As readers of this blog will know I am an Arsenal fan, and as you can guess this weekend hurt. What made it really hurt is that it wasn’t unexpected. I was lucky that a family celebration meant I was unable to watch the game, but did mean I was subject to the worst form of abuse in these situations: sympathy from fans of other clubs!
Various places ran lists of other premiership whippings (such as this one by ITV), and I wondered what happened to the poor victims of such games: It takes a lot to bounce back from 8 goals psychologically.
So here we are then, since the PL begun five other teams have shipped 8 in a game (I ended up using the wikipedia page on highest defeats as a source)
1. Man Utd 9 Ipswich 0 (March 1995)
Ipswich finished bottom and were relegated.
2. Tottenham 9 Wigan 1 (November 2009) and Chelsea 8 Wigan 0 (May 2010)
Incredibly Wigan finished 16th, and stayed up 6pts above the drop.
3. Newcastle 8 Sheff Wed 0 (September 1999)
Wednesday finished 19th, one above bottom, and were relegated.
4. Nottm Forest 1 Man Utd 8 (February 1999)
Forest finished bottom and were relegated
5. Middlesborough 8 Man City 1 (May 2008)
Man City finished 9th, above Boro.
So it doesn’t look good for a top four finish now does it. We have set a record, first team to score 2 whilst letting in 8. Joy.
To add to that joy, it now appears that to strengthen the defence that was humiliated yesterday Wenger has agreed to seel Traore to QPR. Good luck to the kid, he’s always worked hard in red and white, and if it wasn’t today I’d not bat an eyelid but… he was the best fit full back available to us yesterday and that hasn’t changed: IN FACT WE’VE LOST ANOTHER FULL BACK TO A BAN! The rumoured signing of yet another striker to sit on the bench and watch hasn’t finialised either.
Remember United are missing several players and lost another to injury during the game. Any Arsenal fan saying it’s OK it was a depleted team need to remember it was the best team we could play, and that is damning.
This isn’t going to be the worst result of the season for Arsenal. I can see Spurs licking their lips at the thought of bashing us up. I am not even sure we’ll beat Swansea.