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Team News: Barcelona v. Arsenal

Arsenal Starting XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Diaby, Wilshere, Fabregas, Nasri, Rosicky, van Persie

Arsenal Bench: Almunia, Eboue, Squillaci, Denilson, Arshavin, Bendtner, Chamakh

Barcelona Starting XI: Valdes, Alves, Busquets, Abidal, Adriano, Mascherano, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Villa

Barcelona Bench: Pinto, Krkic, Keita, Milito, Afellay, Maxwell, Thiago

Referee: Massimo Busacca (CH)




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The Journalist

Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 8 2011

Time: 6:41PM

Your Comments

***** yes
freshman
Miles better than any team we could have hoped to put out only a week ago. Only Theo and Song really missing. We've got the personelle out there this year .... let's give these f***ers a game!!
Rocky7
Oh Jeez- I'm swinging between joy and worry at this news. Hope they know what they're doing and that it isn't a gigantic gamble! COME ON ARSENAL!!!!!!!!
julieloveshenry4ever
Genuinely feeling sick with nerves here. Football is an absolute killer in these massive games.
Rocky7
Rosicky ahead of Arshavin is an interesting one. While Tommy does not have the same type of attacking prowess as Arshavin has, he certainly does a good job tracking back and pressurising the opponent.
Eboue=GOD
Rosicky is the right choice I think (I hope), it's imperitive we don't concede in the first 30 minutes and hopefully Tommy's tackling skills will help with that. Then we'll unleashe Double A with 20 to go to rip their hearts out again!
Rocky7
No fear.
Sajit
Too right. This is one of those nights that you know you're supposed to enjoy and want for your team- but it's also on these occasions that I wish I wasn't interested in football- thanks Dad. Ah well, too late now- Arsenal has the hooks in too deep! GUNNNNNNNERRRRRRRSS!
julieloveshenry4ever
"ARSHAVIIIINNN. To win it for Arsenal". To hear that from Tyler's mouth again today would be great.
Eboue=GOD
These are the sort of games in which you just start shaking in your pants in anticipation.
Eboue=GOD
Jack Wilshere became a man in the first leg .... tonight, he's going to become a legend!!!! UTA!!!
Rocky7
Great news about RvP and massive game for Diaby. Up the Arsenal!
Deltaforce
Rocky.. whats UTA// seen some of you use it.
Sajit
Up the Arsenal :)
Rocky7
Oh thanks.. Up the Arse aint that tough to type out :-)
Sajit
Longest 15 min of my life.
Sajit
All I ask is that we compete, play with conviction and make them worry about how our attacking players can hurt them as much as theirs can hurt ours. UTA!
Gooner_Vin
If we can survive the first 30 minutes or so, we should do enough to qualify. Barca will be nervous (as well as us) and that will need early goals to settle.
Naijagunner
UTA indeed
Eboue=GOD
I'd rather say restrict them to 1 goal till around the 70th minute and then they will tire as they have done in previous games. Then sucker punch them by bringing on Arshavin etc.
Eboue=GOD
And no major injuries for the rest of the season please!
Gooner_Vin
Here we go try and enjoy it! Come on you GOONERS!!!!
ajwb
I am not expecting a victory to night on the contrary I fully expect to loose. they have done us proud already in the first leg and it will be no shame to go out against Barca, having said that i would not turn my nose up at a victory I'm just not expecting it.
Armory
My 3 years old just said "Daddy, Arsenal's gunna score four and the other team are going to score none" ..... I'm trusting him here, if he's wrong he's not getting any pocket money!
Rocky7
**3 year old
Rocky7
COME ON ARSENE WENGER'S RED AND WHITE F****ING ARMY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rocky7
im not nervous at all, as long as we dont get anybody injured
49ers
Go for it, COME ON YOU GUNNERS! We've been defending okay for the first 15 mins, keep up the good work, soak up the pressure and we're in with a chance. Oh dear oh dear Szczesny's left hand...
GoonerLou
Oh you have to feel sorry for the boy. And I'm properly worried now...
GoonerLou
A Chelsea c*****'s trick of giving us the ball back in our corner then penning us in. Pricks.
