Football is back and so is Guess the Score. Have a go in the comments below. And don’t forget to catch the SAFC v Arsenal ‘Who are You?’ interview with Walter Broeckx from the Untold Arsenal site’s sub-section examining bad decisions by matchday officials … https://safc.blog/2013/09/sunderland-v-arsenal-who-are-you-biased-referees-tiptop-ozil-suarez-dilemma/
With their unsure grasp of history prior to the Wenger era, Arsenal’s millions of scattered supporters, living their lives without the least contact with north London or even Woolwich, would not know that when Sunderland last won the top flight championship, Saturday’s equivalent fixture ended with a 5-4 home win in front of just under 59,000 at Roker Park.
Fair enough, that was all of 78 years ago: Dec 28 1935. Monsieur Salut had not taken his first breath. Nor even had Ray Davies or Mick Jagger, listed among celebrity Gooners.
Had Salut! Sunderland existed then, it might have got away without having to fork out for a Guess the Score winner, though the half-time score, 4-1, suggesting a plucky Arsenal fightback in the second half, would doubtless have had a taker or two.
So what will it be on Saturday? Will Ozil tear us apart and inspire an effortless romp for Wenger’s side? Or will we see a repeat of the excitement of the 1-0 wins on the opening day of the 2000-2001 season (Niall Quinn) and in 2009 (Darren Bent)? Otherwise, two cup wins apart, we need to go back to a Tony Adams own goal that raised false hope of survival in 1997 and beyond that to 1983 for Sunderland victories over Arsenal, home or away.
A Salut! Sunderland mug will go to the reader who is first to predict the correct score and post that prediction before kickoff. Arsenal fans are welcome to enter and the mug’s design would be amended accordingly should one of them win.
How Monsieur Salut developed this theme at ESPN: http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/2037?cc=5739
Extract: ‘…until just after the Second World War, the Gunners and Sunderland were comparable forces in English football’
And what does M Salut reckon will happen on Saturday? Goals from Raich Carter (2), Gallacher, Davis and Connor should be enough to withstand that second-half Gunners rally. Or a sneaky 1-0 after Ozil slices the ball into his own net in the fourth minute of stoppage time. And Walter will blame the ref.
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