That was some boring game…
Yeah, I know we did not lose yesterday but since when have I been expected to cheer a home draw to Man Citeh? We are supposedly head and shoulders above them and that should be indicated in the final score. It’s been quite a while since I celebrated an Arsenal win, close to a month now and I was expecting us to thump those northern Chavs yesterday but what did I get? An half-hearted, disjointed, uninterested attitude from the lads. Ninety eight minutes of boring football, something we all (Arsene inclusive) are not used to. Bar the Barca game in which we were over run by an inspired midget, our previous losses saw us create more chances than we did yesterday.
Manchester City have not beaten us at home since the 3-2 at Highbury on 4 October 1975. Of the players that played yesterday, only Sol Campbell was even alive then. Now that’s one hell of a record. Three former gunners were returning home (even though PV4 never played for us at the Ems) and were expecting varying responses.
PV4 and Kolo were heroes at this great club till the last moment with the former’s last kick giving us our latest silverware (the 2005 FA Cup) till date. Kolo was at the heart of our defence for a long time; Ade was loved by all gooners until he began to lose it, until he started showing his disgusting side. He’s arguably talented but hell his attitude stinks!!! He demonstrated that last year in the first leg with his assault on Cesc, Song and even RVP and when he scored, he ran the whole length of the stadium just to celebrate in front of the traveling gooners.
We needed to teach him a lesson and with Song and RVP back in the starting line up, I was confident going into this one. Fabianski kept his place in goal because Almunia is injured, and I must confess I really doubt it, maybe Wenger’s finally dropped him. Fish head and Sol continued in centre defence.
We bossed possession from the start, that’s probably obvious anyway. City were doing a decent job of getting tackles in and harrying the our players but we kept passing the ball around without getting anything beyond the Citeh defence. Song was doing a fantastic job of silencing an ineffective Vieira in midfield and Sagna did enough to frustrate Bellamy on the left for the visitors.
Thank goodness Tevez and Johnson rarely had a sniff at our goal as we had an unassertive man in goal. We shouldn’t really be bothered about their performance, should we? Our game left a lot to be desired, our defence was okay but the lack of creativity in midfield was obvious. Diaby kept wasting possession and Nasri for all his body movements had no end product. Only Song looked like creating something. Theo was his usual self, all work little result; same with Rosicky. RVP tried his best to create chances for his mates but they were just not on the same wavelength.
The match was quite dull and stayed that way until that man came in, spirits were lifted on his introduction. With some strange hair-do on, Ade replaced a tired Vieira to probably the most deafening boos heard at the Ems. The fact that PV4 was applauded off the pitch made it more painful. He immediately added a new dimension to their game and tried his best to impress but he had no chance on goal whatsoever.
Perhaps the closest we came to a goal was when a Diaby shot was punched away by Given who hurt himself in the process. He’ll now miss the rest of the season and they’ll miss him a lot. He’s got at least 10 points for Citeh this season and that’s the calibre of goalkeepers that should wear the white and red of this great club, not those who make high profile errors every now and then. Another rare moment of interest was when Eboue won a freekick and Robin stepped up. Instead of the customary powered drive, he cleverly clipped it over the wall and Nielsen, on for Given wasn’t even close to getting there. It would have been some goal had it gone in.
The last three of the 8 minutes of added time witnessed some sort of urgency from Arsenal but it was too late. Citeh were satisfied with a point and defended against an Arsenal goal which in truth never looked like coming.
So in his pre match conference, Arsene implored fans not to boo Ade. I guess he must have been drinking something when he said that. I appreciated the boos but when I think the fans went too far when they brought up the issues of the Nations Cup shooting. Some chants suggested he should have died in that bus but I think that’s really inhumane. We are the Arsenal and should try to give everyone some respect…including our enemies.
3rd place looks assured now and no matter what you think it’s been an evidence of our season’s efforts. We still need one point though for it to be mathematically assured but one would expect us to get it from games against B’burn and Fulham or are there still any surprises left for us?
Our aspirations are well and truly (and mathematically) over now, we can only hope for a better season next year. And need I add, it’s laughable that for all their investment, Citeh have an untested man as second choice goalie! It’s just two weeks left gooners, enjoy them to the fullest…no matter the results.
From wherever you are reading, have fun.
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