The match just got over 15 minutes back and I’m still peeved at goalkeeper Wojciech Szcz?sny. Somebody (Wenger are you listening?) out to kick his ass a few times. This moron is making quite a few goofs in recent match and not forced goofs caused by the way the ball spins or lands awkwardly on the pitch – no it’s stupid goofs because he is arrogant and careless. We are extremely lucky to have won this game with that flimsy margin of a single goal. Newcastle will curse their luck for not scoring atleast twice, one with that idiotic clearance by Szcz?sny which hit a Toon Army player and nearly went into our goal!
The Gunners created several chances early on but Newcastle almost went ahead in first-half stoppage time when Moussa Sissoko’s shot was saved and Mathieu Debuchy headed against the bar. The lone goal was scored by Olivier Giroud via a header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner, assisted by Theo Walcott following a set piece situation. Walcott had a lob cleared off the line before Arsenal withstood late pressure, as the Gunners looked tired and lacking any bite while scrappy Newcastle dug deep to try and find an equalizer.
The hosts sent goalkeeper Tim Krul forward in search of a late equaliser, with Hatem Ben Arfa firing wide from a great position, but the Gunners will now be top of the league on New Year’s Day for the first time since the 2007-08 season with a point advantage over Manchester City. Arsenal have 42 points from 19 games played (right at the half way mark), just one point ahead of Manchester City.
Recount the origins of any nicknames or pet names you have.
I have had a few nicknames throughout my life. When I was about 11 or perhaps turning 12 years old, my family (parents, sister, some uncles, aunts and cousins) had hired two 15 seater mini buses and were on a tour of famous spots in South India. One of the places we visited was Kanyakumari, at the southern most tip of India. To go to the small island that has a statue of Swami Vivekanada memorial statue, which is on a small piece of an island, you have to go on ferry boats. Now while getting in and getting out they have deck hands to help you (as India had and still has in most places) shitty piers, so everyone took their help while the taller men jumped if they felt that they could. I, a plump kid, took the help of the men while getting in but on our way back I decided that I could make it and jumped to the pier easily even when most people older than me couldn’t. So the men remarked “Ah, master chaddiallo! (Master has jumped)” in jest and my cousins heard it. Thus the name Master has stuck and my damn cousins still call me by that nick name even though it is 25 years plus since it happened!
Years later, 1997 or 98 (I was 21 or 22) for a while some of my cousins kept calling me FC Rosh, because that was the name I gave to my custom team in a FIFA game we all used to play a lot during one summer. At the moment, only one of my cousins still keeps calling me that whenever she sees me or chats with me online – she is behind the times like that! And then in late 2007 I got this nick name at the office I was in, which has also stuck since then – Roshango! That’s because my user name for accessing the company network is “roshango” which is short for my full name Roshan Gopal Krishnan. I didn’t choose the name or else it would have been ‘roshangk” but it was the tech guys who put that. But over 2.5 years later my ex team members and some colleagues still call me Roshango!
I actually like that name. Even when it used to give us all a laugh when people call me “Come Roshango”!