Rocky7
Noooooooo!!!!! not Szczesny
lifeisagooner
Bad news about Szczesny and we have already used up a sub with Almunia on. Hope he has a good day at the office..
Deltaforce
I'm as positive as the next guy but I'll be astounded if we get through this game without conceding at least 3 goals. We don't look like getting out of our own half never mind registering a shot on goal :(
Rocky7
it only takes one good feed to RvP though Rocky...
lifeisagooner
I can't believe we have to play with Almunia in goal. Are we the UNLUCKIEST team in the world or what....
julieloveshenry4ever
This is like standing in a boxing ring with David Haye with your hands tied behind your back and he's taunting you. You know he's going to punch you at some point, and it's the tension of waiting for getting your f****ing face stoved in that's actually worse than getting the crap kicked out of you.
Rocky7
That was a penalty!!! ******** ref. MON BARCA, keep pressing those ********s.
Tony Rocky Horror
Still don't know the rules of the game I see TRH.
Rocky7
***** off you twit. No ******** class. If you don't like us get off our site, you SADDO.
julieloveshenry4ever
LOL - I love how Julie uses two expletives and also the word "twit" in the same sentence. Classic!!
Rocky7
Mr. Pure Filth has nothing else better to do with his worthless crap life than spend his time on another club's blog and trash them. Lowlife scumbag.
jaelle
I agree with Rocky, Julie and Jaelle.
Deltaforce
I'd be interested to know what the maximum consecutive passes we've acheived in this game so far. I bet it's not many. These are too ******** good man. I can't be angry with my boys, Barca are just too good at football.
Rocky7
REF'S IN ARSENAL'S POCKET. DISGUSTING.
Tony Rocky Horror
TRH - I don't mind you coming here for a bit of banter, wanting Barca to win and all that. But don't be a**** mate, or I'll just remove your stuff.
Rocky7
F****ng get him Rob. Eat him!!
Rocky7
Get up Alvez you pansie.
Rocky7
abidal grabbed RvP by the throat!!!!!!!!!1
lifeisagooner
This is the most ball watching we have done all season as expected. Our players are losing their temper and composure..get a grip team!!
Deltaforce
So three Barca players are allowed to put their hands in our players faces, but when one of ours does it he gets booked?? Bull *****.
Rocky7
Nice one Cesc.
Rocky7
nooooooooooo,,,,,,,,,,, cesc GAVE that away
lifeisagooner
Eww what a bunch of ****s
ajwb
Typically shooting ourselves in the foot again, at least we still have 45 mins to make amends
bowiecokemirror
******** s
ajwb
I don't care how good Barca are. They are a bunch of dirty, unlikeable gits. No wonder Chelski hate them.
julieloveshenry4ever
we WILL score in the second half
lifeisagooner
recent history between arsenal and barcelona suggests that whoever scores first doesn't go on to win the game
49ers
Not to sound disrespectful BCM, but who are you kidding man. Twice in recent history we've got something off Barca after they battered us in the first half ..... I don't think they'll be allowed to make the same mistake thrice.
Rocky7
How did RvP and Sagna get booked when none of them did? Now I know Cesc's angry with himself, he'll make amends in the second half.
GoonerLou
I think we've been out of our own half about three times.
Rocky7
Fab's been ***** poor in the first half. He and Diaby are the main culprits in giving the ball away cheaply. Let's hope both of those come out fired up in the 2nd half. And I feel Rosicky's leaving Sagna too exposed down our right. He's tucking in rather than tracking Adriano's runs. I thought Rosicky's selection was based on the fact he could track back. He hasn't justified it uptil now one bit.
Eboue=GOD
Big Game Bendtner on in the 2nd half I say.
Eboue=GOD
Thanks for that Cesc.
Sajit
Massive task ahead n the second half. Cesc has to set a personal example to make up for the lapse in reason. Barca are an incredibly sneaky team which leaves a sour taste in the mouth. No arguments on their quality of football though.
Deltaforce
It is still in the balance; Arsene has to tell the lads to get a grip of themselves as it won't do us any good losing our heads. The 2nd half is going to be a long one because I feel we were trying to react to the goal by opening things up. I'd counsel we keep it tight till the later parts of the game, then open up. Any other tactic and we could ship in goals (what with Almunia in goal. Oh, bother). It is not our usual game we are playing and this could just be a dizzying experience for our team.
