Barcelona Vs Arsenal – Second leg

Fabregas's audition to play for Barcelona is not going all that well.

TWEEET TWEET TWEET. Barcelona go through. Barcelona were amazing but the referee was even better. All told the Blau Grana deserved to win, but the referee denied us fans an exciting second half with the RVP sending off. Shame.

92:00 - Barcelona are playing keep away as Arsenal desperately try to get the ball back.

90:00 – Arsenal’s defense has been poor and amazing all at the same time. They have given up so many bad passes and gotten beaten so easily, but have done what it takes to stop the final ball. Game could very well have been 32-1.

87:00 – Arsenal get a break-away and Wilshire tee’s up Bendtner but the lumbering Dane’s touch is poor and Valdes claims it. A better striker would have scored. Little Miss TSG would have scored.

86:00 - Wow. Barcelona waltz into Arsenal’s box and it was Dani Alves and Messi versus Almunia who is haplessly rooted to the spot and yet the Brazilian’s half pass, half shot goes wide. Not sure how they screwed that up.

85:00 - Messi charges down the middle again, surrounded by 5 players and lays the ball of for Afellay, but Almunia again makes himself big and blocks the shot.

83:00 – Afellay makes an immediate impact as he scampers onto a long ball, beats Djourou for pace but his side footed shot goes wide. Another speedy Dutch winger in the making.

82:00 – Villa comes of for Afellay.

78:00 - Arsenal reach for the bottom of the barrel and send on Bendtner. Meanwhile Messi has a shot, but it is well saved by Almunia who has been Arsenal’s best player.

76:00 - That said, Arsenal’s passing has been pretty shocking tonight, as they for the upteenth time pass the ball straight to a Barcelona player.

74:00 - Arshavin comes on for Rosicky who hasn’t down much. Barcelona are rampant and playing beautiful football, but the referee’s antics has made a huge impact on this game. RVP’s sending off had a huge impact as they no longer really became dangerous.

71:00 – Goal by Messi. Almunia is rooted as Messi sends it into the bottom corner. Barcelona 3 – Arsenal 1 – Referee 5


70:00 – Immediately after the restart, Arsenal give up a penalty as Koscielny slices down Messi.

69:00 - What a goal. Xavi scores after a gorgeous build up from the Catalan team. A beautiful series of pinging passes, started by a slalom run by Iniesta and ends with Xavi slotting past Almunia. Barcelona 2 – Arsenal 1 – Referee 3

67:00 – Almunia makes a wonderful save as Villa is clean through from a Messi pearl of a pass, but the Spanish keeper makes himself big and pushes the ball away from danger.

65:00 – Arsenal having their best spell of the match now that RVP is gone. There defending is on a knifes edge but they are moving forward with far more verve.

60:00 - Arsenal counter but Abidal averts the danger and Barcelona come right back, but take one pass to many and the final shot goes over the bar. Commentators say that the time from when the ref blew the whistle to when RVP shot was a second. This ref sucks. I hate when ref’s think they are bigger then the game.

56:00 - Wow. Van Persie get sent of as he thought he was through and kicks the ball as he was trying to score. Referee though he was time wasting. Like I said earlier, this game will come down to the referee being an egotistical douche bag. RVP claims he didn’t hear the whistle. This is ref is grade A dick.

54:00 - Barcelona come right back and Villa charges down a ball and kicks Almunia in the face. Ball comes to Messi but he is dealt with and Arsenal clear.

53:00 – GOOOOOAAAL. An own goal from Busquets as he heads a great goal into his own net. Wow. That came out of no where. GAME ON . Arsenal 1 – Barcelona 1

52:00 -Nasri runs half the pitch down a 2 foot wide corridor along the touchline and wins a corner!

49:00 – Barca resume where they left off from the first half, with Messi dancing and jiving around the entire Arsenal defense. I think his teammates are just watching in amazement as no one is there to latch onto a beautiful pass.

PEEEEP and we’re off as Arsenal kick off the second half.

Correction on the goal. It wasn’t a blocked shot rebound. Messi, the genius that he is, controls the ball, chips a sliding Almunia and volleys the ball before it touches the ground, into the back of the net. Beautiful

Halftime. Arsenal need to bring on Arshavin and try and string a few passes together. Rosicky experiment is not working. Barcelona need to keep doing what they do without the theatrics and Nani-ing (aka crying).

