I am fucking ecstatic! Over the moon! High on life!
We just made history! The first British team to beat Milan in the San Siro!
This is bigger than Madrid, Juventus and Villareal combine… why? Because tonight, we expected.
The team lined up as expected, Theo dropped for Diaby and Eboue making up the 5th man in midfield.
The blogs oozed confidence, no one on Le Grove predicted we would lose… dangerous optimism or wise predictions?
Arsenal started off brightly, our passing was sharp and we looked hungry for success!
Diaby blazed wide after some good work from Ade, Pato fired at Almunia after Kaka set him up nicely.
Big Phil was looking pretty dodgy, he missed a cross at the near post from a corner forcing Cesc to clear off the line, then he headed a ball into the path of Inzaghi… fortunately Clichy cleared!
In a arrogant Myles Palmer style, I text Geoff,
‘Can Arsenal hold on with Pascal Senderos in defence?’
Geoff text back,
‘Or with Eboue his twin brother?’
After I text that things started to click into gear. Arsenal started knocking it around Milan. Milan started to look like the old men we knew they were!
Hleb danced his way through Milans defence, mugging the lot of them off… he was hacked down just outside the box and got a booking for his troubles! Clouds of doubt started to appear, was this going to be one of those days?
Ade breaks through on goal, opens his body in Theirry fashion… launches one at goal… TIPPED OVER…
Next up… Cesc… Ade lays off a ball after some great work on the left, he cut it back to Cesc who rifled it against the bar…
Shit… it was a great chance, how many of those will we get tonight?
Arsenal continued their dominance, the ref continued to blow up at every opportunity and I realised that everyone was slipping over on Milans new pitch.
I apologise for thinking you were a clumsy fool Senderos… even Kaka was falling over his feet!
The second half came, we were confident… how many times had we been here before? Dominating team, just waiting for that goal?
Loads of times, but why was there a nagging headline in the back of my head…
‘60% possession but Arsenal still can’t overcome clinical Milan’
I was still confident that we could pinch one… we had the better bench and we were on fire!
The second half started and Arsenal were hungry, Hleb was brilliant, Flamini was all over the park and Cesc was un-fucking-believable. He was so unselfish all night, he tracked back, marched us forward and over shadowed Kaka massively!
Big Phil was played in by Clichy and fired it into the only place the keeper could get to… his arms!
Our dominance carried on, Pato continued to look average…
Eboue was put through… surely not…no… smashed wide…
Then Cesc picked up the ball ran forward… then from 35 yards he smashed it… it bounced… Kalac flapped…
What a shot! The pub went mad! Milan had to score twice to beat us and they only had 7 minutes!
More head tennis in Arsenals area, Hleb released Walcott… He latches onto the ball, dodges a lunge… lays it across goal… BANG!
0-2 up with 2 minutes to play! Pure elation!
Have you ever seen Wenger so pleased?
Almunia: Solid and assertive all night. He must have been shitting himself but he was truly brilliant tonight… even if I did poo myself when he committed himself to a ball about 40 yards out! 8
Clichy: Nipping in to dispossess Inzaghi was crucial. He was assured when other may have dithered after a few mistakes. The best left back in the Premiership did his reputation no harm tonight. 9
Gallas: A rock all night. Calm despite some hairy moments, showed all the critics why he is a great captain! 9
Senderos: Some dodgy moments. He missed a near post corner, flicked a ball into Inzaghi’s path. Then the second half came and he turned into a rock, mopping up, winning balls in the air… what a second half he had! He nearly scored! Big Phil, I doth my cap, you were great again! 8
Sagna: Solid as usual, good going forward and great in defence… am I wrong to say his the best right back in the Prem? 8
Eboue: Not great. He made some good runs, had a few dives and gave away a few passes. Better than usual but he needed to come off. 6
Diaby: I thought he had a blinder. He occasionally held onto the ball to long, but overall he gave more to the team than he took away. He was unlucky with and early shot as well! 7
Hleb: Amazing all night. He looked like the world beater we all know he is. Troublesome, tricky and effective. Great through ball for Walcott both times! 8
Cesc: I’ve got to give him a 10 for this performance. He tracked back an put in his tackles with the dominance of Gattuso, he moved the ball forward like Kaka and he finished like Thierry! What a goal, what a performance… six minutes to go! 10
Flamini: Brilliant all night. The hungriest player on the pitch tonight, he was everywhere! Ray Parlour on acid! 9
Adebayor: I don’t know? His touch was off, his passing was off but he still caused all the usual problems and scored! So who the fuck am I to criticise? 7
Theoooo!: Came on and tore Milan a new arsehole! He nearly set Ade up as soon as he came on… then he did set Ade up! Brilliant from the little man! 8
Gilberto: Can’t remember seeing him? The truly invisible wall! 7
So through to the next round of the Champions league it’ll be an English team we get… you can bet your bottom dollar! Who cares though, we can beat anyone!
Enjoy tonight guys and understand this… If we play like that till the end of the season, the trophy Cabinet could have some new friends!