26th December 2006- Premier League, Watford 1 Arsenal 2


Arsenal moved third in the Premiership thanks to a late Robin van Persie winner at a heartbroken Watford

Should you have room after all those mince pies, the one word match report is: Gusto.

And amid it all, one of the most resourceful and committed team performances that Vicarage Road has seen in recent years, reducing Arsenal’s vastly over-hyped ice-skating-on-grass football to scraps and bits and hilarity. Still lost, I know, but the fight was truly something to behold. When the team needed and deserved our fullest support, a few hundred were crassly bellowing about a country whose history apparently ended in 1945 and distant deeds that they have absolutely no claim over, while the rest of us were shaking our heads in silent disbelief and wishing that the ground would open up. Never has an atmosphere been deflated so quickly without a goal being scored.


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