Sunderland 0 Arsenal 2

Alexis Sanchez capitalizes on 2 mistakes from Sunderland in each half (one by Wes Brown and one by Mannone) to score both goals in a 2-0 win for Arsenal. The Gunners were lacklustre and lethargic, making mistakes galore and lucky for them they were facing Sunderland. A better team like Chelsea, Man C or even Liverpool would have ripped us apart. Terribly & sloppy, sluggish play from Carzola especially and Wellbeck was off his game. Worse Gibbs is injured – AGAIN! What is this now, his 10th in 2-3 seasons?

Sunderland were unable to exorcise their embarrassment at Southampton as Arsenal won at the Stadium of Light. Alexis Sanchez capitalised on Wes Brown’s dreadful passback to clip Arsenal ahead after half an hour. And, despite performing with more resolve than in their 8-0 defeat at St Mary’s last Saturday, Sunderland lost another bad goal in stoppage time. Goalkeeper Vito Mannone dawdled with the ball at his feet, allowing Sanchez to steal in and secure the win. The late goal ensured that Arsenal would win this fixture for the fourth consecutive season but Arsene Wenger’s side were far from convincing.

I think Wenger will have to sell a couple of players from his large midfield squad – Carzola, Flamini, Chamberline, Arteta – and make room for a couple of solid players who can win the ball and also create a lot more chances for the strikers to finish. As of now they are losing possession terribly. And Gibbs getting injured is worrisome – hopefully it isn’t too serious.

Mask Off / Mask On

We’re less than a week away from Halloween! If you had to design a costume that channeled your true, innermost self, what would that costume look like? Would you dare to wear it?

Unfortunately we in India do not have this tradition of celebrating Halloween and dressing up in various costumes to go trick or treat. In some MNC companies they have adopted this as part of the office culture and encourage people to participate. Personally I think we could do with some of that fun that everyone who does follow the tradition seems to enjoy. Kids & adult dressed in various costumes, going to parties or even to work and having a blast. And then the “trick or treat” – ah what fun that would have been as a kid! I’d still enjoy seeing kids here do that and keep some chocolate bars/candy for the kids who would happen to pop by.

So what would I dress up as. Now costumes as you see them in Western countries would be very expensive here and you don’t have good store or companies that would make the stuff that I’d want them to make. I would like to be a Starfleet officer or Klingon / Vulcan/ Cardassian officer or maybe a Jedi Knight. A comic book superhero – The Phantom or The Flash or a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle etc. A Vampire, Zombie, Werewolf or Mummy. Maybe Captain Jack Sparrow? Or A Ghostbuster! The options are endless.

So I’d do different stuff each year and have fun with it.

Prompt from the Daily Post at