Man Utd 1 Arsenal 0

Another lame match at display in the first leg of the second semi finals of the Champions league.

Man utd started out all attacking and had a chance just after 2 minutes as Almunia was forced to make a fully stretched save.

Man Utd took the lead from a somewhat unlikely scorer in John O’Shea as he found space after Arsenal failed to clear a corner in the 17th minute of the match.

The goal did calm the nerves at both ends but made the game a lot boring. It was a night of good defense at both ends which was followed by measured attacks.

Almunia made around a dozen saves to limit the scoreline to 1-0. He was a man on a mission to make as many saves as the number of shots that came towards his goal. He did let one go past him from O’Shea but that was more to slack defending from Arsenal that his mistake.

Kieran gibbs at left back was phenomenal. He had to handle Cristiano Ronaldo in the first half and Wayne Rooney in the second half and did he do a fantastic job keeping tabs on both of them. He looked a bit nervous against Middlesborough the other day and i was so not sure about him being pitted against Ronaldo tonight. Maybe all the hype in the newspaper got to the kid. He was out to prove that Clichy should be looking over his shoulders going forward. He had one of the best games of his career without doubt and Weenger would be extremely pleased by his showing tonight.

Arsenals creative 4 i.e. Fabregas, Nasri, Walcott and Adebayor didn’t have much of a game and that was the reason there was no finished product to any of the Arsenal attacks.

Song i think was excellent once again and the more i see of the lad the more sure i am becoming of the fact that he will be one hell of a Star player for Arsenal in the future. Diaby though was disappointing as he kept losing posession and hardly created an attacking move.

Silvestre and Toure were pretty solid at the centre of defense. The defense surprisingly looked pretty good for Arsenal. And that would be a positive thing for Arsenal going into the second leg next week.

I still think Man Utd will prove too much for Arsenal in the second leg. Though i wish Arsenal can nip it with 2 goals in the second leg.

See you next week. Till then Adios…

Liverpool 4 Arsenal 4

What a game there was at display. 7 second half goals and yet not a winner…

Arsenal took the lead from a delightful team move following a error by Mascherano. Nasri took the ball and played a measured pass to Fabregas who then set it up for Arshavin to slot it in the middle for the opening goal of the game.

That was the only goal of the first half. Liverpool dominated the half but Arsenal got the lead.

Liverpool came all guns blazing in the second half and scored 2 goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half through some more defensive errors via a Torres header and a scrappy little finish by Benayoun.

Arsenal got the lead again after Arshavin completed his hat-trick by scoring a quick double, the first of which was a stunning finish to blast the ball across Reina’s goal and past him.

Then Arshavin scored a late goal at the stroke of 90 minutes for Arsenal his 4th of the game and the game was all but won by Arsene Wengers team.

But the Arsenal defense which at times has seemed liked one of the worst defenses in the premier league shattered again to allow Benayoun to score the equalizer in injury time.

Arsenal defense including the young keeper Fabianski looked completely below average throughout the game.

I dont understand what Wenger saw in Fabianski and why he has not gone and bought a decent keeper in the summer or at least the January window.

I sincerely hope Wenger buys a good first team keeper in the summer and also a couple of good defenders.

Arsenal might be cursing themselves to have given away 2 points as they gave away the lead three times after leading at 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3.

Well all said and done the amazing run of games for Arsenal in the premiership continues as they are now unbeaten in 19 consecutive league games.

Bendtnar for me was the weak link as he hardly managed to touch the ball all evening. If there is a player who is lazier than Berbatov it will have to be Bendtnar. He just tries to put on a show of moving around but somehow managed to hardly get a decent possesion of the ball even once…

I am not such a big fan of Adebayor and dont regard him all that highly, but after seeing Bendtnar today i have started to realize why Arsenal fans around the globe regard Adebayor as such a great player.

Wenger, please sell Bendtnar, Denilson and Fabianski in the Summer and buy at least 1 good defender and a good Keeper. Another versatile defender might not be so bad i guess…

Arsenal v Manchester United Semi Final no. 2!!!

A wonder strike from the World’s best footballer helped Manchester United become the first English side to beat Porto at home and go through to the Semi Final of the Champions league.

