Video highlights of the 0-0 draw with Arsenal yesterday followed by post-match managerial interviews with Alan Pardew and Arsene Wenger.
We’ll start with the highlights first although there is only going to be one talking point unfortunately. That will of course be Joey Barton and his altercation with Gervinho which resulted in the Arsenal debutant receiving his marching orders for violent conduct whilst Barton earned himself a yellow for the same incident.
It’s going to be convenient for the media this one. I have no doubt that Barton will be pulled apart for his part in it, but then I also have no doubt that the media will also conveniently forget that Barton had once again been the target of some foul play from Arsenal with the most obvious bone of contention being Alex Song’s pretty blatant stamp on Barton. He’ll be getting a letter from the FA on Monday morning surely?
It doesn’t make Barton’s reaction right of course and the correct thing to do would have been to walk away from the situation, but sometimes tempers flare in a competitive environment. Just ask Arsenal. How many red cards have the “uber-football” side had now?
Alan Pardew’s interview actually made me laugh. I love his reaction to the reporter when quizzed over whether it was or wasn’t a stamp, and then again when quizzed about the possibility of a red card for Barton. There is no doubt that Pardew is behind Barton going by this.
I’m actually surprised Arsene Wenger managed to see anything. It’s very out of character. Mind you I can see why a lot of Arsenal fans get their propensity to moan and be selective from as it seems, going by comments on here last night, that the fans managed to see everything to do with Barton but missed Song’s stamp in the process.
Onwards and upwards.