02
May
09

Liveblogging Pompey v. Arsenal

Top o’ the morning! Coffee is on. Stan Kroenke is the majority shareholder. Nick Webster is talking about how Arsenal were lucky in the Champions League. All I need is a half dozen Beyonce commercials and I can relax and sinck into the mediocrity that is a Fox Soccer Channel broadcast.

Back in a moment, need more coffee.

Ok, got the old Henry strip on, it’s the 2002-03 “third” kit.

Wait, 2003-2004, invincibles.

Just like old times, Matt! Well, not exactly, because I have a 1 year old daughter who is getting into everything and trying to take the computer from me. And now she’s crying!

Sigh.

Let’s see, some lineup news: Cesc and Adebayor are rested, Song and Djourou are playing in central defense, Arshavin and Theo up front, and a huge hole in the striker position. Here’s the actual lineup: Fabianski, Sagna, Song, Djourou, Eboue, Walcott, Denilson, Ramsey, Arshavin, Bendtner, Vela.

I agree Darkhail, I also like that it looks like a 4-4-2. We haven’t seen that in a dogs age.

Fun fact of the day! Budweiser uses HOPS! I have probably had 1000  Budweisers and have never tasted a hop, so that is news to me.

How many will Andrei score today?

Kickoff: Whenever I see Pompey play, I’m reminded of just how many former Arsenal players they have: Pennant, Campbell, who else is on the pitch?

3′ — Pompey looks like they want some points out of this and have a tame shot that’s easily saved by Fabianski. That’s followed by a lovely move from the Капитан, who plays Walcott in who plays a fizzing cross that no one gets on the end of.

6′ — Walcott plays in Mr. Useless who shoots tamely, and then Pompey comes back and Bel Hadj has a shot. Wow, end to end action, I can hardly type fast enough!

9′ — Fabianski sort of comes out, shades of his gaffes against Chelsea, you’d think he’d have learned by noow: keep your hands in the game, lad.

12′ — Vela is hauled down in the box and that almost certainly should have been given a penalty, but Arsenal score off the resulting corner when Bendtner makes great contact with the ball and David James allows the ball to dribble over the line, showing why Almunia should be England Number One.

16′ — The Капитан now has 6 goals and 5 assists. He may be a bit portly, he may be a bit short, but he’s certainly f*cking amazing.

18′ — Vela will never get another chance like that, not in 1000 years. Wasted opportunity from someone who is normally clinical in his finishing. You have to think if he had played once in the last few months he would have finished that.

22′ — It was a strong header Darkhail, no doubt. Full credit to Bendtner for that.

26′ — Crouch should have scored there, it was a classic give and go that played him in and some schoolboy defending by the makeshift back two.

29′ — Not only was it a cheap yellow, Matt, but then Sagna has a foul called on him as Bel Hadj hits him in the face AND he won the ball.

32′ — Arsenal are all over Pompey, this is more like it, it looks like a training ground exercise.

36′ — Uhhh, that was a clear penalty, what’s his name there stuck out his leg and tripped the Капитан as he was going to goal.

39′ — Uhhh, why do I keep seeing our center back in central midfield? Hey, we get a penalty! I guess that makes up for Pamarot’s tackle a few minutes ago.

40′ — Bendter scores the penalty and is now on a hat trick.

43′ — IT’S A FUCKING PENATLY BECAUSE ARSHAVIN COULD HAVE GOT TO THE BALL HAD THAT CUNT NOT HAULED HIM DOWN. Welcome to English football Капитан, the fans are giving him no end of stick.

47′ — Half-time and Theo is having a bit of a struggle getting off the pitch. I bet he doesn’t come back on. Fran Merida for Walcott?

BACON TIME

Fact of the first half: remember when Arsenal played Man U and I said Aveline had her kit on? Well, mommy (BAD MOMMY) didn’t put it on her and Arsenal lost. Fact: Aveline is wearing the kit and Arsenal have never lost while Aveline is in her kit. Coincidence? I think not.

Pompey increase their former Arsenal-ness and bring on Kanu to start the second half.

48′ — Arsenal are getting the booty end of the stick here from the ref. Maybeline? Again with the schoolboy defending by the Arsenal makeshift back two and John Utaka should have scored there. Arsenal haven’t seen much of the ball in the first 5 minutes of the half here.

53′ — Ye Gods! Pompey are eating our lunch right now! Gary Taphouse and Paul Walsh, for you Matt.

55′ — Oh gods… Pompey have another shot that should have been converted. But then Vela comes back and with a snap shot finishes in the only place that David James couldn’t get to… because he was out of position.

58′ — I’ve discovered the weak link in the second half here: Ramsey. He needs to put in more work, or come off. He’s playing in the central midfield role, for gods’ sake.

62′ — I think back to the blog I wrote that day, Matt, and how I pointed out that we were closer to 6th place than 4th… One day… one minute. It’s been that crazy of a  season.

69′ — Come on, this is game over, Bischoff is on, and Arsenal are in complete control.

77′ — I would totally be outside right now, but for the crappy weather up here. Noe Pamarot is sent off for a foolish challenge on Arshavin. The only story line I’m still looking for is whether the Captain will score, he deserves one for this performance.

83′ — #47 comes on for a listless Ramsey and our player numbers now total 417.

94′ — All done, shame that Eboue didn’t pass the ball back to Arshavin at the death there but oh well, I have seen the future and the future is very bright indeed.

See you all tomorrow!


32 Responses to “Liveblogging Pompey v. Arsenal”


  1. 1 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Hey Tim, just like old times, eh?

    FSC’s morning show is just as cheesey, but the commercials have actually improved.

