Pascal Senderos + Zinedene Fabregas make history! Player Ratings + analysis!

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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…

GOOOOOOALLLLLL!

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!

ADEBAYOOOOOOOOOR!

0-2 up with 2 minutes to play! Pure elation!

Have you ever seen Wenger so pleased?

Player Ratings:

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

SUBS:

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!

35 Responses to “Pascal Senderos + Zinedene Fabregas make history! Player Ratings + analysis!”

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  1. Phil

    It was Adebayor that deflected the chance for Meelan towards goal that Cesc cleared.

    Not fair to blame that on Big Phil.

  2. Pedro

    Are you talking about the near post corner that big phil missed? Or the through ball that he knocked into the path of Inzaghi?

  3. Ricky

    Mate, it was definitely Phil who missed the ball early on. Addy added to the mess, but it was Phils initial miss!

    Take nothing away from him, the second half performance was monumental!

    The whole team were amazing, credit to Arsene!

    I’m so pleased, the two Italians in the office are going to get it tomorrow!

    Come on you gooners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. GOOOOOONAH!

    GEEEEETTTTTT INNNNNNNNN!

    Can you believe it! MILAN! In their own back yard! Brilliant!

    Happy days!

    Agree with the writer, biggest win since Madrid!

    All amazing!

    Get in my friends!

    Champions of Europe next!

  5. jimmyfingers

    Drunk as hell but fucking ecstatic. Was at work till quarter to nine with a Suth Africabn wine tasting (fucking producer was there, he could talk for the olympics (Winery of Good Hope, Vinum Africa and Radford Dale for those interested) then home for the second half GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL then GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL again. Fuck me what a result. About to watch the first half on sky plus, good when you know the result

    Fuck me, Arsenal I love you

  6. Jon

    I was hugely impressed with tonights performance.

    I didn’t think Cesc had the fight of a Champion, and tonight he proved my inadequate theory wrong. He was a warrior tonight, a spanish bull fighter if you will. He gave milan and Kaka a master class.

    Yes, Phil was a bit off during the first half, but hell did he recover his composure in the 2nd half! What did William say to the lad? He was transformed!

    One thing that was highlighted tonight was Flaminis importance to the team. He is the sort of player Milan need, so get that contract signed ASAP!

    You were a little unfair on Ade, he was up front on his own and a touch isolated. He created a lot and he caused them issues all night.

    Bravo Arsene, you pulled a elephant out of the hat tonight!

    Bring on whoever!

  7. David S.

    Enjoy a brilliant victory, but it’s not over yet. A fantastic performance all the way around, maybe except for Diaby. And why does everyone come down on Senderos. It’s like he’s the much maligned fall-guy. He’s a committed and brilliant defender. Without him, they would not be where they are in the Champions League.

  8. Kevin

    Eboue! Are you kidding? He was rubbish! He was as poor as normal, no way better than Abou!

    Theo made an excellent replacement though, showing directness and pace! I hope he can do that consistently/

    What a game, that got to be one of the best i’ve seen for ages, even from a neutral stand point!

    Can anyone else think of a more technically beautiful game?

    The ref was a touch on the outrageous side. He looked like he was trying to steal the lime light, like poll used to.

  9. DeeOzGooner

    Cmooooon!!! Whata a fukn awesome game…nail biting stuff for a while but FABulous cesc got us thru…whata hard workin player…never gave up..he was fkn everywhere tongiht!!

    Bit harsh on your comments abt ade…yes his 1st touch was poor at times, but playin 451 i thought he did tremendously well…and lota times i thought if he had a strike partner there then GOAL!

    we mustv been watching different diaby’s…i thought he was pretty woeful!

    agreed with the rest of the ratings

    Imagaine…persie and tomas to come back, this team is gona go to a crazy fkn level….EVERYONE is gona wana avoid the arse in the nx round!!!

    oh and can someone pls tell the flamsta to let kaka out of pocket now…

  10. jimmyfingers

    There’s nowt better then watching a replay of the game hearing the wank commentators doubting the ability of Arsenal to beat the Italian twats. Smashed Inter a couple of years back, now first English team to beat Milan in the San Siro. Fucking beautiful

  11. siren

    I’m so proud! I’m so happy! I love Cesc so much it hurts!

