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In Control of Citeh

When you spend hundreds of millions of pounds on new players in barely two years, you only expect those players to play some good football. I was understandably sad once the final whistle went at the Emirates, but after a moment of critical thinking, I felt I was consoled by what I saw.

No we did not win that game but it was plain obvious that Man Citeh were scared of going past the half way line. They had no shot on target in 95 minutes of football and you could see the fear in their eyes as they stuck back to defend their goal mouth. They did that very well in all honesty.

We could have been singing a different tune had Van Persie and Cesc not been denied by the same upright. If only Wilshere had dragged his cross backwards by an inch very early in the game; if only Walcott had the composure to make the right decisions when he had early openings. Had all these little things gone in our favour, it would have been another statement of intent from us.

On the whole though, I am more than satisfied with the performance; we gave 100% in terms of movement and technique but a combination of ill luck, some dogged defending and a moment of goalkeeping genius denied us what we deserved. Man Citeh actually played for a draw and you can hardly blame them…afterall we are the Arsenal.

We share spoils with Citeh and it was the perfect result for United. Fabianski was out of job for most of the game, Koscly and Djourou more than held their own, and bar Sagna’s late moment of madness, the fullbacks played quite well. Song had an amazing game as he bossed De Jong and Yaya Toure all game. Wilshere gave another top performance and the attackers gave their best, all of them. But we stay in 3rd place, 4 points behind United and 2 behind Citeh albeit having a game in hand against the latter. It’s not the result we wanted but we’ve got to accept it and move on.

We have a trip to West Ham up next in the League and I expect us to win that one quite comfortably. Before that though, there’s an FA Cup engagement with Leeds United visiting the Emirates this weekend. That’s another trophy we can ably compete for and all we can hope for is to draw the “right” opponents.

We can take a bit of solace in the fact that the Spuds lost at Everton and Chelski’s woes continued. Chelsea is having an extremely torrid time but Liverpool is in an even deeper mess losing to Blackburn in a game that sort of sealed Roy Hodgson’s fate. All these problems can be traced to mismanagement and silly spending. God Bless you Arsene!

It’s still quiet in the January transfer window as far as Arsenal is concerned. Arsene says he will sign only if TV5 suffers a setback, I really don’t know what to wish for on this one. Vela will most likely be going on loan soon and so might Wellington Silva. Ramsey’s back though and I have been thinking of where he fits in, that is considering Wilshere’s form. Thank God I’m not the man paid to make that decision.

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Let’s put all these behind us quickly!

Le Boss

It’s the last day the year, and believe you me, it's been an emotion-filled year for me as a gooner.

Okay, we screwed up at Wigan; we had them for the taking and we bottled it. We had the lead at half time; we just lacked the initiative to take that giant and most important step to secure victory. But that’s all in the past now, we have Birmingham next and need I remind y’all that the Brum is never an easy place to go…not for Chelsea, United, or us.

It’s no use crying over spilt milk, all we need to do is get our acts together and give the kind of performance we gave against Chelski. Against Wigan a lot of things went wrong: we defended awfully as usual, we did not take the few chances we had, the senior players, Rosicky especially, failed to lead by example, our midfield three did not impose themselves on the game and the referee had a bad day at office.

We can still turn this around, Man United drew, Chelsea still have some work to do before they can start threatening again. We just need to beat B’Ham and Man City in our upcoming matches. A win against Man City will give us an advantage over them and put them behind us for good.

Since most of the performers against Chelsea were rested for the Wigan game, we should have them at full strength tomorrow. Cesc is also back from suspension but Diaby is out for 3 weeks with a groin injury.
So I expect Wenger to recall Djourou, Clichy, Cesc, RVP, Theo, Song, Nasri and Jackie to the starting lineup.

It’s a tough one to predict, our last two visits have ended in draws, with last minute equalizers from Birmingham in games we totally dominated. But I expect us to nick this one, a 2-0 victory to the Arsenal. And yes, we’ll keep a clean sheet tomorrow. Tough one, eh?

It’s on lads, let’s get in there and show our rivals that we can succeed where they have failed. Let’s show everyone that we still have a say in where the title goes come May! C’mon you smoking gunners!

Keep the faith peeps and from us at MG, a happy new year in advance.

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Don’t we just love the hard way?

Arsene

So we move from being the most in-form, record breaking team in the Champions League two weeks ago to a team whose qualification hangs in the balance…in just 3 weeks. Only in Arsenal eh?

