Monthly Archives: March 2009

Arsenal beat Newcastle

In a weekend where the top two teams in the league lost points,Arsenal made good with 3 goals and 3 points against Newcastle. Goals came from Bendtner,Diaby and Nasri with Martins scoring one in the first half 45 seconds from the Bendtner goal after seeing his penalty saved by Almunia.

Arsenal seem to be peaking with the number of chances they are creating and the goals getting converted. Gallas made one mistake which cost us a goal but otherwise it was a steady performance from our back four. The team started with nasri, Arshavin, Denilson and Diaby in the middle with Persie behind Bendtner upahead. The attack minded style should have produced couple of goals in the first half through Van Persie if not for Steven Taylor and Harper in the goal.

Bendtner scored from the first chance that came his way and I was surprised myself:) Diaby had a Viera moment, the style in which he scored the second goal after a 1-2 with Van Persie and the third one was a cool finish from Nasri after a pass from Persie. There was a good try from Arshavin from inside the box which was saved by Harper and then a scorcher of a long ranger from Arshavin grazed the crossbar and if that would have gone in it would have been a great great goal and it won’t be long before we see such a goal from our going-to-be-player-of-the-season Arshavin. That was his 3rd assist in the league and Van Persie heads the list for the entire league with 10 assists.

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Arshavin inspiring, Arsenal aspiring

The best match of the season and except for Bendtner missing all those chances every single player in an Arsenal jersey on the field player exceptionaly well. Clean entertainment for all fans and neutrals alike, class and style was oozing in every move.

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Arshavin was no doubt the man of the match followed very closely by Samir Nasri and Song!!! Ya Song had a very very good match and maybe he is improving at the right time for the team. Walcott has his best match after his comeback and Eboue played a cameo which he will never foget in his lifetime with two goals in this match. Almunia made some crucial saves and our back four were very consistent. The team that started was

Almunia
Sagna Toure Djourou Clichy
Walcott Denilson Song Arshavin
Nasri
Bendtner

Nasri fit well into the slot behind Bendtner and Arshavin also found himself in that role quite often. Nasri had a freekick rebounding of the cross bar and was involved in every Arsenal move forward along with Arshavin and Walcott who seems to be returning to his speedy ways. Diaby, Vela and Eboue replaced Walcott, Bendtner and Nasri towards the end. If Bendtner had not missed out on his chances we would have won this match some 10-0. Great stuff from the Gunners and the home crowd had a good match to remember for a long long time.

Though the first goal was also credited to Arshavin it was rebounded off a Blackburn defender. And when the second half resumed Arsenal produced chance after chance and it was in the 65th minute that Arshavin the star scored his first goal for the team and what a goal it was. Denilson’s measured pass found him on the right flank and then he meandered through the Blackburn defence and feinted the last defender and from a narrow angle hit the roof of the goal. This is what he has brought in the club to do, trickery and clever play from the Russian.

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Bendtner’s luck at goal meant that he will be replaced by Vela who produced a cross from the right side which found Arshavin on the left and his shot on goal was saved and Eboue was available for the tap in. That was 3-0. And the last goal was again a Vela creation as he was fouled inside the box and guess who took the penalty, Emmanuel Eboue – The stadium announcer said “The new Arsenal Goal machine, Emmanuel”!!!Well Football can surprise anyone and this team means business now.

But it has been a long time since any Gooner would have gone to sleep with satisfaction after watching an Arsenal match. Tonight is one of those nights, so enjoy it wherever you are.

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Rome was not built in a day

It will take 3 more nights like this or better for us to get there to play the finals. Well what matters at the end of the (European) night is that along with Manchester United, Chelsea ( both with not all that great display), Liverpool (very inspiring form), Barcelona (Quite decent play), Bayern Munich (Absolutely stunning performance at this level of the competition), FC Porto and Villareal (again not all that much to write about), we are also in the final 8. So now we wait till March 2oth to know who our opponents will be and I hope it is not any of the English teams or Barcelona or Bayern.

We played pathetically and I think Roma realised from their previous match that they should not give so much room to us and kept us tight throughout the match. How I wished we had scored atleast a goal more in the previous leg. Almunia was good under the bar and our experienced defenders Gallas and Toure let in a goal which could have been avoided. Bendtner had so much trouble controlling the ball after his first and second touches I can’t express here. He will dribble past one…two defenders and in the process take the ball so much away from his body that he kept on losing possession. Same was the case with Diaby. I am still saying that we should now start every match with Persie and Eduardo upfront. We need some creativity and clinical finishing to take us where we want to be.

But lets all forget that and relish our Champions League Quarterfinals entry and build up on our league form starting this weekend.

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Clinical finishing Arsenal in FA Cup Quarters

A great display of finishing from Eduardo and Vela sealed our entry into the quarterfinals of the FA cup followed by one of the most surprise combinations for an Arsenal goal ever, a Song backheel and a Eboue drive for the third goal.Well surprises do happen but credit should be given where it is due, Song and Eboue had a good match.

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But for me the man of the match was Arshavin. He was making those piercing runs, giving those through balls and looked like doing the unexpected and make the opposition in disarray.Like I have been saying in this blog for some time now, he is going to be the key difference for us from now till the end of the season. And this match saw the comeback fo Eduardo(with the captain’s armband) and Walcott from their long layoff from injury. Burnley should also be credited for not parking their bus in front of their defence and attacking right from the 1st minute. A word of praise for Kieran Gibbs too. He is a star for the future.

