Arsenal finished off Wigan comfortably in the end. The scoreline which should ideally have been 8-0 or something was 4-0 after 90 mintes. It could have been 5-0 after the two added minutes as Arsenal finished the match with a chance which the unlucky Van Persie could not convert. With this win, Arsenal are sixth in the league( temporarily of course as it depends on the Liverpool result) with 17 goals so far in 5 games, which is by far the highest in the league.
Vermaelen turned out to be the star with two well taken goals, one with his head and the other with his left leg, a sublime finish. He is slowly becoming a crowd favourite with his play, both at the back and in front off set-pieces. His first was a towering header jumping above the Wigan defence and then a one two with Eboue on the left, and a finish which will make Van Persie jealous kept the Gunners two goals ahead. After that every touch of his was cheered by the crowd.
The third was again a good move of the numerous ones created by Arsenal today with Clichy taking time on the right before delivering a weighted cross to Eduardo whose strike hit the post and came off couple of players before it went to Eduardo again who smashed it towards goal and off Eboue into goal. Eboue will get credit for this goal. And a word about Eboue here, he had a good match and this is the same match last year in which he was booed out by the Gooners. Three cheers for him for his performance which will make us forget the previous one. And a word to all you Gooners, lets not boo our own player. As long as he is wearing an Arsenal jersey, lets just support him.
And before the fourth was coming there were chances galore with Van Persie missing a nice through chip from Fabregas and Song going it all alone before hitting the outside of the left post. And there were some good moves too. Diaby was replaced by Ramsey and Eboue and Eduardo made way for Bendtner and Rosicky. This ignited some new moves with Rosicky being more involved and Bendtner also getting more exposure to the passes. He combined with van Persie on the right before crossing to the near post were a limping Fabregas found the net. Hope our captain’s limp is temporary and he will be back to fitness soon.
So that was a well deserved 3 points and lets hope the team builds on this.
Man City deservedly beat Arsenal last nite 4-2, with a classy performance. The scoreline is no indication of the difference in quality, but shows how badly Arsenal can lose matches when they do not concentrate on the match and don’t defend together. The result ensures that Man City continue on their unbeaten run this season along with Chelsea. Arsenal two consecutive losses doesn’t mean that we are in bad shape as does our first two emphatic victories suggest that we are in top form this season.
Arsenal dominated possession and not any finishing in the first 20 minutes. The point that having possession without any goal is of no use was proved to us by City when a goalkeeping lapse or slow movement by Almunia put City in the front. Almunia has been making such costly mistakes in the last two matches and needs to be pulled up for this. The goal did not have much effect on the Gunners as we were again let down by lot of possession and slicky passing without any end product.
Song’s yellow card meant that Wenger had to substitute him to bring in some action in the second half. Rosicky’s introduction meant a fresh lease of creativity for the team,after Cesc was having a pretty bad game. Denilson and Song who had combined well for the first few matches but they were not getting the job done this time. Diaby and Clichy were not contributing their part and there was too much pressure on the team in every counter-attack.
Arsenal equalised and Man City got a goal back as well as 2 more in a space of ten fifteen minutes. Rosicky scored the second goal and then there was a period of ten odd minutes where the team could have scored a few more and equalised. But it was not meant to be and we lost, in a really bad manner.
About Ade, I was not his biggest fan, but used to like him for producing some wonderful goals and putting in the leg work in a some matches for us. He was mature enough to handle the fans as the fans were mature enough to handle his frequest flirting with other clubs. But what he did to Van Persie deserves atleast a 3 match ban and fine and what he did to the Arsenal fans after his goal is unpardonable. You are not just ignoring your fans after scoring a goal, but also insulting them by showing how much you have against the Arsenal supporters than for Man City supporters. With this incident he might have even lost the respect of some neutral Arsenal supporters. Lets stop it here and see what the FA will do now.
And the gooners could have thrown stuff into the ground, but not at stewards who were doing their jobs. You do not have any right to injure a person, who was there doing his duty. Whoever he is, I think he deserves an apology from all us Gooners. Sorry bro.
Arsenal take on Man City at Eastlands with two of our previous players playing against us. Toure is captain for this match and Adebayor will be all charged up for this match. Lets hope both of them have a poor match.