Following the horrible result last weekend, one would expect a ground breaking performance from a team with lots of promise. Actually, we have not been good on our travels to Portugal, but one would expect a change in tide, consequential of the happenings the previous weekend. I’m really not in the mood to do anything, not even to write this post. I’m so sad because I can just see our season falling apart. You think I’m jumping the gun right?

The team that lined up was above average, Nikky B, Gibbs, Eboue, Djourou, and Wilshere didn’t take any part against the Spuds and they were given a chance to shine. They barely took it. I will not bore you with the details of what was an uneventful game (at least Arsenal wise), and if I told I know exactly what went wrong last night, I would be telling a lie. I can guess though.

The easiest thing to say is that the boys were down following that huge loss. But is that a reasonable explanation? I don’t think so. These men are professionals, paid very highly for their skills and services and should not blame anybody except themselves for a defeat. We need to develop a winning attitude even if things are not going too well. At no point did we look like scoring last night, but an Arsenal team is always liable to conceding goals. We conceded two last night and now we are in danger of not qualifying for the knock out phase.

Nikky B for all his noise did nothing worthy; his control is still poor, needs to work on his body balance. This is not a good way to account for all the talk about wanting to start every game. Wilshere performed admirably considering his age and the people around him. Djourou faired better than his partner at the back and when Theo wasn’t running down blind alleys, he was running into opponents. Pathetic performance from him.

To add salt to injury, Cesc tweaked his hamstring again and will now miss 2 to 3 weeks.

I still don’t know why we love doing things the hard way. We get an easy chance to do something, but instead we skip that chance and go the longer route. A win on Saturday would have seen us go top of the table, did we get it? Merely taking a half time lead against West Brom and Newcastle would have surely given us 3 points in each of those games. Did we manage that? A draw against Braga last night would have seen us qualify for the knock out stages. How did that go?

We have Villa next and yesterday’s game will be quickly forgotten if we can get a win over there. It should see us maintain our two point gap from the top, or better still move up should United or Chelsea drop points. I long for us to return to winning ways.

It’s been a bad week gooners, but it could have been worse!

Wait! Could it?

Let us know in the comments

From wherever you are reading, keep the faith.
Once a gooner, forever a gooner!

A game of two universes. So what next?

What went wrong?

After the first 45 minutes of the game against Spurs, I was already thinking of what the title of my post match thoughts would be. I was immersed in how I would praise Arsene as the best manager this club has ever known (that hasn’t changed mind you), how I would shower accolades on Cesc for a vintage midfield performance, commend Nasri for fighting spirit, Cham29 fir striking instincts as so on. My facebook status at half time suggested that we were almost there and all I needed was a repeat or near repeat of the previous 45 minutes. But what did I get?

The second 45 minutes was what pundits and cynics will term “typical Arsenal“. I looked up this word(s) in the dictionary of football and this is what I got:

Inability to kill off games after taking the lead, allowing the opposition back into the game. E.g Arsenal-Spurs (20th November, 2010).
See also: Arsenal-Spurs (31st October 2008), Birmingham-Arsenal (27th March 2010), West Ham-Arsenal (25th October, 2009)
“.

Spot on eh?

The disaster began when we lost the ball after taking a free kick, and Spurs launched a counter and the ball fell to Bale who finished nicely. Then Cesc had a moment of pure madness when he was penalised for a raised arm in the box, VDV struck the resulting penalty with aplomb. Then from a free kick, Kaboul headed past Fabianksi in between Cesc and Squillaci. Game won, Spurs had completed a magical comeback and won at our home for the first time in 17 years.

While I am not one to put blame on people, I think Wenger got a few things wrong. I still do not understand why He took off Nasri for an ineffective Rosicky. Nasri had everything to play for, a feud with Gallas was extra incentive, I doubt any other player in the squad will have the determination to score the goal did. It was evident form his celebration that he wanted to win badly and did everything to get the ball in the back of the net. He also brought on an unfit RVP for Cham29, and Walcott for Arshavin. Overall, his subs were ineffective and below par.

The defenders had a nightmare of a game, and Koscly in particular was found wanting many atimes. The Squilacci-Djourou combo showed great promise and I still don’t understand why they were not paired again. Cesc had a game to forget, Clichy and Sagna did little going forward and Song was awful in his positioning, thus giving VDV ample space to cause damage.

I did not realize the effect of this defeat until I tried surfing the web I discovered that I could not visit my usual football sites without being greeted with comments and views on the game. I was in deep pain and the only respite for me was Chelsea’s loss to Birmingham. In statistics though, you’ll learn that both events are independent and mutually exclusive!

