Arsenal stun Porto / Injury worries / Great Dane delivers! Ratings + Review

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Almunia

Sagna Sol Vermaelen Clichy

Diaby Song Nasri

Rosicky Bendtner Arshavin

The pre-match commentary was spent mainly slagging Arsenal off. Almunia was too nice to be a captain, nice enough to date the daughter of Graham Souness.

Wenger was mainly concerned about counter attacking, hence the inclusion of Song. Adams interestingly said the players had asked Wenger to do a little more research on the opposition, something I have called for him to do for years. The hope was Wenger had got it right tonight. Ruud said the media criticise because they want us to win. He hopes his suggestions are taken on board.

Cheers Ruud.

Bendtner mis-timed his first chance of the match, failing to get on the end of a superb Clichy cross.

Not to be outdone, Sagna crossed excellently to Arshavin at the back post, the quick reflexes of Helton denying him.

The atmosphere was electric.

Arshavin won a header from a long ball against a defender twice his height, he cushioned it back to Nasri who set him loose, the keeper saved his shot but Bends was there to tap in the open goal!

Up the other end, Arsenal allowed a corner to bounce dangerously in the box. An early warning.

Arsenal continued to knock it around nicely.

Just as I spied Nasri collapsing in a heap, Arshavin intercepted a poor Porto pass, he beat three men on the edge of the box, broke free, cut back to Nik who held his line in a way Ade could never and buried the cross. Amazing turnaround from the big Dane.

Song made a vital interception on the edge of the box. Nasri continued to pull the strings in a very Cesc like manner.

Clichy had his customary howler when he handled a high ball keeping it in play allowing the Hulk to waltz into the box and nearly threaten us.

Bendtner forced a good helton save late in the half with a fizzing low shot. The keeper made a super save from the header Diaby powered off from the corner.

A great first half, but a lot of sloppy play mixed in. We would have to settle down in the second half if we wanted to make sure this night fizzled out without any drama. Arshavin, Clichy and Campbell particularly needed to straighten out their howler Tourette’s.

Almost the first thing that happened in the second half was an edge of the box cock up… Rosicky played a weak pass, Song missed it, the Hulk fluffed his chance (A common theme from a man whose name gets people more excited than Denilson’s stats).

Rodriguez beat Sagna to head a corner to the far post where Nasri was on hand the clear.

Arsenal were looking very dodgy, the nervousness was spreading through the ground as well.

The game needed some magic.

Nasri had the ball outwide, outside the box. He took on three defenders, cut in, turned out, broke free of his players and banged it across the far post and scored one of the best goals the Emirates has seen. That’s the Nasri we signed, that’s the Nasri we’ve been hoping to see for the last two years.

Clichy cleared a corner, Arshavin picked it up, rans 40 yards… Eboue sprinted past him, the through ball was sublime, Eboue took it round the keeper and slotted into the empty net! 19 seconds end to end… magic.

Song continued to play sloppy passes, but Arsenal calmed down and started imposing their game again. Diaby was controlling the midfield with Nasri and it was a joy to watch.

A Chorus of ‘Tottenham are watching eastenders’ rang round the ground, superb!

Just as the game was ebbing away,  Eboue went down in the box, Penalty! Nik stepped up, the worlds eyes on him, he banged it low and hard into the bottom corner. The clown prince turned in a Great Dane performance!

A message was sent out to Europe, Hull and the Premiership. We’re in this to win it and with a little luck, you never know!

Conclusion:

Whilst a 5-0 victory is something to cherish and savour, it would be irresponsible of me to ignore some extremely sloppy play and some poor defending. On another day, we could have been punished. If we want to win the Champions League, we have to concentrate for the full 90 minutes. Chelsea, Bayern, Madrid and Barca wont be so kind with our mistakes. Song, Clichy, Campbell and Arshavin were guilty tonight.

Now onto the good…

Arsenal turned over their first Euro deficit since the seventies, they proved they could handle the pressure and everyone delivered. We were clinical tonight, we worked hard for our win and we weren’t afraid to play. The belief the team showed was special to watch, the crowd finally sound like they are truly connecting with this team, you feel like heroes are developing in front of our eyes… I can’t wait for the next game! Being a Gooner feels pretty amazing right now!

