Arsenal 2 Hull City 2

A stoppage-time Danny Welbeck goal denied Hull victory and ensured Arsenal avoided equalling their worst start to a league season under Arsene Wenger. Alexis Sanchez’s fierce low shot gave the hosts an early lead. But a disputed Mohamed Diame strike – the midfielder seemed to foul Mathieu Flamini – and an Abel Hernandez header secured the win for Steve Bruce’s side. However, Welbeck guided in a clever Sanchez pass in the first minute of stoppage time to rescue a point.

Until then, Wenger’s side looked as if they would equal their tally of 10 points from their opening eight league matches in 2011-12. But England striker Welbeck’s fifth goal in seven appearances since signing from Manchester United averted the ignominious loss of Arsenal’s 21-game unbeaten home league record. Still, the draw means Arsenal have won just one of their past seven league matches and lose more ground on leaders Chelsea. The bad news did not end there, either, with another injury to midfielder Jack Wilshere – this time to a knee – cancelling out Aaron Ramsey’s return.

Granted that Arsenal were fielding a makeshift defense with left back Nacho Monreal in central defence partnering Per Metzersacker and Hector Bellerin on right full back spot making his league debut as Debuchy is out injured and Chambers is suspended for a game, but Arsenal were wasting chances having dominated possession. Santi Carzola was especially wasteful and the groans could be heard all around the stadium. If things go like this, a 3rd or 4th place finish could well be out of our reach. Currently Arsenal are in 6th place but could well be in 9th or 10 spot once the other games are done by this weekend.

Circuitous Paths

A stranger knocks on your door, asking for directions from your home to the closest gas station (or café, or library. Your pick!). Instead of the fastest and shortest route, give him/her the one involving the most fun detours.

So you want to go the nearest coffee shop eh? Well (it’s actually a 20-25 minute walk) here’s what you gotta do partner. First you gotta cross my palm with a silver coin. And while you’re at it make it 1,000,000 silver coins. Then you gotta run down the stairs from this 7th floor – don’t take the elevator, it’s a trap – taking 2 steps at a time. Make sure you don’t fall and break your bones. Then once you reach the ground floor you will find a troll. He will ask you three questions – get them all right (the answer is always “Yes” no matter what he asks) and he will point you to the direction you need to take. Pay no attention to him and follow my directions.

Walk straight for 10 paces and then turn to the left and then skip, hop and run for exactly 10 minutes. Once 10 minutes are up – stop! You will find a small shop where you have to get a bottle of water and drink from it – only 2 mouthfulls! That done, you turn back and skip, hop and run for another 10 minutes. Then turn to your right and walk 10 paces. Then jog on the spot for an additional 15 minutes. Working up a sweat? Good! Now walk forwards for 2 minutes and then turn left and walk another 10 minutes.

You will have reached a junction. Turn left, grab your crotch and scream “Everytime I think about you I touch myself” and run like a mad dog for 20 minutes. Stop! Let go of your crotch and wipe your hands on a handkerchief. You have reached the coffeeshop. But wait- you have to sit on the bottom stairs and using your bum lift yourself and climb the 10 steps. You have reached the coffeeshop door. Congratulations and you can walk right in. Order a cold one and a sandwich. You have earned it!

Prompt from the Daily Post at