Arsenal-Man Utd: Zzz...Is It Over? The Dullest Semifinal I Have Ever Witnessed
I have never done anything bad to anyone, so why are you putting me through this?
This was the only thing I was saying watching the Arsenal vs United game at 1 am IST. I was subjected to what could possibly be called the worst game in this year's Champions League except for a few brilliant movements from both the teams.
The first half was a little fun watching Almunia make amazing saves, one after the other, until O'Shea scored the goal assisted by former Manchester man Silvestre.
After the goal the game took a turn towards Boringville as Manchester United went back to play counter. The frustrating Arsenal of the nil-nil draws came back and both started playing square balls, no piercing balls from Arsenal except for the one that Walcott squandered by trying to play it to Adebayor instead of going on himself.
Negatives of the game
Manchester United: United's game could be summed up in just two or, at most, three sentences. They kept passing the ball between the defenders and whenever the ball came to a fullback, he chucked it up the wing for Rooney or Ronaldo.
Anderson was more interested to give a goal-kick rather than take a corner for the team. Ronaldo was diving again but was never given a free kick and started crying like a baby (not exactly crying but you know what I am trying to say).
Arsenal: Arsenal's game was unexplainable. What was Wenger doing playing Diaby on the wing and Nasri as a holding midfielder? I could not even understand! Even Song went further ahead than Nasri except for one or two times.
Theo Walcott wasn't even in the mood to run. He kept passing the ball back whenever the ball was played to him on the wing and was more interested to run through the center.
Adebayor was offside all the time whenever the ball was played to him. Eduardo was fit but didn't start.
Positives of the game
Manchester United: They looked very fluent when playing through Carrick. Vidic & Ferdinand fought off the recent bad days in defence and defended very well. Ryan Giggs's substitution was spot on by Sir Alex and helped make the game a little more interesting.
Arsenal: Song, who was exceptional in recovering the ball and breaking up attacks, is improving game by game and could easily knock Denilson from the squad.
Manuel Almunia was fantastic in goal, making amazing saves and stopping point blank shots from Tevez and Ronaldo that were looking like sure goals, but all of his good work was undone as he was robbed off his clean sheet by John O'Shea.
The young Kieran Gibbs was my Man Of The Match as he was going forward very well and gave Ronaldo hell, forcing him to change his wing of operation from right to left and, in the end, held off Rooney and Berbatov both.
I was really pissed seeing the game, but I am hoping for a better game at the Emirates.
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