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Celtic Park – Fortress? Arsenal lucky??Cmon Give us Some Credit…

So we have all but qualified for the group stages unless our defence goes on a holiday and we have Jack Wilshere playing in goal for the return leg. We are just the 2nd British team to win at Celtic park and considering the likes of Milan,Barcelona and ManUtd couldn’t do it, it is certainly an achievement. And those talking of how lucky Arsenal were I think should go and check the game stats. We dominated possession,had 3 times more shots on goal and certainly didn’t look like giving a goal away. A slice of luck in both the goals but it was down to how we created the chances and forced the goals.We score 6 goals against Everton at Goodison Park and are told that Lescott wasn’t in the right frame of mind….I really don’t know what Arsenal need to do to get people believing and appreciating them.Anyway we don’t mind what people say as long as we keep winning.

Talking of the game, Celtic had certainly planned to disrupt our passing game by going hard at us and playing long balls up field.It wasn’t going to work today with Gallas and Vermaelen forming what looks like to be a very very good partnership at the back.Once Arsenal got into the groove there was no looking back. Arsenal fielding the same XI from the weekend seemed to have great cohesion and were creating alot of chances.I have to say Song looked really up for it in the midfield and has certainly improved from last year. Another notable performance came from Vermaelen who seems to be adapting pretty quickly to our style of play and certainly reads the game very well. And Gallas who seems to be intent on being in the top scorers this season put in a good shift at the back and chipped in with his one goal which he celebrated as if it was practised all week.Anyway a good performance all round which will certainly give the team a lot of confidence.

Next up is Portsmouth before the return leg.It’s going to be interesting to see how Wenger rotates the players for that game since we have Man Utd and ManCity coming up. It also remains to be seen if Wenger adds some new names to the team before the window shuts.Van der Vaart,Hangeland,Matuidi are the names floating around at the moment. It looks pretty good right now at the Emirates. Hope the players keep the same levels all year round and finally land some silverware.


Player Raitings:

Manuel Almunia: Didn’t have alot to do in the game but did look solid. 7/10

Bacary Sagna: Need to work on his crossing other than that he was good. 7/10

Gallas: Solid at the back,Nice runs forward and also scored a goal. Came up with an important block to deny a goal and helped us keep a clean sheet.  8.5/10

Vermaelen: Has the pace and reads the game very well. 9/10

Clichy: Need to work on his positioning and concentrate more on his defensive duties.Did provide a good cross for the second goal though. 6.5/10

Song: Looks really good this season but needs to concentrate for the whole 90mins.Seems to take his mind off towards the end of the game. 7/10

Denilson: Wasn’t seen too much,had a shot on goal and didn’t really make an impact. 6.5/10

Fabregas: Looked good in the midfield,had a nice game setting up chances and also took the free kick which resulted in the goal. 7.5/10

Arshavin: Had a goal disallowed and didn’t really make a big impact. 7/10

Bendtner: Not much to do,I’m not sure he is enjoying his role on the Right Wing. 6.5/10

RVP: Didn’t make alot of effort yesterday,seemed to lack some kind of motivation. Had a couple of week shots on target. 6.5/10

MAN OF THE MATCH: Vermaelen .



Cheers and Keep Gunning!

  1. footballicious
    August 19, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Man of the match without a doubt would be Vermaelen for me also – however I do think that Arsenal were lucky on the night. Every one of the top 4 teams in the Barclay Premiership can have the lion share of possession in a game against lesser sides, the hardest thing in football is putting the ball in the back of the net and I believe that Arsenal got two very lucky goals. The second goal you could argue would have been tapped in by the striker behind Caldwell but how many times have we seen strikers putting the ball over the bar from less than 6 yards?

    Boring, Boring Arsenal – No! Lucky, Lucky Arsenal – Yes!

  2. Ole Gunner
    August 19, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Boring Boring Arsenal??? U got to be kidding me.We play the most entertaining and beautiful football every week. I guess you are a celtic fan or a Spud. I don’t think you watch our games if you have that to say.

  3. Ole Gunner
    August 19, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Verminator is looking good…infact very good.My MOTM would be a Gallas though.Looks rock solid at the back and ofcourse has the best strike rate for a defender 🙂

  4. August 19, 2009 at 3:32 pm


    We deserved a bit of luck. And also we were by far the better team and deserved to win. The top teams struggle at Celtic Park but we never looked in trouble. I don’t know which team you support but Arsenal’s style of play is never boring.

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