My worry now is how we respond to this defeat, our 3rd at home in November. If this home run continues, we should expect 3 more defeats (Chelsea, United and L’pool). 6 home defeats and we DEFINITELY won’t win the league title. Are there any positives? Yes. Chelsea lost their 3rd league game in a row and we are still only 2 points adrift the top of the table.

The players have been in the press talking of how important it is to respond in the game against Braga. We need to do that in style, and even if we do beat them 10 zip, it still won’t remove the fact that we have no record to hold over the Spuds any longer. How sad?

Roll on Tuesday, I can’t wait for us to get a huge win so the ghosts of Saturday’s game can be partly exorcised. One thing is for sure though, the scar of that game will be on the mind of every gooner…except of course we in the league come May.

It’s a cold day in Accra today, very weird that is. I’m off to get some breakfast and prepare myself for a barrage from my Arsenal-hating pals. Not my best of times you bet.

From wherever you are reading, look for positives.
I’ll be doing the same all day.

Chamakh is Hot, RVP is Fit and Bendtner Whines. Striking Dilenma, Who would you start??


They are here again, the preposterous International friendlies, FIFA’s way of getting revenues for itself in the name of football. That said, it comes with its ups and downs. The downs being the risk of injuries to players and fatigue on returning to their parent clubs. And then again times like this gives me the opportunity to talk on some important things. This time we are taking a look at the striker situation at Arsenal. I have been waiting to write this piece ever since news broke of Robin Van Persie back in training.

Music to our ears right? Then came Bendtner’s rant, about wanting to leave and accessing his options if he didn’t get much playing which at first I thought was another misquote from the press until it was confirmed he did say it. Say what? This is someone who has seen strikers better than him leave the club, got a significant pay rise and a season later despite injuries and not being fully fit he goes out and says something like that. What a doughnut!!!

For the first time in a long while we actually have competition for places up front and in the middle of the park and the thought of having better squad depth than United and Chelski is nothing short of pure excitement. When Chamakh was signed in the summer I wondered how Arsene Wenger was going to play this out. The 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 only allows for only one proper striker flanked by two attacking midfielders or in front of three attacking midfielders meaning somebody will have to play the role of back up striker. Bummer!!! Like we needed any more disgruntled player(s) .

I for one welcome that, we need more competition for places especially as injuries have become a convenient excuse for us over time and if a player is not happy at playing second fiddle or getting subbed a lot he should pull his socks up and win a place in the starting XI. Let’s look at the options available to us and reasons why who should start and who should accept the role of back up.

ROBIN VAN PERSIE

Everyone’s favorite to lead the attack, the injury prone Dutch forward blessed with Van Basten like technique (a little exaggeration here) , quick feet, free kick specialist and a strong left foot. The 26 year old has come of age in recent times, and even though his career has been blighted by injuries, he still puts in a more than solid shift when called upon.

Highly talented and could easily walk into any of Europe’s elite clubs not only is he one of Holland’s key players, he is also vice captain at Arsenal which says a lot about his influence on younger players and the authority he commands in the dressing room. We all hope he could stay fit from now till seasons end to help with the title push. To be honest if he can’t do that, I would say we cash in on him now and buy someone like him that can stay fit and bang in the goals we need.

My Opinion : When fit, he’ll definitely start either upfront flanked by Arshavin and Theo or on the Left of a 4-3-3 formation with Chamakh in the middle and Theo on the right, or a 4-4-2 formation partnering Chamakh/Nikky B. Definite starter.

Chamakh
Less than 20 games in and yet some people are still not convinced about our Moroccan forward. Beats me myself. 8 goals and 6 assists so far, what more can you ask for? Considering the fact that its just his first season and as Arsene likes to point out “it takes 6 months for a new player to adjust” , Cham29 has done it in less than 3 months and yet some fans complain! Why not try put on boots and a jersey and replicate his form?

Granted, he drifts to the wings a lot but let’s not forget his high work rate which shows hunger and determination. Against Everton, he held up play beautifully and defended well at set pieces. He might not have Tevez’s work rate or speed, but he does his best which as of now is paying dividends and making him a fans favourite. If he was signed as back up, AW must have a rethink, now seeing as his 8 goals so far is just 8 shy of his overall tally for Bordeaux last season.

