If you believe in karma or accurate journalism, you have to be laughing at Milan’s demise last night. La Gazzetta dello Sport wrote of Danny Welbeck before the first leg:
“If a player has ever summed up Arsenal itself, it’s Welbeck. He is capable of doing something really good, then falling over on his own and ending up face to the ground.”
“New drinking game: drink every time Danny Welbeck falls”
I hope the Italians were drunk on rage. Super Danny Welbeck dropped like a sack of Maris Pipers after barely being touched, giving Arsenal an instant reaction to a Calhanoglu long-range effort that had Milan 1 up. What made the uproar a bit fucking rich is this: Arsenal fans have been watching Danny Welbeck fall over unimpeded for 3 years. He’s so bad at standing up there are compilation videos of his best moments falling over.
It wasn’t a dive. It was just poor balance. Anyone who says otherwise just doesn’t understand the man, the myth, the legend. So fuck ’em.
Not that his fall was going to change the game. Milan were utter dross. Like I told you weeks before, the only difference between a Gattuso Milan and a Montella Milan is organisation. He has average players, he was never going to turn over Arsenal, regardless of how bad we’ve been… because we have much better talent.
I’m loving this result even more because of all the know it alls on Twitter giving me shit the whole way through this tie, calling me an uncultured fan. Bitch please, you can like Kevin Davies and be cultured. In the same way buying a plastic bag in Bergdorf Goodman doesn’t make you an elite style icon, watching Italian football won’t convince anyone you’re a connoisseur of the world game.
Italian football isn’t the rare Beluga caviar it was when we had to tune into C4 for a James Richardson special back in the day. The league is a Juventus feeder operation that can’t attract big crowds outside a few interesting games. The reason the Premier League is so dominant for TV is that it’s a better league, with better players, with better games. Pound for pound, we’d trounce Serie A. Calling yourself @LaRovesciataStronzo on Twitter won’t save your league or make anyone care about your snotty opinions.
ANYWAY, less about Italian fans, let’s talk about the game.
We stayed largely in control. I mean, Welbeck popped up with two goals and Xhaka forced a super weird error from Donnanruma with a long-range effort where the keeper ended up hashing the ball into his own net. He managed to palm a low shot to his left into the right corner. Terrible gaff for one of Europe’s young hotshots.
Talking of keepers, I’m not a fan of David Ospina, but what I do love is the pep in his step when he knows we can’t fuck up a result. He’s tipping over simple efforts, threading perfect over arm throws through the lines, just being an out and out character. I still think he was at fault for Milan’s first, but whatever, he’s just not that good.
Chambers had a good game at the back, everyone ticked over nicely, it was a cruise control kind of match. That’s 3 wins in a row for Wenger. I’m sure he’ll be hoping some of the fans make their way back into the stadium to make the rest of the season a little less embarrassing for him.
More good news for Wenger. This was the first time Arsenal has qualified out of the last 16 in Europe since 2010 when we went on to get knocked out by Barcelona when Robin was sent off for dissent. The manager refreshing his self-evaluation form as we speak, he’s only gone and done a progress! He certainly has a bit of a spring in his step in the post match prezzer.
“It’s much better. We needed that to recover from our results,”
“It shows how the team has responded. We had a difficult game but in the end we won it. If we have the results and the way to play football, the crowds will be behind us.”
To be fair, we still have an uphill battle if we’re to win the competition.
‘We would certainly want to avoid Atletico Madrid’
- Red Bull Leipzig
I think I’d fancy us against the other teams, RB would give us a game, and maybe Lazio.
Anyway, the Wenger comeback tour continues! He’s going to do it again, isn’t he?
See you in the comments. x