By Paul Gilmartin
Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Our nil-nil draw with Manchester United was both satisfactory and disappointing at the same time, an echo to Schrodingers famous cat.
Before Man Shitty's billions and Abramovich's millions, Arsenal v Man Utd was always the highlight of the season. Two clubs with tremendous talent provided so many great games and incredible highlights over the years. From Vieira v Keane to Bergkamp and Henry, 10 to 15 years ago, this fixture was one that everyone highlighted when the schedule was published.
While we've been going through a lean patch of late, something the media never misses a chance to remind us of, expectations were nevertheless high coming into this game. With United having a dreadful season, a continuous source of pleasure for us Gooners, they were ripe for the taking. The fact that we did not take advantage of this, and in the process squander a chance to go back to the top of the table, is the primary reason for our disappointment. The match was billed as a must-win for both teams and it certainly had that feeling for us, hot on the heels of our latest debacle.Not taking 3 points leaves us all incredibly frustrated.
And yet, having given up so many goals to the mickey-mousers, keeping the united attacking duo of judas and hairplugs from scoring was a welcome return to what has been a relatively good defensive record this season. While we may lament the numerous misses of Giroud (boy, do we lament them!), were it not for SZCZ's phenomenal save from the aforesaid judas, we'd have come away from the game with nothing.
Of late, we have certainly seemed fatigued, our early season majesty a distant memory. Yes, we have ground out results of late and gotten wins, a key component to winning the league, but if we are to indeed win the title in May, we simply must rediscover that early season form. Giroud and Ozil in particular have been flat for a while and we desperately miss Aaron Ramsey, a phrase that no one could have conceived a year ago! In short, everyone must dig deep since there is scarcely room to draw breath before our next big match.
So while yesterdays result reminds us of Schrodingers Cat, with it's simultaneous duality of disappointment and satisfaction, here's hoping that when the season is over, we are celebrating and satisfied, with silverware in hand.
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