Date:Wednesday February 16 2011
Where do you start? Seriously? I what can you say about what we've just seen?
Last year we were thoroughly outplayed by Barcelona, we were battered from pillar to post, embarrassed almost, yet we came away from the first leg of the clash on level terms. We were battered and bruised, but we were technically still in with a shout, though realistically it was a massive ask.
This year could not have been more contrasting. Barcelona did show their class in the first half, and pug faced c*** Adrian Chiles would have you believe that they battered us, but I think that really did us a disservice, that's about the hardest working Arsenal team I've ever seen in that first 45, I was immensely proud even at that stage despite being 1-0.
The second half, man, unbelievable, Barcelona barely got a kick, we were unreal. We were taught a lesson by Barca last year about how to play without the ball, and we learnt that lesson, and added a touch of our own. We harried, and fought and battered, until they could hold out no more, scoring one quiet incredible goal from an outrageous angle followed by a swift counter attack even Barcelona themselves would have struggled to equal.
At the weekend Wayne Rooney scored one of the better goals you're ever likely to see, we've seen it a thousand times or more on Sky Sports News since then, yet everyone neglects to mention Wayne Rooney was absolute garbage up until that point (and again afterwards), yet because he's English it's getting a million column inches and even more airtime on various sports shows. Yet tonight we were privy to the finest performance from and English player you're ever likely to see. Jack Wilshere was amazing, I honestly can't put into words how good this 19 year old was. That's down to a lot of rum, even more raw emotion, but mostly because his performance spoke a million words.
Laurent Koscielny was playing in only his third Champions League tie, against probably the greatest football team I've seen in my 25 years of watching football, and he was the boss. He's rather weirdly come in for a bit of criticism this season from a couple of gooners, well this display should put that to rest, he was simply out of this world.
In a week that's probably been one of the most heart wrenching in my life after losing an extremely close family relative after a very long illness, I felt like these guys were playing for me. Ludicrous I know, my nan hated football, but it did. They worked so incredibly hard it looked like their lives depended on it. I don;t mind admitting that after crying tears of sorrow on Monday morning, I was weeping again after 90 minutes, but this time it was tears of joy.
I realise that this has been quite the disjointed ramble, but I hope you'll forgive me after the week (and rum) that I've had.
Sleep well nan, we love you.
Date:Wednesday February 16 2011
Wilshere - More Points Needed From Big Teams (Thursday May 23 2013)
Who Is Your Vital Arsenal Player of the Season? (Tuesday May 21 2013)
Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 1 (Monday May 20 2013)
VIDEO: Wenger Praises 'Exceptional' Attitude (Monday May 20 2013)
Arsene Wenger, Now Is The Time (Monday May 20 2013)
The Moment That Made It All Worthwhile (Sunday May 19 2013)
Happy St Totteringham's Day To Gooners Everwhere (Sunday May 19 2013)
Team News: Last Game Of The Season (Sunday May 19 2013)
The Squeaky Bum Preview (Friday May 17 2013)
Wenger Confirms Sanogo Deal Almost Done (Friday May 17 2013)
|1. Man Utd||38||28||5||5||43||89|
|2. Man City||38||23||9||6||32||78|
|Stoke Man Of The Match
» Southampton : 24/05/2013 20:37:00
|Shaw This Can't Keep Happening To Luke
» Southampton : 24/05/2013 20:32:00
|Arsenal Close To £10m Williams Move?
» Swansea : 24/05/2013 20:04:00
|Liverpool: Werner hails 'Great Strategist' Rodgers
» Liverpool : 24/05/2013 19:37:00
|Liverpool: Robinson Gets England U21 Call
» Liverpool : 24/05/2013 18:03:00
|Something For The Weekend (425)
» Aston Villa : 24/05/2013 17:50:00
|More NUFC Spin
» Newcastle : 24/05/2013 17:34:00