Arsenal vs Celtic: The Uncensored Scribblings Of a Gooner
Last night Arsenal played Celtic at the Emirates, and I had made my mind up that I was going to write a match report, so I got my notepad and pencil and went on scribbling the facts on the paper.
What you are about to read are my 'uncensored' thoughts on the match, some of my thoughts maybe a little funny to read or some may even be downright useless. Don't worry I will expand on my thoughts. A quick reminder though, this is not a match report.
Before starting, I want to let you know my last thought, "Damnit, I should have written the time when all the events occurred!"
The match begins and so do my scribblings of the first half:
"Anyone who knows Wenger knew a rotation was on the cards!"—As expected Arsene Wenger was preserving his squad for the important game against Manchester United, so he rested Robin van Persie and Andrei Arshavin.
"Stop chewing the gum Sir Red Nose!"—Ah yes, Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the 60,000 who came to watch the game.
"Wow, we can play so fluidly without Captain Fab and just look at Bendtner!"—The build up to the attack was slick, Gael Clichy smartly put in a small cross for Emanuel Eboue who pulled it back for Nicklas Bendtner, who tried to beat Artur Boruc at the near post with a delightful shot but couldn't and even Eduardo failed to capitalise.
"No matter how good the Gunners play and how many more the Gunners score after this, EVERYONE will just be talking about Dudu's dive"—I was speechless when Eduardo dived and was half wishing Boruc to stop the penalty but Eduardo scored. And now sadly the game will be remembered for how Eduardo dived and how Manuel Gonzalez got it all wrong.
"OFF-SIDE fortunately, but Marc Antone Fortune is dangerous!"—Scott McDonald had put in the cross driven in by Marc Antone Fortune, but fortunately for the Gunners McDonald was off-side.
"It's great to have Eduardo back!"—I had already promised to hear no more about that dive, but the telecasters were making it difficult. But the dive aside, Eduardo was awesome, his curling shot 25 yards out at the end of the first half was amazing which was equalled by Boruc, who parried it for a corner.
Start the match already! Scribblings of the second half:
"Where is the Celtic captain Gary Caldwell?"—Gary Caldwell had already got a yellow card in the first half, so in order to avoid any trouble for Caldwell, Tony Mowbray made a wise decision and called him off—That's what the commentators said.
"Aiden McGeady is really awesome, FIFA 09 stats are not always wrong!"—It was fun seeing Aiden McGeady play, he was making Gael Clichy earn his money. But Gael Clichy was up for the task and was efficient to prevent McGeady from causing any damage.
"In Arsene we trusted and we got Gallas and Vermaelen in defense!"—Gallas and Vermaelen have made an awesome defensive pair (so far) and whoever didn't trust Arsene Wenger surely trusts him now.
"I feel bad for booing Eboue but luckily I always trusted Bendtner!"—In the 53rd minute Nicklas Bendtner showed why many Gooners trust him, he put in a glorious back-heel pass to Diaby who in turn passed it Eboue who set the ball on to his right and put it past Boruc for the second Arsenal goal. The tie was (nearly) put to sleep.
Another thought rushed into my mind when the second goal included Bendtner, Diaby, and Eboue—"Aren't these guys considered as idiots by the pundits?"
"Do I see a white flag being waved?"—The substitutions said it all, Tony Mowbray had decided that the Champions League dream was over, so he withdrew Aiden McGeady and Shaun Maloney at the 61 minute mark to preserve them for the match against Hibernian. Aaron Ramsey was substituted for Abou Diaby at the same moment.
"Andrei Arshavin is looking stupid, he definitely needs a haircut!" and "Wooh Jackie Wilshere!"—Arsene Wenger decided that 71 minutes were enough for Eduardo and Eboue, so he substituted them for Arshavin and Wilshere. And seriously just look at Arshavin!
"That's how we play Wenger-ball!"—The Arsenal substitutes definitely brought with them a lot of energy, it was the part where I forgot that I was sleepy (2:15 am), Denilson won the ball and slipped, Arshavin won the race to dead ball passed it to Ramsey, who returned it to Arshavin, Arshavin rotates and shoots! It's the first goal for the "four-midable" Russian in Arsenal colours in an European competition.
"Massimo Donati has no right to score like that!"—The match was in injury-time Almunia was headed for a clean-sheet, a cross comes in and out of nowhere comes Donati who is at full stretch, volleys and puts it past Almunia at the far-post. After that the whistle blew and Arsenal were through to the next round, officially.
You would be wondering, how I got the time right? Internet, people! Specifically Arsenal.com.
What is the duplicate article?
Why is this article offensive?
Where is this article plagiarized from?
Why is this article poorly edited?