Previous names: Dial Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich Arsenal
Google
 

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Rafa’s tactics and Samuel’s “Times” writings, what utter rubbish

By Eros

We must have all been horrible people in a previous life. There is no other way to explain the sequence of events in the last few weeks!

The Gods have well and truly abandoned the newly build footballing Mecca and for some reason decided to go out of their way to punish every little mistake anyone wearing the Arsenal shirt makes!

I can’t bring myself to congratulate Liverpool even though I should as they scored 5 times against our 3 and at the end of the day football is not about aesthetics but about the end product.

We started the game fantastically well and in the words of the Liverpool captain we “passed Liverpool off the park”, scored an early goal and dominated the game.

We should have scored a couple more but as usually the final ball and poor finishing let us down.

I was extremely disappointed with the first goal but not only at Senderos who lost Hyypia.

Due to miscommunication between Gallas and Almunia Liverpool was gifted a throw-in. From which they ended up winning a corner and scoring their first goal.


Fantastic header by Hyypia but I am sure if he tried that again the ball would end up hopelessly over the bar.

Although Liverpool were non existent before the goal they grew in confidence and started to get back into the game. They looked the more dangerous of the two going into half time.

We lost Flamini after a bad tackle by Mascherano – how on earth did he not get him self booked last night? I counted at least 7 free kicks he gave away in the first 25 minutes.

In the second half Wenger did something really strange, he retreated. He pushed his wingers narrow and tried to catch Liverpool on the break.

This worked to an extend as the game became more cautious. Liverpool were not creating much, up until the long punt forward, which found Crouch, who found Torres, who scored a fantastic goal.

An exceptional player who has improved Liverpool no end; if only we got him instead of Reyes!!!!

I am not criticising the long ball by the way. It’s been well documented this year that we can’t handle it and they did well to exploit it.

The game opened up again after this goal, Alex Hleb created a glorious opening for Ade who had all the time and space in the world but rushed his shot and missed hopelessly wide.

We looked jaded and starting to run out of ideas when Wenger got Theo and RVP in the game, the latter looking seriously unfit with heavy strapping on both thighs.

The subs proved pivotal when Walcott picked the ball up on the edge of our box run through the entire Pool team and squared the ball Ade who simply could not miss!


Anfield was stunned; their silence was deafening. The only thing we had to do is not concede in the next 2 minutes, then they would panic and we’d go through!

That is exactly what we did not do! Conceded within less than 120 seconds, hopeful punt up the field found Babel, Toure breathed, Babel collapsed, the Kop asked for a pen and the referee was only too glad to oblige.

Game over! There was no coming back from that.

It was a really soft pen (you can watch it on the video above)and what makes it worse is the irony of the whole situation. Some of my friends were e mailing me all day saying they hoped that the game didn’t go to a shoot out as we wouldn’t be allowed to take any spot kicks!!!

I have in the past been over critical of Eboue and his diving histrionics. I promise my self on record I will never do that again!

As of today diving is no longer condemnable but just part of the game! Enough people do it against us, by being too honest we are only cheating ourselves.

Benitez the tactical genius!

People were again this morning saying that Benitez was a Champions League master which is utter rubbish. He made several mistakes last night!

Firstly he gave Arsenal a man advantage in the middle in the first half by playing Crouch.

Result? Liverpool were hardly in the game!

He got his tactics wrong! He just got lucky when Flamini got injured and also when Senderos gave Hyypia a free header to get them back into the game.

Secondly in the second half when they were in control of the game and winning 2-1 he pulled Crouch off the pitch and put Babel on!

An unnecessary substitution given that they had Arsenal under control. The idea was to strengthen the midfield by pushing Gerrard in the middle.

The result was to make his team disjointed , leave Torres isolated at the top and release the Arsenal fullbacks. T

This almost cost him the game as there was no outlet for them to hold the ball.

Mascherano and Alonso reverted to what they did at the Emirates; any clearance is a good clearance, constantly giving Arsenal the ball. This eventually led to the goal!

Babel did win the penalty but that was not by design.

Martin Samuel of the "Times"

An utterly ridiculous article by the man who loves to have a dig at Arsenal, but half the stuff he says make no sense.

Read the following and try and understand!

"When the noise had subsided, the victors and vanquished departed, when Anfield was at last silent, empty and still, the question remained: why?

