MY annual trip across to west London ended in predictable disappointment as Chelsea flattened Arsenal yesterday. Not only were Arsenal beaten but the away fans at Stamford Bridge, for all their noise, struggled to come up with anything remotely original with their chants directed at the headline-hogging John Terry. The celebrated art of terrace poetry was missing in the chant: ‘You’re not captain anymore’.
But then the Chelsea fans were not bursting with imagination themselves. They bellowed back with a few choruses of: ‘You’re not English any more’, the standard attack on Arsenal for the crime-of-crimes of fielding only one English player in their starting eleven.
Then, after this shouty to and fro, everybody sat down again and watched as a striker from the Ivory Coast scored for the team managed by an Italian and bankrolled by a Russian.