My Opinion :Should start in away and important games ahead of Nikky B due to his experience and goals tally so far, and the quiet way he goes about doing his work. In whatever formation he’ll be back-up to RVP unless in a 4-2-3-1 formation

Nicklas Bendtner
Ah! The cocky Dane who I like personally but has not lived up to his personal billing of a great striker as he called himself. Caught by the media with his pants down after a club party, argued and came to blows with former strike partner Adebarndoor and survived a car accident last year. Lotza issues eh? His goal tally may not be superb but its his knack for scoring crucial goals (Burnley and Hull anyone?). His confidence never wanes. He’s often complained about wanting to play as a centre forward and not on the wings, that looked likely to happen after the sale of Eduardo only for injuries to strike. In his and RVP’s absence, Cham29 has banged in goals and assists and is no longer looking like a back up. Instead of ranting and going to the press I think he should be fit first and work harder in training. Arsene’s response to his complains was that “he’s going nowhere and he’s an integral part of the squad. Now he has to prove it.

My Opinion : 3 goals so far this season doesn’t make him an automatic starter, he’s sure to find himself on the bench more than on the field but nonetheless he’s a great option from the bench and knowing AW, Nikky B will get his fair share of games this season.

Let’s pray all of our 16 players come out unscathed today and tomorrow; especially Gibbs and Theo who I’d be keeping an eye on at Wembley). By the way, 9jabred’s rooting for France tonight, he’s got this affinity for anything French simply because of Thierry Henry. Now, we’ve got Samir, Clichy and Sagna. Great lads eh?
Let’s see which of us is smiling at the end of the game.

Up next for us, is NOTHINGham HotSpuds. They have nothing, let’s show them what we have got.

That’s it for today, I’m off to a date.

From wherever you’re reading this have fun
Escobar’s gonna have a ball

Another must-win game

Arsenal-Everton

As if there is a game we should be glad to lose…

So, in my usual drunken fashion I shall be at E-bar with a bottle or do I say bottles of vodka and barbeque posted around the pool table area hoping, No! scrap that, praying for a repeat of the scoreline in last season’s corresponding fixture.

It is amazingly unlikely though. Why? Last season’s fixture was the season opener and Everton are notoriously slow starters. Also, we had our full strength team, now, well we do have a number of people still on the treatment table and, well, suspended.

For instance, TV5 is still out and the gaffer is clueless as to when he’ll be back. Our favourite waiter, Almunia has not got any mention of late and has been out for a stretch now. Koscly’s ban is effective from today’s game and RVP is unlikely to start. Diaby’s back though, so is Gibbs and Bendtner who rather ridiculously claims he will leave if he does not start more often. Go ahead then Nikky, and murder your fledgling career! Like you are actually going to get the nod ahead of Chamakh, a better player in my opinion.

Anyhow,everyone seems to be in order so a 4-4-3/4-5-1 is what you’re likely to see. I do hope Theo gets the nod because he WILL give what is a rather slow team, with the exception of Pienaar and Saha a hard time. All in all if we exploit them with our wide men well and our speed, my guess is we will be fine.

Everton like to play a compact game because of the fact that they are rather slow, so if we stretch them with our width and pace, we should cause them all sorts of problems. Hopefully Cesc and Nasri will do what they do best; wreck havoc and Chamakh will pick up from where he left off. Fellaini and Osman will not feature which is good news as far as I’m concerned.

I will stick my neck out and say we’ll have this one, even though I know we could also come out with a draw. Whichever way I must be very light-headed come the end of the game so I guess wouldn’t be too depressed if we do drop points until I’m conscious again.

That being said, from wherever you’re watching, have a ball.
Ita will!

It’s either tonight or probably next season, again.

A repeat performance, maybe?

The game at the Molineux tonight is probably our most important match of the season…this tag changes as the season progresses, mind you. Tonight is all about getting our season back on track and proving our doubters wrong. We have been going through a bad patch of late…Birmingham, West Ham, Shakhtar, Newcastle. It is time we turned the corner and respond to all criticisms.

Against the big teams this season, we have not done too bad, a draw at Anfield, a loss at the Bridge and a win at Man City, yes City are a big team now. But winning the league is not all about winning the top sides, we need to consistently churn out results against the mid table and bottom teams. We need to go to places like Stoke, Blackburn and Sunderland with full confidence of getting a result.

Tonight, we’ll be up against a Wolves team on form, a team that narrowly lost to United at Old Trafford last weekend. They are on a good run of form now and it will take a lot to stop that. We will need to be patient in our build up, make our football do the talking, and most importantly be decisive in the final third. No more Chamakh dilly-dallying on the ball in the box. You are a striker mate, get your shooting boots on, we have enough passers already.