Naijagunner
Well we cant complain as Barca have had 90% of the ball but I'd like to see some different approach in the second half and have ago we have nothing to loose now.
Armory
Cnuts all of 'em. Biscuits and Alves need to be shown who's the daddy?
Eboue=GOD
I didnt think we would miss Theo this much but that outlet from him would handy
ajwb
I am not sure I have seen the value Diaby brings to the team tonight. He's just lazed around listlessly.
Naijagunner
I'll agree with that Delta ..... best footballing side I've ever seen in my life, but a bunch of schnidey little *****s.
Rocky7
Nasri and Rosicky are tucking in too much leaving Adriano and Alves free to attack our full backs. They need to track their runs.
Eboue=GOD
Well there's nothing left to do but attack in the second half. If we don't score we're out so we might as well throw caution to the wind and go for it. Bendtner and AA on
lifeisagooner
And no better player to give barca the goal.....he'll never go there now;)
Armory
Maybe we'll come out and play in the second half now. Love seeing RvP fire up, trying to rouse the troops. Might not be on for 90 minutes but great to see him even if it is just to stir it up
the yza
I do not like telling on individual players but in all honesty Diaby has been simply DIABOLICAL.
phreddy
Amazing some of the criticism we're getting - this is the world's most difficult team to defend against and we did a very good job of it despite being forced to put on Almunia and having a ref who keeps booking our players. Up until this game I've shared the anger gooners feel toward Barca but not that intense hatred that many feel. I think I've finally swung in that direction after that despicable first half. Seriously, Cesc-you play in a team with far more honor than the one you came from.
jaelle
Missing ADSB in midfield. Diaby and Cesc have been poor.
Eboue=GOD
And Diaby is scaring the crap out of me.
jaelle
Super Nick to come on and score at some point. He takes some grief, but he always scores when we need him. Come on big feller.
Rocky7
I'm not saying we will be able to get a result Rocky, just that unlike the CC Final, we have a bit more time to retrieve the situation
bowiecokemirror
Lets just hope that Wenger has managed to calm things down in the dressing room.... We certainly don't want to be on the end of a red card again against Barca
lifeisagooner
Okay I'm looking at it this way: we only need one goal for them to need to score twice. But then we can't go gung-ho for obvious reasons. We've been defending well and just have to keep it tight for another 20 mins and give them a sucker punch. Just one good chance to RvP and we're in with a chance. Too optimistic?
GoonerLou
HUGGGGGGY BEARRRRR!!!
bowiecokemirror
Almunia!
the yza
God is surely a gunner this CL
phreddy
YESSSSSSSSSSS you ****ers
ajwb
DUMB (unts
ajwb
i told you it was coming!!!
49ers
YEEESSSSSSS!! What a stroke of luck.
Deltaforce
yessssssssssssssssssssssssss
lifeisagooner
Nasri worked sooooo hard down that side to earn the corner.... and it was rewarded by an own goal!!!! fantastic
lifeisagooner
soft red card
49ers
Stupid ref, what a ridiculous decision
bowiecokemirror
Barvelona definitely has the Ref in their pockets
phreddy
NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lifeisagooner
Thank you Busquets
jaelle
Disgraceful ref again.Disgraceful ******** football team.Cannot stand these ********s
ajwb
he went for the damn goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
lifeisagooner
Red Card????
the yza
Oh god what a downer....RvP couldnt hear the call, what a faackin way to go off.
Deltaforce
We'll finish with 9... but 1-1!
the yza
THAT IS THE WORST MOTHER******** DECISION EVER MADE IN FOOTBALL.
Sajit
every major game we play is tainted by disgraceful decisions by the officials..... it's time something chaged because it's getting boring now
lifeisagooner
Oh ***** the ref is such a *****ing ****!!
GoonerLou
Get Squillaci and Eboue on play 6 at the back COME AT US BRO
ajwb
thats a discrace, i hope u go through cos that is the most stupid sending off in history
black-messi
Are we ever ever going to be given the opportunity of beating these f***rs in a fair and square match? The one time the face our strongest side they lose. ***** these arse holes.
