Reflecting on Sunday’s victory I have noticed that refereeing is on the agenda again; primarily based on Alex Ferguson’s rather unfathomable remarks on decisions in big games. The other talking point, in the decision envelope, was the penalties that were not given. Let’s look at the one fact that seems to have been overlooked; The Vidic handball was a penalty as was the foul on Owen, but there is no guarantee that both would have been scored , both would have been missed or a combination. What possibly would have happened would have been a yellow card for
. What definitely would have happened would have been a red card for Vidic and Man Utd reduced to 10 men for the majority of the game. So you see conjecture gives us a set of outcomes, fact gives us one undeniable statistic. Clichy
Being a realist there are not going to be wholesale changes in the summer; that is fantasy thinking, but In the 2011/2012 future I would hope to see players such as Vermaelan, Wiltshire, Ramsey, Nasri, Sagna , Szczesny, RVP, Walcott, Chamakh, Gibbs, Djorou, Song all fit and playing with some additions but more importantly the exit of a number of players (no need to mention them, we all know who they are) who are a drain on the wage bill and give nothing on the pitch, because wouldn’t it be great if we were looking ahead to the next couple of weeks like Chelsea, Man Utd and Barca are and not looking back on what might have been. Whether our current Captain is part of the future remains to be seen; another summer of ‘Arsenal player to
Europe’ speculation awaits.