Stuart Watson blog


An unpredictable season took another twist this weekend as two challengers lost and another could only draw as the season really starts to take shape.
I suppose we should be thankful for the Liverpool fan who threw the inflatable ball onto the pitch for ensuring they lost at Sunderland, but from what I saw on Match of the Day on Saturday night they really don’t look that threatening without Gerrard and Torres in the side.
Could Liverpool be the team that Man City or one of the other chasing pack replace in the Top Four?
Saturday’s game against Birmingham was looked upon to be a formality and that looked like happening when we scored two goals in as many minutes mid-way through the first half.
However a fumble from Vito let Lee Bowyer in to pull one back for Birmingham. It was a real shame to see the young Italian make a mistake like that, but let’s hope it doesn’t damage his confidence too much.
I wrote in one of my blogs last week that I hoped that we wouldn’t hear any chanting with reference to the Eduardo/Taylor incident from the Birmingham fans.  Unfortunately whilst Theo was down injured the travelling Brummies started chanting “There’s only one Martin Taylor.”
I wonder what Eduardo thought who was present at the match watching in the stands.
The 2,000 or so Birmingham fans really showed themselves up for what they are, however I do concede that Arsenal fans are no angels themselves considering we have a chant from when Diaby kicked John Terry in the face during the Carling Cup final a couple of years ago that goes “He should have kicked him harder.
It really is great to see the “Arsenalisation” as the clubs marketing men put it coming along nice it’s so much better to see a pictures of great players when I walk over the North Bridge to the ground, rather than seeing great big grey breeze block and people walking up the stairs to the upper tiers.
I have been assured from some individuals well connected with Arsenal that despite worries from some Arsenal fans, Ashley Cole will not be one of the 32 players featured on the outside of the ground.  In and around the inside of the ground things are really looking a lot nicer now.
I can only comment on the décor where my season ticket is (block 6) but we have the mural that was put in Arsenal tube station during the last season at Highbury and some pictures of Alan Smith and Michael Thomas holding up the Football League trophy in 1989 with speech bubbles of both players talking about the game.  Just a shame it took the club over three years to sort it out!
Now if we could just sort out the prices and queuing times for a beer at half time then we would all be happy!

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