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EPIC FOOTBALL NIGHTS-MAY 2019

There are some nights that live with you forever!

I’ve had three of those nights back to back. What makes these nights even more special is that I just turned 28 at the beginning of last week.

It’s been a beautiful week thanks to amazing football comebacks and feats that nearly everyone couldn’t imagine possible.

Liverpool vs Barcelona

Going into this match, we all thought that it would be a walkover for Barcelona. I mean the first leg of this draw was an absolute disaster for Liverpool, losing 3-0 to perhaps the greatest team of all time.

There was no coming back for Liverpool on this one. They had to know the situation was utterly hopeless as the game drew nearer. They just had to.

But, these, ladies and gentlemen, are mad men. They don’t understand the meaning of impossible.

And, there’s a saying about mad men getting to do the impossible.

This entire team is full of mad men. They dared to dream, they dared to fight, they dared to stare down this monumental obstacle that was on their path to Champions League glory, and overcome it.

You have to understand the gravity of the situation they found themselves in on the night of 7th May 2019.

I’ve already told you that they went into the match with a 3-0 disadvantage.

Barcelona had all of their star players fit and ready to slaughter the Reds. Messi, one of the main contenders of the GOAT title, showed up, ready to blow us away with his outer worldly skills.

Remember, he scored two of the three Barcelona goals in the first leg of this semi final draw. He was coming to finish the job, no doubt about that!

Coutinho and Suarez, two former Liverpool greats, were also in the Barca line-up.

Things weren’t looking so optimistic on the Liverpool side. Roberto Firminio, the man with the amazing teeth wasn’t going to play.

To make everything worse, neither was Salah! Salah, the man who almost singlehandedly brought life into a fading Liverpool team last season.

The man who almost led them to Champions League glory last year, but bad boy Sergio Ramos had other nefarious intentions.

Yes. That man, the Liverpool talisman, the gods’ gift to Premier League football would not be there to try and undo the damage done to his team in the first leg.

To make this entire situation absolutely soul crushing for Liverpool, they were and still are neck to neck with Manchester City for the Premier League title.

That means they’ve been working overtime just to stay on top.

Meanwhile, Barcelona had already won their domestic title, and had the weekend to relax.

No one was giving Liverpool time off to relax.

But, despite all of these seemingly insurmountable odds, Liverpool did it.

They won the chance to go to the final by defeating THE Barcelona, 4-3 on aggregate score.

They destroyed Barcelona in a way we haven’t seen it done before. It was truly orgasmic to watch.

My men of the match: Trent Alexander Arnold, Divock Origi, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker and my namesake, Georginio Wijnaldum.

If there has ever been a real live football super sub in recent history, it has to be that man, Georginio (my namesake ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜).

And that corner kick from Trent Alexander the Arnold is an absolute masterclass from such a young player. And, let’s not forget all of the times that he stole possession from Barca players including and especially Jodi Alba.

Van Dijk is on this list because a) he gave his all in the night of question, the same way he does every night, and

b) he is soooooooooo hot. If my boyfriend and I don’t work out, I might just give Virgil a call, and see where this thing can go.

Becker made some incredible saves and kept Liverpool’s hopes alive.

And, of course Origi! Those two goals were simply sublime. And, he has Kenyan blood, so there is that.

I can’t wait to see them topple Tottenham in the final on June 1st. That is going to be another epic night.

And, I can’t wait to see Liverpool take the Premier League as well. They deserve it!

On to the next amazing night…

Tottenham vs Ajax

After that exhilarating performance by Liverpool on 7th, I was content with the level of football action I had received. I couldn’t ask for more. That would have just been selfish of me.

But, alas, the football gods must have been feeling pretty benevolent this particular week.

Tottenham managed to make a second half comeback that transformed them from underdogs to Champions League finalists.

One man Lucas Moura truly stood out in that game. He scored a hatrick within the last 41 minutes of the game to take his team to the final.

Guess you can say he’s a 41-minute type of man (a bit too long for me but I could work with it ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰).

I know, I’m nasty. Moving along swiftly…

Imagine that!

They were already three goals down by the start of the second half. There was nowhere but down for them.

And then, here comes Moura scoring a brace in less than four minutes, and adding to his night tally right at stoppage time.

