Sunday, February 6, 2011

Who's invincible now - Arsenal or Manchester United?

To be afraid is part of the human condition. It is something we share with all other teams. Of course we are not afraid for every minute of the game, either because we perceive nothing to be afraid of or because as genuine title contenders we've sometimes managed to suppress those fears especially in the dying moments of our conquests. But few top flight teams in the world can claim to have squandered four goals in the wake of a send-off like we gleefully did yesterday.

Often, it is perfectly reasonable to be afraid - mind you not when you play a team without two of their first team strikers (Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi). Many teams can control fear when they are in front or behind and still act sensibly despite it. Like they always say "true courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to master it". However, Arsenal's carelessness at the back yesterday at St. James' Park was simply too unreasonable and irrational to think of, which leaves one begging for questions such as how genuine are our title aspirations this season? A question I think was answered with our rivals first meaningful slip-up in 10 months.

There were other positives to take from Saturday's all comers affair example Wolves' miraculous comeback against the Red Devils at the Molineaux in the League's other fixture. The home team went behind very early, thanks to a lovely strike courtesy of United's Portuguese import Luis Nani in the 3rd minute. George Elokobi made no mistake in delivering the equaliser package several minutes later, and minutes before the break Kevin Doyle put the relegation toppers in front - a goal that effectively sealed the fate of the visitors thus ending their 25 match unbeaten run in the Premier league this chequered season.

YES THE GUNNERS ARE STILL INVINCIBLE! Maybe all we need to forget our embarassing outing lies in the obvious fact that we are still in the race and better still the undefeated champions of England (2003/2004), at least till next year.