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November 16, 2018

At last beautiful Arsenal learn winning ugly is part of football

Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal - Barclays Premier League - Loftus Road - 4/3/15 QPR's Steven Caulker and David Hoilett in action with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil
Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal - Barclays Premier League - Loftus Road - 4/3/15 QPR's Steven Caulker and David Hoilett in action with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

A win at any cost. I love watching beautiful football but I love the victory even more. The Gunners have had rare spells of beautiful football in recent weeks that has seen us become the team that has picked up the most points in the last ten games, but that’s just an added bonus.

The points are what matter most. I am even getting used to that sinking feeling in my stomach in the last ten minutes of every game when it looks like we will lose a game or give up a lead. Like against QPR on Wednesday. Once again we were holding our hearts in our mouths after Rangers got back one goal but we held on. As much as I’d prefer it if we killed games off early, the heart stopping moments are all part of being a Gunner. Jose Mourinho is the man of the moment right now.

Even though teams are closing in on him in the league, Chelsea are also getting away with winning ugly. Mourinho already has silverware tucked away in the Stamford Bridge cabinet in only his second season back in the league. Arsene Wenger, did you here that? Less than two years, and Mourinho has silverware already and is on the way to a league title as well.

Not nine years; just two; and he still has a good chance to progress in the Champions League. I am not blue blooded but I am a Mourinho fan. And finally; Kenyan Football. I’ve been avoiding the issue here because we are just going round in circles. I’m saddened that President Uhuru Kenyatta hasn’t given us a CS yet who cares. I’m saddened that the government still doesn’t take Sport seriously enough to give us our own ministry.

Athletics Kenya, Kenya Rugby and The Football Federation were all in court this week over internal wrangles. When will we rid ourselves of this selfishness and begin to play sport on the field and not in the courtroom? Talk to me on @CarolRadull on twitter or www.facebook.com/CarolRadull

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