  2. 2 Darkhail
    May 2, 2009 at 6:55 am

    This is by far one of the more interesting lineups I have seen in a long time, im not complaining, it will be nice to see some of our fringe players get a start. Time to see it Vela, Ramsey, and Fabianski all on the pitch can work as well today as I hope they will in a couple of years.

  3. 3 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Andrey is the captain. He is also still a little chunky around the middle.

  4. 4 Darkhail
    May 2, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Don’t you mean how many will the captain score today!

  5. 5 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Effing English keepers. LMAO.

    UP THE ARSE!!

  6. 6 Darkhail
    May 2, 2009 at 7:17 am

    It is a bit annoying how much the commentators were downing the goal, sure the keeper should have gotten it, but it was a pretty nice header, and they seem to forgot that.

  7. 7 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Andrey gets a yellow for a shirt pull, sigh.

  8. 8 geraldinho
    May 2, 2009 at 7:34 am

    much better tempo to our game. maybe has something to do with the opposition, but also has to do with some players with better workrate. strange to see vela and bendtner getting after every ball after being used to seeing ade slinking around the pitch

  9. 9 geraldinho
    May 2, 2009 at 7:35 am

    forgot to mention also that it also is evident how much arshavin brings in terms of attacking flair and increasing the tempo of the game

  10. 10 geraldinho
    May 2, 2009 at 7:41 am

    let arsh take the penalty

  11. 11 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Should be a red card.

  12. 12 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Bendtner needs the confidence lift, we need him on Tuesday. It was right to let him take it.

    Clear penalty. These announcers are fools.

  13. 13 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 7:44 am

    What are the rules about loan recalls anyway? I mean, say what you want about him, but it would be nice to have Senderos right now

  14. 14 geraldinho
    May 2, 2009 at 7:45 am

    walcott is much more active, and is spending some time wide left as well, which was what should have happened against manure when it was clear that evra had him in his pocket. theo is also coming further into the middle to pick up the ball than he was against manure.

  15. 15 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Get up, Theo. Get up, Theo. Get up, Theo. Get up, Theo. Get up, Theo. Get up, Theo. Get up, Theo. Get up, Theo. Get up, Theo. Get up, Theo. Get up, Theo. Get up, Theo. Get up, Theo. Get up, Theo.

  16. 16 Darkhail
    May 2, 2009 at 7:49 am

    That has always been my biggest problem with FSC. It seems like the commentators are watching the game for the first time. They criticize everything and they are at least partially wrong on just about everything.

  17. 17 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Get up, Theo. Get up, Theo.

  18. 18 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 7:52 am

    @Darkhail

    Those aren’t FSC’s announcers, those are the international feed announcers – probably Sky Sports employees.

  19. 19 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Federer-Djokovic live over on the Tennis Channel, for those interested.

  20. 20 Darkhail
    May 2, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Alright, I didn’t know that. Well my opinion still stands irregardless, but it does give them more credibility.

  21. 21 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 7:59 am

    @Darkhail

    No question they are fools, but it just isn’t FSC’s fault this time.

  22. 22 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Announcers are Gary Taphouse and Paul Walsh – both have Wiki pages. I would post links but Tim’s Spam-bots would eat my fingers.

  23. 23 geraldinho
    May 2, 2009 at 8:13 am

    are arsenal surprised that pompey is looking more aggressive? seems obvious that they would come out this way, but we still don’t seem prepared for it.

  24. 24 geraldinho
    May 2, 2009 at 8:15 am

    wow! eboue actually hit the target! i’m shocked. he has looked pretty dangerous though to be fair

  25. 25 geraldinho
    May 2, 2009 at 8:17 am

    clinical from carlos there. conversion rate on chances is the difference between these two teams

  26. 26 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 8:18 am

    That does it. Three points. Champions League is locked up.

    I still think back to that Stoke-Everton match on March 1st…three minutes from Villa being eight points clear….

  27. 27 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 8:18 am

    That does it. Three points. Champions League is locked up.

    I still think back to that Stoke-Villa match on March 1st…three minutes from Villa being eight points clear….

  28. 28 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Bring on the kids.

    (Sorry for the double post. Too much coffee).

  29. 29 Darkhail
    May 2, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Well I think 3-0 is a great scoreline for Pompey vs Arsenal Reserves.

  30. 30 Matt
    May 2, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Have a wonderful Saturday, everyone.

    21 unbeaten in the league.

  31. 31 WC
    May 2, 2009 at 10:16 am

    4th is all wrapped up now. We could lose every game from now and still be 4th so there’s no pressure there. We can now put all our attention into Tuesday’s game at home to the Mancs. Both teams have their starters well rested since both fielded basically a second string team and got wins. The young ones played some slick football but again highlighted a fundamental problem in the Arsenal way – the reluctance to shoot outside the 18. Too many good passing plays end up as nothing because someone finds space on the edge of the box and opts to pass again instead of belting it goalward. As I’ve said the area outside the 18 is one we don’t use very well. Theo is fast, technical, intelligent but lacks that killer touch or killer pass – his crosses are poor for a player of his standards and he really needs to work on that for midweek. I think he did much better when he moved inside more and it’s something he has to consider against the Mancs because Fergie will no doubt deploy the same Rooney/Evra deep defending tactic to starve Theo of runs down the touchline. Arshavin looked comfortable occupying a deeper role then wha he’s used to in Cesc’s absence and he worked hard and always looked like he had time and space on the ball. Nicky got 2 braces which should boost his confidence but for me he’s still not good enough for a starter and he did well against a poor Pompey side. All in all a good result and glimpse into the future but the present is at hand and it is where we need to direct our focus.

  32. 32 caribkid
    May 2, 2009 at 10:37 am

    @Tim,

    Love that old away shirt.


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