Koscly is out through suspension, so Djourou should normally come in for him, Arshavin is in line to start, so is Van Persie and we can really do with their presence, directness and experience. We need the Cesc of old, not the lost fella we saw over the weekend. Nasri’s injury isn’t too serious, so he should start. I expect Nari and Arshavin on both wings with Chamakh in the middle. I won’t mind Van Persie though. Theo, Rosicky, Nikky B, and Vela will be on the bench in case we need more men up front.

Talking serious injuries, Wenger provided bad injury news ahead of tonight’s game. Vermaelen is still having issues with his Achilles hence no return date can be set. Wenger also said Diaby will undergo more tests today or tomorrow and will visit a new specialist if pain persists. More bad news in midfield with Abou Diaby set to undergo more tests today or tomorrow and will visit a new specialist if pain persists. TV5 has been out of action since August and since I know he’s no crock, the injury must be really serious. I do hope he comes back soon to shore up our defence. The same can really be said of a certain Frenchman, can it?

If we do not get maximum points tonight, we will be further pegged behind because Chelsea will most likely beat Fulham, 7 or more points behind the Chavs is not what we need at this stage of the season. We also need to capitalize on the result of the Manchester derby. It sounds weird but see a City win in the offing. It’s not our problem though, let’s get into the battle with the Wolves and show why we are the gunners.

I see a 2 nil win, Arshavin and any other person, and yes a clean sheet! What do you see? Let us know in the comments section.
C’mon boys, let’s do this!

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WHAT WENT WRONG?

Arsenal-Newcastle '10

That’s the question I asked myself as Mike Dean blew the final whistle to end what was a miserable afternoon for everyone associated with the Arsenal. We had just lost our second home game of the season, in November, to Newcastle? We cannot blame injuries this time around because for the first time since I can remember, we had over 8 of our starting eleven present on the pitch. Neither can we say it was fatigue because we had all our “best” legs rested over the week. We cannot blame the referee because it’s not like he made a wrong penalty decision, wrong offside decision or that he blew the full time whistle on 80 minutes? So what went wrong?

Le Boss had this to say:

Overall I still believe we were very unlucky to lose the game. They had one shot on target and that was their goal. Apart from that they defended well and we were not sharp enough to get them out of position quickly enough. We were a bit unlucky because we hit the post two or three times and their keeper made a very good save. We put ourselves in a bad position just before half time with the goal we conceded and after we came close a few times.”

Personally, I feel we underrated them. Yes, we rolled them over last week, away from home, so we are going to roast them at home. I’m sorry guys, football isn’t Math and it just does not work that way. Granted, Fabianski could have done well on the set piece but we had a whole half to turn the result around do or at least grab an equalizer. But NO, we kept playing the ball over the top, playing to Newcastle’s strength.

Everyone gave a flat performance and we paid dearly for it. Never have I seen Cesc perform so badly, so badly I wanted him changed for anybody on the bench. It cannot get any worse than this, I thought to myself.

But thanks to the Scousers, we are still 5 points behind when it could have been just 2 points. We are now in 3rd place level with the Billionaires and 3 points behind the Mancs who had possibly their best weekend of the season. The only good news for us is that the Spuds lost to Bolton. They must have been sapped following their heroics against Inter Milan.

We need to stop this habit of keeping it late, get an early goal and rest everyone’s nerves. It neither does nor suits everyone to be on the edge of their seats waiting for a goal that should have come long ago. We lost at home to WBA and now Newcastle, and even though I am optimistic, we seem to be throwing away our chances of lifting the trophy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still well within reach, but performances like this only make it a dream. Let’s hope it does not repeat itself.

I’m done ranting, we have Wolves away in 3 days, and we need a great response from the lads after two really poor performances. We need to show everyone that yesterday’s game is not more than what I think it is…a mere blip. Let’s see what we’ll get.

From wherever you are reading, have fun.
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Patience always pays off: Late West Ham thoughts.

Nasri vs West Ham

Never did I think I would shower praises on an Arsenal team for what I consider a crappy performance. But then we won a game I pretty sure we’d have drawn or lost last season. As at the 70th minute I felt so sure that there would be some freak goal or another especially when the Hammers, no, Robert Green (who by the way gave a World Cup winning performance) seemed determined to set a record! We showed grit, maturity, patience and stuck to our game plan. It finally paid off.

