I hope like me everyone had a goodnight relaxed, in the knowledge that we do not have to play again until next Tuesday night.
In a game where I thought during the first half especially Liverpool, could have put at least a couple of goals past us.
The hero of the match for me was our goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Starting with the penalty save from Dirk Kuyt, and the follow up reaction Szczesny played an absolute blinder.
If it wasn’t for Robin van perfect’s two amazing finishes it would be Szczesny we would all be looking at in the Sunday papers.
After the game when interviewed Robin van Persie said: “It means a lot to score at Anfield because it is a massive ground. We’re proud of the win and I don’t think we deserved it. Liverpool played better, but to nick it at the end is pleasing.”
While the Gunners were nicking two points up on Merseyside, their Tuesday night Champions League opponents AC Milan were playing down in Sicily away to Palermo.
It did not take the Rossoneri long before they went ahead in the 22nd minute thanks to Swedish International Zlatan Ibramovich, with the first goal of his hat-trick.
The match ended 0-4 to Milan and puts the Serie A side at the top of the Italian League just ahead of Juventus.
Following our first leg loss to Milan at the San Siro, the news out of Italy as reported in Italian sport newspaper Corriere dello Sport, was that the Rossoneri are going to sell the Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato in order to sign RVP when his contract expires this summer.
Pato nearly joined his old manager Carlo Ancelotti at PSG in January, but pulled out of the deal at the last minute, which in turn forced Milan out of signing Carlos Tevez.
After playing Arsenal in the Champions league Zlatan Ibrahimovic Thinks that van Persie is too good for the current Arsenal team, and would make the perfect replacement for him at AC Milan.
The press here in the U.K. are saying that Arsenal are prepared to offer van Persie a £4 million signing bonus along with upping his wages to be on par with the other top players in the Premiership.
How can they sound so smug? Upping his wages to be on par with other players in the Premiership!
Wake up Arsenal! He is by far the best player in the Premiership, and miles ahead of Rooney or any of the others who have been making more than double his salary.
My personal opinion is that it is too late to keep him at the Emirates if he was planning to stay he would have already signed a new contract.
Even when you hear Wenger saying: “I must say we will do anything to keep him.
I cannot say much more because I have said that many times.
I am very proud that he has grown after having seen him arriving here timid, and today being the player and leader he has become.
He is playing under big pressure in every game because he knows he has to score.
He has shown exceptional development, not only as a player but as a human being.
He is up there with the best players in the world.”
Even his tone of voice suggests that this will be van Persie’s last season with Arsenal.
A host of clubs will be lining up to sign the Dutchman this summer, and when I talk about clubs, I am talking about the kind of clubs who value titles, and trophies over making a profit.
If we have to be honest with ourselves in our hearts we would love Robin to stay, but in our heads we know that the money other clubs will be prepared to offer for 28-year-old will be too much of a temptation for the Arsenal PLC to turn down.
Never mind the latest rumours of Real Madrid or AC Milan.
I can only see van Persie going to one club, and that is Barcelona.
The Catalans are the only big team with orange blood running through its veins starting with Johan Cruyff who Barca manager Pep Guardiola considers to be his mentor.
After Cruyff there has been a host of notable Dutch stars such as Cocu, Kluivert, de Boer, Overmars, and van Brommel to name just a few who made the move to the Camp Nou.
When you hear van Persie talking like this you know there is only one team other than Arsenal that he would like to play for.
“I am still a lover of the beautiful game and always will be but I have become more realistic.”
“It is too romantic to think that you can win matches by playing beautiful football alone.”
“Barcelona are the exception – and I have to admit they and Arsenal are the only teams that I often watch on TV.”
While I cannot picture Leo Messi joining Arsenal and playing alongside van Persie at the Emirates.
I can in my mind imagine van Persie in Spain playing alongside the only other player in Europe of equal talent.