Due a bit of luck? Don't make me laugh!

By Avenell Dave

After a depressing Saturday evening and Sunday, I finally decided to watch the highlights of the weekend's football on Match of the Day last night.

Then I caught interviews with Darren Fletcher and Sir RedNose F*rguson on Sky and couldn't believe what I was hearing.

Fletcher claimed he got some of the ball when he scythed down Andrey Arshavin for what was about as nailed-on a penalty as you will ever see.

"After what happened the last time I played Arsenal, I was due a bit of luck," Fletcher added, as if to contradict his earlier assessment.

F*rgie, of course, completely refuted any suggestion that it was a penalty, and thank God Arshavin made them pay a few moments later, even if it did prove to be in vain in the end.

Was M*nure's approach anti-football? I'm not sure, even if Le Boss says so. Even he can get caught up in the heat of emotion.

What WAS clear is that by no means did Arsenal deserve six yellow cards from Mike Dean, who I'm totally looking forward to welcoming to N5 later this season.

What irony that Celtic's Aidan McGeady was sent off for a second booking when accused of diving (see here for video).

None of this helps us very much.

Our unbeaten start to the season has ended, the question marks about our ability to compete with the rest of the Big Four will be regurgitated by those who judge on results rather than overall performance.

As one of my fellow Addicts pointed out, Arsenal beat themselves on Saturday. Ain't that the truth?

I hope Wenger listens to his own observations, that we didn't have the experience to deal with every situation thrown at us.

I hope he buys some quality in the 36 hours or so that remain of the transfer window although I suspect Ivan Gazidis will not be as busy today as we may have hoped.

It's along time until Eastlands against a Man Citeh team who seem to be gelling far too quickly for my liking, but if we play like we did for 75 minutes at Old Trafford, we'll be fine.

Keep believing, Addicts.

There's a long way to go.