of colour to me.


Connolly's agent said...

Thanks Tubes. It used to be a bright barbie doll pink, but after my Blackle conversion, the bright pink text got a bit irritating. Too bright, and I was getting spots in my eyes. So I went for a muted, darker pink. I agree it looks a bit purple.

I'll think about changing the name, but "Loveliest Lilac Arsenal Blog In The World" doesn't have the same ring to it.

Anonymous said...

I remember, i followed it whilst you were travelling.

Starting to get nervous now, 4 hours to go. Off to waste 2 of those hours by trying to play football. Dare say I'll see you on GB later.