Arsenal vs. Everton pre-match
The FA Cup quarter final is tomorrow. The FA Cup has become Arsenal’s best chance for silverware this season. A win tomorrow and Arsenal has a semi-final at Wembley. In my personal view of things, the FA Cup is now top priority. This has then become the most important match of the year, and the strongest 11 available should be on the pitch.
There is a lot that can be said about lineups and tactics, but only one thing matters tomorrow: If Arsenal play like they did against Munich before the sending off, they win. If Arsenal play like they did against Stoke, they lose. Given Arsenal’s recent history of performances when silverware is close, the Stoke performance (or the Liverpool performance) is much more likely. What is so disappointing is that I though Arsenal was over whatever it was that caused them to come up short when silverware was close (if Champions League qualification is on the line, they have been golden).
So here is a predictive congratulations to a Everton on their upcoming trip to Wembley for the semi-final.
Le mercredi des cendres: un rappelle que nous sommes imparfaits, que nous avons fait du mal aux autres, et que, un jour, nous mourrons.
Ash Wednesday: a reminder that we are imperfect, that we have wronged people, and that one day we will die.
Le carême commence mercredi. Je viens des traditions qui ne mettent pas beaucoup de valeur sur le carême. Mais, cette année, avec tous ses difficultés, grandes et petites, j’ai décidé que je vais observer le carême. En fait, j’ai décidé de commencer aujourd’hui même.
En la passé, je n’avais pas beaucoup de réussite avec le préparations spirituels pour les jours saints. Je n’ai pas grandes attentes pour les Pâques. Mais j’ai besoin d’un jeûne. Pour le carême, je laisserai la navigation inutile sur internet. Le façon de nourrir mon esprit a besoin de changements, au moins temporaire.
Aussi, je veux assister à une culte pour le mercredi des cendres, probablement en l’église épiscopale, même si je n’assiste pas normalement a l’église épiscopale.
Peut-être, aussi, je mettrai sur cette espace plus de contenu religieux, peut-être même en anglais.
I thought about it some more (even though no one asked me), and if the offer of 4th place and the FA Cup without playing the rest of the season were out there for Arsenal, I would take it. Yes, finishing below Liverpool would be stomach turning. Yes, the Champions League playoff messes with the summer transfer window. It would be worth it to end the trophy drought. Of course, that offer is not on the table, and it is still possible to finish below 4th without winning the FA Cup.
If you offered me Arsenal finishing in 4th place and winning the FA Cup right now, without having to play the rest of the season, I would be very tempted to take it. If you made the offer third place and the FA Cup, I would take it without hesitation.
Harsh penalty aside, this has been an abject performance. The passing has been bad, the first touches have been bad, Özil’s shot was as close as they came to scoring. Not a good start to March. March, the month Arsenal title runs die.
The worst part of today was how happy the Chelsea fans in the bar were.
Also, f*ck Stoke. What a loathsome club. Giroud was stamped twice. Neither was called.
And f*ck Chelsea, too.