Name: Amy Lawrence at the Emirates Stadium
Date registered: October 2, 2014
Cowley will now focus on Lincoln’s National League and FA Trophy campaigns, while his Arsenal counterpart admitted there is no escape from criticism
As Lincoln’s players absorbed the experience by accepting the invitation to mingle with their counterparts in the home dressing room at the end of it all, it was important to make sure that City took care of some essential business. A member of Arsenal’s staff duly emerged from a cupboard with a broom, remarking: “They’ve asked for a hoover.” The broom was the best they could magic up at that moment. At Premier League level they are not used to requests from the opposition to clean the visitors’ dressing room. Whatever the circumstances, though, Danny Cowley insists on it. “The All Blacks call it ‘sweep the decks’, don’t they? If it is good enough for the All Blacks, it’s good enough for us,” he says.
The gesture felt poignant, especially as there had been a brief commotion when Arsenal left their dressing room at non-league Sutton United in the previous round strewn with discarded strappings and drinks bottles. That contrast emphasised the different worlds usually inhabited by those from non-league and Premier League although, looking at the bigger picture, that is a chasm that Cowley hopes some of his contemporaries and colleagues can one day bridge. “There’s some great footballers at non-league level and hopefully some OK managers too,” Cowley notes. “We’ve seen what happened with Jamie Vardy. It shows you there is real depth in English football.”
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With the pack chasing Chelsea dropping points all around them this weekend, a win – any win, even a boring, routine, nothing remarkable win – would have been welcomed by Arsenal. But a victory of this theatrically charged fashion sent the Emirates crowd into a rare frenzy. Humdrum, run of the mill, this was not.
Much of the most captivating drama was condensed into the seven and a bit minutes of stoppage time. Until then Arsenal had been leading Burnley, protecting a narrow lead with 10 men after Granit Xhaka’s sending off. The mood lurched one way as Burnley were awarded a penalty. Petr Cech made contact with his hand but not strongly enough as Ashley Barnes equalised. Burnley’s players were overjoyed. Arsenal’s felt the fear.
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As weeks go, three straight wins, a flurry of 12 goals, and the confidence booster of enjoying life top of their Champions League group and the Premier League (even if only temporarily), brings the sort of cheer Arsène Wenger must wish he could bottle. In recent seasons Arsenal have had their encouraging moments, but sustaining them into the sharp end of the season has been the tougher trick to pull off. The challenge to continue this rich form is on.
Arsenal went a goal behind but surged up a gear to see off Stoke with goals from Theo Walcott, Mesut Özil and Alex Iwobi. While conscious that Chelsea can leapfrog them before the weekend is out, Arsenal have made a habit of playing with inhibitions when the chance to enjoy the summit has presented itself. This time, they relished it.
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