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Last night leaves more questions than answers

In Arsenal FC, Champions League 2009/10 on September 17, 2009 by Highbury N5 Editor

Afternoon all, its another manic one today.

Last night was all rather stressful wasn’t it? I couldn’t quite believe it when within 5 minutes we were two goals down, the row z allergy continued to spread and it cost us the first goal, Eduardo trying a suicidal backheel to Cesc, it failed, they scored.

A couple of minutes later Gallas was judged to have fouled a Standard player in the box, despite minimal contact and questions over whether the contact took place in the box. The penalty was awarded, they scored, oh dear.

What followed was 40 minutes of quite spectacular crap. The passing was diabolical, Clichy was all over the shop, Eboue, chosen over Sagna, was pretty poor, Gallas had a funny few minutes and it seemed Vermaelen was the only one who could pass the ball or just keep calm.

Cesc looks out of form, Song has gone off the boil and the returning Thomas Rosicky was still some way off his best, but he ran his arse off and put in a very promising display in my opinion. He adds an awful lot to the side.

Diaby was awful, his only non-disastrous moment was when he skipped past 2 Liege players to play in the hard working Bendtner to hit home a quite lovely finish. That changed the perspective on the game.

It was more of the same in the second half but our leveler came from an awful piece of refereeing, Cesc crossed, Song and Vermaelen were offside, then Song hand-balled it into Vermaelen who stabbed it home. How it was given I don’t know but I said straight away, that broke the camels back, we are gonna win this now.

And so we did, two minutes later Eduardo managed to somehow get the ball into the net off his knee, it was written in the stars that he would score, even if he was having the game from hell. Was it his worst performance in an Arsenal shirt? Probably, but he still scored and thats what he is paid to do.

We won, we played more than badly but the three points are there and I would rather play like that and win than play brilliantly and lose again.

Clichy is having a mare at the moment, I would really consider playing Gibbs against Wigan at the weekend, even if it is only just to give Clichy some time out. I have no idea what is wrong with him but he needs a boot up the arse, and fast. Cesc needs to get to grips with games and start getting on the ball more and finding his passing range, that said, a ‘bad’ Cesc game is as good as many players ‘good’ games.

We have 9 first teamers out and the chances of that number decreasing before the Wigan game are minimal, this side has to get real and improve because I can’t stand another performance like that.

Like I said though, playing badly and winning…I can take that.

If we were playing a better side we would have been in serious trouble, but we weren’t and no team really send shock-waves through European football this week.

There will be more team news tomorrow ahead of the game this weekend and you can catch that all here tomorrow. I will hopefully be bringing you an exclusive interview with one of the fans caught in the Citeh melee after Adebayor’s celebration at the weekend.

I’m gonna get a beer. More tomorrow.

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One Response to “Last night leaves more questions than answers”

  1. I’m really hoping mannone fills in well for almunia this weekend. I’d hate to see the kid get crucified.

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