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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

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