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A few thoughts about tonight

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by Tom (U2600703) 31 March 2010
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First off: Barca played well. It was weird watching Barca to do us what we can do to other teams. It was even weirder to see a draw after long periods of domination - especially in the first half - since we are equally good at doing this too.

I was nervous at seeing both Fabregas and Gallas in the team this evening, and I don't think either gamble paid off. I don't see how a player who has - as described only a week ago - an 'endless' calf injury and not played in 7 weeks starts. That said, Gallas did well during his time on the pitch; we've just paid for it with his injury reoccurring.

However, when Gallas did get injured, I was really disappointed that Campbell wasn't subbed on. I know he played at Birmingham, but he would have effectively only played one half of the game, and he wasn't up against the quickest attacker in the world (Ibrahimovic). In fact, when you look at the goals we conceded, the experience and positioning of a centre back by trade such as Sol might have made the difference. Even with Campbell not playing today, I can't see us playing him against Wolves at the weekend, so he would have had a week to recover if he had played anyway.

Fabregas shouldn't have started the game. He clearly wasn't fit, and drifted in and out of the game. However, what a big penalty that might be. He does have heart!

Diaby was woeful. No first touch, misplaced passes everywhere, anonymous for chunks of the game. This isn't to criticise him overall - he has made massive improvements this season - but to me it looked like a big case of stagefright.

Denilson did well. In retrospect, you can see how Denilson's game (aka physique) does just fine against another non-physical team such as Barca.

Walcott again shows that he does have it in his game to be a match-changer. Good to see him do well for us. Bendtner also had a decent game tonight too - he had precious little service and yet he could have scored, provided the pass to put Walcott in, and released Fabregas for the penalty.

Hopefully the quartet of Gallas, Fabregas, Arshavin and Denilson aren't too injured. We still have a chance in this tie, and for all their faults, our team does not lack fighting spirit.

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posted Apr 1, 2010

LondonsFinestClub -

"I would like to see you beat Barca but not Inter"

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Whats that about lad, are you Italian or somethin?

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posted Apr 1, 2010

our season is officially over in terms for challenging any trophies now that we're without Gallas/Arshavin/Fabregas

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posted Apr 1, 2010

Cesc has played his last game for Arsenal, he'll return home to Barca next season

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posted Apr 1, 2010

I am very sorry for Arsenal and football in England that Fabregas won't play again this season but from a fantasy football league perspective as someone who doesn't have Arsenal's star player as their captain this is absolutely great news. I hope he stays in England he is a credit to himself and the league would be worse off without him...not as much as Cantona/Beckham level but definitely a little bit.

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posted Apr 1, 2010

Many have said Cesc shouldn't off been playing as he wasn't fit. You could argue too, he wouldn't of got himself in the tangle with Puyol in the first place had his body and mind been sharper. It reminds me of Robert Pires' ligament injury when he played at Arsnal(I think in a game against Newcastle in 2001, correct if I am wrong).Pires was jumping over a challenge, but admitted he was tired and just didn't have the presence of mind to land properly, he buckled his knee as he landed. I think Cesc was in a similar situation last night, he just didn't have the full concentration about him. I'm not an Arsnal fan, but I hate seeing such a good player miss out on the run in and miss out on a return to his Alma Marta' the Nou Camp(though others have suggested he may be on his way in any case).

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comment by GazCFC (U7243587)

posted Apr 1, 2010

I really think Arsenal will get hammered at the Nou Camp and was it worth losing Fabregas for the rest of the season? I don't think so. The league was a far better target for a team who haven't won anything for years.

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posted Apr 2, 2010

Breaking a leg taking a penalty...well,i have heard it all now....this surely sums up all modern day footballers....what will we have next week?..Song breaks his arm taking a throw in?......Arshavin breaks his wrist at the coin toss.......Arsenal had a very good chance of winning the league and a slim one of winning the chanpions league....Well done Arsene...no cigar for another season......lets hope Chelsea do London proud(again!!)..

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posted Apr 2, 2010

wolfman-desert-sheik (U14407241)

Can you not read properly? Or don't you like facts getting in the way of your tired old cliches?

He broke his leg in the collision with Puyol which lead to the penalty.

Chelsea? London proud? You 'aving a laugh? Up to a billion spent on you by your sugar daddy and you still bottle the Champions League, like you always will? And we'll argue pride of London when you read 13 League titles. ok

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comment by JeffFew (U9446749)

posted Apr 2, 2010

Breaking a leg taking a penalty...well,i have heard it all now....this surely sums up all modern day footballers....what will we have next week?..Song breaks his arm taking a throw in?......Arshavin breaks his wrist at the coin toss.......Arsenal had a very good chance of winning the league and a slim one of winning the chanpions league....Well done Arsene...no cigar for another season......lets hope Chelsea do London proud(again!!)..
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Alan Smith shattered his leg getting hit by a football.

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comment by Kapnag (U11006724)

posted Apr 6, 2010

Alan Smith shattered his leg getting hit by a football.

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If you believe that I feel sorry for you. Think about it, how hard would someone actually have to kick a ball to shatter someone's leg??

He caught his foot on the pitch launching into a block

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