The Red devils slayed the dragons in their own home ground after Ronaldo scored a stunning strike from all of 40 yards to give United the cushion they needed to sit back and absorb any attack from the dragons.

It was a classic European job by Fergie’s men.

They will now face Arsenal in the semifinal after Arsenal comfortably defeated Villareal by 3 goals.

Wonderkid Theo Walcott opened the scoring after just 10 mins with a delightfull chip over keeper Diego Lopez. Walcott was a constant thorn in the right side of the midfield troubling Capdevilla on more than one ocassions…

Adebayor scored the second at the hour mark and after the next few mins Walcott won a penalty for Arsenal. The decision was dubious and Villareal players protested to no avail.

Robin Van Persie converted from the spot to make it 3-0. Arsenal are comfortably through.

Once again we have an English side assured place in the Champions league final and who knows we might have another all English Final…

Great game by Arsenal and Good European display by the Red Devils.

Catch you all at the Semi finals again!!!

Arsenal lose points again…Wonder what Wenger has to say now?

Arsenal drop another 2 points today and I am incensed as i write this post… It hurts to see the team one expects so much from, under perform so consistently.

I am indeed at lack of words and i continue with my stand that Arsenal needed to have completed the signing of Arshavin much much earlier.
Title hopes are definitely lost now. I am even scared to think how stars like Fabregas, Van Persie, Adebayor and the likes will react in the summer if Arsenal miss out on the Champions league spot this season.
Anyways, Arsenal’s and in particular Wenger’s policy of buying young and developing players is not gonna work anymore clearly. Aston Villa and Everton are giving Arsenal the run for the 4th place and sooner rather than later Manchester City will catch up. Definitely not this season, but with the money they have to spend, they may surely get quality in a couple of seasons and soon Arsenal’s 4th place slot will be taken by them.
So Arsenal need to change their policy if they need the Champions league dough to come each season.
Lets at least hope and pray that the Arshavin signing goes through and he brings the much needed creativity to the side.

Please Wenger, do something about the teams performance…

EPL weekend Preview 04th October 2008

This is going to be a crucial weekend for a lot of EPL teams more so for Arsenal and Manchester United who are trailing behind in the league of Big four than Liverpool and Chelsea who are sitting comfortably at the top of the table.

Chelsea though face an injury crisis before the tie agaisnt their so called bogie team Aston Villa. Nikolas anelka who already has 10 assists this season and was in a good goalscoring form now was supposed to lead the attack in the abscence of Didier Drogba who is out due to a Knee damage in the midweek Champions league match against FC Cluj. Looks like Kalou will lead the attack with teenage wonderkid Franco di santo getting a chance on the bench. Lets not forget that chelsea also has the promising English youngster Scott Sinclair in their ranks too. Apart from Anelka and Drogba absent in Scolari’s squad, Deco, Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Essien are also out and four other first-team players are carrying knocks.

Liverpool will have a good chance to take a lead in the race of the big 4 but will have to cross the hurdle of defeating Manchester City to do so. Man city have been in a very incosistent form since the arrival of the brazilian superstar Robinho.

Arsenal face Sunderland whose performance agaisnt the big four has been horrid to say the least. But Roy Keane has invested in a lot of good quality players this summer at Sunderland and they can be the surprise club this season.But Arsenal have plenty to prove following their loss to hull city last weekend. Nasri will come in and eboue will make way for the youngster on the left. Walcott should play on the right and keep up his good run of form. Adebayor and Van Persie will continue their great partnership up front for Arsenal with Fabregas leading the centre of Midfield..

Manchester United visit Ewood park to face a Blackburn Rovers side that has failed only thrice to score against Man united at home. Man united too have gone 29 games without scoring but will be without Rooney and Niville who are both carrying knocks. Scoring should not be problem still for United with a side boasting the likes of Ronaldo, Berbatov and Tevez. I want to see Ronaldo return to his free scoring form like last season and ManU to become the indomitable team that it looked like last season.

We might have to wait to see how the big 4 clubs of Barclays premier league fair this weekend. But looks like none of them will have a straight forward and easy victory. But the ones that really show the effort on the field will not be denied fruits is what i feel. Hope we have a great weekend of football ahead of us..Enjoy it..I know i will…