Wow! If that isn’t exhilaratingly orgasmic, I don’t know what is!

Thank you Spurs for making my Wednesday night one to remember for ages to come.

I’m so proud of Moura, so so so so proud!

And now to a team that is truly close to my heart… Arsenal.

Arsenal Vs Valencia

I won’t sugarcoat it. Arsenal have been sucking balls these last few weeks. We had every opportunity to stamp our dominance in the top 4 this season, but we squandered them away, like we usually do.

But, there is hope.

We are through to the Europa finals thanks to Aubameyang’s life saving hat trick, and Lacazette’s solitary goal.

I feel like it’s been so long since we had such an amazing performance from my team. I am glad that we still got it.

And, this means we still get to go to Champions League next season, despite finishing number five on the table. Yaaaaaaaay for us!

Yeah…so I’m a pretty happy girl now! I turned 28, and the gods decided to gift me with 3 incredible football performances that absolutely blew my mind.

Cheers to many more great football nights this year, and for the rest of our lives.

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HI 28!! IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ

I just celebrated my 28th birthday, and it was all sorts of a blast!

Gosh, 28! I had no idea I could grow so old.

28 feels old, but in a good way. Like rustic old, that’s definitely a good thing.

There’s a sense of peace with being 28. At least for me there is.

I am no longer the jumpy little girl of yester years.

Okay, I still am, but, now, that jumpy little girl also has a sense of responsibility for the people around her.

My spirit accepts this responsibility wholeheartedly, and this acceptance gives me peace.

For the first time in a long time, I know exactly where I am going, and I don’t have to sacrifice the people that hold me dear in order to get there.

I have finally figured out how to give myself to others, and still work on myself financially, emotionally, and mentally without feeling strained or having to sacrifice one aspect of my life at the altars of the others.

It’s a beautiful feeling, and I hope this state of being continues throughout my life; adjusting where necessary, but, ultimately always being able to meaningfully balance between work and family.

If I can hold it together like this for the next decade, I might finally be ready for a child.

That’s a scary thought. Children. From my womb, nonetheless.

Wow! I don’t know if I’ll ever mentally get to that point where I declare that I am ready for kids.

I don’t think my vagina wants me to ever be mentally prepared for that.

Maybe as the years continue to pass by, I’ll become more mature about child-bearing and child rearing. Maybe. Just maybe.

In the meantime, I’ll just focus on being more empathetic and loving towards my mother, my fathers, my brothers, my nephews, and the man whose love has ignited a passion inside me, it could consume me whole without me ever realising it.

These people are my responsibilities, and I accept them wholeheartedly.

Don’t worry, I won’t forget to take care of myself, I promise.

Perhaps as the year goes on, I can accommodate others into my little love circle; hopefully get out of my cocoon more often.

We’ll see how that goes.

I will also endeavour to be a better Arsenal fan. I’ve been improving lately; no more cussing out at the players, just enjoying the games win or lose.

Speaking of Arsenal, although in no way related, did you catch Tuesday’s amazing Champions League game between Liverpool and Barcelona?

Who knew that Liverpool had the cahoonas to overturn Barca’s goal advantage, and completely destroy them in less than 90 minutes.

Absolutely no one expected this from the underdogs. I don’t think Barca had ever even considered a defeat at this stage to Liverpool, after securing a three goal advantage in the first leg, a possibility.

It wasn’t meant to happen but it did, and that’s what makes soccer, nay Liverpool, so damn orgasmic!

Jesus!!!!!

A big shout out to my namesake (I wish) Georginio, Wijnaldum, Mane, and Alexander Arnold.

These guys made me so proud Tuesday night. If they could defeat Barca with so resoundingly, then nothing that I want for my life is impossible. Nothing at all!!

Still talking about Arsenal, although we still aren’t, kudos to Hotspur’s Lucas Moura for his incredible performance last night. He singlehandedly took his team to the finals on a night where everything was stacked against them.

Beautiful football! Beautiful moments that will last a lifetime.

Love, and kisses from this bombshell May baby. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’–

POLITICS, THE CHURCH, AND POSSIBLE CONFLICT OF INTEREST

So, I’m a deacon now…………………………………….

in church!

Gasp!!!!