The most important thing that happened in the previous international weekend was the return of Rosicky, who played for 56 minutes for Czech republic. The moment I saw this guy in the 2006 World Cup I knew he was a special player,especially after Wenger had signed him. He is a delight to watch and I will love to see him combine with Cesc and Arshavin and Walcott and Nasri and Persie…
May we have a winning weekend with Rosicky probably scoring a goal too 🙂
One of the best performers of last season, Flamini left for AC Milan on a free transfer, which would certainly dent Wenger’s confidence in rebuilding a somewhat stable team. With Hleb also rumoured to leave with his agent coming out in the media with all sorts of a threat of buying out his own contract and joining Inter.
Arsenal has definitely improved as a team from last season with more points and a better position than last year. But the problem is that so has the other teams which meant that Manchester United and Chelsea got just better than Arsenal. Wenger’s hands tied for transfer and salary money means our most valuable player, Fabregas gets half of what say a Ronaldo or Terry might get. Now the challenge is to keep this team like this for next year. Real and Barca can come calling for Fabregas with double of what he is currently getting and this is where all the good will that Wenger has put in with his young players will come through. His relationship with Fabregas and other young players should keep them in this club for couple more years or atleast an year even if they dont win any trophy.
The team is well set at the back with probably a Center back needed and the midfield cover for Fabregas is also required in the Flamini mode. Gilberto could do that next season if he stays and with couple of youngsters set to graduate into the senior team, I guess midfield is taken care of. Vela is set to come back into the first team from Osasuna, where he is on loan. And another finisher in the front would be a welcome addition as Eduardo would not be back before December and Persie can be prone to further injuries. Probably Rosicky would also be fit for next season and play atleast 20-30 matches.
So it is a challenge for Wenger to make sure the likes of Hleb and all stay and get some quality signings like Sagna into the team with whatever little money that he has in his transfer kitty.
Coming to the title run in this year, it is all set to be one of the most watched footballing weekend of all time in the history of football. It is definitely advantage Manchester United as the decider match starts all at the same time. One goal for either team would put pressure on the other, but for me it is United’s to lose than Chelsea’s to win. It is all set to be an awesome Sunday for all football lovers.
Filed under AC Milan, Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Barcelona, Carlos Vela, Cesc, Chelsea, Eduardo, EPL, Fabregas, Gilberto, Hleb, Inter Milan, John Terry, Manchester United, Osasuna, Ronaldo, Rosicky, Sagna, Wenger
I think we can if we put in a performance like we did at Emirates. The away goal will come to matter if we score at San Siro. And I think, if Arsenal score once this tie is in the pocket given that it will be difficult to score twice against Arsenal. But having said that, Milan team is a tiger at home. Last year the way they destroyed Manchester United is good enough to unsettle any team.
One good news for Arsenal is that Seedorf will not be featuring in this match. He has been a key player in their recent pursuits of European glory. Contrary to some reports, Kaka might be playing in this match as he will be key to how Milan perform offensively on Tuesday night. Emerson and Jankulovski were also injured in their recent clash which makes it a slight bother for Ancelloti. Their 1-1 draw in the Serie A match on the weekend means they are on a slightly subdiued form at present. But we all know that AC Milan in Serie A and AC Milan in Champions League are two different teams.
Arsenal on the other hand have been having long term injury problems. Van Persie and Toure might start on the bench for this match and will probably feature in the second half. Saving a point against Aston Villa in the Premier League would have done their confidence a wee good, but the manner in which they played the entire match would be a cause for concern for Wenger. His team looks very thin and the subs used in that match are just not there with respect to quality. We need Persie and Rosicky back as soon as possible.
But a victory tomorrow night will give the side the right impetus to forge ahead in the Premier League and will stand them in good stead for a fighting chance in the Champions League. There has been criticism of the approach taken by Wenger in promoting youth in winning the European Crown by the former Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi. This is going to be a vindication of Wenger’s wisdom and I would like to see him come out of this victorious.
Filed under AC Milan, Ancelloti, Arrigo Sacchi, Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Emerson, Jankulovski, Kaka, Milan, Rosicky, San Siro, Seedorf, Toure, Van Persie
A last gasp goal from Bendtner saved the day for Arsenal as they managed to keep the lead on Manchester United to one point on top of the table. Only time will tell if this one point is going to make any difference to the title race. As of now the momentum is definitely with Manchester United after their thumping of Fulham.
