On the 26th of May 1989, a 21 year old Arsenal youngster called Michael Thomas shocked Anfield with a 90 + 1 minute goal to steal the first division title from Liverpool.
Fab 3 on Song Again
At Anfield yesterday another 21 year old Arsenal youngster shocked the crowd with an 11th minute goal. Ainsley Maitland-Niles snuck in at the far post to tuck in Alex Iwobi’s cross from close range. 1-0 to the Arsenal and a few hardy fans might have been thinking about another Anfield shock! By halftime, Liverpool’s ‘Fab 3’ had put the game out of sight with the score at 4-1.
Back in 89 Arsenal had Dixon, Bould, Adams, and Winterburn. The ever-cautious George Graham even played the vastly experienced and talented David O’Leary behind them.
50 Shades of Grey
Masquerading as the Arsenal back four yesterday were Stephan Lichsteiner, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and Sead Kolasinac. They were an absolute shambles. If Arsenal serious about signing Chelsea’s Gary Cahill they might just as well go all in and get John Terry, Ashley Cole, and Branislav Ivanović! How long will it be before Arsenal’s boss, 47 year old Spaniard Unai Emery, hair turns 50 shades of grey?
Firmini Claims the Match Ball
Roberto Firmini completed his hat trick with a 65th minute penalty for the only goal in the 2nd half. He left the pitch with the match ball tucked up his shirt and his Liverpool team mates all smiles. Even Mo Salah who netted a penalty just before the break to join Kane and Aubameyang on 13 goals in the race for the golden boot. Sadio Mané scored the 3rd in the 32nd minute nicely set up by Salah.
Whilst the ‘Fab 3’ continues to grab headlines, along with the mean defence, Georginio Wijnaldum is playing the unsung hero role in midfield. Yesterday, until he was withdrawn after 78 minutes, he kept breaking up Arsenal’s play and playing the simple ball. He looked a class act along with Xherdan Shaqiri. Last season’s ‘angry bird’ at Stoke City is now mixing it with players on the same level and he’s smiling as well.
At the age of 17 Marc started working for the local Echo in Southampton and even made the sports pages himself when selected for Hampshire youth. But a serious back injury, sustained after a car crash on his way back from a party from Bournemouth, put paid to his sporting career. So now he writes about it.