Arsenal vs. Gareth Bale and the Jordanaires
English Premier League
Kickoff: Sunday, March 3, 4PM London/11AM Natick, MA/8AM Puyallup, WA
White Hart Lane, Seven Sisters Road, Haringey, Middlesex
League Form: Arsenal WDWWW | Spurs DDWWW
Movin' Pitcher Show: Fox Soccer
SBN's Tottenham unfinished basement: Cartilage Free Captain
A VERY SPECIAL ADMIN NOTE: As you are well aware, this is a fractious game, and passions and excitement run high. As mods, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you: if things go well for Arsenal in this game, do not go to CFC and gloat, during or after the game, particularly if you're not a regular commenter over there. Trolling there will be considered trolling here, and you will be banned here for it (and yes, we will also lean heavily on the banhammer for Spurs fans that come here and act like dickbags if things go their way). Consider this your official warning about that. Be cool.
"It's all down to the results on the football pitch. The quality of our display will decide that. Spurs always had good teams since I'm here. They had Ginola and Anderton before."
Namechecking Darren "Sicknote" Anderton in a quote about the quality of Spurs' teams in the past? Game, set, and match, Mr. Wenger. You are still a genius.
So that's that then. No more words. It's game time. UP THE GUNNERS.
FEARLESS PREDICTION: Thierry Henry, in Portland for the Red Bulls season opener against the Timbers on Sunday, comes over and has breakfast at my house while we watch the game. Well, he watches the game; I just stare dreamily at him for 90 minutes and try not to go all Kathy-Bates-in-Misery and keep him at my house forever or until he realizes we're best friends.
Oh, a prediction for the game. Right. Deep breath, keep it together. Anyway. As easy as it would be to predict another soul-destroying 5-2 win, we all know at this point Arsenal are as prone to give up five as they are to score five. Bale gets sent off after getting his second yellow for diving in the eighth minute, second half sub Gervinho finds Bale's form, and all of a sudden Arsenal win 3-0.