Rocky7
Oh well we needed a strong ref and what do they give us? A ******** Barca arselicker
Armory
I am a Chelsea fan, but that red card is disgusting and a shame to the game of football. I feel for all Gunner fans on this. Totally unfair for Van Persie. Nou Camp is really loud and they was no way he could hear the whistle.
KAKUfrank
That is a disgraceful way to send off a player when the tie is so intriguingly poised. A real disgrace.
Deltaforce
Once again, we can't have just a good game with a good referee.
jaelle
Sky sports just said the time between the whistle blowing and RvP's shot was one second. Disgraceful.
Rocky7
Looking for something to punch.
jaelle
whatever the outcome.... this tie has definitely proved one thing... Barcelona CANNOT beat us in a fair match!!!!! WE "ARE" BETTER THAN THEM!!!!!!!
lifeisagooner
Messi or Xavi would be my suggestions jaelle.
Rocky7
ridiculous, ridiculous decision!! uefa refs suck..
LampardsRightFoot
I thought the PL had the monopoly on crap referees..
bowiecokemirror
What ever the outcome I'll be immensely proud of the lads.
Armory
They said there's ONE SECOND between the ref's whistle and RvP's kick of the ball?!?!?! Eff-ing disgraceful decision! Through or not, can we appeal? It's just so ridiculous!!
GoonerLou
Discipline and focus !!! It is going to be a long 25 mins now
HK_Gunner
If only I could get near them Rocky, I'd have a go! And yeah, crap refs are not only in England. And we seem to get them a lot in the CL.
jaelle
Lol - That's a bit ambitious LIAG, but it would be nice if we could get through one of these ties with them without being screwed over by injury or referees. So depressed right now.
Rocky7
Well done Manuel!! Djourou has been great.
Deltaforce
hold on guys... hold on!
LampardsRightFoot
We're defending okay.It just how long we can 'luck out' against these types of players.I cant see Nik or Cham changing what we have now
ajwb
Keep going Barca. Everyone at Spurs is with you. They must crumble soon.
Tony Rocky Horror
Almunia playing a blinder .... fair play to him.
Rocky7
Fabregas is nowhere near fit, I'd take him off for Denilson or Arshavin...
bowiecokemirror
I think we should sign Richard Shawcross and Karl Henry for the next time we play these ****s.
Rocky7
Denilson Bowie AA cant defend
Armory
IIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTSSSSSSSSSSSS INNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tony Rocky Horror
Lets hope for a mirecle but Im not expecting it
Armory
was only a matter of time.... if not the ref would have had to issue us a couple of more red cards
lifeisagooner
I'm sure they don't need the support of some tramp in England TRH.
Rocky7
2 - 1 to the ref.....
Armory
You know in situations like this people just show their real class, not just Gooners but other 'neutral' fans too. I'm already proud of the team.
GoonerLou
he HAS
lifeisagooner
***** off you twit. We've had decent Spurs fans on here before wishing us well against these dirty cheats at Barca. You speak for no one except trolls.
julieloveshenry4ever
IT WAS OBVIOUS!!!!!!!! THE REF HAD NO INTENTION OF ANYTHING ELSE
lifeisagooner
get this ******** tony rocky horror**** the ***** out of here
freshman
IIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTSSSSSSSSSSS IINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!
Tony Rocky Horror
Bendtner for Rosicky please. Arshavin for Diaby. We need to go for broke now.
Deltaforce
I know it's not Barca's fault that RvP got sent off, but it only strengthens my resolve to hate the ********s.
Rocky7
This could get ugly......
Clive 49
unlucky guys playing against an awesome team of 12 men
jljyid
That was no penalty
phreddy
one goal just one goal keep it at 3 - 1 until 89 min and throw everyone up front
Armory
Arsenal have been truely robbed
P.Avfc
why the ***** does this no life forever alone faggot not get banned from this *****ing site, this is bull *****
freshman
No surprise at all. It was a pen. We just couldn't stop them. We did very well to soak up the pressure really. No complaints. I'd actually be surprised if the ref don't make us end this game with 9 men on the pitch.
