Arsenal 5-1 Shakhtar Donetsk- #1 reception for our former #9

October 20, 2010 13 Comments by Sian

Had university for most of the day today, hence the stupidly late post. I did sign up to do a presentation on the Arsenal Magazine though so I wasn’t slacking entirely!

Anyway, the return of Champions League football yesterday brought with it the return of scoring, scoring Arsenal- and hasn’t it been missed! It’s funny- this year you go into a match against a mid-table-or-below side in the Premiership and think “Bugger it, this could go either way”, but then you go into a match against a Champions League side (who must have done something good last season to have qualified) and make like the Black Eyed Peas, thinking “Yes. You’re quite right, Will-I-Am. Tonight is indeed gonna be a good, good night.”

And last night was. A cold, cold night, but a good, good night all the same. There’s a strong chance the proportion of commas to words in that previous sentence is way off. Sorry. Anyway, overall last night the fellas played their beautiful football to the maximum. The pretty was probably exacerbated by the fact Shakhtar Donetsk really weren’t very good at all, but you still have to give Arsenal credit here, especially given they were supposed to be our biggest hurdle in Group H this year.

Our first goal was the Ugly Sister of the match, with Shakhtar’s keeper Andriy Piyatov pulling a bit of a pumpkin move and messing up a simple catch completely. Alex Song-Billong was fortunately on the end of it and showed no mercy in piling doom and gloom on the poor guy and putting us one up. You can’t help but imagine Lukasz’s reaction to that fumble was a big fat smug grin to the crowd behind him, and rightly so. He had another solid game last night, although in fairness our goal wasn’t really threatened very often. All the same though, he did stop some strong shots which I guess only goes to prove he is indeed a shot-stopper. See what I did there.

The goals, fortunately, got a lot more attractive with Samir Nasri scoring our second to take us into half-time leading 2-0. That boy pretty much only scores attractive goals. Up the other end of the pitch in the second half, Luiz Adriano decided he quite liked the look of Johan Djourou and that it was time for a bit of snuggly time with the super-smiley Swiss man, and ended up conceding a penalty. Cesc dutifully put it away.

Jack Wilshere, a man under the microscope for much of the past week after Zigicgate, socked it to the haterrrrz by getting himself on the score sheet as well. It didn’t look as though the criticism over the past few days had bothered him much, as he had put in another controversial tackle in the first half. While he seems to be the complete player in every single respect including the fact that his initials read ‘JAW’ (how tough and cool-sounding), he needs to be careful with those tackles. Clearly, in Arsene Wenger, he has the right man to keep him on the tackling straight and narrow however, so let’s not get too into it.

Our fifth was a bit of a bizarre one. Marouane Chamakh thought he was offside, looked to the linesman to see whether he was, wasn’t, scored it and then looked confused. If we’d not been 4-0 up at that point, him looking to the linesman before putting it away would have been suicide but to be honest, I think every fan in the stadium thought he was too so it was understandable. (He wasn’t offside, we were all wrong).

My highlight of the match was the return of Eduardo. After he came on in the second half, we abandoned the songs we were singing and replaced them with some Eddy-Tunes. It’s still horrendously sad that his career with Arsenal was cut short, but it was great that he received such a reception last night. When he scored the goal I predicted he’d score in Monday’s blog, the whole stadium got to its feet to applaud him, and quite deservedly so as it was a great goal. Doubt I was alone in having a hint of a tear in my eye as he was applauded off the pitch too.

The only sour note of last night was the droves in which the crowd left before the end of the match, for a change. I know night-time matches finish late and I know the Tube is a moody bitch, but I don’t know how anyone can defend themselves at leaving 10 minutes plus before the end. Two minutes is still annoying but I can see how you might want to get a bit of a head start. But 10 minutes and more? Do us all a favour and stay at home.

So there you’ve got it, 5-1 and we’re now record holders in… er, scoring the most goals ever in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Or at least, in the first three games of the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Who on earth keeps hold of these stats I’ll never know but we de-throned Real Madrid in achieving this stat, so if we could now out-do them in being first to 10 European cups too, that’d be lovely. Obviously they’re nine in front of us but I say SHOOT FOR THE MOON, BOYS!