48:00- GOOOOOOOOOAAAAL. Messi scores an easy one after a horrendous mistake by the Arsenal defense. Fabregas loses the ball and Iniesta sends Messi through, whose initial touch is blocked, but he latches onto the rebound and hammers the ball into the back of the net. Barcelona 1 – Arsenal 0. Barca going through at this point.

47:00 - Whiny little school girls they maybe, but they sure are beautiful to watch when they’re on. Barcelona thread a series of one-time passes that slice open the Barcelona defense.

46:00 - Definition of handbags here as two not so tough teams are over-reacting beyond belief. Dani Alves crumples cause Fabregas breathes heavily on him.

45:00 – OHHH Argy bargy has Wilshire is brought down, but the Barcelona players who are a bunchy of whiny dicks when things don’t go there way, accuse him of not being hurt. They’re still pissed cause Arsenal didn;t kick the ball out when Abidal was writhing on the ground.

43:00 – A CORNER FOR ARSENAL.

42:00 – Abidal hurts himself and the physio’s come out to treat him. Ref hogs the water bottle and Adriano has to pry it out of his hands. Why do I get the feeling that the ref is going to ruin this game because of his ego.

40:00 – Hard to believe, but the game has gotten a little boring as Barcelona are dominating without threatening. Arsenal can’t put three passes together and lose the ball before the halfway line.

34:00 – High comedy as Almunia tries to clear it from a back pass and hits Koscielny in the back of the head. Sadly the ball did not go in the back of the net, but bounced toward Gibbs who cleared it.

32:00 – Mascherano is playing really high up the pitch and has developed quite the touch since his days at Liverpool. I guess that’s what happens when you’re surrounded by Tiki-taka masters.

30:00 – I think the only player in the Barcelona half is the Valdes. Either that or the Blau Grana are playing with 14 people.

28:00 – Fabregas’s turn to get caught in possession, but Djourou saves the day, but the ball comes to Pedro’s who’s shot goes wide.

26:00 – Barcelona’s front line and midfield are playing better defense then their defenders. Ball rarely gets out of the Arsenal half.

25:00 - If England can produce more players, the likes of Wishire and Martin Kelly, they might actually get out of the second round in the next world cup. MATT – Wenger is wearing a large Starter jacket. Sadly no visible bling though.

22:00 - All Barcelona as they toy with the Arsenal the way a cat toys with a mouse. Though according to my childhood TV viewing, the mouse usually wins.

17:00 – And Szczesny can’t continue and Almunia is brought in. This should be entertaining though as a poor typist, I’m happy. Szczesny is a bitch of a name to type.

16:00 – Barcelona win a free kick about 35 yards out. Dani Alves sends in a blasting shot that bounces right in front of Szczesny, who does well to hold on it. In the process though he seems to hurt himself and physios bound out of the dugout.

13:00 – Djourou gets caught in possession and Messi scampers toward the box with only the keeper to beat, but Koscielny makes a goal saving block, though falls over gifting the ball back to Messi who sends in a delightful ball, but Gibbs cuts it out. Great reaction defending by the Londoners.

11:00 - NO real flow happening yet. Both teams doing their best to be cagey and the ref is trying to impress the little child by blowing his whistle every 15 seconds.

6:00 - Arsenal breakaway, but Rosicky’s pass is wayward and Barcelona counter immediately. Well can’t really call it a counter since the majority of their players were still in the Arsenal half, but nothing comes of it.

5:00 - Why are the referee’s wearing white shirts? DO they have home and away and a third strip?

4:00 – Pedro put on through, but took too much time to control the bouncing ball and his effort is wide.

1:00 - OHHHH..Arsenal being “hard” and Xavi gets on the tough end of a Clichy challenge.

TWEEEEET: Barcelona kick it off.

It takes an army to stop Messi

This is new. Typically before most football matches there is the traditional exchange of little children. Each team brings out 1 to 11 kids dressed in the clubs shirts. This time though the referee had a little child too. Is that child in charge of the other children? Do the other children berate and make fun of the referee’s child during the game? Does it suck to be the kid holding the referee’s hand instead of say Fabregas? Can anyone answer these questions?

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Arsenal don’t know how to defend, so expect an attacking mentality from Wengers boys especially as Barcelona’s makeshift back line will be susceptible. Barcelona need a challenge as La Liga is becoming a bit of breeze for the Blau Grana.

