For most of this season I’ve hoped that the game at Old Trafford was not going to be in the least bit important for either us or them.
At Xmas, even with Cesc and Theo out injured I still believed that there was a chance that we could purr away from the rest if only Arsene would pick the right team.
I sat in the freezing cold at the Emirates Stadium and watched in amazement as our league title hopes went down the pan. Our dip in goal scoring prowess coincided with Aston Villas continuing ability to grind out a result and when I came away from the West Ham game at the end of January I wanted to cry, not only from the cold but from real sadness at how we hadn’t been able to score. By the end of February we were fighting to be in the top four and even that was beginning to look beyond us.
This game is now important as both Liverpool and ManU have missed chances to gain significant points on the other and although its not really tight at the top a draw for ManU will hand them the title – in this fixture – against us – the mighty Arsenal.
We WON the title at Old Trafford in exhilarating style in 2002 with a goal from SylvainWiltord. I can still conjure up the goosebumps as the our banner was unfurled at the away end that read ‘Champions Section’ and the tears prick my eyes as I remember the pride in hearing the sound of celebrating gooners out in force in Palmers Green that night. Horns blasting. Oh what a night!!!!!
Arsene – this month has so far been full of disappointments for us gooners, I’m sure you’ll not want to be handing the title to Man U – on their ground – after they kicked us out of the Champs Lge only a few days ago. Lets make them work a little harder.
Arsene – please think about your team selection and your tactics and remember there are thousands of us who will have a terrible weekend (again) if we lose. I hope you’ll do your best.