Champions League football means you might have to play champions. Duh.

December 10, 2010 5 Comments by Sian

So, we qualified for the next round of the Champions League on Wednesday… as if there was ever any doubt. The performance was well below par and Partizan equalising was not at all a part of the plan given that we needed to win our match to be sure of anything. 3-1 was the eventual result, two great goals and a penalty, job done. Gibbalicious also picked up an injury. Poor Gibbward. He deserves better luck than he’s been treated to so far.

Now, we wait. Next Friday the draw of who we get to play next will be made. We could get Bayern Munich, Schalke, Barcelona or Real Madrid. And I say bring it on! This is the Champions League, when all is said and done. You want an easy route to the final? Wrong competition mate. There’s no room for complacency in this tournament (though we’ve managed to squeeze enough in so far), and I don’t think we’d be complacent against any of those teams.

Obviously it’d be nice to draw Barcelona again. It’d be like a part two to last year, only a little bit more hatey. They do look unstoppable but they’re not unbeaten in their league. I’ve had this horrible feeling we’ll draw Real Madrid at some point in the tournament since August, so I kinda sorta think we’re getting them. Which would be a bit crap, because they’re a bit good. But THEY’RE not unbeaten either. In fact they got even more badly twatted at the Camp Nou than we did, and they didn’t show up with side consisting of half team half Casualty waiting room.

Bayern Munich got to the final last year, but they lost 2-0 to Schalke last week. So it’s all a bit oo-er really. Concerning both sides’ league form… er, I don’t watch the Bundesliga.

Whoever it is we end up with, brilliant. The next matches are not until February when *drum roll* *angels wings flapping* *trumpets* THOMAS VERMAELEN SHOULD BE BACK. I say should be, and not will be, because we’re all Arsenal fans here. We know all about empty injury promises and broken injury dreams. But until next Friday there is nothing we can do. Except wait.

Back in the here and now, we play Manchester United on Monday. I know, crap day to play. There’s no point kidding ourselves, if we play against them the way we played against Partizan, we’ll deserve nothing more than to come home with our tails between our legs. I think one of the most important things is that if we get scored on, heads must not drop. That’s been one of the repeated sins the players have commited this season and frankly it’s getting a little old.

It is by no means a season definer, but waking up on Tuesday morning four points clear as opposed to one would be lovely jubbly indeed. I should dedicate a bit of time to the case of constant verbal diarrhoea that is Patrice Evra seeing as everyone else is but… well, he’s a arse so why would I care what he thinks of my team?

We still don’t know whether Cesc will be back or not yet but I don’t think we’ll miss him too much if he’s not, what with Super Sam still firing on all cylinders. Hopefully Djourou will be back too, and Jack won’t be just a bench-warmer for this match. I still live in hope Wenger will bring Bendtner on at some point as well. In spite of recent events, he’d be well up for this match.

Come on you boys in (presumably) yellow and burgundy!


  1. Red Arse
    2506 days ago

    Nice upbeat article.

    We could win at Old Trafford by the odd goal, but sadly we could easily lose by 4 if we play the same way we did against Partizan.

    Oh come on, we will win! :-)


  2. Treez
    2506 days ago

    I’m with you Sian. We get who we get – and there’s no point worrying about getting one of the ‘big boys’ because, a. We are one of them and b. I’d rather play big teams and lose than keep on playing ‘underdogs’ and then lose in the semis or the final. Bring it on!


  3. Daniel
    2506 days ago

    Ronaldo is galloping through my mind in slow motion every time I close my eyes… but, yeah, bring on whoever it is.

    I remember winning away at Madrid when we were in a poor run of form anyway, so you never know. Europe is an odd place!


  4. El Greco
    2506 days ago

    From the performance I witnessed the other night, Sian, I can’t see how this team could possibly overcome a Barcelona or Real Madrid team playing at their best. The only up side is that there will always be a day, a night, when the opposition could have a poor game and Arsenal play outta their skin!
    But the planets will all have to be nicely aligned….


  5. Alan
    2506 days ago

    Wednesday night was not enjoyable at all, but hey, we’re through and with Tommy V hopefully back, we’ll give whoever we get a good game. I’m up for going to the Bernabeu, so hope it’s Real Madrid. Great blog again, Siany.


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