Well, I suppose this is the point where I have to put on my big boy pants and say: “you know what, Everton are a much-improved side who came to play and put in a better performance than anyone else we’ve faced in the league so far. Martinez has got them attacking in a way Moyes couldn’t, and they have several players that would be welcome in our squad.” So, yeah, fair result, and a point isn’t at all bad considering the results around us, etc and so on.
Last night, not only was I not at the Emirates, (someone else takes most of my midweek games), but I also managed to miss both goals in real time. The first because I was sailing the Caribbean ocean on a different sort of piratical adventure, and the second because I was busy swabbing my own poop deck. Yes it’s a euphemism, no I’m not sorry. And with that entirely unwelcome image seared into your poor brain, it’s on with the ‘analysis’.
In recent seasons, Arsenal has struggled in November. Looking at the fixture list this season, it might have been reasonable to worry that this November would bring similar difficulties. But after completing a month that included two matches against Borussia Dortmund, a visit from Liverpool, and a trip to Old Trafford, we still sit four points clear at the top of the Premier League and top of our Champions League group. Now, as we enter the final month of the year, it’s time to stop thinking about road blocks and start building a bridge to the title.
Despite the twin irritations of losing narrowly to Utd and then not being able to wash the taste away for a fortnight, I was struck yesterday by how few bad results we’ve actually had to suck up since the start of 2013. It’s got to the point where not only are we not used to losing, we’re not even used to dropping points. Deep into the second half today, leading thanks to Giroud’s ceaseless graft and Boruc’s quite magnificent brainfreeze I felt… Well… Not quite confident, but certainly not the jittery bag of spanners I normally am with a 1-0 scoreline.