Witnessing the Undecidable: A deconstructive live football blog

14.35
On my way to meet some friends in the pub before heading to Wembley. We’ll no doubt discuss predictions for the game, degrees of certainty may be expressed, or worries about what defeat may mean, but secretly we’ll know that nothing is certain.

16.22
Arsenal chants on the train to Wembley. A few Reading fans and some unfortunate people not heading to the football.

17.09
I think that whoever runs Wembley doesn’t understand the situation fans are in before the game, facing the ordeal of the undecidable. If they did ‘Wembley Radio’ wouldn’t be blasting out such awful music.

17.18
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17.35
Finely poised so far. Plenty of encouragement for Reading.

17.44
Feels like neither side wants to resolve the undecidable. Neither wants to risk defeat. Tentative.

18.02
Ozil, Sanchez, goal. Comfort in the familiar chant ‘One-nil to the Arsenal’.

18.09
Half time, more awful music but otherwise all good for Arsenal. But we’re still in the depths of the undecidable..

18.34
A Reading goal, 1-1, this is the very aporia of the undecidable..

18.49
Chants for Giroud before he comes on. Easier to cheer the idea of a player rather than the ones actually on the pitch.

And his first contribution is to miss a good chance from a free kick..

19.01
Into the last ten minutes. Reading will be delighted to prolong this for another 30 minutes..

19.04
The width of a post from retaking the lead.

19.11
The Reading fans cheers the whistle as if they’ve won. Resigned silence from the Arsenal fans.

19.23
We shouldn’t still be watching this.

19.34
An Arsenal-style calamity for the Reading ‘keeper and we’re back in front. Thank god.

19.48
Agony.

19.54
Victory.
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The undecidable is resolved. Until the final..

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