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A few thoughts on the Arsenal 3 Milan 0 Champions League match

March 6, 2012

Finally home after a busy, but stress free day at work. Proper matchday nosebag served up by her indoors. Sausage, mash & onions in beef graaaaaaavy… Essex boys love graaaaaaavy!!!!

Twitter is currently MENTAL with Arsenal fans showing belief that the team can do it tonight. That’s the spirit Gooners… COYR’s….

Team is in……….

   S13,

Sagna     Kos     TV5     Gibbs,

Rosicky     Song     Oxo (Chamakh),

Walcott (Park Chu-Young)     RVP     Gervinho

For my TV viewing pleasure tonight I am sharing it with Geoff Stelling. Ruud Guillit, Graham Souness and Alan “Smudger” Smith.

Commentators Rob Hawthorne and Gary Neville (who was right behind Arsenal tonight) – Teams are in the Tunnel…  Here come the teams….

Come on your Reds, show the fighting spirit of the last few league games.

“Arsenal…. Arsenal FC…. we’re by far the greatest team the world has ever seen….”

3 good move between RVP- TR7 and TW14 ends with TW14 just offside.

5 Van Bummell booked for trip on TR7. He has to be careful now. Corner!!! Another Corner!!!

6 Oxo takes the corner and there is Boscielny to head the ball into the net….Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssss!!!! 1-0 Get-in-there COYR’s

9 Theo on to RVP in area and RVP shoots with right, Oooooooooooooooooo that was close… Saved by Abbiati.

12 Sagna booked…

14 Gibbs sloppy, loses the ball and another booking. (someone is going off tonight) Free kick Milan comes to nothing.

16 What a chance but RVP and Rosicky mess it up between them.

18 Gervinho to RVP and a superb shot saved by Abiatti. Corner Arsenal… Another corner Arsenal, both come to nothing.

“We love you Arsenal we do… We love you Arsenal we do…”

25 Theo down the right, crosses the ball into the area, Silva only half clears and there is little Mozart to pick his spot nicely and tuck into the net… Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssss 2-0!!! we’re on our way, we’re on our way…

S13 you Geezer…

Hawthorne will you shut the F**k up trying to talk Milan into scoring. We know what the permutations are.

Rosicky is playing really well.

“Arsenal…. Arsenal FC…. we’re by far the greatest team the world has ever seen….”

36 Gone a bit flat. Maybe not a bad thing for a while.

How great is it hearing Gary Neville cheer Arsenal on…

42 Oxo powers his way into the box and goes in-between Nocerino and Mesbah, and like the filling in a sandwich both take him down… That’s a PENALTY ref !!! Come on, PENALTY!!! Yes he gives it, happy bloody days…. It’s bingo time says Neville.. Come on RVP, cool and calm… Ref making RVP re-spot the ball, is that a Milan shirt he has on under his top? … RVP steps up and slams the ball into the top right hand corner.. Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooal!!!! 3-0!!! Oh my days… This is insane… Mental!!! I’m Shaking…

He scores when he wants… He scores when he wants… Robin van Persie he scores when he wants…

45 Pheeeeeeeeeeew!!! That was close… . El Shaarawy all alone inside the box but he could not hit cows arse with a banjo and hits it wide.

HT 3-0 TO THE ARSENAL… I need a cup of tea…

Second half kicks off… Noooooooo!!! Oxo down injured. Looks like hammy

54 Theo drives in and gets a corner. Comes to nothing.

55 Song booked and Milan waste free kick high, wide and handsome.

What a MISS Gervinho drives into the area shoots and the Milan defender, deflects the ball to the keeper to save by Abbaiti and then of all people a sitter by RVP, an  absolute sitter, missed as he tried to chip the keeper and his arm comes from nowhere to stop it from going into the net… Milan coming back into it.

62 S13 clears the ball, very sloppily almost gives a simple goal to Milan as Ibrahimovic, who from 40 yards shoots and puts it wides of S13’s right hand post, bit of luck there, but S13 deserves that.

63 and Oxo has a shot… Oooooooooooooo Over the bar…

75 Ibrahimovic shoots saved by S13 and cleared by Gibbs

76 Another near heart attack!!! . Robinho’s passes across goal, and Antonio Nocerino loops it straight into S13’s arms

Ref giving Milan everything and Arsenal nothing.

Theo is taken out by van Bummell where for me the Ref played on to save booking van Bummel and having to send him off.

“Stand up if you still believe… Stand up if you still believe…”

3 mins injury time, you sure?

Bloody good effort tonight. I am really proud of the boys, they showed some spirit, some fight and quite a bit of skill to get us 3-0 at half time. Second half Milan were better and gave us very little and had a few chances themselves. Arsenal started to tire and once our twin speed duo Oxo and Theo went off, our chance basically went. When push came to shove Arsenal just did not have any real quality to come on and change things, something that needs correcting in the summer.

After comebacks against Villa, Sunderland, Spurs and Liverpool already in 2012, this one was just a bridge too far.

Now we have a six-day rest till Newcastle at home and hopefully many of the knocks would have cleared. Watch out Spuds the proper football team from North London is coming up right behind you.

Scores on the doors. Szczesny 8, Sagna 8, Koscielny 8, Vermaelen 8, Gibbs 7,  Rosicky 9, Song 8, Oxlade-Chamberlain 9 (Chamakh 6), Walcott 6 (Park 5), Gervinho 5, Van Persie 7. Arsene Wenger 8

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