Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Arsenal Set To Win Nothing

Another disappointing season drew to a close tonight, with a controversial penalty awarded, and an unmarked run gave Liverpool a 4-2 victory, with minutes remaining, when Arsenal were set for victory. A great goal by Diaby inside the first 20 minutes had given Arsenal the lead, until Sammy Hyypia scored off a corner, when he lost Senderos, who should have been marking him. It seemed Liverpool were going through after another defensive mistake by Senderos gave Torres the space to convert a wonder strike. With 8 minutes left, and all Arsenal subs used (Flamini came off injured in the first half, Diaby and Eboue were taken off in the 2nd half. Gilberto, Walcott and v.Persie being the respective subs) and Arsenal needed a miracle. It was given to them by none other than the under-rated English wonder kid Theo Walcott, who's 70+M run from Arsenal's Penalty area to Liverpool's, then a pass to Adebayor who scored the easiest goal of his life. Adebayor had been un-impressive all game, missing some easy shots, and straying unnecessarily offside more than once. So, 5 minutes to go, and Toure was yellow carded for bumping over a Liverpool player. If that was a penalty, then we should have had one last week when Hleb was clearly dragged roughly to the ground. 3-2 Liverpool with Gerrard converting. The final goal came from a liverpool clearance, falling into the path of Ryan Babbel (a player who could have been playing in an arsenal shirt tonight, had Arsene been willing to buy him, when Babbel made himself available and interested playing for his childhood favourite) who scored, Almunia in no position to stop it.
I have no idea what went wrong, where to lay the blame. If Toure really had fouled that Liverpool-player-whose-name-I-can't-be-bothered-remembering, then it was selfish, or not well thought out to just cancel out Theo's wonder run. But I do not think that it was Toure's fault. I honestly don't know what to think, but if you have any idea where to lay the blame, drop me a comment. Till next time......

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