I and other deacons were ordained last Sunday in front of the entire church (Wahu and Kamande included).

We had to kneel and say vows, and stuff (it was funny… I haven’t knelt in so long, it felt weird).

There was also no lunch or special snacks afterwards, so that kind of sucked. And, I still had to teach Sunday School (a role that I take great pride in, but I thought they would give us a break, seeing as it was such a ‘special’ day).

But, I’m not too bothered by this.

Deaconhood suits me; I wear it well, if I do say so myself. Although, technically, it’s been less than a week, and I actually haven’t done anything deacony yet.

But, I am supposed to do something deacony this Sunday, and it’s making me a bit uncomfortable.

Okay, here goes…

Our church is hosting a super Harambee (fundraiser) this coming Sunday to raise funds for a bigger sanctuary (we congregate in a nursery school; I for one think it’s cute, but you know churches and their expansionist policies)

A very important guest will be in attendance, and I am very conflicted about his possible presence on Sunday.

You guessed it!

It’s our very own deputy president of the Republic. If you’re Kenyan, I’m sure you didn’t have to try that hard to figure it out. His name has become synonymous with church fundraisers lately, so, it’s pretty obvious I was referring to him.

Now, I am not trying to be sanctimonious or nothing, because even I have a past, and the church accepts my offering every single Sunday. So why should she react differently when it comes to the deputy president’s contribution?

Well, for starters, there’s the nagging possibility that the money he’s dishing out to all of these churches is part of his ill-gotten loot (he’s perceived to be one of the most corrupt individuals in the country;- where there’s smoke, there’s always fire, people).

I have heard some of the older congregants brush this off claiming that ‘everyone steals’. I don’t think that’s true, and even if it were, shouldn’t the Church be standing up against this vice.

How?

Not accepting stolen public loot from corrupt politicians seems like a very great place to start, don’t you think?

I mean, how can the Kenyan religious fraternity claim to be admonishing corruption and at the same time be in the front lines when it comes to receiving ‘alleged’ proceeds of corruption?

I have raised this question in regards to the deputy president’s impending visit to our tiny church, and this is the response I keep receiving:

At least he is returning some of the money back to the public. He’s better than those who don’t return anything‘.

Wow!

This is just sad.

We have grown so accustomed to being stolen from as a people that we applaud those who steal from our public coffers and ‘return’ a negligible proportion of it as charity.

And, it’s not like this charity comes without strings attached.

Of course, he’s doing this for political goodwill. He knows with the Church’s support, it’s much easier to win his desired political post. Otherwise, he would have contributed silently without all of this hullabaloo.

And, how can we criticize someone when we have already accepted money from him?

I feel like his (and other politicians’) donations have the potential to gag churches disabling them from ever criticizing bad governance.

Knowing all this, how can I possibly in good conscience, appear on Sunday and perform my deacon duties?

I am so troubled…so, so, so troubled!!

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But, I hear there will be good food. I love food. Food always makes me happy, which can come in handy as I try to grapple with the realisation that we accepted *allegedly* stolen money to build a bigger sanctuary.

And I am also going to need a lot of good food because later on that evening, Arsenal will be up against Tottenham. It’s a scary game!!!

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For those who follow me on Facebook, my new position might come as a surprise to you given the numerous anti-religious posts that I share on the platform.

Don’t be alarmed! I’m not leading a double life. I have very strong criticisms about Christianity as a religion, and I am very vocal about this at home and even in church.

But, I have learnt to separate the religion/theistic dogmas from the faith. I have learnt to focus on the faith aspects of the predominant religion that I have been exposed to, and mix these with my own inherent and acquired values.

In short, I have come up with my own faith, because I feel that’s a right for every human being- to choose or create your own beliefs (sounds ridiculous I know but it works, for me at least).

And what better way to change what I think is wrong with the church than infiltrating (I use this word very lightly) the institution and working on it from the inside. I feel that this is a more effective way of fixing the problem rather than just throwing stones at the institution.

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Anyway, let’s see how Sunday goes…bye for now!!

KENYAN FOOTBALLERS NEED TO INTROSPECT: LESSONS LEARNT FROM GEORGE ‘JOJO’ WAWERU (AND OTHERS)

It was the 2019 AFCON qualifiers games last week, and we were up against Ethiopia. We desperately needed to beat them in order to have a shot at qualifying for the tournament.