Ratings:

Almunia: Some dodgy kicking and a few spilled shots, but overall, he did his job. 7

Sagna: Say what you like about his crossing, as a defender, he’s top notch. Tonight, he was very good. 7

Vermaelen: Superb. A rock. A legend in the making. He had a blinder tonight, shame about the yellow card.8

Campbell: A very sloppy first half from a very experienced player. He’ll sort that out though and he’ll be more critical of his game than anyone else. What can’t be denied is how he inspires the team. His encouragement of the youngsters and his team huddles are going down a dream! 6.5

Clichy: He played pretty well bar a crazy moment out wide where he let the Hulk in. 6.5

Song: I thought he had a good first half but he let himself down in the second half with some poor passing and bad decision making. He still did a top job closing down angles and breaking up play. He needed to be there tonight and the 5-0 score line proves that. Interestingly, Souness and co said Song was close to being the complete player, the only thing he lacked was the discipline to stay back (Like Gilberto did). 6.5

Nasri: His chance to shine, his chance to showcase his talent… and what a performance. I’ve been questioning him recently because he clearly has an abundance of talent that’s been going to waste… tonight he announced himself on the European scene with the performance we’ve all been waiting for. He was at the heart of everything; showed guts to play through an injury and showed incredible skill to get his goal. A world class performance. 9

Diaby: Honestly, that has to be the most professional performance I’ve seen from the young Frenchman. He passed fantastically, he was disciplined and he allowed Nasri to play the game he did. Don’t underestimate how important he was for us tonight. 7.5

Rosicky: Top game for our favourite Czech player. He plays so much better when he has a target man to play off. His tricky runs and unpredictable play cause alsorts of bother. I hope he’s not injured. 7

Arshavin: We saw the best and the worst of Arsh. His worst was the terribly shoddy passing and his extremely casual play. He needs to stop being so wasteful when he’s not attacking. His best was an inspirational performance up top. He set up the first two goals, bagged an additional assist and played a blinder for us. 8

Bendtner: I backed him 100% at the weekend and I was paid back treble! Nik scored 3 extremely important goals in a game that was worth £18million to the club. He had a terrible time in front of goal last weekend and tonight, he made amends. It wasn’t just the goals for me, it was having a striker who can nod on the long balls, hold up the ball and play with his back to goal. Not to mention how well he held the line for his second goal. He could be the proper centre forward we were looking for in January. He’s an intelligent footballer and he’ll be a top player for us. I hope the world noted how humble he was in the interview afterwards… he didn’t even know he was meant to keep the ball!

Thanks to Gambon for this comment:

Since returning from Birmingham, he has started 56 games for us. He has come on as a sub 57 times, so lets assume he averages 15 minutes when subbed on, this is 855 minutes.

Lets round that upp to 900 minutes, which is 10 games.

So that means 33 goals in 66 games, many of which he has played wide left & right.

1 in 2 Baby!

8

Subs:

Eboue: You know I’ve always loved Eboue so I was pleased as punch to see him come on and score a goal. On a serious note, he’s had a great season so far and it was fantastic to see him come on, roll about when we needed him to, stay on his feet when he had to and score when we demanded it! He got the penalty as well! 7

Denilson: Pretty solid cameo appearance. I want to see him do well and get the fans back on side! 6

Theo: Was trying very hard to replicate his goal from the weekend to no avail! His pace was a menace though. 6

Lets keep em’ crossed Diaby, Nasri and Rosicky are all ok for Hull this weekend!

812 Responses to “Arsenal stun Porto / Injury worries / Great Dane delivers! Ratings + Review”

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  1. Sabeel Indian Gunner

    Mayank

    There is NO BIG DEAL abt microsoft giving a living to a trainee..as microsoft doesnt care of that trainee..microsoft can chose any trainee from so many unemployed trainees lying around

    The fact is Football is a game with full of emotions..and the example of Child-parent apllies to football rather than this microsoft company example..

    The fact that u chose microsoft to give an example,on how song deosnt owe the club,is an futile attempt,as football is a game of emotions..and microsoft example for not oweing is for stone hearted passionless examples…which football isnt..

    football is passionate game full of emotions,and child-parent example applies to this..

    hence
    Song and players owe arsenal fc…for the frustration/patience of fans for marmites to come good..and so many years of support..

  2. Ja_Gunner

    I actually want Manure to go through..

    If they drop out of the CL then they will be able to concentrate on the league. Let them go one more round and then drop out…..

    Hopefully they draw Chelsea/Barca/Bayern/Real

  3. vinnyjones

    where are all the bendtner haters from the weekend????
    i told you lot he plays well with arshavin to his left

  4. Geoff

    Sabeel talks sense AA23, unlike you, someone who thinks a player that got a hatrick against Porto is shit.

    As far as Song is concerned he’s okay, but for 3 years he was shit. For anyone to compare him to Vieira quite obviously never saw Vieira, either that or they know fuck all about football.

    I just came on to check for abuse and saw the usual people picking on Sabeel, so no change there.

