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I'm a director of Maidenhead United Football Club. For ten seasons one of my roles at the club was to produce the match programme. The aim of this blog was to write football related articles for publication in the match programme. In particular I like to write about the representation of football in popular culture, specifically music, film/TV and literature. I also write about matches I attend which generally feature Maidenhead United.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Honours Even

Nothing like a good score draw to stir the blood. Sunday's match at the Grove was a fine example with both teams on top form. Everton with Ross Barkley in his young pomp may have dominated possession but for the most part were restricted to long shots which were dealt with fairly comfortably by Wojciech Szceszny whilst Arsenal were more methodical in their forward play supplying plenty of decent final balls which Tim Howard just managed to intercept before the likes of Giroud were able to apply a finish.
As the game drew on the frustration with referee Howard Webb waned as the players tired and the quality of the chances increase but when Arsenal took the lead through a Mesut Ozil goal with ten minutes remaining it looked like game over. Everton though dug deep to fashion a fine equaliser courtesy of Gerard Deulofeu which cued up the blue flare, the smell of which reached me in my seat at the top of the Clock End.
Olivier Giroud almost snatched it at the end with a wondrous strike which had it gone in, would have been one of those moments that win league titles. That it didn't was fair to Everton who had firmly established their credentials as the best opponents to face Arsenal this season. That Roberto Martinez had added attacking flair so soon to the steely structure created by David Moyes must be worrying for Manchester United fans.
For Arsenal the impetus given by the entry into play of Mathieu Flamini with half an hour remaining surely shows why he should be first pick ahead of Mikel Arteta as the defensive screen, the fiery dynamism of the Frenchmen trumping the ageing Basque metronome.Certainly this position will be vital to Arsenal's fortunes in the big three games coming up in which three more draws would be most welcome.

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