The first leg of the fixture was in Ethiopia, with both teams unable to score. The game ended in a barren draw, and I for one could feel my heart sink.

What if the Wallas managed to beat us in our home turf? The Stars have not always been particularly consistent in terms of performance; what if they had chosen this second leg as the perfect opportunity to drop the ball? (figuratively and otherwise).

Please don’t forget about all of the financial hardships our national team has had to endure this year. Delayed allowances and delayed staff remuneration were bound to have a detrimental effect on the morale of the team.

However, these were apparently cleared up before the second leg of the tie (thank you Jesus! But it is seriously shameful to see how poorly funds are managed within our sports fraternity)

I would have been mortified if we lost at home.

But we did not lose.

If you watched the second leg of the Ethiopia-Kenya tie, like I did, that performance must be etched in the upper echelons of your limbic system.

You, just like me, must be thoroughly impressed with our boys’ performance. We won 3-0 in a must win fixture and it was my best football experience this month, of course after our (Arsenal’s) 5-1 thrashing of Fulham earlier this month.

There has been some debate in some quarters on the financial benefits that teams accrue for reaching different levels of this and other CAF competitions, but this post is not about that.

(although a 166%increase in prize money for the winner is quite an impressive financial incentive. Maybe if we at least manage to reach the quarter finals, we can stop relying on handouts to support the Stars).

This post is about how we treat, train, and guide these sports men and women who make us so proud as a nation. These individuals who invoke in us a sense of nationhood. Individuals who make us proud to be called Kenyans, albeit for one game or one race. They are doing something worth celebrating; but most importantly, worth protecting.

Being a Kenyan is one of the most difficult roles under the sun- there is constant disappointment literally everyday and everywhere you look- but the way these individuals use their talents to put us on the world map- that is indeed something we need to hold dear, guard and guide.

But we have failed to do so… miserably!

The last time Kenya qualified for the AFCON tournament was in 2004 in Tunisia under the able leadership of Jacob Ghost Mulee.

In the lineup was a young, brilliant defender who played a crucial role in helping us qualify for the tournament. His name is George ‘Jojo’ Waweru. He is among the last generation of Kenyan players to have played in the AFCON competition.

He has won several accolades throughout his football career, which included winning the KPL title as a Tusker FC player.

Sadly, his career took a nosedive after suffering a neck injury while training for the AFCON game against Mali. He was literally abandoned and left to his own devices by the league, by his club, by his government, and by his country men.

News reports indicate that he has been battling with alcoholism for years after being abandoned, and this has had a tremendous impact on his health.

He is currently admitted in hospital owing to alcohol-related complications where his condition is reported as being grievously ill.

Unfortunately, he is not the only legendary footballer who is ailing, living in squalor, and addicted to alcohol amongst other drugs.

I’ve heard numerous stories of Kenyan football legends who have been forced to eke out a living from menial jobs such as sweeping the streets.

They are so many and it’s a situation that has been repeated year after year, squad after squad. Worse still, we don’t seem to want to fix the problem.

Remember the Kadenge story I wrote earlier this year? As I was doing the research for that article, it dawned on me that this man-this hero has been suffering financially and health-wise for several decades after hanging his football boots despite being the biggest legend in Kenyan football history.

Watching the match between the Wallas and the Stars on Sunday, I couldn’t help but feel anxious about these men’s futures.

Will they end up on the same path as JoJo and the others?

Do they know that there is life after football? Do they understand how short a football career can be especially one occasioned by injury?

Do they have basic money management skills? Have they started saving for retirement?

Are they getting paid their worth? (Doubtful especially when you consider delayed payments both at the national or club level)

Are they investing the little money they do get in order to multiply their sources of income?

Or are they drinking it away- living for today with absolutely no consideration for tomorrow; chasing a celebrity lifestyle that they cannot afford to maintain- not with their pay and not in this economy.

Do they know that their so-called friends will desert them immediately their hard earned money runs out?

What about their minds? Are they taking care of their minds? Are they furthering their education? Are they investing their time in acquiring skills that can make them an asset even after hanging their football cleats?

