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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The return of the invincibles!

I am a Liverpool fan and should be writing about my team, however only one team deserves mentioning today and that is Arsenal. Last night's performance against Real Madrid was quite simply brilliant. They outplayed the mighty Madrid all over the pitch for the entire 90 minutes, such was their performance, they could have won by 3 or 4 goals. Indeed last night's victory served as a warning to all non-gunners out there that Arsenal are still very much, on their day, a force to be reckoned with.

My hats off to you.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheers Mate! Indeed it was good to see some of the 'Arsenal' football being played again. We now need to finish off Madrid and aim to bring these performances to our domestic games...

2/22/2006 2:09 pm

Blogger tunadog said...

appreciate your comments....just shows that supporting different teams doesnt need to result in exchanging constant abuse...just hope we wont rue not finishing off Madrid last night....good luck to you in the 2nd leg against Benfica

2/22/2006 2:18 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear SKG,

Yesterday's performance was not just a warning shot by Arsenal but one for all English teams.

It would appear that the Chelsea machine has disguised the fact that all Premier League teams and in particular Liverpool and Tottenham have improved considerably over the past three years.

Thus, while United were clearly the best team in the PL in '99, their CL triumph was hailed as a minor shock. (Almost as big as Liverpool's win in '05) Consequently, just four-five years ago British teams were expected to perform poorly in Europe and were almost without exception underdogs.

Those times have changed. Now the EPL is the most competitive league in the world. The best players may still be in Spain and Italy, but the tables are turning and they are turning fast with Liverpool leading the way in this transformation. I will not comment on Chelsea because that to me is not football, but market economy.

Despite Arsenal's transition we showed that the level's of play around EPL teams is certainly to be reckoned with.

As such yesterday was as much a victory for the birth nation of Football as much as it was a vital away win for Arsenal.

Certainly that performance leaves plenty of optimism on behalf of all football lovers. The pure excitement and professionalism diplayed by the youngsters was a joy to behold.
Seeing a team effort of young talents take apart seasoned superstars such as Zidane and Ronaldo, was heartwarming.

It is still a team sport, and it is still about who wants it the most.

Having said that, it was a shame to see previous Greats such as Zidane be mere shadows of their former selves. Shame to see them scoop to the level of fouling out of frustration and displaying ppor sportsmanship.

With footballl optimism,

Gus J.

2/22/2006 2:29 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheers fella - nice of you to say so.

A great night to be a Gooner.

2/22/2006 2:30 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I support Liverpool and accept we had a poor display last night. The only team that deserves mention is indeed the Arsenal and what a fantastic display of just how good English football really is. Agree with comments on here regarding attitudes towards the EPL. An amazing performance from Arsenal, we all know they are capable and what a time to turn it on – well done indeed really pleased for you.

2/22/2006 3:01 pm

Blogger BlindJak said...

Gotta say with all the injuries and poor form I did expect the tie to be over after the first leg. But kudos to Arsenal who turned in an excellent performance and delivered what will surely be the shock of the round.

2/22/2006 3:59 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

Ditto these comments, especially tunadog's on how we can still mention quality and excellence of other teams, regardless, no need for bitterness. That was what Arsenal were yesterday, at the Bernabeu where it was expected they would fall.

While Arsenal earned their win, Madrid earned their defeat. They had little answer to Arsenal's touch-and-move play around the box and they should have lost by more. Goodness, if all British teams went through, it would be phenomenal, and while Liverpool and Chelsea face a battle, they have the qualities to get that 2nd leg result to go further. They all can.

I also concur with Gus J., it was a big shot for all, maybe even further than the EPL, showing that even with considerably lesser resources than usual, a team can do well.


2/22/2006 11:04 pm

Anonymous Nturtle said...

It was certainly a good time to be a Gunner yesterday...thanks for the comments (all you liverpool supporters!).

I'll respond on T's longer post but just wnated to recognise your praise and respond guys!

2/23/2006 9:38 am

Blogger T said...

Yes, thanks SKG for your post which generated goodwill with Gunners which is always great... and like Tunadog I hope the Pool have a good win at home in the second leg.

Thanx to the anon Pool fan and Blindjak for your comments too. BJ, all the talk before the game was about doom and gloom so you weren't alone.

Gus J, that is another comment of yours with a good perspective on the game of football... thanks for that.

2/23/2006 11:46 am


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