Arsenal 6 – 0 Arsenalistas

September 16, 2010 11 Comments by Sian

Well, I was hoping for a 7-0 so I could use ‘seventh Heaven’ somewhere in this blog but bloggers can’t be choosers now can they?

Last night I don’t think anyone could argue that Arsenal showed the Arsenalistas a thing or two about Champions League football. No one, with the exception of a few missed passes from one or two players, had a dodgy game.

Defensively, the French connection was strong with Squillaci slotting in well with Koscielny, Sagna and Clichy and showing once more that he wasn’t only brought in to round off our selection of really-hard-to-spell names at the back.

In the midfield, Jack and Cesc were like two brilliant little gnomes who’d overdosed on pills of excellence before kick-off. Song and Sam looked solid and skillsy as ever and up-front Marouane Chamakh and Andrey Arshavin helped to complete the traumatisation of Braga’s poor keeper Felipe as Arsenal ran rings around their defence.

Jack or Cesc, who can tell?

The rout started with a Cesc penalty after Chamakh was cuddled to the ground by Felipe. Next came a strike by Arshavin which was made to look better than it was by the Braga defence.

We went in for our half-time oranges on 3-0 after a beauty of a backpass from Jack Wilshere landed at the feet of Marouane Chamakh who finished it nicely off. Cesc’s header for his second goal of the night made it 4-0 before Arshavin set up substitute Carlos Vela for our fifth.

The sixy sixth goal came from the work of the Cescy Cesc who, very unselfishly, gave up on a chance to create his first ever professional hat-trick by allowing that Jolly Good Vela to bag the second half of his brace and to finish Braga off once and for all.

The screams of critics saying “It’s only Braga, fools” have been deafening since last night but as they are a side who dismissed both Celtic and Sevilla in the qualifiers and finished as runners-up in the Portuguese League for the first time in their history last year, they’re hardly rubbish. When teams like Chelsea clatter teams like Wigan and West Brom 6-0, we don’t hear similar chants of “Oh sit down and get over yourselves” do we? Given that neither Wigan nor West Brom are in Europe, both Braga and Arsenal need to be given a little more credit than this.

Of course we know we will face tougher opposition if we get past the group stages and sure even the away fixture in Braga will be a heck of a lot tougher than the home leg was (and not least because their stadium is half people, half rock- so. cool. Google. Google now.)

I believe it was Gareth Southgate who spoke some sense last night with something along the lines of, and I don’t quote because I can’t remember, but something like: “With Arsenal, it is not a question of skill, it’s a question of mentality.”

He’s right. We often cruise it through the group stages only to bugger it up later on when the nerves get the better of us and we collapse like a clumsy drunk chick on her first outing in high heels. I’m not going to say anything at all about it feeling a bit different in the stadium this year though because people will only disagree/ tell us we’ve no chance once again this year.

I’m glad they gain pleasure from telling other fans they’ve no hope of anything, and I’m also glad Arsenal matter that much to them. Happy to provide such a service!

There has also been a lot of talk of making sure Arsenal don’t get complacent but I think that’s wasted advice really. Do the boys really think they’re now going to go and batter the likes of Chelsea 6-0? Of course they don’t. You take each game as it comes and if we have to work a little harder in future matches (which we most certainly will), then so be it.

Overall last night was a great night of great football being showcased in a great stadium and a brilliant way to kick-off our Champions League campaign. Compare this to last season’s offering where we had to come back from 2-0 down away at Standard Liege (we won eventually 2-3) and last night’s result begins to look a little bit more impressive than “Oh it was only Braga.” Although granted, they were pretty rubbish last night. But in a very chicken-and-egg kind of way, was it that Arsenal made Braga look crap or did Braga make Arsenal look good?

Up next we have Sunderland away, a team we lost to last season. As has been said by plenty of other bloggers already today, having an away match after a mid-week match is a pretty dire scenario so we can only hope we make a better go of it up there than we did last season. I think we should win. The trouble with Arsenal is that after being so flaming inconsistent last year, you never really know. Anyway, up the Arsenal and let’s go and enjoy more of this morning-after-Braga feeling while sniggering to ourselves as we remember that last night the teams in the corner of the screen read “ARS-BRA”


  1. Treez
    2594 days ago

    Great blog as usual. Another thing, worth a mention, we played that game without the likes of RvP, Bentdner, Vermaelen and Walcott. Last night we didn’t appear to miss them- in the past we would have.


  2. Alan
    2593 days ago

    Nicely blogged. A super display by the boys – nuff said!


  3. Marco
    2593 days ago

    Great blog, keep up the good work. Long live Arsenal!
    Greetings from Mexico.


  4. White Ox
    2593 days ago

    I thought in a team that was outclassed you acquitted yourself quite well last night Alan. Thanks for acknowledging the Arsenal.


  5. Tricia
    2592 days ago

    Another great blog. That gnome is so cute.


  6. Alan
    2590 days ago

    Thanks, White Ox, I did my best, but the real Arsenal were just too good for us.


  7. Rose
    739 days ago

    top blog I’m a big soccer fan from Germany


  8. Shawna
    734 days ago

    great blog I’m a big games fan from Germany


  9. Bailey
    722 days ago

    excellent Blog I am a big fan from Germany


  10. Alvaro
    719 days ago

    great post I’m a massive soccer fan from Thailand


  11. Denisha
    714 days ago

    great post I’m a massive footy fan from Germany


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