Do they have the mental strength and resilience to avoid the alcoholism and drug abuse trap- a scourge that has permeated to the very fabric of our nation- destroying each of us including children everywhere you look?

We live in a nation where alcohol advertisements form the bulk of adverts on TV, and on billboards, in newspapers and on social media. We’ve made consumption of alcohol so cool and so alluring that it has become a national culture. We entice people to enter into alcohol and drug abuse, but we abandon them when they are overcome with addiction, and cannot get out.

Can they withstand the pressure and not follow their peers into this death trap?

Do they understand the gravity of the fact that the Kenyan Government, their clubs, FKF, and the country they play for will not give a hoot about them when they leave the game? If it takes months for them to receive their dues now when they are active, how much worse will they be treated once they retire?

Twenty years from now, where will each of these Stars be?

If I’ll be there, will I be penning another sad story of a fallen football hero, addicted to drugs and alcohol and unable to pay his own medical bills?

I don’t want that. I don’t want to see people who once gave me so much joy, who had a chance to be bigger than we have ever imagined, and who consistently put their bodies on the line for national pride end up poor, deserted, sick, dejected, and plagued by alcohol and substance abuse.

I don’t want that.

So, I’m calling on all Kenyan footballers, regardless of club, league, or whether they play for the national team or not- to learn from the mistakes of the legends who have gone before them, and purpose to be better;

To learn how to manage their income with tomorrow in mind;

To discern that this is a short term career and they need to develop alternative sources of income now before they retire;

To shun bad company (slay queen’s are not your friends; neither are your boys if all they want to do is drink your money or invest in shady deals);

and to know that in this country, heroes are treated badly, literally abandoned, after their service to the nation.

Anyway, back to the present. Let’s wait to see if we have to play Sierra Leone or not.

Good luck Stars; AFCON here we come!!

‘DAT GUY WELBZ’ IS BACK, AND YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!!

We have been treated to a couple of amazing soccer comebacks this past week, with the most dramatic being in the Manchester derby, where we saw the Red Devils coming back from two goals down to win the match against Manchester City (see my comments about the game here).

That game was superb to watch as a football fan, especially, the 2nd half, but that is not why I am writing this piece.

I want to talk about another comeback, this time, an individual one.

Danny Welbeck is back, people, and my faith in Arsenal (not Arsene) is slowly being restored. I can’t help but get a little bit emotional about his recovery and glorious return to form. He has been through so much since May 2015 owing to severe knee injuries, and this has had a profound impact on his career, his confidence, and his game. I firmly believe that his relentless spirit is what has brought his career back to life, and seeing him being able to play, and do so with the same pizzazz he had when he moved to the Emirates, is nothing short of a miracle.

That is why it is so annoying to see people try to bring him down when you can clearly see he is giving his best. Yes, I am talking about those individuals who were harshly criticizing him for not being able to score yesterday against Southampton from this beautiful pass from Wilshere. Granted, he was only about three yards away from goal, and to most people, it was an obvious shot. But, he wasn’t able to stretch far enough to get his foot in, and that is perfectly okay with me. He tried; he missed, but, he tried!

It is also okay that he missed because I do not want him putting his limbs in egregious harm again.ย  Who knows what would have happened if he had just stretched enough? Who knows what kind of pressure that would be putting on his healing form? For me, it’s better a Welbeck who misses a couple of chances here and there, but he’s taking care of himself on the field, and he’s playing in most games; than, a Welbeck who scores an amazing goal, tears one of his knee tendons, and cannot play for the rest of the season. He is a long term investment, and we need to be seeing him contribute regularly to the growth of our team.

And why are we being such gigantic pricks right now? How can we let the fact that he missed one opportunity overshadow the fact that he scored TWICE in yesterday’s game, and also had an assist? How can we play down the fact that he scored his first goal in seven months yesterday? We’ve had a horrid season, and I cannot believe we are takig his return for granted.

Anyway, I’m just glad he’s BACK, I’m glad he’s BETTER, and I’m definitely glad that he’s SCORING AGAIN!!

We are so glad to have you back, Welbz, please keep scoring for us! (I cannot wait for the day I’ll be writing a piece on Cazorla’s comeback, keeping my fingers crossed!!!)

