When I said “same again please” in my pre-game blog, I was hoping of just 3 points and not a repeat of Aston Villa and Manchester United.
I’m getting too old for all these last minute winners.
Against Manchester United, in January, we came from behind to win the game 3-2 with a last minute winner.
February saw us beat Aston Villa 4-2. We fell behind twice and won the game with two injury time winners.
And now we are into March. 2-nil down to Bournemouth. Win 3-2. Goal in the last seconds of the match.
Whilst 4-0 wins are always enjoyable, it’s these last minute winners, taking points from the jaws of defeat that make all those miles worthwhile.
There were limbs in the crowd, limbs on the pitch and limbs in the Match of the Day studio.
Only those weird incel fans refused to celebrate. Instead the they spent their time crying “Arteta Out” and that we should not be celebrating beating Bournemouth in the last minute. These fellas showed their true colours.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Arsenal end up with an FA charge for failing to control our players, coaching staff, fans and Ian Wright. The scenes when that goal went in were simply incredible.
The players did not know what to do. How to celebrate.
William Saliba went and gave the corner flag a kicking. Martin Odegaard was laid out on his back. Gabriel on his knees. Ben White in front of their keeper. Reiss Nelson looked embarrassed. Jorginho running on the pitch.
I just want to touch on Jorginho for a second.
He spent the entire second half “warming up”. And when I say warming up, he did not move for 45 minutes and had no interest in coming on.
Instead, he stood there for 45 minutes, in line with the Bournemouth box, barking instructions. It was like having a second manager on the touchline.
Mikel Arteta, as manager, has to remain within his technical area. Jorginho (and Granit Xhaka) were able to get closer to attacking areas and direct Fabio Vieira, Reiss Nelson et al.
I’m not sure if they took it upon themselves to do this, or whether they were instructed to do so by Arteta, but it influenced the game.
Jorginho is a director on the pitch and he did similar from the touchline. He influenced the game without kicking a ball and has to be a shout for March Manager of the Month.
A great game, a great day. And we now look forward to Thursday.
Excellent point about Jorginho. I hadn’t seen that on the tv. I’ll have to watch again. Not a hardship…