And even after the goal came I felt something like the defence would panic and someone would do a Darren Bent on us. What I did see however, was rather encouraging. A calm Arsenal defence when we were just that solitary goal up…in injury time? I mean it was shocking enough that Clichy used his right foot to deliver such an inch perfect cross which brought the goal to begin with. Maybe we are maturing after all but it was the team’s fight, the refusal to give in and the maintenance of composure that was most gladdening for me.

Now, we really have to find a way to get rid of these teams who come to the Emirates and park the proverbial bus with ease. That being said, credit has to be given to the Hammers; they had a plan, and they stuck to it. I mean just how many times have we all witnessed games like this over the course of this new Arsenal era? We need to quit leaving it late, a lot of Gooners, me inclusive, think that a very large factor in losing the title last year was our leaving it late, ensuring that we burnt out early.

On the positives, Fabianski had another assured performance, the centre backs were wonderful and our full backs were simply magnificent. Song was my man of match, dominating everywhere, from the defence, midfield to attack and showed great awareness to pop in at the far post for the header. Cesc did not have the best of games but his presence still counted. Walcott needed just 10 minutes to show his influence on our game. One good thing I noticed was our strength in attack on the bench, we had Rosicky, Walcott and Vela, Nikky B on the bench! That something I don’t think any other side in the league can boast of.

One may also say yesterday’s performance was due to over-confidence thinking that all we needed to do was turn up,especially after our recent displays; and I mean there is a point in this: 3 unreplied goals against Citeh away can get anyone carried away. I just hope this is a slight blip in performance otherwise fellow gooners, prepare for another season of needlessly dropped points. Don’t mind me, I’m sometimes unnecessarily pessimistic.

That being said, we can now focus on a tricky trip to Donetsk. An annihilation on the cards peeps?

From wherever you are reading, have fun.
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Can we play “European” teams every weekend?

Shakhtar rout

11 shots, 7 on target and 5 good goals, that what you get when we come up against teams “who ‘play’, are used to dominating their domestic championship and do not defend all the time”. The weird thing about last night’s game is that it could not have been tagged too easy, neither could it have been too difficult. I’ll simply try to describe what we saw last night as what happens when a very good team plays a better team with most of its players back from injury. You call this one of the finest defensive units in Europe and you make me wish we played “European” teams every weekend. Yeah, premiership teams are in England, a European country. But we don’t play the likes of Blackburn, Stoke and Bolton in Europe, do we? So you get my point.

Last night we had more options in the squad than we’ve had all season and it was evident in the performance. We put out a very strong team and yet we had a bench comprising the likes of Arshavin, Nikky B, Theo, Denilson and Diaby. Scaring prospect innit? We went into the game on a high following our win over the weekend and we did just what we wanted, close the game early, move closer to the knockout round, and rest our legs for the Citeh game.

It was a perfect game with everyone contributing their bit, Fabianski had a great game, the defenders led from the back, and a midfield of Cesc, Jackie and Song did their job really well. A cheeky Song effort, a wonderful Nasri shot, a fantastic Cesc penalty, a sublime Wilshere chip and a well-taken Chamakh goal were all we needed to confirm our dominance in the group. A lot of positives from this one, the return of Cesc and the other lads, a huge win, one leg in the knockout stages and a new goalscoring record in the Champions League.

One major highlight of the night was Dudu’s goal. If we ever had to concede, every gooner would have loved it to come from his boots. And yes it did. He received the ball outside our box, floated a lovely ball into the path of D Costa. The Brazilian drilled a cross which missed almost everyone in the box and out it came to Dudu. He took his time and guided the ball past Fabianski when most strikers would have gone for power. The stadium announcer acted as if it was an Arsenal goal and most fans cheered the goal. Majority of the players even congratulated him after the game. What a class act he is? I wonder what the response would have been if it was a goal that leveled matters or even gave Shakhtar the lead.

Anyways, I’m done ranting, so satisfied with everything that went down last night. It rained this morning and I posted this from my bed (school’s on break, mind you). I really need something to send me out of bed; maybe news concerning Rooney now having a medical at Arsenal, with an eye on a January transfer will do the trick. Who wouldn’t want that lad eh? There’s some rumour of Vermaelen not coming back from injury this year. Let’s hope it’s nothing but a rumour.

For now, it’s simply about enjoying the rest of my day, and week anywhere and anyway I can. We have Citeh up next and what stops us from giving a repeat performance when we travel up north.

Bring it on, you foolish billionaires!

From wherever you are reading, have fun too.
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