Bendtner who came in as a substitute just after half-time replacing the ineffective Abou Diaby, scored from an assist from Adebayor’s header resulting from Clichy’s long ball. It looked as though Adebayor will not pass to Bendtner at all in the match as it looks as if he is still carrying some bitterness from their earlier spat. Otherwise Adebayor was the culprit for wasting atleast three or four headers in the match. He seems to be trying too hard and his form has dipped in the recent past.
Aston Villa had pace in Young and Agbonlahor and brute strength in Carew. All the three created enough problems for our defence with Senderos the most under pressure. I thought he had a mixed game as he did make some timely defensive work but at times got hassled. I wont blame him for that own goal as he was not clumsy or careless in cutting across that cross, it was just one of those things in football. He was replaced by Wenger in the second half by Gilberto. Flamini made way to Denilson also in a double switch. That is when you look at the bench and say, where is the ammunition with Arsenal to win the League.
Van Persie and Rosicky have been missing in action for weeks together now and how they comeback into the last leg of the season is going to be crucial for Arsenal. I can see Manchester United scoring more goals than Arsenal come May, but we have to hold on to the one point lead somehow to come victorious in the end. The big three clashes and split of points are going to be crucial in the end as Chelsea also announced the return of their full strength by crushing West Ham United.
Lets take one match at a time and for now, concentrate on the Champions League match at San Siro and how to put a goal past Milan. I am confident that if we score first we will win the match and advance to the next round.
Filed under AC Milan, Adebayor, Agbonlahor, Arsenal, Ashley Young, Bendtner, EPL, John Carew, Manchester United, Rosicky, Van Persie
When the going gets tough the tough gets going. It was one of the strongest performance from Arsenal and it was best when we were reduced to 10 men. It was as if the 10 players from Arsenal were equivalent to the 11 fro Pompey. A classic open match with Arsenal attacking even when they were down to 10 men. Final score 3-1.
Senderos and Toure (in particular) had a wonderful match and it is a pity that they along with Almunia (who is playing like a champion goalie) could not keep a clean shit due to a very very freak goal. But Almunia kept the Utakas of the world outside the goal for the rest of the evening. A fine performance by the back four. Flamini was defending well and looked good going forward too. Clichy is an early contender for Player of the year for Arsenal. He is very hard working, super fast and yesterday he delivered some telling crosses. If only Diaby knew where the goal was.
Rosicky had one of his best matches and I am glad he also scored a goal. He was instrumental in many counter-attacks and trust me running with Clichy is not the easiest of the tasks. His goal taken from a quickly taken free-kick caught the Portsmouth team off-guard and the ball went right through the legs of Glen Johnson of Chelsea fame. Adebayor’s coolly taken penalty was a delight and it is nice to see him open his account for the year. He just needs to be a bit more adventurous in front of the goal and he will have goals in two figures by the end of the season.
The second goal came from Fabregas who held onto the second ball from the corner and turned and pinned it to the back of the net. Fabregas is having a glorious season so far and his goals are speaking for it.
Post match comments from Arsene :
“I made a tape of him last year and you wouldn’t believe the chances Fàbregas had,” Wenger said. “In some matches, he had three. When he was a young boy, he scored a lot of goals, but sometimes it disappears. But it always comes back when you mature physically, mentally and are less nervous in front of goal. He has a lot of characteristics of Paul Scholes: his frame, intelligence in the game, passing ability and knowing when to go in the box.”
Senderos was very unlucky as he had the feeblest of touches on Kanu who made a big deal out of it. But I think he should not get overly worried about it because he had a very decent match prior to it. And it was the second half that opened up Arsenal’s passing play.
Portsmouth had two tough matches against Chelsea and Man U so you can say that they were quite soft in their approach play but Arsenal also had really tough matches against some of the better performing teams this season (Man City, Fulham, Blackburn). And it is nice to go into a 2 week break sitting second on the table on goal difference.
This also comes at a time when David Dein & Co had cast their evil eyes one club. Its high time Wenger came out strong against his friend and his intentions.