|The return of the mercenary|
Back in October Arsenal fans were treated to headlines such as Once-proud Arsenal is a club in crisis and this one from February Former Arsenal boss Graham lays blame for Gunners' crisis squarely at Wenger's feet.Yes, there have been some dire performances this season and the 8-2 loss back in August was humiliating. However, in football as in all sports, it's not where you start but where you finish. (Check out the EPL table from August 28th.)
Interestingly enough, last season Arsenal were cruising until February and then it all fell apart. This year it's been the opposite. The instability surrounding the club at the start of the season was a major detriment and led to the poor start. However, since an uninspired 0-0 draw at Bolton on February 1st Arsenal have won 7 out of 8 of their league games.
|Vermaelen seals the win versus Newcastle|
- Arsenal 7-1 Blackburn
- Sunderland 1-2 Arsenal
- Arsenal 5-2 Spuds
- Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal
- Arsenal 2-1 Newcastle
- Everton 0-1 Arsenal
- Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa
Then came today's match and the return of the greedy and disrespectful Samir Nasri. Not only would a win be vital for Arsenal's quest for a top 4 finish, it would be the biggest F.U. to Na$ri and the high priced individuals that Manchester City call a team. While fans of other teams question why Arsenal supporters are hating on Nasri for taking a big payday, remember this headline? New Manchester City star Samir Nasri claims Arsenal lack ambition. Or this one? Nasri: Move not about money – I am at City simply to win trophies. But it's even more than just the cocky, rude and arrogant comments from Nasri. It was the total disrespect that he showed to the club, the manager and the fans. Wenger and Arsenal gave Nasri the platform to establish himself and rather than leave with class, he pretty much said screw you and left.
So today's game was payback time. Manchester City spent a ton of money to buy the EPL title and in recent weeks, the wheels have come off of City's title bid. A defeat at the Emirates would leave City 8 points behind United with 6 games left. For the first time that I can remember, United fans were rooting for Arsenal and in the end thanking them for giving City another damaging blow.
|The new and better number 8.|
|The Balotelli show|
Based upon Arsenal's late season play, it's looking good for the future of a team that was "in crisis" just a few months back.
|How does the Poznan go?|
|North London is red|
As for the Mets...everyone is predicting them to finish dead last in the National League East and unfortunately they're probably right. That doesn't change the fact that I'm still going to root for them and support them regardless of how the Wilpons and Bernie Madoff have screwed up this team.
While 3 games out of 162 is just a blip, it's nice to see the Mets sweep the Braves to open the season. Even when the Mets were "good" they never seemed to be able to sweep any series.
|Duda raises the apple|
Adding to the enjoyment of seeing the Mets begin 3-0 was seeing the big, bad Yankees owned by Tampa Bay. CC Sabathia and Mariano Rivera were beaten up badly and the Yankees are definitely looking old. In fact, when the camera focused in on the Yankees' dugout there were a large number of noticeable receding hair lines. Perhaps the New York papers will follow the lead of those in the UK and report on a "Crisis in the Bronx."
|Leading the league in receding hairlines|