Ahead of our crucial match against Chelsea tomorrow, I suppose there’s no news as unavoidable as John Terry’s suspension for making racist comments to Anton Ferdinand.
I’m not one who’s going to go on about Terry being a racist (though I don’t write it off). The UK courts settled that he ‘was not’ a racist, and I can live with that. I can also live with the fact that OJ Simpson didn’t murder his wife and that Joh Bjelke-Petersen wasn’t a crook. But even putting the whole Anton Ferdinand debacle aside, there are plenty of reasons to goad the Chelsea captain on Saturday.
For starters, he’s of despicable character, regardless of what Theo Walcott says. Just ask Wayne Bridge in one of the immortal handshaking snubs. He even wears shin pads underneath his suit. He’s quick to whip said suit off for photo ops when his team-mates win him a Champions League. A trophy he was so determined to spoil by getting suspended for making stupid tackles.
Then of course, there’s the crap he does on the pitch. Arsenal are subject to the ‘same old Arsenal, always cheating’ chants in almost every match, even for fouls that break our players’ legs and ankles. So it’s only natural for the bitter, twisted brat inside of me to point out the odd occasion when it happens from the other side of the fence.
I suppose the one thing that will always stick in the craw was that match in the 2007/08 season where Arsenal, having hit a bad run of form, found themselves ahead in a crucial match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Bacary Sagna’s header saw Arsenal holding on to a 1-0 lead.
Cue a Chelsea player going down injured in open play. Cue Arsenal doing the usual thing and putting it out of play. Cue John Terry with the throw-in. Throw it back to an Arsenal player like every other team would do? Hell no! Instead, he bullets it down the line towards our corner flag for a deeper throw in to Arsenal, then pressures the hell out of Arsenal to force a goal. What with him being England’s darling boy, it was quickly brushed under the carpet.
His suspension for the whole racism malarkey will be delayed (a suspended suspension!) so he can face us right away. If he starts, Arsenal fans (and players) will be licking their lips in anticipation.
And here’s why.
No in-depth analysis today. Just an obvious troll to get the Chelsea fans all psyched up. As a result, moderation barriers are up. I’m expecting the old staple from opposing fans on opposing blogs. Things like ‘your mother’ references, maybe a special mention for William Gallas (former Chelsea player) and even Tony Adams. Oh, and the all-time classic “Shit blog”.
For the lulz.
Match preview tomorrow. In the meantime, share your favourite John Terry moment in the comments.