In an age where analytics and strategy rule every single decision made in the real world, there is little room for that magical element called luck.
However, if Arsenal are going to beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane this Sunday, they are going to need to do more than just play the better football, they are going to need to do more than just stop Gareth Bale, they are going to need to do more than put in an error-free defensive showing, they are going to need that little bit of divine inspiration which can so often be the difference between success and failure – more often called dumb luck.
Well the good news for all us Arsenal fans is that this Sunday, happens to be the 3rd of March, and has traditionally been a lucky day for the Gunners.
Arsenal have played 4 times since the start of this millenium on 3rd March, and won each of those games. In 2001, an exceptionally rare Sylvain Wiltord hat-trick helped Arsenal beat West Ham 3-0 at good old Highbury. Arsenal next played on 3rd March in 2007, and an equally rare penalty from Gilberto Silva and a Julio Baptista goal helped us beat Reading 2-1.
In 2009 Arsenal were away at West Bromwich Albion, where a brace from Nicklas Bendtner and a goal from Kolo Toure helped us emerge triumphant 3-1.
Arsenal’s last encounter on 3rd March was as recent as last season, where the Gunners beat Liverpool 2-1 away at Anfield. None of us would have forgotten that game or the late late goal from one Robin van Persie that won it for us. Alex Song’s pass over the top, that deliciously technically gifted side foot…sigh…
We hope that Arsenal’s luck continues to hold this weekend as we head into arguably the most crucial North London derby in many a season. COYG.