Date: 11th December 2006 at 11:52am
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Yesterday was a historic day. Chelsea found themselves in the chasers’ position for the first time since Mourinho’s arrival and I was cheering on Arsenal for the first time ever.

A year ago, Fergie said he would support the Gunners when they host Chelsea at the Highbury. I could not bring myself to it as we were far behind the Blues and could not nurture real hopes of catching them. The sight of Pires, Ljungberg, Henry, van Persie simply made it impossible for me to support them that time.

It was a completely different situation yesterday. United were top of the table, nine points clear, Arsenal were too far behind to nurture any real hopes of catching us (not that Arsene Wenger will ever admit this) so I managed to put aside everything other than the urge to see Chelsea losing points.

It was very difficult. In the opening 20 minutes I had to remind myself several times that I should be upset when Arsenal lose the ball. To be honest, the absence of Henry, Lauren and Ljungberg (who was on the bench of course) made it easier for me as only van Persie, Fabregas and Lehmann were in the team of those towards whom I have utmost loathing.

By the end of the game I got used to my new-found role of an Arsenal supporter and I was thrilled to see them taking the lead via Flamini and I was disappointed to see Essien’s equaliser – but I could not help to think it saved us all from the gloating of the Gunners.

So I could take a lot of positives form this game, not least that it was great entertainment. But I relish the fact that I do not have to be a Gunners supporter until their next meeting at the Emirates.