By 1970’s Gooner
When I saw Song ambling on as a substitute in the 85th or so minute with 4-2 up smiling and shaking hands with his team mates it reminded me of the Liverpool players in that historic game in 1989.
They also, with a minute or so to go, were congratulating themselves, prematurely. And then they paid for it of course.
We also paid for it because in all their naivety the Arsenal players thought the game was over. Well it aint over until the fat lady sings…
It was a pathetic defensive performance when with only injury time to go we let in two goals.
First at fault was Fabregas who on two occasions opted not to keep the ball and play the passing game in the last few minutes.
The first was when Sagna was asking him to play the ball from a corner near the corner flag so that they could waste some valuable time.
Fabregas, who had a quiet game throughout, decided to swing the ball in the area giving possession away.
The second and fatal occasion was in the last minute of injury time when in possession of the ball again he decided to play it forward to Adebayor rather than keep possession.
They won it back lifted it forward and…they equalized! In the 94th minute!
Almunia had a terrible game. There I was praising him last week for his safe hands but he was definitely anything but that tonight. Whatever you say when a goalkeeper is beaten from that distance (for their first goal) he is horribly at fault.
And as for their second, well it was a schoolboy error. You cannot spill a shot like that. You just don’t do it.
And lastly Clichy lost concentration again and got caught in two minds. Jenas was then allowed to run through and shoot from outside the box to score their third and give them hope.
I say Clichy lost concentration again because he did it last season too; in the last minute at Birmingham to gift them their equaliser.
I feel like pulling my hair out. There we were last Sunday making up some of the lost ground on the leaders only to throw it away again tonight.