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The line ups

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Gibbs, Diaby, Wilshere, Rosicky, Fabregas, Nasri, Van Persie

Barcelona: Valdes Dani Alves, Busquets, Abidal, Adriano; Mascherano; Xavi, Iniesta; Pedro, David Villa, Messi.

SUBS: Barcelona subs: Pinto, Bojan, Keita, Milito, Maxwell, Afellay, Thiago.
Arsenal subs: Almunia, Denilson, Squillaci, Arshavin, Eboue, Chamakh, Bendtner.

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Hello everyone and welcome to one of the tastiest champions league games in a long while. In the first leg, Arsenal were 2-1 winners, but Barcelona got the important away goal, which should hold them in good stead for tonight’s mouth-watering clash at the Camp Nou.

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102 responses to this post.

  1. Kieran Gibbs? Rosicky? WHA?!?!

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  2. Posted by sfshwebb on 2011/03/08 at 12:50 PM

    I wonder if Wenger will be fined for fielding a “weak” team ;)

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  3. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 12:53 PM

    Are you sure that wasn’t the fourth official holding hands with the ref?

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  4. The refs’ white shirts are an effort to increase shirt sales in Asia, natch.

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  5. Arsenal are playing a very narrow 4-4-2.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 1:03 PM

      Given how Barca like to play through the middle, and the fact that they don’t necessarily whip the ball in from the flanks, it does make sense to ‘concede’ that area.

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  6. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:02 PM

    I used to think that Arsenal had a consonant team, what with … Szczesny and Chamakh but my word… the Shaktar team…

    Pyatov, Srna, Chygrynskiy, Rakitskiy, Rat, Hubschman, Mkhitaryan, Douglas Costa, Jadson, Willian, Luiz Adriano. Subs: Khudzamov, Eduardo, Stepanenko, Gai, Alex Teixeira, Ischenko, Moreno.

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  7. Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/08 at 1:03 PM

    Waiting for my stream here….is Arsenal getting after it or sitting back? What type of d are they playing? Is Wenger wearing an oversized Starter jacked that he got in East St. Louis?

    I WANT TO KNOW!

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    • Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:03 PM

      Right now they are looking at Schcenciencliey’s hands. They are hurting after an alves free kick.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 1:05 PM

      It’s pretty much been all Barca, but they haven’t created anything of note.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/03/08 at 1:24 PM

      dude, myp2p.eu, download yourself the Veetle plug-in (they’re a Bay Area startup, feel comfortable with it), enjoy nearly-HD quality streaming.

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  8. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:04 PM

    And we have an Almunia sighting.

    OH MY.

    1 sub.

    ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLmunia.

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  9. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:05 PM

    Has Almunia been getting tips from Don Johnson on the best five o’clock shadow beard? It’s almost a Baron Davis neck beard.

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  10. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:11 PM

    For whatever reason I always wonder if Arsene yells his exasperations towards the pitch in French.

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  11. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:13 PM

    ……and Messi gets a cleat in the ankle.

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  12. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 1:13 PM

    Koscielny is definitely tracking Messi as he drops deep.

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  13. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 1:18 PM

    This referee is not consistent. He’s blowing up for every minor / petty thing in Barca’s favour, but waves play-on when Barca foul Arsenal.

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  14. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:21 PM

    What are the betting odds on a keeper error letting in a goal?

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  15. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:24 PM

    Arsenal are essentially playing a 10 – 1

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  16. Posted by futbalmanac on 2011/03/08 at 1:25 PM

    Arsenal playing like a noob !!! :P
    passing not as gud as used too !!!grrrr

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  17. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:29 PM

    Arsenal have a corner. I repeat. Arsenal have a corner.

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  18. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:30 PM

    HAND BAGS!

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  19. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:32 PM

    Things are getting CHIPPY!

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  20. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 1:34 PM

    Why are Arsenal losing their shape? They have a clean sheet but are riding their luck.

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    • Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:35 PM

      They just turned into one mass of players all clustered in the 18 yard box and let Messi run around them… good grief.

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  21. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:34 PM

    OH MY GOODNESS

    Wow.

    Goal Barcelona.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 1:46 PM

      What was Fabregas thinking? After such a good performance, to gift possession to Barca on your own 18 is stupid. There’s a time to faff around with the ball and there’s a time to put your foot through it…

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      • Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:51 PM

        Just watched the goal again and Messi chipped it up over Almunia ran in front of the ball and past Almunia, waited for it to float towards himself and then powered it in. If only I could have that control even for 1 game.

