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All Things Footie | Sunday, August 22 | Jordan

Super Sunday

There was an allegation last year that Sundays on Sky Sports no longer deserved the ‘Super’ prefix. Statistically, the most likely score for a game shown live on Sky Sports on a Sunday was 1-1 or 0-0. In that case, yesterday’s 4.05pm result really upset the applecart. At one-nil up, Arsenal looked to be cruising towards the record equalling 42-game unbeaten run; even Joseph Desire-Job’s equaliser on the stroke of half-time simply looked like all would do would mean Arsenal had to break a sweat in the second half.

Then along came one of the most peculiar passages of play you’ll see all season. With Middlesbrough scoring two thunderbolt goals (from Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink and Franck Queudrue) in the space of a few minutes, and putting arsenal two goals behind for the first time in 42 league games. For Middlesbrough fans who’d watched their team pummelled for 50 miuntes, amazing, for Arsenal fans; sickening flashbacks of missed chances and sloppy box-play. The next ten minutes were a phenomenal show of determination not to get beaten, and audacious attacking talent all clicking into place. Three goals later, Arsenal’s lead was restored. Boro looked shellshocked—as well they might—and even the unflappably confident Wenger was dancing up and down the touchline like Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

The fifteen minute spell from 50-65 minutes in that game will go down as one of the most thrilling quarter-of-an-hour passages of play in Premiership history, and it’s significance (in ensuring Arsenal match Nottingham Forest’s record of 42 games unbeaten) was not let down by the spectacle. It took my breath away. I’m beginning to wonder if there’ll be a game this season when Arsenal don’t score three or more goals.

Arsenal won. United won. Chelsea won. Arsenal set-records. Same as last season really. Will someone tell me what they’ve done with the real Brian Clough?

In other news, we also have a new rant from our columist Bill Urban:

Dyer: beaten with the stupid stick

In an era where overpaid, pampered athletes develop a profound sense of entitlement upon receiving their first bloated paycheck, it was somehow comforting to watch the dual-act farce involving the Champion of Prat at the Riverside last weekend, and his home St. James’ Park last night. The comfort arose from the certain realization that the debate over the most arrogant, clueless, and spoiled-beyond-belief Premiership footballer was wrapped up by the actions and attitude of Kieron Dyer.

Read on …

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