Quick word on todays opponent QPR:
- It’s four points from a possible 21 for Mark Hughes’ men.
- QPR’s 1-0 win over Chelsea represents their only win in five London Premier League derbies this term.
- The R’s are without a clean sheet in 21 Premier League matches. They have conceded 39 goals since then, including seven in their last three games.
- QPR have received a league-high six red cards this season.
We need to make sure we are not the second team in London to lose to Hughes’ thugs today, we have to take three points!
Today means more than just three point’s, it’s about remembering David ‘Rocky’ Rocastle…
Our old No7, David ‘Rocky’ Rocastle, lost his battle against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma eleven years ago today, aged just 33 years old!!
Despite the number of years that have passed, Arsenal fans young and old still miss him today….
After leaving school 1983, Rocky Arsenal Football Club as an apprentice spending two years in the youth team. Just prior to the beginning of 1985/86 season he signed his first professional contract. Then, just nine years later Arsenal decided to sell Rocky to Leeds United for £2 Million.
He cried, he cried his heart out knowing that he would no longer be part of the club he loved and cared for so much! How many players in today’s game would feel that way?
He didn’t want to leave Arsenal Football Club, not one bit and I doubt there was any Gooner who wanted him to leave either….
The team must turn up today and do Rocky’s memory proud, fight with the fight he had as a player, give what that man used to give for the club he loved and play with the pride in the Arsenal shirt that Rocky had every time he pulled his on.
That’s all we ask today, do so and three points will travel the short journey home to the Emirates and we’ll remain third in the Premier League, regardless of what else happens this weekend.
Do it for Rocky, Do it just for Rocky!