GoonerLou
good game ref.... you deserve it!!!! hope you rot in hell you cheatin scum bag
lifeisagooner
just incase that was lost the ref is an absolute tosser everytime an english club plays these dicks they get an absolut ***** ref
jljyid
I'VE SAID THIS BEFORE AND I'LL SAY IT AGAIN: WHY WHY WHY DO THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THIS PAGE ALLOW THIS ASSHOLE SCUMBAG TO PARADE HIS BULL***** CONSTANTLY? WHY?
jaelle
Arsene taking a chance now. Rosicky didn't offer as much as we'd hoped defensively anyway. Might as well go for more attacking threat with AA as we just need one goal now. COME ON, COME ON!!
GoonerLou
Rocky, red card for the troll surely!?
Deltaforce
It was a pen alright Phreddy no complaints there
Armory
The irony is that with 11 men we'd have probably have still lost, we were getting battered. But at least give us a fighting fair chance FFS.
Rocky7
This REF has spoilt a very decent game IMO
phreddy
Are we really this bad that we can't even string two passes together?
Gooner_Vin
Arsene HAS to make a couple of chages... the lads are getting run ragged. get some fresh legs on there
lifeisagooner
No ignore the troll even his on fellow spud supporters cant stand him so have a hart.......
Armory
With Fabregas and Diaby on the field, van Persie off, and the ref wearing red and blue, it's like we're playing 8 v 12 against the best team in the world.
gunnerkid107
Gooner vin they are knackered having to have to chase after the ball all night....
Armory
We're still in this .... as stupid as it sounds. One break, one corner, one free kick. We've been stung by lesser teams ourselves like before .... let's be one of the lessers teams and grab the goal that will send us through. COME ON!!!!!
Rocky7
it's not over yet guys... nick a goal at the end!
LampardsRightFoot
Jack. Love the kid.
Sajit
I think Wenger has conceded this game... why no changes?
lifeisagooner
At 33 years of age Manuel Almunia decides to become a beast ... lol
Rocky7
eduardo scores
49ers
Because we only have one left LIAG - Almunia and Arshavin already on. I think big Nick in the last few minutes is the plan .... if we can hold on.
Rocky7
Almunia saves again!!!!!! he's been great
lifeisagooner
what do u mean no changes lifisagooner? He has used all the subs
Armory
scratch that ... we've made all our subs...... lol
Rocky7
This is hard coming on here. Obviously you would think I would want you to lose but I think we can't beat Barca and you have a chance so there - but!!!! I have just seen one of the greatest injustices I have ever seen in footie, especially at this level. Understand all the mouthy, put down schite VP comes out with against my club is acknowledged but not forgotten for one mo - VP sending off tonight made me feel ill for football. I HATE the arse but that was so wrong. The score at the moment is 4-3 and blimey just for football I have to admit I don't mind if you get something out of this game - But I would rather you shag my daughters............This is difficult isn't it?
OhNoGaryDoherty
van Persie would have scored that
gunnerkid107
i take it back :S i missed the changes
lifeisagooner
nononono pls nik why
ajwb
I think it's quite fair to say that Almunia's playing better than Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Villa, etc. by their respective standards. Fats off!
GoonerLou
Damn .... that was our chance right there. S***.
Rocky7
i feel it mght be still possible
phreddy
OhNoGaryDoherty, LOL! You just made me break out into a smile in what seems like hours!
jaelle
Are the ygood looking Gary and how old?:)
Armory
I ****in hate Barca. Arrogant, cheating fckers.
Gooner_Vin
bendtner is a total idiot...he stay in arsenal...eduardo out from arsenal...tonight eduardo score against Roma.... AW your bendtner is a crap...EDUARDO is a lot better player than Bendtner
andycroat28
Tell your daughters im free every Tues and wednesday for a few months now,OhNoGD.
ajwb
Spurs fan here. This has to the unfairest CL game since Chelsea/Barcelona, its a total sham and makes a total farce of all the hard work your team has put in to get to this stage. Total Joke. Happy it won't be you knocking us out in the next round though.
Blue Odeyssey
C****. F**** c****.
Rocky7
It's painful but I'm immensely proud.
GoonerLou
Very poor choice by Wilshere there. Oh well. ***** it.
gunnerkid107
Wilshere was the best Arsenal player followd by JD and Almunia, The REF was the best Barca player
phreddy
"More than a club" ... yeah, a bunch of f***** *****ers.
