Weekend review + It’s not just another Carling Cup tie.
Taking candy from an unwilling child is what you’ll call the Braga Romp in the Champions League Matchday 1. Our performance, well Cesc’ mostly left pundits purring and made our doubter swallow their words for one more week. The fluency of the attacks and total near domination of the little Portuguese side was a joy to behold… Fast forward 3 days on a sunny afternoon at the stadium of light after taking the lead albeit fortuitous as an Antoine Ferdinand clearance ricocheted off Cesc and flew into the net from fully 40 yards.
Our joy was to be short lived as he went off injured, to add to that, Song was sent off for two soft fouls. And with our backs against the wall, our centre back pairing held strong. It looked like we were definitely heading for a win as Nasri won a penalty late in the game. But Rosicky shot over as he went for power over placement. Disaster? Not yet. With added time passed, a long ball from Zenden caused havoc in the box and Clichy’s poor clearance fell to Bent who blasted it into the net.. HeartBreak!!!! Arsene was furious and shoved the fourth assistant for allowing a few more seconds. In truth though, we should have cleared the ball.
If we were looking for any reprieve, we are not going to get it as our next fixture is against our less classy and highly unsuccessful neighbours in the 3rd Round of the Carling cup. As its AW’s tradition is to use this competition to blood youngsters (future first-teamers) and has already promised to play the likes of Benik Afobe, JET, Wilshere and hopefully we’ll see some first teamers like Eboue, Denilson , Vela and Djourou. Seeing as Spuds are also involved in the Champions league, we’ll definitely see some of their oh-so-useless youngsters.
Let’s hope we can put in a solid shift and avoid the embarrassment of two seasons ago.
P.S: Cesc Fabregas has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring problem and looks set to miss the showdown with Premier League leaders Chelsea on October 3.
Our injury situation just got better, didn’t it?
Keep the faith gooners, tonight might be the night we avenge our loss over there lst season. It’s 2 – 1 to the Arsenal!
From wherever you are reading, inspite of Cesc’s injury have fun.
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Posted on September 21, 2010, in Match Preview, News, Post-match thoughts and tagged Arsenal, Arsene, Cesc, Clichy., Denilson, Eboue, Fabianski, Nasri, Song, Wilshere. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.