24 April 2015

Chelsea-Arsenal Preview: The Brazilian Betrayer and the avenging Gabriel

There is a traitor in our midst, someone who will switch allegiances at the merest whiff of lucre or silverware. At first glance, one might think that we're again autopsying Fàbregas's flight. I'm done flogging that little horse, however. For what it's worth, Fàbregas's betrayal was not in going to Stamford Bridge; it was in fleeing the Emirates. He's just another Nasri or van Persie in my eyes. Instead, there's another, deeper betrayal on my mind: that of Diego Costa. It's one thing to switch when a club starts talking about weekly wages; it's quite another when a country starts beckoning with the "come hither" gazes. Diego Costa, Diego da Silva Costa, formerly known in the Brazilian way as simply Diego, was once one of Brazil's finest. However, the Beast of Brazil bolted for Spain. Something in me wonders if our own Brazilian might have something to say about that...

22 April 2015

Against Chelsea, there's no way Arsenal can lose...

I mean it. There's no way Arsenal will lose on Sunday. Set aside the 12 previous times Arsène has failed to beat Mourinho. Set aside the vaunted bus-parking that Mourinho adopts against his rivals—or the ominous dove-tailing of Chelsea's ability to hit hard on the counter-attack and Arsenal's propensity to concede on those counters—Chelsea can't win, and Arsenal can't lose. I'm not saying that the clash will end in a draw. Even if that is the Specious One's method,  it doesn't matter. Everyone, including most Gooners, expects a Chelsea victory. Not this one. Whichever way you slice it, Arsenal win.

21 April 2015

Rivals' Rundown #32-ish: Chelsea ain't the only ones with a game in hand...

Any lingering hopes about anyone catching Chelsea disappeared this weekend as they ground out another win to go ten points clear; even if Arsenal now have a game in hand thanks to the FA Cup semifinal, both clubs have just six matches left to play. Even if Arsenal were to run the table, getting to 84 points in the process, Chelsea would still have to drop seven more points from five remaining matches, and that’s so unlikely that I wanted to get it out of the way from the start. That said, there are still flaming torches to be juggled, so let’s get to it.

19 April 2015

We win the FA Cup, it's humiliations galore? That is a noble cause!

We're through. Finished. Finito. Stick a fork in us, we're—oh. That kind of 'through', as in 'through to the final.' Much better. Not only are we through to our 19th final, we also have a chance to set a new record for FA Cups won, creating further distance between us and those also-rans at Old Trafford. All in all, it was a good weekend to be a Gooner (most of them are...); this one gives us even more reasons to enjoy it. Man U lost, giving us a boost in our quest for second; and Liverpool lost as well, This is not to say that facing Aston Villa will be a walk in the park—far from it, if memory serves, as Hull served notice—but the situation does give one time to contemplate...