Next up is Manchester City away in the current city of unrest. Last time we played there in the Premiership we were beaten 4-2 and Adebayor showed the world just how much of an utter nincompoop he really is. It’s time for a spot of revenge this time methinks. I know the fans will remember what it felt like to have him rubbing in our faces the fact we had lost- let’s hope the boys on the pitch remember too.

13 Comments

  1. DKD
    2589 days ago

    Are you an an amateur blogger, because they way u sound, it seems so…but the way you have written the post, its completely different. Brilliant, i.e if ur actually a girl who has written this. You people don’t usually watch football , so i beg ur pardon,if I offended you. Coming back to the post, I thoroughl enjoyed reading it, its nice to see someone who shares the same pattern of writing as me. The difference is that u can put it across nicely..and me “not” nicely
    Cheers,
    DKD

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    • sianyr
      2589 days ago

      :) Yes I’m just an amateur and I really am just a girl with a lot of opinions! Thank you for reading and for your comment.

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  2. larubia
    2589 days ago

    Great blog entry! Was multitasking and only saw the highlights, but Eduardo’s return was something special, even on a TV screen. Big lump in my throat at the warm welcome he received and the supporters applauding his goal. The look on his face gave me shivers. Must have been amazing to have experienced this at the stadium!

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  3. Harki
    2589 days ago

    Great post and review, thoroughly enjoyed it. we will improve from here to accomplish what we miss for the last five years and conquer the Premier and Champions league this season. :)

    cheers

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  4. Treez
    2589 days ago

    I hope DKD goes back and reads some of your earlier blogs so he’ll know what (s)he’s been missing.
    Those of us in the know have come to expect great blogs – and this one didn’t disappoint.
    I think some of the differences in our Premiership performances compared to those in th C L have to do with’the devil you know’. We seem to play with much less fear. I never used to like CL matches because I was unfamiliar with the players. I love ‘em now.

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  5. Uncle K
    2588 days ago

    At last,a match I saw without a TV involved!! You captured the atmos beautifully.A walk in the park would have been more stressful-but that could be because I live in Vibrant Hackney! Keep writing and I’ll keep reading.

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  6. Alan
    2588 days ago

    Well written, yet again, Siany. Good result against an unexpectedly poor Shakhtar side. Eddie’s return was well worth watching – real shame his career as a Gooner was ended on that awful day in Birmingham. Well done, Arsenal fans, for showing appreciation to one who I’m sure would have become a true red & white legend.

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  7. Yebs
    2588 days ago

    Very good blog Sian. Don’t think I’ve ever seen the word haterrrrrrz in any Arsenal blog before so hats off to you!

    Great point on the people leaving early too…I think it’s disgraceful. leaving 10 mins early will not get you home any more than 10 mins earlier. Fools.

    Also as I am evidently hard as nails I didn’t cry when Eddie clapped us at the end…but i did get that really warm fuzzy feeling when you watch an emotional film. Great seeing him again and even better him scoring. Wont go down as a true Arsenal legend unfortunately but an absolute gent.

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  8. DKD
    2588 days ago

    @Treez, do u have a problem, did I take a dig at this blog in any way.? What is your issue, with me. “he’ll know what (s)he’s been missing.” & WHAT DO U MEAN, BY THIS SATEMENT. PLZ DO LET ME KNOW…what am I missing. I infact said that the post is brilliant, and that althugh we share the same writing pattern I can’t come across as pleasantly as she, so why comment i such a manner mate..plz do let me know

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  9. visionary
    2588 days ago

    you are not a girl, but a woman, all woman

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  10. ACC
    2588 days ago

    Touchy, DKD, very touchy!

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  11. The Cape Town Gooner
    2588 days ago

    Love your approach, refreshing and very readable…. no hyperbole and no depressions. You are the nicest blogger on the Arsenal scene…… I look forward to your next blog.
    Thanks.

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  12. TerryWogan
    2588 days ago

    I just found your blog for the first time. I very much enjoyed reading it.(even with a black eyed peas reference)

    Last night’s performance was really good to watch. The team looked sharp and positive. What a fairy tale ending with Eduardo getting his goal. It’s good that his memories of the Grove are happy ones.
    We have a lot of big players just back. I think we can take three points from city on Sunday.

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