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As Good As It Gets……..

An afternoon to remember at The Grove, today we witnessed a new Arsenal team’s coming of age.

The expectations were high, both managers predicting a possible classic, and whilst that didn’t really transpire it was 90 minutes of pure entertainment, even 93 minutes!!!!! The Gunners wern’t their fluid selves for the first 10 minutes, allowing Man U time on the ball and knocking it around pretty much at will. Even with this possession they never really threatened Jens’s goal. Arsenal, after this nervy start, settled down well, passing the ball, closing players down and making great tackles. This team, was really up for this game, and it didn’t take long for the ‘dirty northern bastards’ to resort to their usual bully boy tactics, but this time to no avail, this new Arsnal side can no longer be bullied.

The first half proved a great spectacle, with both sides breaking at tremendous speed. It was great to see Ronaldo forced to switch wings, when realizing that Clichy had the measure of him. His step overs and skills faired a little better against Eboue, but the young right back acquitted himself well and proved why Lauren was let go this week. with honours even after 45 minutes, the expectation grew, we could definitely win this game, they were their for the taking.

The second half started well, with the young Gunners passing the ball around well and creating chances. It was another quick break that saw an cheating little shit, Evra get past, Eboue, and Kolo to put in a cross with great pace to the far post only to see Clichy leave his post, follow the ball and leave the Granny shagger on his own to head past a haples Lehman.

The team were quick to respond, breaking fast and almost levelling the score within a couple of minutes. As witnessed at the Emirates on a number of times this season, the opposition resorted to time wasting, but this time at a level worse than the minnows, what justice that their cheating was to prove fruitless. With 7 minutes of normal time left, RVP sneaked in at the far post, chasing, what looked lime a lost cause to hammer home the equaliser past his bemused Dutch team mate. The Northerners, continued their time wasting tactics, clearly happy to settle for a draw and it was truly inspirational to see Arsenal turn the tables, a fight for every ball with an intent, knowing they could win this game. Into the 3rd minute of injury time, Eboue put a cross that split the United defence to see a rising Henry power his header past the time wasting Van der Sar and give Arsenal a deserved lead with one minute of extra time remaining.It was also great to see, not only Arsenal do the double over the Northern Monkeys but to see a completely full stadium celebrating a momentous win well past the final whistle.

A liitle statistic to finish, every time we have done the double over Man U, we have won the league…..a bit presumptious, maybe. Let’s see we still have a long way to go.

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January 21, 2007 Posted by | Matches | Leave a comment

The silky football returns to haunt Pardew

The confidence was clearly back in the team tonight, is this beacuse Henry was back or just because they were able to play their own game? Clearly Charlton did not put up much of a threat, it was more like a training game, which was probably what was needed ahead of the next two games. The team knocked the ball around at will, creating chance after chance, once again however the opposition goal keeper Carson was outstanding, denying, Henry, Hleb, Rosicky, RVP, Cesc and Gilberto with a string of outstanding saves. We still managed to score 4 with no reply.

It was good to see Henry applauding his team mates for trying passing moves and through balls that didn’t quite complete, hopefully he has  come back into the team with a bit of humility and encoragement for the more junior players rather than berating them for not getting inch perfect passes. Gilberto continued his run of impressive performances fighting lost causes and showing real vision in the midfield, lets hope the knock he received chasing a goal scoring opportunity is only superficial.

We really should have embarassed Charlton, quite definitely the poorest Prem team I have seen this season, a fitting tribute to a f..ing useless manager, who incidently was taunted all night by the Arsenal fans. It will be good to watch him fail, if dissapointing to see another London club to drop down a league.

The dissapointment tonight, apart from not scoring more goals was the noise of the crowd, or lack of it. 60057  people should be able to produce a rousing chorus, just like we did against the Scum. Come on gooners let’s show the same commitment at every game, I’m sure the team will respond, look what the crowd did for Sheffield!!

Hopefully the injury crisis will soon be over and we can get a good run of wins under our belt until the end of the season. We need Champions league football at The Grove.

January 3, 2007 Posted by | Matches | Leave a comment

Happy New Year

January 1, 2007 Posted by | Fun | Leave a comment