Before kick off I warned that Allardyce was asking for a good kicking. God only knows what he was thinking of when he poked Wenger with a stick and effectively rubbished Podolski, Walcott and co. What a fool. He's going to be an even bigger fatter Sam after tucking in to ten helpings of Humble Pie this evening.
What can you say after that second half?
Other, of course, than I told you so!
This afternoon I wrote, "The Arsenal forwards looked pretty decent at Upton Park, and I don't remember
watching the second half thinking, "My God they're missing Van Persie". In fact,
after Walcott came on, I was praying for the final whistle to keep the score
My half time report was headed "O'Brien in Purgatory" and I warned, "Poor O'Brien. Every time Walcott gets the ball the Irishman is on the rack.
Outpaced, outclassed and out of position, he is stretching every fibre to keep
us in the game" and predicted, "Defensively we have coped - just. Tomkins and Reid have been good but one of
Arsenal's pin point passes will be threaded through the needle sooner or later."
Second half kicked off and Warnock promptly tore poor Joey apart. Tomkins made a brilliant intervention to prevent an immediate goal, but was hopelessly at fault for Arsenal's second, losing his man at the corner. From there on, it was just embarrassing!
Let's pretend the game ended at half time shall we, and wish young Potts well.
Player ratings: Jussi 5, Delel 4, Tomkins 4, Reid 4, O'Brien 4: Noble 4, Collison 5, Taylor 4, Nolan 3, Vaz Te 1, Cole 4 Subs Diarra 6 Diame 4, Potts 999