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Use your head Thierry….again !

Arsenal go top of their Champions League group with a 2 Nil home win over Porto. Arsenal had the ball in the back of the net after 3 minutes, only for it to be disallowed, for the ball alegedly going out of play. Better check the replay on that one. At last an open game saw Arsenal back to some kind of form, Porto clearly set out to get something out of this game, and this allowed us the space to play a more attractive football. After 37 minutes a repeat of the goal against Sheffield, saw Eboue break down the right wing, whip in another great cross, for Titi to use his head again, and score his 50th european goal.

2 minutes into the second half, and yes… Helb shoots and guess what, Hleb scores 2-0. The rest of the half, saw the gunners really take control, effectively breaking down the Porto attacks. Gilberto steadied the nerves with some great distribution, Rosicky, again impressed, showing commitment all over the park. Even Thierry, looked up for this one, his fitness was better, making some great runs to the bye line, and on more than one occasion lacked the support in the middle, we really needed the Beast to be making strong runs in to the box to provide an outlet. All in all a good nights work for the red army.

Theo created yet another record, with 4 minutes to go, he became Arsenals youngest European  player at 17 years 163 days. the only sour note was seeing Gallas, after another strong performance hobble off on 90 minutes having strapping applied to his hamstring, lets hope this was just precautionary.

Another great sight at the grove was to see Champions league hordings, cover up one layer of the grey concrete ring below the club level, come on Arsenal sort it out, give the inside of the stadium some more personality.


September 26, 2006 Posted by | Matches | Leave a comment

Are you watching cAshley Cole??????

Today we saw Arsenal secure their first victory at The Grove, a 3 Nil win over a laclustre Sheffield United. The first half, was played for 43 minutes in the Sheffield half, with a frustrated Arsenal tem unable to produce the vital strike. Sheffield hoofed the ball into the Arsenal half a number of times, and didn’t even bother to follow up, so set were they on staying behind the ball, a scare just before the half time whistle saw the ball in the back of the net, only to be dissallowed for a foot up foul on Johan Djourou. The hals ended with Arsenal still failing to have scored at the South/Clock, whatever end.

The second half, saw a more aggresive Arsenal, uping the tempo and pushing a vertically challenged Sheffield to their limits, surely the goal wasn’t far away? It took 64 minutes to produce the first goal, and we were treated to a goal from our new left back, Billy Gallas. A rousing chorus rang around the Emirates….”are you watching Ashley Cole?”, it took just 3 home games for Gallas to make his mark, towering in defence, he proved today he is equally impressive in the oppositions box, and the bank of Chelski gave us £5 million to take him, a good deal me thinks. We had to wait a further 4 minutes for the second, and 10 minutes from time saw Henry get his first open play goal, a simple header after a great cross from Eboue.

What does need to be discussed, is should we have taken the £30m for Henry, on today’s performance it should have been a no brainer. TT’s control was poor, his delivery worse and he looked once again that he cared less.  To finish on a positive note we need Henry to openly show the passion and hunger of ‘The Beast’, the drive and determination of Rosicky and the comitment of Gallas, all new boys, come on Thiery show the fans you care………….

September 23, 2006 Posted by | Matches | 1 Comment

Shock news….Hleb shoots…..only kidding!!!

I was sat in a Thai restaurant on the waterfront in Singapore watching the game live, thanks to the ‘Sky’ deal, this is the distance you need to travel to watch live premiership football.

I thought this was going to be the game to kick start our season, but alas I was wrong.

It looks as though Arsene has convinced Galls that the left back position is a good one for him, 1-nil mr. mourinho.

A one sided game, with Arsenal dominating possession and produce 99% of the attacking play saw us walk away with yet another 1-1 draw at the Emirates, at least Henry scored his 1st goal, a well taken penalty, that for the only time in the game saw the Aussie goalie out of position.

The first half produced some great passing football, with Gallas fitting in and looking threatening from the off. A number of efforts on goal saw us frustrated by some great goal keeping, however once agin we look like we always want to produce the perfect goal. For God’s sake will somebody tell Hleb its OK to shoot, what’s happened to him since he first joined and would take a pop from any where? With Middlesborough, penned in their own half, surely it was just a matter of time before we scored the opener, als a bit of poor defending, and Middlesboro, catch us very square, only for somebody in their team to slide it passed Lehman. In fact we my have seen a record, I don’t remember lehman touching the ball in the entire game?

!5 minutes into the second half, saw a triple substitution, with Baptista along with Rosicky making their debuts at the Emirates, surely more goals to follow………..? Eventually this team, I’m sure is going to score an amsolute stack of goals, check out these stats from yesterdays game:

Arsenal – Boro

Shots on goal – 9 – 1

Shots on target – 8 – 1

Shots blocked – 6 – 0

Corners won – 16 – 0

Fouls – 8 – 17
The contrast between the 2 managers was Stark, with Arsene’s impatience clearly visible, whilst Southgate seems to have had a personality by-pass in order to become a manager, I don’t think his facial expression changed for 90 minutes?

Ah well, at least I’ll be back in Blighty for the next game, lets hope the trip up the M6 inspires this new team to greatness………………

September 10, 2006 Posted by | Matches | 1 Comment

Transfer madness 3 go, 2 in and £9m!!!

Well, the dust seems to have settled to reveal the full picture of yesterdays mayhem.

Cashley has gone to the bank of Chelsea and in return we get Gallas and £5m. Not sure who has won out of this deal, but at least Mr. Pop Idol has left the club that got him where he is today, I hope he doesn’t have a recurrence of the injury that forced him to miss most of last season!!!!!! As for Gallas, yes he is versatile, yes he can add some much needed strength to the midfield, so lets see if he wants to be a Gunner?

The simpleton has gone back to Spain, thank God I won’t have to bump into him wandering aimlessly around Brent Cross with his vertically challenged family – Adios Jose Antonio and thanks for the 3 or 4 good games. In return, Arsene has his Beast, Baptista along with £2m. Possibly a good signing if he can settle in London, Gilberto, its down to you.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day, was Villa Real, not satisfied with an injured Bobby, have paid £2m for Cygan – there is a God out there.

At the end of the day, I think we have come out of this debarkle pretty well, £9m to hopefully put towards the January 31st deadline, and 2 quality players that need to settle in quickly.

How different this team looks to the ‘invisibles’, at least now there is some physical strength in the side again, and the bully boy tactics of Bolton, Wigan and the like won’t carry any weight this season. Let’s put our trust in Arsenal’s most successful Manager to get it right once again, and get behind the new Gunners.

September 1, 2006 Posted by | Transfer News | Leave a comment