Arsenal v. Liverpool; liveblogging the second half

All right kids… second half will kickoff in about 4 minutes. I have to shift some stuff in the garage to make room for the wood. Be right back.

Uhhh…. the FSC graphic just said that Liverpool had 55% of the possession. Really?

Jesus, according to the stats Arsenal are getting destroyed. Liverpool have 7 shots, 4 on goal and Arsenal have managed just 2 shots. And yes, Liverpool have 55% of the possession.

Cesc is out, Diaby in… Second half is underway.

49′ — Liverpool is dominating the game, Arsenal is still playing the high line and, now the word is that Cesc had ligament damage in his knee. How will they respond?

50′ — Adebayor responds… with a disgraceful dive.

57′ — The boys are playing hard but they can’t seem to get anything going. Liverpool with 60% of the possession now.

62′ — Yay! Webb sends off Adebayor for a dive by Arbeloa. Good job Howard Webb, someone seriously needs to send these matches to the FA for review. Webb’s bias against Arsenal is so fucking transparent it’s not even funny.

67′ — van Persie yellow now. Webb’s having a great game.

70′ — Sagna yellow probably could have been a red, very high tackle intended to take the man. Webb shows some lieniency. Babel on to add more attacking to Liverpool.

73′ — Carragher goes in the book for a foul on van Persie. Was he last man? No Keith, he’s not a scouse, Webb calls the game against Arsenal whether it’s Chelsea, Man U, Liverpool, or anyone.

75′ — Gerrard dives and then shows up the ref, the “respect” campaign has been a joke since day one. Where’s the yellow for Gerrard, Webb?

80′ — Is Liverpool playing for the draw?

81′ — Lucas commits his 18th foul of the game and finally picks up a yellow. Robbie Keane off. I hope he slips in the shower.

82′ — Arsenal corner. Whatever happens with this match I am very proud of this 10 man team.

88′ — Song has put in a massive performance, his final ball is not quite up to snuff, but he ran his heart out and harassed the Liverpool midfield.

90′ — 3 minutes added. Arsenal looking tired, they have to dig deep to keep this score line.

91′ — Eboue on, Nasri off. Crowd claps. Good job Goonahs.

93′ — Arsenal free kick, wasted by Almunia. That was funny, though, Wenger directing people, Almunia takes the kick at the center circle and flies it straight out of touch.

The boys showed some real heart today, fighting back from a 10 man squad to beat Liverpool plus 12th man Howard Webb. I’d like to see Wenger take Webb to task for that game, he was a complete disgrace and actually caused more tension on the pitch than he solved. I’d also like to see Arsenal challenge the red card, but that won’t happen because the ban will be just one game and they don’t want to risk an extra match added.

Right, look for the Good, Bad, and Ugly tomorrow. I’m off to collect some wood.

12 Responses to “Arsenal v. Liverpool; liveblogging the second half”

  1. 1 keith
    December 21, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Was not even a foul let alone second red

  2. 2 keith
    December 21, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Is Howard Webb a Scouser?

  3. 3 keith
    December 21, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Well by going down to 10 men our passing and movement come back do we play balls up to Abe too much?
    Best i have seen us play all season when we went down to 10 Perhaps try Vela and Van Persie together
    Hope Cesc injury not to serious

  4. 4 caribkid
    December 21, 2008 at 10:01 am

    We drew, but showed a lot of heart in doing so. A lot to be encouraged by this performance but leaves us in the EPL abyss and making the away game to Villa a must for us to be in contention for 4th place.

  5. 5 caribkid
    December 21, 2008 at 10:07 am

    As you predicted, Webb is a DICK.

  6. 6 davi
    December 21, 2008 at 10:13 am

    terrible, referee ruined the game Again
    we were just starting to take the piss when he sent of ade
    was vela on the bench, cos we were crying out for some more pace and power at aroun 70mins
    also, although diaby playd ok, thought eboue should hav been on at half time for the shape
    nevermind, the guys did well to avoid defeat, really disappointing that the ref destroyed us again

  7. 7 Tory hater
    December 21, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Howard Webb is Rafa’s 12th man — sent off Vidic too to help you against ManU. Lucas as a Gooner would have been gone by half time. Can Liverpool ever beat Arsenal without ref help? Free kicks, penalty kicks, sending off. Liverpool are really weak. if you cannot do better than that against ten men and a midfield without Cesc, another one of your hack jobs, you won’t be there at season’s end.

  8. 8 WC
    December 21, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Well that was bollocks. It was an excellent first 45 then Webb turned the rest into a circus. I hoped we could have gotten the win but we’re definitely drifting and Wenger needs to see this because Villa have a clear 3 points gain and Man Utd has 2 games in hand and are still a point ahead of us. Fifth place is unacceptable by any standard for The Arsenal and I will not feel any less of Arsene if he admits he’s made bad decisions in terms of recruiting and spends a wad of cash on a quality player in January. I am almost begging him to.

  9. 9 barnaby
    December 21, 2008 at 11:16 am

    First half our mental approach was excellent. Without knocking him too much at all, if Djourou had not let that ball bounce that led to Keane’s goal, we may have won this game. Djourou’s inexperience might seem trivial but I argue that only buying youth on the cheap can prove expensive indeed. That said Djourou has shown enough to merit his starting place – it’s just unfortnate that younger players as we all know face a much steeper learning curve. Now on to the weighty matter or Mr Webb, who has, once again, demonstrated that his contribution has injured the game.

  10. 10 sachin
    December 21, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    A signing that would certainly help Arsenal more than any player they could buy would be to get the ref’s on their payroll. But seeing that Man Utd and recently Liverpool have almost all of the refs in their pocket, can’t see that happening. What’s funny is that most times the ref’s favour the home team but with Arsenal even that does not apply. The 6 minutes against Man Utd was a disgrace but today, the sending off was awful, plus allowing Lucas to have a field day made it worse. I still had not forgotten the gifts Liverpool got last season in the CL and today just adds to that. Still, it was remarkable that Arsenal played so well in the second half despite soooo many things against them. Sooner or later, Rafa’s Liverpool’s luck will run out.

  11. 11 Matt
    December 21, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    I’m depressed.

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