PS: You can catch my comments about the rest of the game on my YouTube Channel.

NO TOP-FOUR SPOT FOR THE BLUES!!

The one game you would expect Chelsea to win. They have done so for the last 28 years. I’m not even 28, which means that all my life plus a year, Chelsea have been beating Tottenham in every game they have played against one another at Stamford Bridge. That is a spectacular record, people! But this Sunday, it all went up in smoke, boys, and girls, and Chelsea’s defense was to blame for the entire messy debacle.

But the Chelsea defenders are not the only ones to blame for their remarkable loss of form during that game. Chelsea’s main man, Morata, played horribly in the match. He’s not been having a very good season despite being considered the Blue’s biggest star signing. He gave his team hope by scoring the opening goal for Chelsea, but after that, the fireworks were extinguished. You could see him clearly struggling throughout the match, getting frustrated, missing chances, not connecting well with others, it was just a sad state of affairs for Morata this past Sunday.ย He has demonstrated a staggering lack of confidence in his own abilities throughout the season, which is surprising for a player of his stature. I also have the sense that Conte ringing in Giroud as a potential replacement for the No 9 exacerbated his esteem issues. If he had put up more of a fight in this game, the result would not have been so disastrous for Chelsea.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, a young man has gotten his confidence and goal-scoring streak back. This must have been one of the most successful games for Dele Alli who scored a brace for Tottenham (in the space of four minutes), and before that, he had played a huge part in building up Eriksen’s goal. This was Alli’s 100th appearance in the Premier League, and what a way to celebrate it! And what’s even more incredible is the fact that he was still reeling from the announcement earlier in the week that his start in the World Cup for England was doubtful. I know his haters were absolutely taken by surprise owing to his brilliant performance. I hope he keeps it up because Tottenham is definitely stronger when he has the right attitude and he’s playing to win legitimately (i.e. when he’s not diving :))

On a side note, Antonio Conte, you need to go, dude, this ship is sinking and you need to save yourself quick. I swear I feel like if he stays one more day in the Chelsea camp, he’ll succumb to stress or end up depressed. It is that serious people, he needs to go for his own peace of mind! He’s expected to depart at the end of the season, but there is the little stumbling block of 9.5 million pounds that Chelsea would have to pay him if he leaves before his contract is complete. And I know you’re probably thinking that this is Chelsea, it’s always rich because its owner is Abramovich, a BILLIONAIRE!

However, it might prove difficult for Chelsea to dish out the 9.5m just like that. The Blues were unable to ring in some of their favored pursuits during the January transfer market because these pursuits were unaffordable for Chelsea. And now, some of their biggest stars such as Hazard and Courtois are aching for a move to Real Madrid where the money will be better. Chelsea management knows this and they are looking to save some cash so that they can attract the right names. Hence, they are not going to be dishing close to ten million pounds out just to let Conte go. However, this is a developing story so let us see how it goes.

What isn’t a developing story is Chelsea’s title hopes or clinching a top-four spot. Welcome to the club of despair, Chelsea, have your fans come and sit next to us Arsenal fans, hihihi!

WE WON BUT WE STILL FEEL LET-DOWN

We won, yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!! But, we still suck! You know I’m talking about Arsenal. You know that warm amazing feeling that comes over you when your team wins? That feeling of ‘we’ve got this, we can scale to the top’? No sane Arsenal fan has that feeling right now. We’ve left those feelings for Burnley, Liverpool, and Tottenham fans (sadly Chelsea fans do not fall in this category anymore). There is so much apathy in the Arsenal world right now, and it was clear from the half-empty seats in the stadium yesterday. And it’s all because of one man (I won’t write his name here because my heart hurts every time that I think about him; does this nigga know that broken heart syndrome is real? Argggh!!)

So, we won, but we should not have going by how we were playing in the first half. That first half was so horrendous to watch, and I feel like my face contorted in ways that it has never done before. OMG! The way Chambers was playing in that first half, it was like he intentionally wanted to rip our hearts out and stomp on them barefoot. Passes were not being completed, and people like Chambers were busy giving away the ball. The same thing with Elneny. This was his chance to prove that he should be in the starting line-up in every game, and he almost blew. Gaaaaaaaaad! Simply put, it was mind-numbing to watch that first half forย me, and for every Arsenal supporter out there.

