Summary & Opinion
Going to Italy to face Roma was never going to be easy. We went there tonight with a one goal advantage from our home victory, we was always going to be the favourites, but it took us a whole one hundred and twenty minutes plus a penalty shoot out to do the business.
We played faily poor tonight, not much was created at all. Arsenal had a total of four shots with Roma totaling five. Not much was created either way but it still seems we lack the creativity to produce when needing to finish a game off nice and early.
Baptista was denied a penalty earlier on in the game which could have ended our game because it seemed clear after that we wouldn’t have scored. Although i believe he shouldn’t have been given it anyhow. It would have been hard on the Arsenal defender.
I still can’t figure out why Arsene Wenger leaves out two class players when needed, Theo Walcott came on late in the game to give us abit of spark in the game and that extra boost, Eduardo also was brought on several minutes after the Walcott substitution. I just don’t know why he doesn’t give them the full ninety minutes, they’re fit enough. It is bad enough as it is that all Arsenal players take longer to return from injuries then any other team in the league. This is also probably down to Arsene Wenger again and his ways.
We have made it to the Quarter Finals and we are fortunate that this fixture will be along way from now once the draw is made on the 20th of March. I hope we have a full solid squad by then as our team now is simply not good enough to face the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
I must admit we looked quite confident going into the penalty shoot out, the experience of Kolo Toure was definately vital before it took place, he calmed them down and gave them a word of advice. It was excellent to see that.
Every player took there shot brilliantly, and it is ashame to have seen Eduardo miss but nevertheless we can’t blame him it was well struck and a good save by the Roma keeper. I feel Almunia could of done better, seemed a bit wary in goal but he made a important save and if he made a second to save us in the shoot out it would have been good for his confidence and experience in the future.
Van Persie (6.5)
The whole team was average tonight, no one deserved to be mentioned for anything outstanding to be fair.
Highlights from the penalty shoot out, enjoy.
Well done Arsenal, you did us proud in the end. We can now progress further in the competition and it surely will not bring us down in other competitions so that’s the positive thing.
Gooner of the Goonerforum