Stick Your Extra Player Up Your A*se
Arsene Wenger's brave men fought for 78 minutes at Blackburn tonight with ten men after Gilberto was dismissed from the field.
I'm not going to write a match report as I'd hate to steal the thunder of Mr Stillman, but I need to comment on some of the incidents of this evening.
Firstly I'd just like to say that I in know way condone the actions of Gilberto Silva, infact as a senior member of the team he should know better. However, considering the fact Bert was fouled 'from behind', which if you'll look in the rule book you'll find is a sending off itself, was treated a little harshly.
The ref should have issued two yellow cards and slapped their pandy's.
Brett Emerton was already on a yellow card when fouled by Cesc Fabregas. Emerton retaliated and threw Cesc to the ground. Considering the precedent Nob Styles set in the first half, this surely warranted a yellow at least.
Let us finish with the challenge from Tuguy. A late challenge that saw the Blackburn man rake his studs from kneecap to ankle on Cesc Fabregas, a challenge which did not receive a red card.
Even in light of all these incident, Arsenal battled through and were worthy of their 2-0 victory. In a 5:15pm kick off in the North of all things.
Arsene Wenger's red and white army march on.