    I’m not on for long so anyone that wants to offer me their twisted view on Arsenal players better be quick.

  5. Pat

    If it was Boriello playing in the 1st leg instead of Huntelaar, the tie would have been effectively over in the 1st half of that game!

    I hate United cunts. They NEVER have their best players injured(Valencia, Rooney this season) and they always play teams when they’re weakened.

  6. Stu

    Milan as a whole look shit. Their whole team is painfully slow in both running and passing. They take far too many touches before releasing the ball.

    Back 5, 3 defensive midfielders, a former world player of the year and 2 CFs who are definately not known for their link up play, yet one of them is playing as a right winger (or supposed to be).

    And to top it all of Rooney wins any aerial ball he wants to.

  7. Stu

    Pat, and the opposition never take advantage when united are weakened.

    35 year old Neville at right back and he has had nothing to do in defence and even got an assist.

  8. Geoff

    I think you’re both right there Choy and Michael, I’m watching both games and Toulalon and Diarra look good, apart from the goal Lloris looks good too, I’m surprised Wenger didn’t go for him at 23?

    Have a good night all, I’m really off now.

  9. Ja_Gunner

    Guys..Leonardo has made a big mistake…

    He plays 4-3-3 but he doesnt have pato available…

    the 4-3-3 only works for Milan with Ronnie left, Pato right and Boriello/Hunter in the middle…

    With pato out he should have played 4-4-2 with Ronnie supporting Boriello or Hunter…

    He should throw the dice and get Beckham and Seedorf on…

    and play something like

    ……………Back 5…………………
    Beckham……Flam/Ambro…..Pirlo……Seedorf
    …………………..Ronnie……………..
    …………..Boriello/Hunter……………..

  10. Stu

    Yeah Ja. He should just go back to the diamond for the start of the second half and have Ronaldinho attacking midfield.

    Its the system all the players already know having played it all the time Ancelotti was there.

    Or get Seedorf on for one of the forwards and push Ronnie to SS.

  11. Pat

    How fucking bad can defenders be? Ours are pretty bad as a whole, but Rooney would never score any of those headers against the likes of Gallas/Verm/Sol.

    Milan made it way too easy for United.

  12. YON

    WHAT A CHICK!!!!! Anyone notice that girl when they were showing Madrid fans??? She would make a great pornstar.

  13. AA23

    Whos picking on Sabeel, pointing out that he only ever says what you or pedro say?
    That’s true.
    He was giving it the large one about Song out of the blue after you caned him.
    I’ve been defending Nik pretty much single handedly on here for ages, that was my point. I’m the anti David.

  14. Stu

    No Nesta, Maldini retired and got replaced by Thiago fucking Silva and Bonera is starting centre back. Thats why their defence is so shit. Replacing a legendary Italian (albeit an ancient one) with a young Brazilian..

    This team just cant defend against crosses and have made Rooney look like a giant capable of winning headers with the best.

  15. gnarleygeorge9

    Manchester united are no more than some flash whore that moves from one rich old geezer to another to pay for its expensive habits. About as much class as a rat with a gold tooth. Hang on does rooney have a gold tooth 😉

  16. AA23

    Chozzer
    you are the man.
    I cant stand that fucking AA23 though, all he does is come on here bullying quality posters like Sabeel, Dennisdamenace and Ethan. Then when he gets pulled up for it he dissapears like the coward he is.
    The idiot clearly knows fuck all about football.
    fucking AKB.

  17. David

    Cheeky bid is one of those things that make the Adebayor’s of this World wet their pants and become premadona’s so that their club will eventually have to sell at the “right” price.

    Obviously Pato knows he doesnt have a future at Milan.

    Anything cheeky will do to unsettled the player.

  18. Ja_Gunner

    Nasri seemed as if he had a slight injury….

    If he is not 100% ready for Saturday, I would play this team

    ………………..Al………………….
    Sagna…….Gallas??……..Vermy……..CLichy
    ……………..Denilson…………………
    ….Rosicky…………………..Diaby……..
    ..Theo…………..Bendy…………….Arshavin

    Bench: Fabianski, EBoue, Vela, Nasri, Eduardo, Silvest/Sol, Merida

    Rosicky is the other guy who can play the Cesc role….

  19. gambon

    Fuck me Rooney is unplayable at the moment.

    I think thats 31 in 38!

    He has to be the best striker in the world at the moment.

  20. David

    Yea Gambon

    In terms of goals scored…Shrek is on top at the moment.

    Leaves a sour taste in my mouth to say it.

  21. ethangunner

    Pedro

    that song the great dude is a bit delusional .

    im sure he was probably called ade the whore prior 🙂

    the greatest player to play at our club ?