One of the things which was lacking in Adebayor and Bendtner and to some extent in Van Persie was their finishing. If they needed some lessons, they should just see the replay of the Vela goal for maintaining composure and scoring with his leg but thinking from his head…and the Eduardo goal for the turn which broke the offside wall and the heel kick which surprised the goalie on the direction of the shot. Again a strikers instinct in display. He is our poacher when it comes to playing inside the box. One should note that Van Persie got a similar chance like Eduardo’s and he missed and Walcott had a similar one to Vela’s and he too missed. But I am sure these guys will all improve and the team will get better and better as the season comes to an end.

With this result we are 3 matches away from the FA Cup triumph. I know we should not take it too soon, but if this team just displays some consistency we are in store for a cracker of a finish in both the cup competitions and for the league, though we may not win it now. The CL match tomorrow at Roma is going to be crucial and I believe we will score as Roma will be looking to score and therefore opening up space at the middle of the park and back. I would love to see Van Persie starting with Eduardo up front. The likely team:

Eduardo Van Persie
Arshavin Nasri Denilson Walcott
Clichy Gallas Toure Sagna
Almunia

Well this is a good team and I have the confidence that they can beat Roma away from home.

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One for Clichy

It is not everyday that you get some stats and funda on one of my favourite players in the team – Clichy. It seems with 118 interceptions he intercepted the most number of passes in the premier league so far!!! Well done Clichy and keep it up. So many times you have seen him charging on the opposition player and stealing the ball or intercepting it.

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And the number two in that list is Denilson (!!!) with 109 interceptions. Wow for him too.

Well done guys and lets keep the winning momentum going. Here is the complete article from Guardian

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Thanks Bendtner…way to go Gunners

The Dane has been quite inconsistent throughout the season, but his 2 goals set us up for the 3 points that we have not seen for a long time. We finally ended the goal drought. This together with Toure’s header gave us a safe 3 points which we can cherish after so long.

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If we had not conceded it would have been a good run of keeping clean sheets but I think we look good defensively and what we need is some attacking instinct and some luck to get those goals going. Coupled with this the Villa results going our way we have made ground on 5 points this week and with three points seperating us from the 4th position we should start getting the goals and 3 points going. The luck we can have with the Villa results are going our way and I believe even if they don’ t lose too many, they can draw games. And during those weekends we should be able to get the 3 points from our matches.

Looking forward to Walcott to make the impression after his long lay-off and see Eduardo also play. I have missed the last few matches and haven’t seen our Arshavin, Eduardo etc play. May Walcott get into the groove fast and give some wonderful runs to get a few goals. Go Gunners!

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What is happening to our dear Arsenal?

A team which had the distinction of not playing boring 0-0 draws has ended up playing 4 consecutive matches with that score line. And the ability to put the ball in the net seems to be a perennial problem with all the forwards and the midfielders. Wenger seems to have identified the right problem in getting an attacker (Arshavin) instead of a defensive midfielder because we are anyways not conceding any goal and what we are lacking is some clinical finishing.

But it would be not right to say that we are not trying…we are ding that and every single player is putting in a lot of effort, even Eboue and Diaby. If you just take the last match, the couple of chances that came Persie’s way, I would say he was sheer unlucky not to score. Arshavin was a class apart in providing thse Fabregas type through ball and a wonderful ball for a header for Persie. I think we have been on the wrong side of luck for the last couple of matches and luck will soon shine and we will pump in those goals.

Aston Villa has been giving us some false hopes and having said that we are now 6 points behind them and it just requires couple of good results to go our way and couple of them to go against them. You never know when the match and season can change. For the time being Manchester United seem to be in the driver’s seat ahead of everyone else and Rafa ruing leaving Keane to Spurs.Chelsea seem to be getting the results going their way with not so convincing performances.Anything can happen in this league.

And how the La Liga has changed in the last one month. Barca have come crashingn down and now Real are in with a good chance. And here is a good bit from the Guardian on the Barca match.

It was fantastic fun, breathless and brilliant. Half the stadium thought Kun Agüero had scored, but his shot had hit the side-netting. At the other end, there was almost an own goal, then Leo Franco made a great save, Víctor Valdés dropped a clanger, Johnny Heitinga scored, the referee wrongly ruled it out, and Thierry Henry nearly got the first. The guy in front asked his mate if that joint he was smoking was stronger than usual. They’d only been playing four minutes.

It never let up, either. Henry scored a fantastic curler, Dani Alves died and came back to life, Franco headed away another attempted own goal, and Leo Messi glided through to score an amazing second. “Let’s go home,” said one Madrid supporter, just as a 627-yarder from Diego Forlán screeched past Valdés.

Eidur Gudjohnsen missed a sitter for 3-1 and so, 10 minutes into the second half, did Samuel Eto’o. Thirty seconds later, Rafael Marquez blundered and Aguero didn’t. 2-2. “Kun! Kun! Kun!” Agüero went down, no penalty; Forlán missed a sitter for 3-2, Henry made it 2-3 and Eto’o and Messi should have made it 2-4. The man doing the scoreboard thought they had. Immediately, an Atlético player went down and Barcelona attacked. Halfway up the pitch, the referee finally saw his linesman frantically waving like a contestant on Going for Gold and went back to give the penalty. Forlán made it 3-3. Ninety minutes ticked up, Kun bundled through, Valdés went down and so did the stadium. 4-3!

You can read the full article here.

The Chapions league result has gone our way too and thank god we didnt concede. Now all we have to do is go to Rome and score one. Looks like our own Walcott could be back for that tie. Liverpool and chelsea also had favourable results and Lyon tied with Barca. But what a result for Bayern, the biggest away margin victory in the Champions league. Awesome.

I have been missing the last couple of league action, with travel and other personal committments. So I haven’t seen our no. 23 play yet. Followed his debut in train and was so so diosappointed with the match. Then again last week we were so unlucky. We can just hope that we get the better of West Bromwich Albion and get back to our winning ways. I am wathing tonight, so go Gunners GO!

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