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  23. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 1:56 PM

    The update on the Szczesny injury is that it might be a ruptured tendon which would be season over.

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  24. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 2:02 PM

    ARESENAL SCORE!

    Wow.

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  25. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 2:04 PM

    Well if the first half was a stinkbomb, the second half has been exciting!

    Villa completely free in on goal and he can’t lift over Almunia who gets a boot to the face.

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  26. Posted by dth on 2011/03/08 at 2:05 PM

    This ref has been something else. Absolutely awful.

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  27. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 2:05 PM

    Oh no. you stupid ref.

    Offside whistle on Van Persie which there is no possibility that he could hear. He fires it anyway and gets a second yellow

    Great…

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  28. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 2:08 PM

    Ridiculous decision to send off RVP – well 2nd yellow. How can he be expected to hear the whistle with 90,000 Barca fans screaming and whistling?

    I guess there will be no change in tactics though…

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  29. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 2:11 PM

    Almunia is going to be battered and bruised after all this.

    So. Arsenal are going to play defend the castle for the next 30 minutes?

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  30. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 2:17 PM

    If that’s given for handball, how does he not give a yellow?

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  31. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 2:18 PM

    Well that was a beautiful link up goal.

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  32. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 2:20 PM

    Penalty… to Barcelona.

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    • Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 2:21 PM

      and scored… (although that really didn’t look like that great of a shot)

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 2:22 PM

      He never even attempted to go for the return ball. He “made sure” he got a contact and went down. If that makes sense.

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      • Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 2:24 PM

        I thought the same thing, when the leg was stuck out he ran into the leg because the ball was moving away from there.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 2:26 PM

          He would never have made the return ball. I know it’s not the point nor in the laws presently, but it needs to be changed and that needs to be a factor [whether player would have got the ball].

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  33. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 2:24 PM

    How many times can Villa roll around? 2520 degrees…

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  34. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 2:31 PM

    Has to be said that Almunia has been great tonight. Although I do hate to see the keeper not guess one way or the other on the PK attempt.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 2:33 PM

      I am sure the keepers have been watching videos and have seen that Messi puts a fair % down the middle?

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  35. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 2:37 PM

    Nice to see that Bendtner and I have the same first touch…. awful.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 2:39 PM

      I was off my seat thinking what a chance. Then remembered it was Bendtner.

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    • Posted by Eric on 2011/03/08 at 2:40 PM

      Wenger should sign me. I have a better first touch as a striker.

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      • Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/03/08 at 3:10 PM

        Nickygoals comes through again. Remember before Adebayor left a few yrs back he was claiming the strikers job as his with 4 goals to his record? What a thoroughly unlikable player.

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  36. Posted by Crow on 2011/03/08 at 2:44 PM

    I just joined- are the stats correct on ESPN- Barcelona 19 shots to Arsenal 0??? 75 to 25% possession. Is that correct???!!!

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  37. Posted by Crow on 2011/03/08 at 2:49 PM

    I know I should probably “admire” Arsenal because the play the game “the right way” (when they decide to play), but I simply don’t. They really don’t have any villians on their team but I like to see them fail for some reason. I don’t really like any of their players and I have torn feelings about Wegner- I kind of respect him and loathe him at the same time. I really can’t put my finger on it. I watched with glee as Birmingham won the Carling Cup. I’m trying to think of what American sports team Arsenal reminds me of (based on their results/choking in big games over the last few years).

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 3:18 PM

      They hardly choked. They were beaten by a better team.
      Are you a Spurs fan?

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      • Posted by Crow on 2011/03/08 at 4:16 PM

        By choked I was referring to the fact that they either seem to not show up in big games or they do actually choke (see Carling Cup). No I’m not a Spurs fan. Unlike American sports, I do not have a professional team that I follow passionately because I did not grow up with one. I wasn’t exposed to soccer at all until I was a young teen because it is almost impossible to be exposed to soccer in rural central PA, USA as a young kid with no internet/satellite TV. So I’m not going to fake a binding allegiance to some team. With that said, I do enjoy watching the big 4/5 (City included) lose. I like watching Everton, Fulham, and Bolton for obvious reasons- my favorite USMNT players- Dempsey, Holden, and Howard play for them. However, even if those players would leave their teams I would still suppport/follow the teams. I like the way that Moyes does so much with so little resources and Everton and I like some of their other players alot- Cahill, Fellaini, etc. Also, I like other players at Bolton- Elmander, Lee, etc. And I liked what Hodgson did at Fulham, although I don’t think much of Mark Hughes. The one thing I like about most American sports (over European ones) is the salary cap, so I like cheering for the little guys.

