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Does World's Best Team Really Need 12 Men?

Does World's Best Team Really Need 12 Men?

I think it's safe to say that that was the expected result wasn't it?

I hoped that we could sneak through, but I always felt we didn't have enough to get through. The team to knock us out two seasons running is quite simply, in my opinion, the best team I've ever seen in my life.

With and without the ball, they are immense, all of their players are comfortable with the ball and work horses without it, was there any chance we could get the result we needed?

Well despite losing our keeper in the first half, and then suffering one of the most outrageous refereeing decisions I've ever seen, we surprisingly almost 'Nick'ed it right at the death when Jack Wilshere fed in Nicklas Bendtner. Sadly it was not to be and Bendtner's control let him down.

Our lads were thoroughly out played, we never got a look-in, but there will always be that niggling 'what-if' had van Persie had not have been sent off for for taking a shot on goal after the whistle had been blown.

Sky sports reported the timing between whistle and shot was a mere second. 1 second for Robin to hear an un-hearable whistle and stop himself from pulling the trigger. It just wasn't possible.

I don't want to come across as a whiner, I know I'm a whiner, but when you have Villa fans, Chelsea fans, and even Spurs fans coming to our site and saying we'd been ripped off then you know something is amiss.

I'm under no delusions that it's most likely we probably would still have lost, but when you see Nicklas Bendtner's chance right at the end, I look on in despair at what could have been if it were Robin van Persie in that position.

The only chance we've had to face Barcelona in a fair fight, whether it be down to injury or red cards (justified or otherwise) was three weeks ago, and we won. As I said, it probably wouldn't have been the same this time ..... but at least give us a fighting chance.

10 men against the 12 men of the best team in world? I'm proud we only lost on aggregate by one goal.

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Date:Tuesday March 8 2011
Time: 9:59PM


seconded, stupid ref crippled our attack but to be fair they were immense.
08/03/2011 22:08:00
Indeed nakcuh. We were on the back foot all night. But we we all square up until RvP got sent off. How many times have we been slagged off by the media for ripping other sides to pieces and not winning .... Barcelona almost did the same tonight. We could have won it. Would it have been undeserved? Yes, completely, but we held on long enough here to be in with a chance. I'd prefer we'd have lost 4-0 than to have lost like this.
08/03/2011 22:11:00
playing football with 12 men everytime makes you worlds best, obviously.
08/03/2011 22:14:00
Well said. They don't need the 12 men.
08/03/2011 22:15:00
The referee made a rash decision, I don't think he had bad intent unlike Phil Dowd at Newcastle. Still proud of the boys though, and hopefully they'll bounce back at OT.
08/03/2011 22:15:00
SKY w@nkfest is doing me in. When Chelsea and Inter defend as we did for 70 minutes there marvellous (Almunia made 1 save before the red card) when we do it were outplayed by some mythical gods. The game plan was go into the last 20 still in the tie the boys did that and but for a scandalous decision we would have had a great chance to win this tie. By the way Barca More than a club? Maybe back in the day when they were true to their traditions but this team of snide c*@ts? not a chancce.
08/03/2011 22:15:00
They are the best team in the world 49, they didn't need any help in destroying us. Despite them having nearly all of the ball, they covered over 4000 metres more than we did. That's how hard they work, and they completely deserve their victory, I'm not arguing that. All I want is the chance to be able to do what other teams do to us now and again ..... grab and undeserved result.
08/03/2011 22:16:00
The second yellow for VP was a bit harsh (for kicking the ball away), but in truth VP was damn stupid. He already was on a yellow that should have been a red, and the ref had warned him. I'm sure from the refs perspective, the VP act of kicking the ball was impudent and challenged his authority. VP really should have been more mature given the circumstances. Do the Gooners really think that all six yellow cards were purely a function of a biased ref? You can believe that if and only if you're not able to think dispassionately. Tough loss, but deserved, I'm afraid. No need to hang your heads, though.
spurs in brasil
08/03/2011 22:18:00
How long would Fergie's media blackout last if Rooney had been sent off for the same offence?
08/03/2011 22:21:00
S-I-B .... there was one single second between the whistle and Rob's shot. 95,000 people whistling at the same time .... how's he supposed to hear that and react in time?
08/03/2011 22:21:00
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