What was it that possessed a defender as experienced as Kolo Touré to take fright, to be so terrified at the prospect of lasting just six minutes at this remarkable arena that he should give away the penalty that cost his team the game and the dream of a first Champions League crown?

And the answer will come back: it was Liverpool. It was this club, this particular team, and what they have come to represent in Europe. Touré was disturbed by the legend of a Liverpool who will not lie down, who return from the dead like The Shape in John Carpenter’s Halloween films.

Remember that scene in the pitch-black bedroom when the monster rises again, his white mask all that is visible in the darkness? On nights such as this, Liverpool are like that: unstoppable, remorseless, their power inexplicable".



We certainly did not fold last night; if anything they did! When they had to hold on they went missing, all of them; and they let us back in the game!

Our luck has to change at some point and lets hope it does on Sunday!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Most people thing the game on sunday is already a Man Utd win.

Worth a bet at 4-1 for Arsenal to win I think!

Anonymous said...

with the ways things are going and with us not getting any decisions its not hard to blame people for thinking we've lost the man u game already

gazzap said...

very good article. Toure did not touch Babel. Liverpool fans are very one eyed about that penalty and refuse to see it any other way. the truth is, the ref gave them the match and in terms of quality they are some distance behind the top 3. (Though to be fair we are a distance behind man u as it stands!)

Danish Gooner said...

Someone should put a boot up Martin Samuels shitpipe.Pool got lucky we didnt..........end of story.You can only hope that what goes around comes around applies to Arsenals next champions league endavour......then we would win it easily !!!!

Anonymous said...

flamini out for 3 weeks sanga not back for sunday

Anonymous said...

baller

in reply to henry winters suggestions

Also name another club in the world that has made a profit on transfers, increased its overall wealth in 3 yrs, competed domestically and in Europe and moved to into one of the biggest and best stadiums in the country on schedule and on budget!!

These things are also achievements to arsenal not just the trophies and they have been achieved without selling our soul to nearest sugar daddy and would be investor. Also in an era where everything is demanded yesterday and there is little time given for talent to develop I think it is commendable that wenger believe in the old school notion of actually developing and coaching talent rather than buying ready made super stars like Barca, Real or Leeds.

and finally - every team in the perm at the start of the season made huge financial outlays for their respected targets. some go no-where near others are very close so considering the factors of the stadium move and the financial handicap it gave us - we are well within in ours.

Also Mr Henry winters u don't know more than wenger otherwise you would be picking millions putting that useful knowledge to better use than writing this nonsense for this paper.

Anonymous said...

Also name another club in the world that has made a profit on transfers, increased its overall wealth in 3 yrs, competed domestically and in Europe and moved to into one of the biggest and best stadiums in the country on schedule and on budget!!

These things are also achievements to arsenal not just the trophies and they have been achieved without selling our soul to nearest sugar daddy and would be investor. Also in an era where everything is demanded yesterday and there is little time given for talent to develop I think it is commendable that wenger believe in the old school notion of actually developing and coaching talent rather than buying ready made super stars like Barca, Real or Leeds.

and finally - every team in the perm at the start of the season made huge financial outlays for their respected targets. some go no-where near others are very close so considering the factors of the stadium move and the financial handicap it gave us - we are well within in ours.

Also Mr Henry winters u don't know more than wenger otherwise you would be picking millions putting that useful knowledge to better use than writing this nonsense for this paper.

Gerry said...

I agree Martyn Samuel writes clever smart arse journalism but he knows less about the game than the average fan- .What gets me is that he has no vision- he sees the game in the here and now. Anyone watching that game knows the result was a travesty- THE REFEREES IN ENGLAND ARE BIASED TOWARDS LIVERPOOL AND MANCHESTER UNITED. As for 606 it is a Liverpool fan club fest. basically the English Media are a Liverpool fan club. Thank god for world soccer daily at least they are interested in football.

Anonymous said...

酒店打工 酒店兼職
台北酒店 打工兼差 酒店工作 禮服酒店
酒店兼差 酒店上班 酒店應徵 酒店 酒店經紀

Anonymous said...

christian louboutin christian louboutin shoes christian shoes christian louboutin discount christian louboutin sale Christian Louboutin Boots Christian Louboutin Pumps Christian Louboutin Shoes sale Christian Louboutin Sandals