Well I was saying that Arsenal might suffer a reaction after that disinterested performance they put in against Man U in the FA Cup on the basis that once momentum is lost it is hard to turn on great performances just like that. Their overall game against AC Milan in mid-week actually looked alright but they ended up with a goalless draw and the away match will be difficult for them. Yesterday they had one of those games against Birmingham City and again came away with a draw. But they lost more than 2 points of course. That dreadful tackle, which was more clumsy than malicious I think, has robbed them of an in-form player for the rest of the season. That was bad enough but they seemed to lose their cool too yesterday – understandably upset at the injury to Eduardo and increasingly frustrated by some of the decisions that went against them yesterday. Although they remain 3 points clear at the top of the table, they had a resigned, losing look about them. That said I was pleased to hear that Wenger had modified his immediate post-match comments about Taylor. That was appropriate.
If it was a bad week for them then Liverpool had a great week. That win against Inter Milan, probably the form team in Europe, was excellent and they followed it up with a good win against a spirited Boro yesterday to cement their 4th place in the League. Equally it was a good week for Man U. They weren’t at their best against Lyons but a 1-1 draw is fine to take back to Old Trafford. And yesterday they put on another master class against Newcastle with Ronaldo and Rooney having a field day. I know I keep going on about this but New U are in deep trouble I reckon. The form and confidence is shot to pieces and other relegation-threatened teams are all picking up points around them. A win will give them breathing space but I can’t see where it’s going to come from. The appointment of Chris Hughton as assistant manager isn’t going to provide the lift that having Shearer in the role might have done. I’ve always thought March might see Keegan leave and I still think it could happen.
Now all we need is to see Tottenham beat Russia FC at Wembley today. The one thing we will be spared is seeing Mourinho running down the touch-line preening and holding up 6 fingers for his trophies. I think we’re all pleased about that. Now come on Berbatov.