        ANYWAY, I’m taking you are an Arsenal fan so I won’t rub it in. Believe me, I know all about my team “choking.” I am a Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Eagles fan.

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        • Posted by Crow on 2011/03/08 at 4:18 PM

          Although I did have a joke about Arsenal “choking” even if it doesn’t apply…… Why shouldn’t they (Nasri, etc.) not be allowed to wear their scarves while they are playing? They choke anyway!!!

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        • Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 4:42 PM

          Arsenal isn’t his team, and I (believe) his point was that regardless of the scoreline or the RVP sending off, Arsenal were simply whipped by Barcelona.

          Fair to note that Barcelona scored every single goal in todays game.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 5:10 PM

          No, I am from London, but south of the river, so I support Palace [but have many mates who either support Arsenal, Chelsea or Spurs, and as such, watched many of their home games]. I also have a soft spot for Wycombe Wanderers as they were the local team to where I went to Uni [and why I have a man-crush on Martin O'Neill!].

          If by “choke” you mean lose, then fair enough. But Arsenal were unlucky against Birmingham City / Ben Foster played a blinder. Today, Barcelona were so good with their pressing, and as much as I hate to admit it, they work really hard to win the ball back as quickly as possible. As such, Arsenal couldn’t keep possession long enough, and almost bypassed Fabregas in midfield. RVP was so isolated up front, so it was only a matter of time before he got dispossed. In all honesty, the 4-3 scoreline flatters Arsenal over the 2 legs, but they could have made Barcelonoa pay dearly for their wastefulness had Bendtner taken his chance. That would have been the burglary of the century. I guess this just goes to show how thin Arsenal’s squad is beyond the 1st XI.

          I generally like the little guy too, but I consider Arsenal financial paupers when compared to the other “big boys of Europe”. But I will always support Palace first, then a London club, then an English club – in that order. Oh, and anybody but United too!

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      • Posted by Crow on 2011/03/09 at 10:07 AM

        It’s good to have you on the site George. How did you find The Shin Guardian if you don’t mind me asking? I’m just a little curious since you’re from England.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 12:12 PM

          I actually live in NYC via Boston these days. I cannot remember how I found TSG, but I would have to think I saw the link to this site on Boston.com, NYTimes or WashingtonPost.com [as they are the 3 American papers I read regularly]. I must admit, I think this is one of the better football “blogs” out there, and very instrumental in my MLS education – and to iron out my Euro-centric tendencies!

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          • Posted by sfshwebb on 2011/03/09 at 12:15 PM

            Sigh…we like to consider ourselves a “publication”…not a “blog”…but thanks for the kind words :)

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 12:21 PM

          Hence the speech marks Shaun!

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  38. Posted by dth on 2011/03/08 at 2:54 PM

    People are going to focus on the ref’s poor decision to send off van Persie, because that’s an easy singular moment to argue about. The counter to that is that Barca was so much better that it’s hard to consider the decision much of an injustice. I think that whole line of argument is largely bunk: the reason Barcelona looked so superior is that every time Arsenal tried to use their advantage–their pace up the wings–Barcelona fouled them. There were at least three or four fouls on Nasri alone that went uncalled. The ref’s decisions basically shaped the game entirely to Barcelona’s liking.

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    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2011/03/08 at 2:58 PM

      I think the referee was just poor in general. The first 30 minutes he stopped play almost every minute.

      Though i agree Barcelona were better, the sending off, took all the bite out of any Arsenal attack. Not only were they down to 10 men, they had lost their most potent attacking option.

      Didn’t help that Fabregas had his worst game of the season.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 3:02 PM

      The referee has some answering to do, but you have to be the most blinkered Arsenal fan to say that Barcelona were not the better team over two legs. They created so much tonight and should have been light years ahead. But the fact is that they didn’t capitalise. The biggest problem was that when Arsenal did get the ball they squandered possession far too easily. Playing this way, I am surprised that Arsenal didn’t start with Chamahk as the lone target man.