    SONG ?

    im feeling a bit green at the notion ..

    well at least it could explain the reason weve won fuck all since he’s been in the team …

    try argue that fact 🙂

  22. ethangunner

    dennisdamenace Says:
    March 10, 2010 at 21:20

    Lyon have just scored!
    ————————-
    i didnt even know they were dating 🙂

  23. AndAPrayer

    Lyon’s strikers at the end of this match are making Bentdner’s misses at Burley look like a display of quality striking.

  24. Tariq

    Yea. Lyon have the advantage with the away goal. They should have been 3-1 up in the last 2mins! Poor misses.

  25. zeus

    FUCK ME. 1/4 BILLION SPENT AND STILL THEY GO OUT AT THE R.O 16!

    Higuain is going to be crucified for that empty goal miss.

  26. Ja_Gunner

    Oh shit…Gallas’s injury might cost us winning something…

    We will have to survive now with Vermaelen in combination with Sol or Silvest…….I am not too optimistic about that…

    Hopefully they will do alright…

  27. zeus

    Hey, how about us making a bid for Chris, the Lyon CB. He was mammoth today. Anyone else see him play before?

  28. AndAPrayer

    have to say Madrid were poor. They have been since they played us a few seasons ago and they’ve only gotten worse.

    Good to see Madrid out but I thought Lyon looked pretty good defensively, be difficult to break down.

  29. zeus

    Gallas isn’t out for a month. The time he has been out now adds up to a month. He was training to come back and broke down again. In 2 weeks he should be back if his old ass doesn’t break down again.

    Verminator can’t get injured now though. The beauty is that its now 1 game a week until mar 30/31 when we play the 1/4s in the CL.

  30. gnarleygeorge9

    Bloody hell, Real Boring are out.

    “What a waste of money! What a waste of money” 😆

    P.S Expect the tapping up of Cesc to spiral outa control now 😆

  31. David

    What in the World do they need Cesc for?

    Cesc wouldnt want to go there anyways…he’s so Barca oriented he wanted to beat Madrid in the finals with Arsenal!

    Having said that Madrid please feel free to spend 100m on Cesc.

  32. ManGoonian

    zues;

    I hope your prediction is right there fella; 2 weeks for Gallas to get back AND sign his new deal!

    Watched the Real v Lyon game and how funny that was watching those hyped up twats getting done by Lyon. Although Lyon spent the biggest amount ever known by a French league side this season; £80m+… Still, good times!

  33. SharkeySure

    “Franchise Says:
    March 10, 2010 at 18:33
    Mashallah”

    Brilliant !!!!

    AA23 and Chozzer…..pair of nutters !!

    Sabeel…oh dear. His comment of 18.01 is the stuff of legend Nowt more to add.

  34. zeus

    But how did Higuain miss that empty goal after rounding the keeper?

    Pellegrini better get his CV out in the mail, IF they let him finish

  35. ManGoonian

    Well, even though I want us to go full tilt for the title, if we get a favourable draw in the Champs league, we could well find or selves in the semis and with RvP back… You never know???

  36. Baxter Wall

    Fucking hell David, you don’t half hate Bendtner! Knock it off, the man scored a fucking hattrick and you still dig him out!

  37. AndAPrayer

    Jesus £80m for a French team? Hope for their sake money doesn’t infect the league like it has our’s. Sad to see another club wind up today.

  38. zeus

    So now that is 2 non-English teams into the last eight. There is a very good chance that Inter will do the business over Chelsea as well.

    I fancy our Arsenal over any non-English team. Bayern & Lyon as well as INter

  39. Baxter Wall

    Nah last night was a good evening David, not that anybody would know it judging by your miserable posts!

  40. ManGoonian

    Sharkey;

    We still should;ve signed a striker in Jan! But whattaya gonna do? 😀

    Baxter;

    Honestly, David has been pretty positive of late! He just has this natural aversion to bendy!

    David;

    I am sure I was sat next to a relative of yours on Saturday fella! She was slating Bendtner all game long, saying how shite he was, every time I defended him, he went and missed another chance!

  41. Kreshnik

    Madrid is out … wow

    Now that’s fucked up …. quarter million gone to the shitter methinks ahahahhahahaha

    fuck it … I’d take our team anyday over those over-hyped super fucks 😀 at least we usually get a semi or a final. They get fuck all 😀
    muahahahhaha

    that’s funny still

  42. AndAPrayer

    Seriously, what is all that greasey shit on Ronaldo’s head doing to his scalp? He’s going to go bald AND have major dandruff by the time he’s 35. Someone should have a word with him.