It is just pure luck that Shaqiri did not find the back of the net in this game. I mean the man was a nightmare for our defenders. But, true to his form he lost his gusto during the second half and our boys could at least breathe easier.

The second half was more entertaining to watch. It was such a relief seeing our players completing passes, mounting credible attacks, creating chances from the midfield (Wilshere, I see you), and you know, basically playing football the way it should be played. It feels like the match opened up significantly with Lacazette’s entry into the game in the 61st minute. This man has moves, charisma, and most importantly, the grit to keep us afloat during our match with CSKA Moscow as well as for the rest of the premier league season. What I am trying to say (if you haven’t read between the lines yet) is that this man is highly impressive and has a huge impact on how our boys play.

And so does another dude, our star signing, Aubemayang. Sadly, he will not be playing against CSKA Moscow (because of some dumb rules) but watching him play on Sunday made me feel like our chances are much slimmer without him. A brace against Stoke is significant for Aubemayang, although not so for our top four hopes. I hope he will be able to capitalize on this groundwork as the premier league draws to a close.

We also saw a glimpse of how beautiful our attack would be if we played Lacazette and Aubameyang up front together. I mean, this could be the next dynamic duo that helps us save face this season. And they seem to really like playing together, and creating chances for one another. There’s absolutely no selfishness between these two as was noted when Aubameyang gave Lacazette the opportunity to take the second penalty rather than him going for his first hat-trick in an Arsenal shirt.

Wenger seems to believe there will be hardly any empty seats during our Europa match with the Russians. I am not sure about this because people are tired of wasting their money and getting their hearts broken. But I’ll watch the game just to see how Lacazette performs because now he is watch-worthy. (Please don’t flush my heart down the toilet, Gunners, please)!

PETR CECH-ARSENAL’S SAVING GRACE ONCE MORE-BUT FOR HOW MUCH LONGER?

Well, clearly Tottenham and its fans were more readyย for their clash with Arsenal than I had earlier anticipated and I would gladly want to be in the shoes of a Tottenham fan right now. This means I have to eat crow, and actually applaud the team for a job well done. (I would also like to send a special thank you to Arsenal for breaking a piece of my heartย yet again this season; kudos, you guys! You’re totally on fire and Iย hope you are really proud of yourselves)

What can I say, Tottenham outplayed us everywhere it counted, and we did not help our case when we made blunder after blunder throughout the game. At least in the first half, we tried to make the game work, but in the second half, we lost all composure. It was downhill all through the final half, and it was one of the most gut-wrenching performances I had seen all weekend.

I do feel that Spurs could have scored more goals, especially Harry Kane. Majority of the Arsenal players had obviously checked out of the game by the start of the second half, and Tottenham should have worked harder to take advantage of this. That being said, another important reason there wasn’t a bloodbath at Wembley on Saturday, and I still have the strength to write today, my main man Petr Cech.

I did not even expect to see him play in this North London derby, but, boy, are we glaaaaaaad he did! Otherwise, we would have been looking at 4-0 or more in favor of Tottenham. I mean the Lilywhites had 18 shots at goal with six of them on target while the Gunners had six shots at goal with only one…ONE shot on target!

And I know what you are thinking right now. Cech is currently in bad form and making him my man of the match is a classic case of a deluded girl desperately trying to clutch at straws. This is Cech’s worst run across all competitions having conceded a goal or more in each of the last nine consecutive matches. But, whicheverย way you look at it, he was our saving grace on Saturday, even after conceding against Kane. I mean he saved us from that powerful, goal-bound Eriksen free-kick amongst several other attempts! For me, he kept eyes his eyes peeled the entire game, unlike some other people (names withheld, but you know who I’m talking about)

I firmly believe that our defense has contributed significantly to the veteran goalkeeper’s poor form lately. The state of affairs in our defense department is appalling, to say the least, and I’m sure this was not what Cech was expecting when he came over from Chelsea. He is working overtime in every game just to cover their asses, and it’s just sad!