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/03/08 at 3:07 PM

        Yeah, Barcelona were definitely superior in the first leg. I would’ve liked to see what would’ve happened had the referee called some of those fouls on the wings though.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 3:16 PM

          I agree. Just because Barcelona don’t commit hack-type fouls, doesn’t mean their motivation isn’t sinister. But you have to admit, their tactical fouling was brilliant [zero yellow cards!]…

          In other news, Crystal Palace won, 1-0 tonight. Eased our Championship relegation worries [a little].

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    • After watching the game late tonight I can’t help but think RVP’s second yellow was actually a make-up card for his shoving Alves in the face…Hands to the face in a violent (as violent as the china doll can be) manner is a straight red-card offense, so technically the ref missed the call in the first half and might have been making up for it with a soft, second yellow.

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  39. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 3:02 PM

    Incidentally: Ignoring the sending off and what not, RVP did not look exactly… healthy.. to me.

    I feel there is probably a 50/50 chance he misses the next fixture.

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  40. Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/03/08 at 3:19 PM

    I find it just a tad disingenuous that Wenger parks the bus in these games and is the first to whinge about anyone who doesn’t play football “The Right Way”. I thought the effort was disappointing mostly due to Fabregas’ injury. He was barely mobile. Wilshere tried like hell but Rosicky should have been subbed at half for Arshavin.
    If Van Persie doesn’t swing his purse at Alves in the first half then the sending off never happens. He sort of earned that one on his reputation IMO.
    Even with all that, I’ve been wathcing for a very long time and cannot imagine a player as intimidating with the ball at his feet than Messi. That 2nd goal was soccer perfection pure and simple. Power, touch and sublime control. I only wish we could have heard Ray “Oh Leo I’m Coming” Hudson’s call. Sorry for that image.

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    • Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 3:22 PM

      Someone should probably check on Ray to make sure he hasn’t had an embolism in front of his tv.

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      • Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/03/08 at 3:22 PM

        That last comment was…………….
        MAGIC!!!!

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        • Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 3:25 PM

          Is it possible to type a “Ray”… without using all caps?

          “Te LITTLE MAGICIAN… WEAVING… MOVING… PURE MAGIC… OH MY!!!!!!! OH MY OH MY… and proving that once again THE ONE GOAL TIE IS THE MOST DANGEROUS!”

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  41. Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/03/08 at 3:33 PM

    Good TSG exercise might be….the Ray Hudson Nickname Game.
    Rules:
    Nicknames must be assigned according to one or all of the following criteria:

    1)Stature
    2)Nationality
    3)Uncomplimentary bodily characteristic
    4)Other Tourette’s like adjective combinations made up in the heat of the moment

    So according to the rules Ruud V Nistellroy would be :

    The Giant Dutchie Horseyface! (He actually called him that at Real Madrid)

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/08 at 3:56 PM

      That’s hardly original. It was well documented that RVN was called Shergar [by opposing fans] during his United days.

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  42. Posted by John on 2011/03/08 at 3:43 PM

    Oh and I really do feel sorry for you if you are a Gunners fan because (and further confirming why I dropped him from my fantasy squad):

    Cesc has told TVE that he played injured, by the way. Got a twinge on 15 minutes

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  43. Posted by dikranovich on 2011/03/08 at 5:56 PM

    van persie is just a poor actor. he new it was offside and he probably did hear the whistle, but shot anyway. if he did not think he was offside he would have been more distressed at missing a one on one with the keeper. as it was, he waited until after the red to argue his case.

    of course, had this game still been 1-0 in favor of barca, then no chance the ref gives a card for time waisting. arsenal were hacking today. they looked more like wigan, than arsenal. barca looked great, but they have a long way to go to win the champions league.

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  44. Posted by cesar on 2011/03/09 at 11:13 AM

    “RVP’s sending off had a huge impact as they no longer really became dangerous.” when was arsenal dangerous?

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    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2011/03/09 at 11:19 AM

      Cesar – I agree that they rarely ventured forward, but if that was RVP instead of Bendtner, Arsenal might have actually gone through. RVP in theory was their only real threat.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 12:19 PM

        Plus, at the time of the sending off, it was 1-1. Who knows what would have happened if Arsenal had 11 men on the pitch [remember, Barca had an off-day and missed a hatful of chances in London]? **Nobody is grumbling that the better team progressed**. It’s just the principle, right? It’s hard enough to play Barcelona at the Nou Camp anyway, you don’t need the ref doing them a favour!

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        • Posted by dikranovich on 2011/03/09 at 1:43 PM

          of course the incorrect calling of offsides at the emerites would have put barca 2 nil up on the road and all this silliness would have been moot.

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