  43. Baxter Wall

    Fuck off David.

    If the team is as shit as you think it is then you won’t get many more nights like last night so try to enjoy it eh? you fucking tampax of a cunting dildo.

  44. Confidentgoner

    Incesc,I watched that. always knew Lyon will equalise.

    So whats the point in investing over 200mil Euros only to get knocked off before the qtrs? madrid have a weak mid and back and would always conceed goals. kaka is really not effective, wonder why he starts.

  45. ManGoonian

    Nasri is doin the kinda stuff I knew he was capable of, Arshavin was sharp as hell last night, Bendy is coming on a treat, despite what SOME would have us believe! Rosicky and Theo are getting better and stroner, while we have Cesc to come back again… All bodes well…

    Hopefully Sol will be able to deputise for Gallas un til he can return from injury…

  46. ManGoonian

    I can see Inter getting a draw vs the chavs, then they will get United in the Qs, while we get Bordeaux, Barca get Bayern and I can’t remember who else is left in it?

  47. David

    Well you’d forgive me if im not convinced by 2 tap-ins and a pk…work that Arshavin had to do. *cough*

    Arshavin even set up Sagna for a tap-in.

    Fucking Legend.

  48. zeus

    Agreed on Kaka. Quite how people think he is going to lead a relatively average Brazilian side to the WC title is beyond me.

    Again, loving the 1 game a week til the 1/4s. Gallas better come back good and we better praya special prayer for TV5 every night til season’s end.

    The mancs did look good vs Milan. They were never under any pressure it must be said. Here is to them drawing barca in the 1/4s, lets see how good they really are.

  49. ManGoonian

    Its not just about the goals David, but your blinkeredernessness re; Bendy hating hampers your judgment fella… He’s a good striker, getting better and better and in this system, he is more than useful…

    Remember; Positive thinking will see us thru this dude!!! 😀

  50. David

    Well we’ve been saying that Nasri is the next Zidane.

    Diaby is Quality.

    And i even put my neck out for Walcott when most thought he wasnt worth a glass of Lucozade.

    But cant see it for Bendtner…its 2 years of constant fuck ups.

  51. tenerife gerry

    To put it in a nut shell Song has come through shit and to be honest is now a rock at the Arsenal.

    Last night justified to me why i’m so proud to be a gooner.

    WE ARE DODGY AT THE BACK but fuck me we have so much style going forward. I live in Tenerife and so many northerners shook my hand today coz we were so brilliant

  52. David

    I think we have RVP back for Spurs…and we’ve won the tittle.

    Luckily Shitty dont have Robin-ho..anymore that tore us a bad arsehole…Bellamy is a worry..but as long as Gallas is back we;ve always got a chance.

  53. zeus

    I wonder how CR9 feels about leaving to go to his beloved Madrid now?

    Take note Cesc. The grass is not always greener on the other side.

  54. tenerife gerry

    I thought Arshavin was stunning till Nasri took the piss. Diaby and Song awsome. Rosicky great.

    Maybe Nikki B is the long lost hope, I pray he is. That was what we are all about. Imagine being a yid and looking at that? ha ha ha

  55. David

    Imagine being a Yid?

    Haha…I cant imagine Spending up to 100million every summer knowing they will still finish below Arsenal.

  56. ethangunner

    tenerife gerry Says:
    March 10, 2010 at 22:40

    I thought Arshavin was stunning till Nasri took the piss.
    —————————-
    aa23 IS STUNNING ! …

    i dont like the way people say he needs to concentrate etc.. !NO GUTS NO GLORY ~!

    i think you’ve all watched crab football too long and so easily look past an ill directed pass , yet condemn a guy for taking his chances in front of goal …

    not every Th14 run was a winner either !

    i applaud his efforts and if more were like him
    more chances would come !

  57. Stu

    Fucking hell Lyon and Real missed some mighty sitters tonight.

    And I thought Lyons left back Cissokho was supposed to be fast. He really took his time before passing to Lisandro for his shocking miss.

    Also, rewatched the goals from last night. Van Buyten for Bayern is as weak as fuck. He was pushed off the ball for all 3 of Fiorentinas goals by Vargas and Jovetic and he is about 6ft4.

    Arsenal may be dodgy at the back but compared to some of the other teams we have the best defenders in the world.

  58. ethangunner

    i mean really AA23 set up both nik b goals ..

    the other was a penalty .. as much as i like nik’s positioning , i mean come on who is the REAL hero here !

  59. treze13

    last night was awesome, TOLD YOU GUYS every time i go we score at least three ;)… you’re welcome gooners 😀