Another match review from the slightly inebriated Pedro!
I was confident the youngsters could turn over Rovers tonight, but that was when I thought the team was going to contain players like Gilberto and maybe RvP. When I saw the line up though, I was pleased. I thought we’d give them a run for their money. The only worry I had was Denilson – because he had been out muscled against ‘Boro. I also wondered about Randall because I had no idea what the young lad was all about!
Again, I will warn that I am no journalist! Just an avid fan shooting from the hip!
So here goes!
Arsenal started with the same dominance the first team show. Pinging the ball round for fun, making Blackburn look second rate. Randall received the ball, touched it on to Nikki B, he took a touch, knocked it into the path of the awaiting Diaby who half volleyed it into the top corner with a looping shot!
1 up after only a few minutes! Fucking blinding! I think even Diaby was surprised to see it go in!
Arsenal Youth continued to knock it around in much the same vein as the first team. Fab2 was forced into a few fine saves, one from a Bentley freekick and the other from a snap shot from some thuggish player bearing the Blue and white of Blackburn.
Fab2 then claimed the ball, scuffed a kick 80 feet into the air (On purpose)… Hoyte headed it on, Diaby picked it up, passed it to Nikki B who threaded the ball through to Dudu who opened his body to finish in clinical fashion.
2 up against a team who were mooted to be pushing for a top four spot!
What a performance! Diarra was ruling the show and demonstrating why Arsenal lashed out a whopping £2million for him. He was fast, skillful and all over the place. He looked like a PV04 ‘nano’ that was super charged. Diaby was also showing a lot of class and skill.
Then came the Blackburn attack which was going to justify Blogger Geoff’s early thoughts.
‘This is what is was like against Villa and Newcastle’.
Some player from the opposition latched onto the ball in an offside position, crossed it, and Santa Cruz banged it in to give Blackburn a life line just before half time. The player was offside. The commentator said the player was offside, ‘but it didn’t matter’. Was that because it was a bunch of foreigners it was against?
The second half started and Blackburn dominated. By this time I had drunk way to many beers to be able to comment on what the fuck was going on. All I know it David Bentley crossed, Song missed, and Santa Cruz nodded home.
For the rest of the game the commentators were willing Blackburn on at every opportunity and the boys weren’t helping matters! It was a nervous finish to the game! But we held on.
By this time I had drunk even more beer. So was even more unqualified to comment.
All I know is Song (Who played a blinder by his standards) played Dudu through and with a casual near post finish Dudu made it 3-2! Get in my son!
Oh, and did I mention that Denilson got sent off because of a silly challenge at some point? Oh, and did I mention 2 British players championed his sending off? Very classy chaps… (Dunn and Savage for the record).
So in summation, I must say that my match facts may not stand up in court, but i hope it gave you an idea of what happened.
We played well, knocked out a team our first team could only manage a draw with and managed to do it with ten men.
Anyone who doubted Eduardo can do one. If you can finish, you can adapt. Simple as that. He will come good sooner rather than later, mark my words.
Barazite looks the most exciting prospect out of the latest crop. Big, young and full of confidence. I would mark him out for one to watch (An Arab looking Pires anyone?).
Senderos looked woeful at times tonight. I would like him to come good, but when you are being bailed out by Song time and time again… something is up!
Fabianski looks like a good keeper. He gives off and air of calm. He made some great saves tonight and started the move for the second goal. If i had one complaint about him, it would be the constant punching of the ball. Other than that, he looks like he could be a helluva keeper!
Nikki Big Bollock’s looked great tonight. My prediction is that he will replace Ade as the 2nd striker within the next 3 months. He has pace, skill and a cool head in front of goal… he also pops up with this assists. Well played!
Denilson is not in the starting line up (When the main players are injured) because he is weak. He will be a great player, but he gets knocked off the ball too easily in games. I thought he was poor tonight.
Diarra supposedly complained about assurances he was given by the Arsenal hierachy with regards to first team football and reckons he wants to leave. On tonights performance i would say those reports could be wide of the mark. Stick at it Diarra, you’re going to be a world beater if you stay at Arsenal!
So next up in the Cup? Its got to be the Spuds!
Merry Wednesday Grovers!