Rocky7
Crack him Arsene
ajwb
Barca. More than a cluib. Yes, a bunch of fkin cheating divers. Hope they don't win the CL
Gooner_Vin
joke of a sending off, very hard done by
123spurs
bendtner wtf?!!
49ers
Still Arsenal, loud and proud
jaelle
You know you've been hard done by when Spuds fans are here to try and comfort you!
ajwb
Barcelona dominated us today. I don't think we had a shot on target in 90mins. Still a shame that we didn't get our chance after it went to 1-1. I reckon we still would have lost, but you never know. What can you do but just say ***** it and move on. That's what we need to do.
gunnerkid107
Heads held high. Proud of the lads. There were some brilliant performances over the two legs from JD, Kos, Jack and Almunia. Plenty of positives to take. Hopefully we push on in the league without diverting our attention towards the Champios League. If we had to go out then this was a decent way to go out. Out early and out to Barca.
Eboue=GOD
Two things I have to say. First Cesc has to get him self right, he is obviously not fit and quite frankly I would leave him out of the next 2 or 3 games to try to get him right. Secondly there is nothing wrong with our defense no matter what anyone says, they were all immense tonight and our defensive record in the premier is one of the better ones. Many of the goals that we have conceded have been because the attack and midfield do not work hard enough to close the other team down.
Armory
We wus robbed, blah, blah. best team won. Bollox to ya. Arsenal did not have a single shot on target. And that is a fact. Well done Barcelona. Fabregas has Arsenal DNA after-all. LOL!!!!
Tony Rocky Horror
you guys got robbed tonight... if only you guys topped the easy group... oh well...
LampardsRightFoot
Sorry to see you crash out in that fashion - RVP sending off was completely ridiculous and OTT, and the Fabregas mistake must be hard to take too. At least you can be proud of the way your team played, although I suspect there won't be many Bendtner fans left after tonight. Good luck for Sunday, you're due some luck soon.
fifthcolumnblue
in first half you were like a team, that a team would set up to play against yours in PL, these decisions are sick an worse for the team involved
123spurs
Wenger has assaulted a referee in the tunnel!!!!!
Tony Rocky Horror
I agree Armory, Cesc should never have played. Fair enough AW wanted to give him a chance with him being such an important player but he should have been taken off a lot earlier when he was contributing so little.
bowiecokemirror
I REALLY REALLY HOPE an English team puts those dirty cheats out in the next round. Yes they are good but they have NO class. Ah well, back to the PREM. COYGs!!!!
julieloveshenry4ever
Nicklas could have delivered the coup the grace at the end...we were second best tonight but at 1-1 the onus was on Barcelona to attack us and win the game. The presence of Robin kept them going hell for leather, but with his sending off it just became all to easy for them. The penalty was soft as well. We'll have to concentrate our resources on the league and the FA cup now.
Deltaforce
Absolutely pathetic performances, embarrassed English football, no heart, no bottle. 2 down 2 to go, bottlers!
jackstan
Hahahahahahahahahaha, Van persie's sending off was a major factor? The shots were 19-0 hahahahahahahahahahaha
WhiteHartSpur
I reiterate that Bendtner does not deserve to be in our outfit. Cameron Jerome is better.
e dubbz
Armory I agree that the defense doesn't need any tinkering. Djourscielny has been immense over the two legs and they have been found out only by Barca's brilliant passing.
Eboue=GOD
Armory - you're right, that's what I was thinking. Kos and Djourou were fantastic and Clichy and Sagna are good. It's the balance of this side that ain't right. Along with Jack we need a top quality defensive midfielder. For me, Diaby isn't good enough for AFC and Rosicky is past it.
Gooner_Vin
With the team we have now I have no worries for the future, one or two additions and they dont have to be big names, get rid of 1 or 2 and get the young players like Lansbury and Bartley back.
Armory
That was last week jackstan,keep up
ajwb
We got slapped with 5 yellow cards, whereas Barca have 0 considering that one of their players was confused which sport he was in. Coupled with the fact half their players were rolling around on the floor for every tackle, and RVP getting choked by Abidal. And I think I heard that RVP shot 1 second after the whistle was blown before he got his second yellow. Disgusting. Still proud of our troops.
thing
MotM = Almunia, followed by JD and Kos. Best player for Barca = Massimo Busacca.
