Arsenal draw Villarreal in Quarter-finals of the Champions League

March 20, 2009

Draw Fixtures:
Villarreal v Arsenal
Manchester United v Porto
Liverpool v Chelsea
Barcelona v Bayern Munich

The draw took place early this morning were we drew out Villarreal. I think we are quite fortunate to have got them as they very may well be one of the weaker sides left in the Champions League, along with Porto.

If we are successful and win over the two legs then we will go on to face either Manchester United or Porto in the Semi-finals. I personally believe we can reach the next round and even get to the final with our squad reaching peak at the right time and injured players returning by then.

High hopes for The Arsenal at this stage, come on you reds!


Phil Brown fined, talk on the whole matter.

March 19, 2009

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I came across this article and it is now clear what Hull have become along with their assistant manager. A bunch or sore losing tossers.
To criticise our club in a way he did and then leave himself in such a whole he can’t escape it serves him right for all the lies he has accused us of.

Arsenal’s current public enemy number one (A.K.A. Hull City manager Phil Brown) has been fined £2,500 and warned as to his future conduct.

The fine has been imposed due to his touchline spat with Newcastle United boss Joe Kinnear in January.

Talking of spat, Brown claims Cesc Fabregas spat at his assistant Brian Horton immediately after Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Hull in the FA Cup, which is prompting an FA investigation.

Cesc denies ever spitting in his career, though there is some inconclusive video footage circulating showing a previous incident with Michael Ballack.

Cesc says he simply shouted at the German, then playing for Bayern Munich.

There is a suggestion that if Cesc is found guilty he will serve a four-match ban, which might result in his comeback game being postponed.

Cesc and Arsenal seem confident of a not guilty verdict, particularly bearing in mind that Brown said Arsene Wenger has never shaken hands with him – despite photographic evidence to the contrary.

Brown’s recent warning and fine may prompt the FA to decide that the temperamental manager is guilty of false allegations and his club’s shenanigans could backfire quite spectacularly.

Despite talk of Arsenal bias, it was interesting to see that a two-footed lunge on Theo Walcott in the box received no punishment at all. It should have been a penalty, as ‘jumping’ for the ball results in a direct free kick regardless of whether the ball is played before the man.

The TV pundits failed to notice this transgression of the rules and ex-Spurs midfielder Tim Sherwood reckoned Theo hardly had a touch! Now that’s what you call bias, or is it blindness?

A personal friend of mine and my father was at the game sitting fairly close to Phil Brown. And stated to us that everytime Arsene stood up in rage Phil Brown laughed in joy. He also said he felt so annoyed he wished he went over there and kicked the shit out of the Hull manager.

Clearly they had this planned from the start. It was a plan to get The Arsenal irritated but towards the end their plans went bust leaving them in something they can’t get out of. He also claimed Wenger has never shaken his hand after a game, there is clear proof of this all over the net.

Well i don’t really want to continue criticising Hull City as i can go on all day, but i would just be as bad as them if i did. Several articles, videos and commentary speeches have been published about this.

I think it’s time we show who the bigger club is and let it go now. I’m sure Cesc has as he has nothing to hide.

Gooner of the Goonerforum


Match Talk: Arsenal vs Hull

March 17, 2009

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Summary & Opinion

After a 2-1 victory at Emirates tonight we have finally made it to Wembley Stadium to face Chelsea in the semi-final. We conceded to go one nil behind after a deflection spun past Fabianksi just thirteen minutes after kick off.

It looked like it wouldn’t go our way tonight missing several chances later on, but we managed to get back in the game dominating possesion and netting two goals to make victory.

On the overall performance i must say we played well. We created a bag full of chances and just kept failing to score as Hull played a very defensive game with eight or nine players behind the ball when we broke forward. It made it tough for us to break them down but after two great substitutions and the brilliance of Nasri it changed the whole game.

Many complain he should have played Nasri from the beggining and Toure in defence which i believe is very true, it could have easily cost us the game and with the F.A. Cup being the only silverware we have a high possibility of winning he needs to take it more serious. We can’t afford to take risks of playing younger players. If our players are fit, send them out with out doubt so we can win the games from early on and later rest them. It becomes a pain worrying about coming back from a team battling relagation this season.

I would like to congratulate the Arsenal on getting through yet another stage, you’ve made us proud this last week with some worrying but great wins. It has been a good week or two for us and it looks like our season may be promising. Lets just wait and see!

Player Ratings:

Fabianski (6.5)
Sagna (7.0)
Gallas (7.5)
Djourou (6.5)
Gibbs (7.0)
Walcott (7.0)
Song Billong (7.0)
Diaby (6.0)
Vela (6.5)
Van Persie (8.0)
Arshavin (8.0)

Subs:

Bendtner (7.0)
Nasri (7.5)
Eboue (6.5) (Didn’t have much to do really)


[Video] Arsenal Up and Down’s

March 16, 2009

Match Talk: Arsenal vs Blackburn

March 14, 2009

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Summary & Opinion

After a positive win over AC Roma last wednesday, we played Blackburn Rovers at home tonight with some determination to get our team in to good shape. We played some brilliant football today and with the return of Theo Walcott we are shaping up with some creativity in the midfield. He is so quick on the ball and has the mentality to play excellent passes and make the defence look stupid.

It was only one minute and fourteen seconds when Andrei Arshavin’s shot was deflected into the back of the net, but it then took another sixty three minutes to get the next. A superb goal by Arshavin put us two goals ahead.

A terrible game for Bendtner saw him substitued late on in the game for Eboue, who scored the remaining two goals of the game which was really nice to see. This will boost his confidence in a high way. He got a well finished goal at the right time when it came of the keeper from Arshavin’s shot and hit his second from the penalty spot in extra time when Vela was taken down.

Bendtner seemed extremely poor this evening. He had the oppurtunity to score at least six or seven goals but still failed to net one in. It is getting quite clear now he is just not good enough to be playing in our first team. Any other good striker would have buried most of the chances he had.

It is looking promosing for us at this moment. I still think we can win silverware this season and secure the fourth place ahead of Aston Villa who seem to be slipping up at the moment.

Great game lads, i hope this is kept up and we continue to do well and score like this.

Player Ratings:

Almunia (7.0)
Sagna (7.0)
Toure (7.0)
Djourou (6.5)
Clichy (7.0)
Walcott (8.0)
Song Billong (7.5)
Denilson (7.0)
Arshavin (8) (Great debut goal, welcome to Arsenal!)
Nasri (7.5)
Bendtner (6.0)

Subs:

Diaby, Vela, Eboue all get a (7.0) – all done fine when they come on, and Eboue getting those two goals cheered me up.

Highlights:

Gooner of the Goonerforum


Match Talk: AC Roma vs Arsenal

March 11, 2009

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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.

Player Ratings:

Almunia (6)
Sagna (6.5)
Clichy (6.5)
Toure (6.5)
Gallas (6)
Nasri (7)
Denilson (7)
Eboue (6)
Diaby (6.5)
Bendtner (6)
Van Persie (6.5)

Subs:
Walcott (6.5)
Eduardo (6)

The whole team was average tonight, no one deserved to be mentioned for anything outstanding to be fair.

Highlights:

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


[VIDEO] One-on-one with Andrey Arshavin

March 9, 2009

After his first impact performance and victory with his new club against West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal’s January recruit Andrey Arshavin was recently caught up on BBC’s Football Focus and answered every other question under the sun.