    What a night to be a Gooner :o) or in my case a Goonerette.

    The Arsenal!!!!

  12. DeeOzGooner

    fav moment of the game(besides the goals) was when flamini ripped the ball off kaka and then went forward with it…camera spanned back to kaka who had this look of WTF?! on his face!!! awesome!!…left him on his ARSE, looking to the ref for sympathy…hahahaha

  13. JD

    i think eboue played well crap he missed a sitter, he needs to be replaced with a wroldclass winger mothar wise we outclassed them come on ARSENAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Gale

    Did you note that Senderos had the highest completed pass rate on the field? It’s over 94%, higher than anyone else on the field. Knowing how Wenger is about statistics, I assure you he deserves a 9.

  15. gunemall

    fucking brilliant!!!
    arsene is the man as always. remember his pre match interview as he’s always granted credit to opponents by quoting even the mancs got spanked at their old trashford (what a good comparison there) by milan to tell how difficult it’s gonna be. so imagine all mancs now have freak-looking faces..ah love it

  16. PV Le Long

    Cygan is a better player than Senderos will ever be. Could he walk into the Villareal back four like Pascal has? The best thing about Senderos (and the worst) is that he is probably the world’s best fourth choice center half.

  17. a

    Almunia 8
    Sagna 8
    Clichy 8
    Senderos 9
    Gallas 8
    Eboue 5
    Diaby 6
    Flamini 9
    Fabregas 9
    Hleb 8
    Adebayor 9
    (Walcott) 8

    Wenger 10

  18. kingkongkirk

    Tonite’s elation is only beaten by the 89 anfield victory, We were absolutely awesome, best foootball i’ve have ever seen us play. Such such elation. Thanks boys!

  19. Big Raddy

    What a performance. !! Today is going to be just great. Hours reading about the genius of Fab et al.

    Had two bottles of wine and finished them before Fab scored, such was my excitement.

    Fucking Fantastic.

    Ooh to be , Ooh to be, Ooh to be a Gooner !!!!

  20. Goofle

    YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    Theo was not 8. Come on mate, he did not have enough time to class himself as 8.

    WAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  21. Odub

    Theo did better than Diaby and Eboue in the 10-15 minutes he was on!! could have set up 2 goals, he’s an 8 as far as I’m concerned!

  22. Pedro

    Theo nearly set one up, then did set one up!

    He justifies an 8 for me!

    Couldn’t sleep last night, I was to excited about reading the papers!

  23. Odub

    mate, must have read the daily mail article 10 times on the way in! re read and re read and fucking re read!! Flamini immense, Cesc the bollox, Gallas, outstanding, Phil, outstanding, Almunia, unbeatable, Hleb should have had either a pen or freekick not fucking get booked for diving!! Theo came on and just ran them ragged!! Top night, best performance result wise of the season!

    Hope we get an easy draw next, but somehow think we’ll get the mancs or Barca, but hey, bring it on!!!!!

  24. Odub

    Feel free to go on for as long as you want Geoff, and slag off every cunt that didnt give us a chance to go through!! and please mention that cunt Robbie Earle who wouldnt even give Cesc credit for scoring a blinder by saying it looks like it took a defelction!!
    FUCK OFF!!!

  25. Evo in OZ

    Everyone’s on fire on the blog, how good was it!

    I had to drive to work during half time (traffic was rubbish, so i missed most of the 2nd half), my mate was texting me while i was driving!

    Each time a text came through i thought we had scored, i nearly drove off the road!

    Bloody brilliant! Cesc was back to his old self in midfield, one of the most commanding displays i have seen!

    This is so up there with 2006, even better!

    Who can we get in the next round, can we draw other english teams, or is that the semis?

  26. charybdis1966

    Odub, I think that’s a little harsh on Robbie Earle, he’s not anti-Arsenal in the way that some commentaters are – Earle said that you couldn’t call Arsenal a team of kids anymore – they were men after last night. I also liked the passing of the baton alluded to by one of the match commentators – the old men of Milan being superceded by the youthful verve of Arsenal.
    A great day to be a Goon.

  27. Evo in OZ

    One of the most glorious days in footballing history, i will saviour this one for a while as im sure we all will!

    Need to convert this into the Wigan game on the weekend with a big scoreline, something like 4-0!