GoonerLou
Apparently ***** is going down in the tunnel.
gunnerkid107
I'm gonna ASSAULT YOU in a minute TRH. Crawl back under your stone. We can hold our heads HIGH.
julieloveshenry4ever
Heard the same Gunnerkid involving AW and the ref i'd hope
ajwb
the goons deserved absolutely nothing from the match. they didnt attack once.
WhiteHartSpur
Do you have to put up with the trolls eveyr match day thread? makes me glad there aren't more manure fans on Vital!
fifthcolumnblue
On behalf of all right-thinking English football supporters, I say that we feel for you. First half, bit of brilliance by Messi but apart from that Barca rarely threatened. Second half, the disgraceful ref issued what must have been the most blatant caving-under-pressure example of a red card in history. They needed a numerical advantage to beat you. Yes, after that you were battered, but the loss of the focal point of your attack meant they didn't have to worry at all. Even I, as a Spurs supporter, felt sick after that. i hope we, or any other English side for that matter, knock them out in the quarters. This was an ill-deserved victory.
DubaiSpur
If Arsene went after the ref, GOOD FOR HIM!
jaelle
Arsenal were pathetic, they didn't even try to score when a goal would have knocked Barca out. Arsenal showed they have no bottle for winning things, lots of talented players yes but they were almost scared to score against Barca.
jackstan
van Persie's been ranting a bit about Massimo Bussa****. Also want to come out and say Kudos to Eduardo and Shakhtar for going through to the next round and also to him for getting a goal. Happy for him and hope he goes further and further in the competition with Shakhtar. He's the most decent bloke I've ever seen in football.
Eboue=GOD
No Jaelle not good. Knowing the press that will become the focal point of the night, no matter what AW said or did , and not the abyssal refereeing.
Armory
It's amazing, I'm full of pride, nerves all gone. Not a bad feeling after a big game and can you believe we lost? lol
GoonerLou
How can such a good team be so despicable. Messi seems like a really nice bloke but Dani Alves has got to be a greater scum than John Terry himself.
gronedrone
jackskank, i look forward to you playing Barca next. If we couldn't get near them today the pensioners sure as hell cant.
Deltaforce
The trolls generally don't have any social life, no girl friends and therefore need a outlet for their emotions fifthcolumnblue so we tolerate them out of sympathy.
Armory
'This was an ill-deserved victory'. What a pile of utter nonsense Dubai. In case you hadn't noticed one team were playing a space age version of the game the other were aspiring to. Barcelona are the best team in the world, they play the finest football, and their progress is a victory for an approach to the game that we at Spurs have always prized and valued. Enough of the sanctimonious drivel please.
Tony Rocky Horror
Armory, lets not rule out blow up dolls in case of TRH, he counts them as girlfriends.
Deltaforce
And his sister
ajwb
Gunners blog here! what are 'arry's knobs doing here?
e dubbz
Gunners blog here! what are 'arry's knobs doing here?
e dubbz
I'd look on with interest when the trolls' teams (if they're in it) play against Farcelona. See how they cope. But that said, I'd love to see the C*ntalans knocked out by an English team. On current form, don't see it happening however. And cheers to all right-minded fans, neutral or not, who've come here to acknowledge the injustice. We could've still lost the game with Robin on the pitch. But we just weren't given the chance to test ourselves against the best in the world fair and square - never have been, either with injuries or ref decisions. You know what, in a perverse way, I want to get them again next season! :D
GoonerLou
TRH, To be honest, it was not just the Van Persie sending off. While I am amazed by the football Barcelona played, and I do agree that Arsenal's 'two banks of four' approach was an ill way to try to stall out the game, the fact that the referee did not blow for so many fouls on their players yet did blow for several fouls on barca that never were, plus the sending off, plus the fact that Van Persie's first yellow card was incurred for a protective shove on abidal who had grabbed him by the throat, and so deserved to be sent off himself, leaves a bitter taste in the mouth regardless.
DubaiSpur
Deltafarce at least we will put up a fight. Remember the game a few years ago when we had 5 penalties cheated by the ref? At least we give it go, that was totally pathetic
jackstan
We beat them at the Grove fair and square jackplank and we did it playing with a beauty your team's owner can only dream about. You can prove me wrong if your team takes on and defeats Barca. I look forward to that match.
