Archive for October 18th, 2008

18
Oct
08

Liveblogging Arsenal v. Everton, second half

Well, that was about the worst performance I have seen from this Arsenal team since I’ve been a supporter. From front to back the team is simply disorganized. I liked Sylvestre in defense quite a bit — as long as he doesn’t try to get too cute he’s a solid defender. Alex Song as right back is abysmal. Denilson is simply disinterested in playing which is a mirror of that Sunderland game where he gave the ball away and basically sauntered up and down the pitch. Nasri hasn’t done anything so far and Eboue is his typical Eboueness on the right wing. And up front, the route one football is just not working. It might work eventually but it’s not working so far. Also, both strikers are just simply profligate at the moment.

Maybe Arsene will rip them a new one in the dressing room. Either way, I think I predicted a 2-1 win last week from a scrappy, ugly game. I think it was part of a pattern 2-1 to Hull, 1-1 to Sunderland, and thus 2-1 to Arsenal against Everton, right???

8:07 — Wenger subs Theo for Toure, which means that Song pairs with Sylvestre in the back.

8:10 — WOOO HOOO NASRI!!! He’s already 200% better than Hleb. 1-1 to the Arsenal.

8:14 — Arsenal smell blood, or maybe Wenger ripped them a new one, I don’t know. It’s like night and day as Arsenal really start to press for the second goal.

8:17 — van Persie misses a sitter after some brilliant play from Theo Walcott. Come on Robin, just guide the ball into the net for once. Oh Matt, it has to be Theo for me. I wanted a Denilson strip but he’s too inconsistent. Theo is like a great ebony English god.

8:20 — that is as clear a penalty as I have ever seen. Banes just literally shoved van Persie down. Followed by a two-footed tackle which should be a straight red and then Hibbert grabs Clichy by the throat which is also a straight red.

Yellow given, complete bullshit.

8:24 — Theo is down, this is a very scary moment for the team, could have been a clash of heads.

8:27 — Peener gets a yellow for a ticky-tack foul. The ref is having as much a nightmare as Denilson had in the first half.

8:32 — I’m wolfing down my eggs and mash and just about to post how Arsenal are reverting back to their old “pass the ball into the net” selves when van Persie gets the second goal off a scrappy header from some really magical play by Adebayor, Nasri and even Denilson.  2-1 to the Arsenal.  Let’s get another!!

8:36 — I wonder if there’s a stat for “most missed headers” because if there were, we’d be winning that category easily.

8:40 — Theo has to be man of the match so far, his pace and runs at the Everton defense have totally decimated them.

8:42 — Everton sub their new cunt Hibbert for their old cunt Neville

8:45 — Diaby on, Nasri off, let’s hope Nasri isn’t injured and also that Diaby doesn’t pick up another. 8 minutes to go.

8:52 — perfect way to end the match, great interplay between Diaby and Theo and Theo passes the ball into the back of the net: van Persie is seen scribbling furiously into his notebook “OH THAT’S HOW YOU SCORE WIDE OPEN GOALS!”

8:56 — Final whistle blows and the match ends 3-1 to the Arsenal. No doubt that Theo is man of the match: he provided pace, width, and a drive to win the match. Maybe Theo is the next leader of this team?

9:00 — Ok. Well see you all tomorrow for “The Good, Bad, and Ugly.” It’s a good day to be an Arsenal supporter!

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18
Oct
08

Liveblogging Arsenal v. Everton, first half

Coffee’s on, Flamini strip on, and a brief review of the morning literature reveals that Le Boss believes that Theo is a hulking superstar — who is better than Messi. Unfortunately, our hulking superstar needs a rest after playing 4 games in 10 days and won’t be starting today. I’d be surprised if he didn’t feature at some point but not at the start.

Ok, 5 minutes till, need to get some coffee in me.

7:00 — ok, late kickoff, and Arsenal’s future England #1 is being ravaged by the announcers. It’s will probably be the only time I agree with whatsisname; Almunia isn’t good enough to overcome the fact that he doesn’t have “English Blood.”

7:05 — Song at left (right, e.d.) back??? Eboue in the middle??? What the shit???

7:10 — Sylvestre gets a header in and it is a massive, massive header. Is there some law of physics that allows his giant head to make giant headers.

7:11 — Osman gets a chance and takes it. Fuck… I just watched as Denilson and Cesc jogged back — what the hell is going on?

7:17 — Wow, as I see the replay that was a very, very, ordinary goal. Arsenal looks very dejected and weak at the moment, does anyone care? You play for Arsenal god damnit.

7:18 — route one football to van Persie who chests down a long lob and is very unfortunate to have Tim Howard save the ball. That’s better, come on boys!

7:20 — Denilson gives away another pass – he’s having a horror first half, at fault for the first goal and not clicking with his teammates at all.  Jesus, he’s been caught jogging back again!

7:24 — Captain Toure is the first victim of Sylvestre’s giant melon.

7:26 — Theo is warming up, to possibly come on for the injured Toure as Arsenal make a hash of it in front of Everton’s goal. We’re making chances now, and look quite a bit better. I think it’s only a matter of time until Arsenal put one past.

7:29 — Adebayor with the wide open miss off Clichy’s cross. PROFLIGATE!

7:30 — Denilson is destroyed by Peener and on the counter attack the ball falls to Eboue who places perfectly to van Persie, on his left foot, and of course he fires high and wide. Someone send a memo to van Persie that he doesn’t need to hit the ball with 100% power on every shot.

7:34 — the announcers felt that Lescott elbowing van Persie in the back of the head “wasn’t even a foul.” Fuck. Off.

7:36 — Shameful dive by Adebayor. Yes, Samuel, I think “legless” perfectly describes this performance so far.

7:38 — EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM TEST!

7:43 — HA HA I missed Everton’s “second” goal.  Arsenal are making some chances but aren’t taking them. Also, I don’t see any movement off the ball. I thought that was Wenger’s mostest favoritest thing?

7:48 — Can we just get out of this half down by only 1 goal? Please?

7:52 — Thank god. That was horrible.




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