Sunday, March 30, 2008

Amazing Arsenal - Comeback keeps our hopes alive


Arsenal is back in second place, temporarily, after an amazing comeback, to use the words of Arsene Wenger. Abu Diaby was sent off in the middle of the first half, with Arsenal already one man down. They went in on the break trailing by two, and needed fantastic inspiration to comeback and win it.
The team had lined up as with some changes, one particularly surprising. Toure was pushed wide, with Senderos in the center. Bentner was up front with RvP, making a pretty good combination, albeit short lived, with Ade coming back for the L'pool trio. The one that caught me, and a few others by surprise was Diaby starting before Theo or Eboue. Theo was substituted on in the 60th minute, as was Ade. Eboue was an unused sub, alongside Lehmann.
But back to the game. With half an hour left to play, and Arsenal still trailing, we won a corner. Fabregas kick it in, bounces, msses everyone, then.. GALLAS!! A superb volley from an acute angle saw us move within a goal. 5 minutes later, we won a penalty, which RvP coolly slotted home. 2-2, with 25 minutes left. Arsenal were mounting pressure on, and in the dieing seconds, Hleb found Fabregas, who blasted it towards goal, then a defender rushed in...

And pushed the ball past his own keeper!!! 3-2 Arsenal!!
Words cannot describe the elation and relief I felt when opened my emails this morning, about to check the news. I found an email there from a friend, who was obviously watching the game live, and I could literally feel his excitement through the words. I checked the news and, yep, sure enough, we had won in the dieing moments. When most people were writing us off, we are now in with a chance. Winning all our remaining games, and Chelsea defeating Man Utd means Chelsea wins by 1, and we finish 3rd on goal difference. Any more or draws by either leaves us victorious. Its not ideal, but it's better than not being in the run at all.

Well, that's all from me, feel free to drop me a comment on your opinion of whether the other teams will lose more than one game. Till next time Gunners!

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