Ok, very simplistic headline - but the bottom line is and realistically our only hope of silverware has flown out the window at the hands of the trillion,zillionaires Man $ity.
Na$$ri made his return to the Emirates and was greeted with love, warmth and festive cheer to thank him for his legendary Arsenal status and for all the silverware he brought to us during his time at N5 - (knob) - and i for one hope he spends his time rotting on the bench - BUT no amount of vitriol will bother the thick skinned rug muncher, drinker from the furry cup, whilst he sits there counting his pennies and his possible Premier League Trophy at the end of the season. Mercenary was a word made for him and so were a few others - but wouldn't we all do the same? - probably no - he's a twat!
I have to be honest and say for the 1st time in 3 years i missed a home game - man flu'ed up - gutted but sold my ticket and had my spies behind the away bench - so most of the report is based on TV ( a bit like a lot of other blogs i can mention!!!!) and first hand reporting from members of the Eaglet Arsenal Supporters Club.
The Away Boyz were in The Eaglet 124 7 Sisters Rd, London N7 6AE prior to the game and by all accounts had their "hands full" with a rather lively crowd!! (according to sources). Atmosphere was good considering it was a Tuesday night 8pm kick off - thanks to scary Ivan and Andy W for the update.
The game itself - Djourou was the only player who started against Fulham to start this match as Mr Wenger made wholesale changes - to be fair Man $ity did the same but thats where the comparison ends- they can afford to do it - there are other comparison web sites around to show you how much Man City have spent - but we did have Oxlade - Chamberlain on view (not cheap) and Chamakh - correct me if i'm wrong but did we spend £10million on that??? ( Nope as someone pointed out but even free was too much!!)
The Ox played very well up against the experienced Zabalata - his off the ball running was better than earlier in the season, his ball retention was good and on a number of occasions had the confidence to test the giant in the Man $ity goal. Another player impressing was Coquelin, who slotted alongside Frimpingpong in the Arsenal Midfield. It was from a great cross from Le Coq that Park should have scored - but give credit to the giant in the $ity goal for making a good save.
Na$ri was pretty none existent throughout the game - the crowd gave him plenty of grief throughout " Na na na na na na Na$ri you're a c##t" or words to that effect - i always struggle with the second verse of that little ditty - which brings me onto the crowd - reports from my spies say that the atmopshere was good - is that becasue Na$ri was back? If it is then bring your lungs to the Everton game and pretend he's there - or was it becasue it was a "different" crowd in last night?? Either way - lets get the decibel levels up to the levels of last night no matter!!!
|Na$ri temporarily escaping from Frimpingpong|
Which brings me onto Man $ity fans - 5-6000 on a Tuesday night is good - fair dues - but according to reports you left your voices at home - one report said "they showed the arrogance of the Arsenal fans" i.e. just expected to turn up and win and not get behind their team - poor show from the blue half of Manchester!!! Would be alright if you'd won shit loads of trophies in the past but you haven't - FACT
Arsenal appeared confident and assured throughout, Squilaci, despite all the flak he's been getting was excellent alongside Koscielny, who since the Carling Cup Final has really turned his game around and must be up there as one of the best centre backs in the league. Frimpingpong, as i hoped, had a mature game and kept his head - he has the talent but has he got the mental ability to do it - only time will tell.
Park and Chamakh looked like they had won a competition where the prize was to play for Arsenal's 1st Team - it didn't work, it won't work , it never will work - my Gran is more mobile than Chamakh and she's 6 foot under!! One positive about Park was there were a lot more pictures being taken in the crowd yesterday - it must be a marketing thing!!!
With the game heading towrds extra time and Mr W making changers, the disappointing thing was a goal was scored direct from a corner - yes our bloody corner - a coaches worst nightmare - ( well not really - a coaches nightmare has got to be coming home and finding your Mrs in bed with Lenny Henry and Susan Boyle - saying that, sounds quite
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Arshavin, couldn't beat the front man (again) Man $ity then Arsenaled Arsenal - lightning quick counter attack - Aguero - goal - end of - out the cup - shit cup anyway!!!
My spy in my seat - 2 rows back from away dug out and near the tunnel tells me that, after trying to exchange shirts, Na$ri part blanked Frimpingpong, who then loudly and aggressively gave it the old "Oi, Oi , you're a f##king pr#ck" - all i say is well done Frimpingpong - but let your feet do the talking - you had a good game
|Not sure who Judos is but you get their drift|
Well that's it - i don't do long winded match reports - just long winded drivel - thanks to Andy W, Dan B and Scary Ivan for their contributions - those interested and not travelling away - game this Saturday away to Wigan is on at The Emirates £8 if anyone fancies it.
Christmas drink is 10th December Everton Home - more details to follow
as always talkinoutmyarse