Saturday, 20 March 2010
Tonight my son Charlie, 13 tomorrow, with his views on Arsenal... and you can see a video of his Bucks Cup basketball final win this week
Arsenal had an excellent performance today with a 2-0 win over West Ham. There was an awful decision by referee Martin Atkinson when the challenge by the Arsenal centre half, Tomas Vermaelen on Hammers’ striker Guillermo Franco.
This happened when West Ham smacked a hit-and-hope punt down the pitch, the ball was still in the air and the two players where hustling for the ball and Franco just inside the box got out muscled off it and went down. Referee Atkinson immediately awarded a harsh penalty. Then Vermaelen got irrationally sent off.
After the sending off of Thomas Vermaelen, at half time, Arsene Wenger demanded to talk too the ref. The ref then insisted on talking too Arsene Wenger in private.
But Arsenal, on a run of five successive wins since those defeats against Manchester United and Chelsea, didn’t falter. After Denilson’s early goal, Manuel Almunia saved Diamante’s penalty and Cesc Fabregas made the game safe from the spot after Matthew Upson handled.
Arsenal have gained themselves first place with a one point lead over Manchester United – who face Liverpool tomorrow – and Chelsea – who play Blackburn - with seven games left in the season.
There were a couple off great performances today, one was Emmanuel Eboue was played instead of Bacary Sagna. Eboue, who has 12 brothers and sisters back home in the Ivory Coast, had a great game by attacking down the right wing and always giving an option for Samir Nasri. He may not be the best player in the world but in the last couple of games, the 26-year-old has been extraordinary.