Deltaforce
i dont wanna seem too optimistic but if we can get past ac millan tomorrow and have the pleasure of playing barcelona i think we spurs are perfectly set up to play against them. they love to press high up the pitch nd that is all they know. 1 long ball up to crouch and there pressing game goes out the window and crouch will beat pique abidal and puyol in the air all day, then they have to worry about being 1st to the knock down ahead of bale lennon modric and van der vaart. i honestly think spurs could do em
black-messi
We have knocked them out before and we should have knocked them out in the last game if it wasn't for the biggest robbery in the history of football. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NziyufSACKk&feature=related
jackstan
Blackmessi a long ball would give enough time for Barcelona's defence to play Crouch off side. Your chance will come from set pieces and from Bale's runs down the flank. In open play Spurs dont have a chance. No chance at all.
Deltaforce
I was beginning to wonder where all the SPURS supporters are because there are next to none on VitalSpurs. 0, I mean ZERO!!! shots on goal. That's .......left me speechless. Better luck next time. COYS
Madaboutspurs
if RVP didnt hear the whistle surely he would of brought it back on to hes good left foot, so i think now he did hear it an just kick it anyways, the tactics used by arsenal in 1st half are the same the tactics used by visiting teams that play at emirates
123spurs
It doesn't matter jackstump, the end result is all that matters. The agrregate for our tie is 4-3 in favour of Barca after a joke of a decision on RvP and a soft penalty. Nobody will remember that a few years down the line just as nobody cares how you lost. Barca are much the superior team compared to us and definitely Chelsea too.
Deltaforce
Hey,you guys shouldn't totally blame this on the referee,first half you had all your players and basically only RVP was inj their half.You couldn't string two passes together and they outplayed you.If not for Almunia's heroics today,this could easily have been 4 or 5 nil.having said that,the red card just goes to prove that UEFA hates English clubs.And i'll even go as far as saying Barca are their favourite club.The match against Chelsea at SB,I almost cried.Barca is a supernatural team yes,but no oppositionn team needs the added disadvantage of an obviously biased referee!I bet Chelsea gets Barca next or Spurs.They'll try and use Barca to clear out all the English opposition.Still,you guys didn't put up a fight and praising your defense is daft,you had two defensive layers of 4 men each and Villa still managed to miss so many chances.The Referee was biased but that wasn't Arsenal playing Arsenal football out there today.
alex6
gain delta, no disgrace in losing to a team of that quality at all, but the manner in which the game unfolded was a bitter pill to swallow. if ac millan outplay us tomorrow and go through then its hard to take. if we re robbed by the reff and go out then its devastating. chamakh would have done better with the chance bentdner fluffed imo.
black-messi
Of course it goes down as a Barca win and they won it that season but everyone still remembers the robbery, the biggest Chelsea hating fans still say it now, Chelsea were robbed. Barca will embarrass us if we play them but i think Arsenal could have got at their make shift centre backs and done a lot more offensively.
jackstan
I agree BM.
Deltaforce
I actually think Spurs might do a better job against Barcelona than we would. They are a lot less rigidly wedded to the philosophy of passing through the middle than we are. You could plainly see that Barca were cr@p in the air in defence, and yet we never troubled them at all apart from our goal. But then, we don't do tactics, obviously.
Wyn Mills
barce had a make shift CB
123spurs
Wyn out of the two games against them we won 1. To do better Spurs would have to do the double against them which unless Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Villa and Alves are unavailable is not probable.
Deltaforce
we wouldnt need to do a double on em. just gotta get em back to the lane with a draw cos spurs currently have a 100% win success rate at the lane. lol dreaming
black-messi
in the cl of course, only wigan can bet us at the lane
black-messi
BM if you draw against Barca at the Nou Camp it will be a big result indeed. Maybe you will only know how tough it is to play this current Barca team when you actually play them.
Deltaforce
i prey we are that lucky delta, i just wish we could be in this competition every season and i fear this could be the biggest moment in our history for a while, hate the thought of not making the CL next season and losing the likes of Bale, Modric.
black-messi
 

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