Champions League Quarter finals: – Arsenal 1-1 :-), Manchester United 2-2 :-(

Well. What a night of football we have seen…

Arsenal looked out of sorts in the first half and conceded the lead to Villareal through a great Marcos Senna goal. They then lost their Goal-Keeper Almunia and Centre half Gallas too. How do they respond to this? In an all out attacking strategy for the second half which saw Adebayor score a delightful overhead kick to give Arsenal the away goal they needed.

Arsenal’s good form continues… and Fabregas looked great again today as he assisted Adebayors goal with a sublime pass.

Song has been impressing me for Arsenal as i see the number of interceptions he has during the game have been steadily on the rise. And his physical presence is obvious to see.

Denilson still needs to work a lot towards not losing possession so often.

Manchester United trailing after the 4th minute goal from Rodrigez.. Come back from a Rooney goal, take a lead late from a Tevez Goal… only to give it away again from a late goal from Gonzalez…

Defensively Manchester United need to work on as they have been leaking loads of Goals off late…

It was a typical European night except that it was just the first leg. The matches aint over yet.
Arsenal could still lose it in the second leg and Man U could turn it around in the reverse leg.
We’ll see how it turns out in the second legs, wont we? Till then… Adieus!!!


Marouane Fellaini: proving to be one hell of a good signing for Everton

More has been written about his poor disciplinary record and his weird hair-do’s.

Amazing Afro

Amazing Afro

Weird Hair-do's of Fellaini
Weird Hair-do’s of Fellaini
Trimmed and groomed

Trimmed and groomed

But people seem to forget the immediate impact the youngster has made on Everton and the premiership in general.

I was wondering what to write about when it struck me that more bad has been written about this poor lad who has just recently turned 21. Yes thats right, he is just 21, and yet he has broken the Belgian transfer record and he has broken Everton FC tranfer fee record when they signed him on the last day of the summer transfer window for around 12+ million pounds from Belgian side Standard Liege. So i thought i might as well shed some light on the good work the kid is doing at Everton.

He is a distinctive box to box type mid-fielder. He is great defensively as well as has a very good knack of scoring goals. His finishing at times replicates that of a accomplished striker. He has already scored 6 goals for Everton in just over 4 times as many games. 1 goal every 4 matches for a Box to Box midfielder sure seems like a very good return.

He has scored some really crucial goals for the team and had a big hand to play in all the 4 goals scored at the weekend against Wigan.

I would have to agree with critics of his poor disciplinary record. But cut the guy some slack, he is just 21. He is still learning the game and will surely get only better with time.

I really feel David Moyes has pulled a summer transfer scoop in signing Marouane Fellaini.

I think Arsenal would have been helped a great way if they had signed him and his physical prescense in the weak looking Arsenal midfield could have been the difference in where we are sitting now (4th) vis-avis where we could have been competing for the title. And more so the signing fits into Arsenal’s scheme of things buy young et al. Though Wenger wouldnt have paid 12 mil for him.

I dont want to take credit from Denilson/Song/Diaby, who have all been turning in some decent performances off late. But at the start of the season they were all just not ready to be put straight in to fill Flamini’s shoes who had done a great job last season.

All the same i look forward to the Champions league matches tonight…
My predictions: –

Villarreal vs Arsenal – Arsenal to nip Villareal by sneaking a lone goal: 0-1.

Man Utd vs FC Porto – Man U 2 win comfortably but Porto to score too 3-1.