In related news, to those calling it Watergate, please stop. The Watergate scandal earned the name because it happened at the Watergate Hotel. Calling anything scandalous “Watergate” or attaching “-gate” to a scandal is just lazy, if not stupid. Had Nixon’s men been caught breaking into the Hilton, for example, would we be calling Mirallas’s little squirt Water-ton? Thanks for this silliness go in part to former President Bill Clinton’s Whitewater scandal, which revived the “water + gate=scandal” headline. It still doesn’t make sense here, though. Come up with something a little more original, if not accurate.
The bigger issue is that Wilshere has got to be smarter. It’s one thing to go chin-to-jaw with someone like Olsson to prove a point, but to actually initiate a scuffle in front of the referee is foolish. Goons like Mirallas exist to provoke and specialize in that kind of under-the-radar stuff. They get away with it, but the retaliation is what usually gets punished. All the same, it’d’ve been nice to see a few more Gunners trot over to protect Wilshere, as several Toffees did for Mirallas (maybe most of our squad was down the tunnel already; I can’t tell from the video). All for one and all that.
At any rate, it is all water under the bridge at this point. We have to go to Craven Cottage in a few days. More on that to come later.