No happy ending this year then...
but not for want of trying.
Poor old Arsenal gave it a damn good shot. They started like they were on fire & were unlucky not to be leading within 2 minutes. What was looking like being a thrilling display between two great footballing sides all changed when Jens Lehmann brought down Eto'o on the edge of the box & promptly & correctly saw red. The game changed instantly.
Sol Campbell scored a with giant header & Arsenal were ahead.
From then on Arsenal were like steel. All 10 players gave everything & the back four in particular were immense. It looked like it was goona be a case of the old school Gunners; Rock solid at the back & ready to sing the old 1-0 to the Arsenal song.
They were undone in five minutes as Barca turned the game on it's head.
And that was that.
Does it not speak volumes for the strength of the Premiership that Arsenal had such a massive campaign following Liverpool's amazing triumph last year?
Now football is done until the wonder that is the World Cup is upon us, right?
It's play off time. For likes of Barnsley, Swansea, Grimsby town & my own beloved Leeds United there is an enormous amount still to play for.
I have always been a strong advocate of the play offs. I believe that it keeps the season alive for so many more clubs than it would without them. On top of that, the play off final for the last premiership place is often a fantastic game, worthy of it's place in the grandest stadium on offer.
How do I feel?
I'm bricking it! Obviously the prize for winning is huge, especially for a club such as Leeds who surely not many would argue are a big, big club who belong in the top flight.
On Sunday I shall probably go through at least one packet of cigarettes, a few pints & any remaining fingernails will no doubt be gone by the final whistle.
Defeat is unthinkable & yet perfectly realistic.
I am hoping & praying that I can go into work on Monday morning wearing my colours & shouting out that were back.
Watford fans aside, cross your fingers for us, won't you?