Arsenal 0 West Ham 2

What the heck Wenger? Arsenal’s season started in defeat as West Ham won their first Premier League game under Slaven Bilic. Keeper Petr Cech misjudged Dimitri Payet’s free-kick to allow Cheikhou Kouyate to nod in the Hammers’ first. And after the break Mauro Zarate finished from 20 yards after being gifted the ball by the Gunners defence. Arsenal, who controlled possession but were worryingly blunt in the final third, came closest when Aaron Ramsey hit the crossbar in the first half. Gunners fans, who left the Emirates Stadium in large numbers before the final whistle, will feel like they have seen all this before, not just in the way their side performed, but also in the familiarity of their starting line-up.

Cech’s arrival from Chelsea has been Wenger’s only summer signing since last term’s third-place finish, and it was an uncharacteristic display from the experienced keeper. The 33-year-old was not only at fault for West Ham’s opener, but was wrong-footed by Zarate’s strike, although he received little help from his defence as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Francis Coquelin combined to give the ball away on the edge of their own area. Olivier Giroud frequently looked isolated up front, which will no doubt increase the hope among Arsenal supporters that a reported deal for Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema can be completed.

On this going, I wonder how long it will take for a new signing or two to come up in discussions. Plus, how much slack will Wenger be given before the “Wenger Out” brigade starts unfurling banners around the stadium? You know me, I strongly believe that Wenger should have left a season or two ago. His time should have been up but he is too stubborn to admit it or act accordingly. It’s painful to watch huge sections of the game with Arsenal in the opponents goal area, players passing back and forth with no end in sight.

Getting Ready For The Trip

“All my bags are packed
I’m ready to go
I’m standin’ here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye”

Well my bags aren’t completely packed yet, as you can see. And I’m not standing outside anyone’s door at the moment. Nor will I be waking up anyone to say goodbye. I am giddy about the trip tough.

I have most of my things packed. I have a few shirts and a pair of trousers that are being ironed and maybe some more stuff that I have to put into another bag. I will also be taking this laptop and charger with me. Bought some medicines because my sinusitis is still raging a winning battle with me and I hate to fall ill during my stay in Chennai. I will be taking a 12:20 pm flight and am expected to be there by 13:30 or so. It isn’t a long flight at all and I will have to take a taxi from the airport to my booked room at the company provided service apartments. Shame they can’t come and pick me up as it is a city I haven’t been too (well, once when I was 3 or 4 years old but that doesn’t count).

I haven’t been on a plane since 1988 and that part is exciting. Chennai is a great city to be in and I am looking forward to that as well. But I have this depressing feeling about something else, something I cannot quite post about yet. I hope that it will be ok in a while. Maybe this trip is what I need at the moment. Who knows?

I just hope there aren’t any motherfucking snakes on the plane! Or that we don’t get abducted by aliens! Or taken over by terrorists! Or ….