However, we need to be real here. Cech is not growing any younger, and it seems his best goalkeeping years are well behind him. To be honest, when he was brought in, I was just expectingย that he would be a short-term fix until we could get someone more suitable (age-wise) for the position. The minute Szczesny was through with his loan spell at Roma, we should have made him our first choice, first-team goalkeeper. Then Cech would have just been in reserve, until his retirement, only being called upon when it was absolutely necessary. But, as you know with Arsenal, we are in the business of selling our best talents and not providing the ones who stay with the kind of support they need to be at their best.

I really hate saying this, but I think it is time to let go of the aging goalkeeper and purchase someone younger who is able to cover the asses of our disparaging defense, get those boys in check while on the field, and make crucial saves regardless of the opponent. Someone who is just aching to make a mark in the EPL and beyond, and someone who is not afraid to take charge when things are going south.

Problem is even if we do find the perfect replacement for Cech, it’s going to take a miracle for Arsene Wenger to actually spend the kind of money required for such talent. Luckily, that is a problem for another day, I just hope Petr Cech can hold on a little while longer without us completely tanking!

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Have amazing weeks people!!!!

PS: If you are an Arsenal fan, and are religiously inclined, say a word of prayer for Lacazette. I do not know if he will ever be able to redeem himself after his ghastly performance this weekend, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!!

 

TOTTENHAM FANS-ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU REALLY READY?

I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of a Tottenham fan right now, especially after last night. So many problems in such a short span of time! Woi! First, Tottenham is playing against Arsenal this afternoon, and not just any Arsenal, or the Arsenal of old. This is a renewed, re-energized, allow me to say, RE-BIRTHED Arsenal, and after the Gunners’ exhilarating performance against Everton(5-1 baby!!) last weekend, Spurs need to bring their A-game this afternoon.

But, this is Arsenal, and a great performance is not always forthcoming (I swear I die a little every time Arsenal loses, but this is what love is, together through pain and joy). That coupled with the fact that Petr Cech will be missing in action today (Ospina just does not do it for me), and Kane is in amazing form and still, the season’s lead top scorer could give Tottenham the exact ammunition they need to obliterate our chances of a top-four finish. I do not expect to see much diving from the likes of Alli and Kane, owing to the magnitude of this game, but if there is, I hope they are both red-carded (fat chance!!).

Anyway, moving on to the second point on why Spurs fans should be cowering in their boots at this very moment, Juventus!! It is going to take a miracle for the Tottenham boys to beat Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League match. I mean going by what I saw yesterday, that defense is crazy and Gianluigi Buffon is even crazier. Fiorentina brought their all to that match and dominated almost the entire first half, yet nothing came of it!

It also seemed like luck was not with La Viola yesterday with their penalty appeal being denied after it was accepted five minutes before. The penalty was initially awarded because Dias’ cross made contact with Chiellini’s outstretched arm. However, the penalty was revoked five minutes later, when the ref came to the conclusion that Gil Dias was offside when he crossed the ball. The messed up thing is that replays clearly indicate that Dias was not offside at all!

To make matters worse, guess who scored the first goal for Juventus? One man, Bernadeschi, touted as the most hated former Fiorentina player ever! From the moment he signed to Juventus from Fiorentina, he was regarded as a traitor and a backstabber. This was his first match against his former side since his signing, and his former fans let him have it from the minute he stepped on that pitch yesterday. So when Juventus was awarded a freekick after he was felled by a Fiorentina defender, he had no reservations about taking that free kick and netting it in. (Italians have drama for days….)Yaani, this was not the night for Fiorentina. And did you see that solo Higuain run that led to Juventus second goal? Talk about a counter attack beautifully executed! Wow…

So, let me put this into perspective for you loyal Spurs fans. Congratulations for making it to the last 16 in the Champions League, but from here on out, it’s going to be a bloodbath! Your first game in the last 16 will be against a team that is the top team in Serie A, who have only conceded one goal in their last 16 matches, and that one goal was in December! Furthermore, you are going against a team whose goalkeeper has just capped 500 appearances for his team and is considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Do not forget that their charismatic striker has just re-discovered his spark, and he’s going all in for his team! Plus, the drama that will ensue in that game, woi!!

I am rooting for you guys, I really am. But, the way things are turning out, it’s going to be a long weekend for you guys, and an extra long week.

I wish you the very best of luck in both games, and take heart!!!