Arsenal 1 – 0 Stoke City… Big pile of blah. And I really love Cesc.

February 24, 2011 14 Comments by Sian

It has to be said that playing Stoke City at home a week after taking on Barcelona at home must be the footballing equivalent of arriving back in the UK via Terminal 3 at Heathrow after a beautiful holiday somewhere gorgeous. Then getting into a taxi driven by a fat man with an aversion to deodorant and whose armpits are actually singing. Then the Heavens opening and you realising it’s Monday morning. And that you left your phone charger in the hotel room and – oh look at that – you’re on 3% battery.

Well that’s certainly what it was like to watch.

The match’s solo goal came early on when Nicklas Bendtner won a corner which Jack Wilshere took, which then bounced into the path of Nick who chipped it onto the head of Sebastien Squillaci, who headed it home. Not a special goal but a goal from an unlikely source and who has had a hard time of it lately so good for him.

Stoke were a bit like a blanket in the first half. Flat. Present. But inactive. I think they had one good shot on goal in the first half, which Szczesny saved well.

An uninspiring match makes for an uninspiring blog. The only other two memorable moments of the entire match were bad ones for us – Cesc asking to be taken off very early on with a hamstring problem and Theo twisting his ankle and having to be stretchered off in the second half.

Theo is reportedly out of the Carling Cup final match for sure on Sunday, while Cesc is being assessed as we speak. He tweeted this last night:

‘I dont know if ill make sunday or no, but all i know is that from this moment to sunday 16’30 i wont sleep if its necessary. Ive waited too long to captain a final for arsenal and i wont give up till the last second.’ - @cesc4official

Now, I don’t know about you but guess what? I cried, as is standard procedure for me at least once a day. It will be very sad if he has to miss the final on Saturday. I mean, I know we have more important matches coming up in the future, but for me personally, the first match I ever saw Cescy play in live was a Carling Cup match. To not see him get to captain the side in a final at Wembley for his first time ever would be proper bastardy.

Sad for Theo also, the poor bloke doesn’t seem to have any luck at all, does he? On the plus side though, Arshavin was pretty good last night while Theo was having an off night so has earnt his place in the starting line-up for Sunday anyway.

Can’t really be arsed to talk about Stoke or any of the rest of the match. It was dishwater really. But an important three points that could have been cut to one in the final minutes as we looked a bit wobbly once more. I don’t think they were ever really going to score though, they didn’t really look that bothered.

So anyway. Sorry for rubbishness of blog again, but I didn’t have too much to work with. I’ll post another blog on Saturday when we know more about the squad for the day after, which will of course be the day we visit Wembley for the first time in three this season.

(… What? It will!)

14 Comments

  1. Kipp9
    2430 days ago

    Only caught the highlights which didn’t make for long viewing. It really was a smart chip back in from Bendtner on first viewing I thought it was an awful shot because well, I don’t believe in him but no a very well placed and timed pass.

    It would be disappointing if Cesc doesn’t make the final, with a lot being made of Arsenal’s search for a cup and also a lot being made of his Captaincy it would be good to biff out that first trophy win with the Armband. Though that’s his personal story, Wenger will have to be pragmatic, do you risk Cesc in a lesser cup final against (let’s be honest) lesser opposition with the Premier League and the Champions League on the up and up? I wouldn’t tbh.

    Also that was some stop from Szczesny (apologies if that’s not right) it was a thunderbolt on my screen, you know what it was like at the time.

    Finally and oh so pedantically. If you do make the FA cup final the semi’s are at Wembley too. SORRY!

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  2. Gary E
    2430 days ago

    Having sat up till 1am to catch the highlights it ended up not being the best of games. Yet we got the 3 points, vital if we are to keep the pressure on Man U and I really am starting to see the mental strength of this team coming to the fore.

    I also want to add that Djourou and Szczesny are really becoming our VIP players in the team. They dont have the fancy skills of Nasri etc but they are doing a soild job – the type of job’s that win you trophies. Long may their great form continue.

    But yeah realyl saddened by the injuries. After Cesc’s twitter post last night I felt nothing but pride – this is a cup that loves this club, it would be gut renching if he cant lead the team out. I hope hes fit, he deserves to be there….but we still have a lot of games left to play and if missing this means he is there to help us lift the Champions League and League trophies then its better that he misses out I think.

    Sunday can’t come quick enough tho!

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  3. AnnMS4
    2430 days ago

    It made me teary too. Just hope he’s sensible and doesn’t rush back because he wants to play so badly. Rather he misses Sunday then lose him for the rest of the season. We’re still in 3 other compeitions and they are just as, if not more, important. I’d trade someone else lifting the trophy on Sunday, if it means Cesc can raise at least another in May.

    Couldn’t see the match last night, catching up on ATVO later, so can’t comment on the match. Will say I think we can lose the bullyed tag now.

    Only just found this blog, but will be following in the future. Great piece Sian as always.

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  4. Evie R
    2430 days ago

    Good summary of the match babes! Sounds like I didn’t miss
    much. :)
    Fingers crossed cescy-doodle is okay xxxxx

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  5. 1NilToTheArsenal
    2430 days ago

    Hi Sian & Everyone,

    The post was like the match itself – the first bit was really sparkling (and very funny. Perhaps that why I always take the tube from Heathrow and Air Canada does use T3).

    So it really WAS an eponymous 1-nil-to-the-Arsenal, and for only the 3rd time this season, I actually fast-forwarded most of the match on the PVR (didn’t show it live here n Toronto). Dreadful stuff, and 3 points at a high price.

    To make the Stoke game meaningful especially with Theo & Cesc out, we now need to look to Chelsea to do their job on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge, Blackpool had a tremendous win against Spurs at the weekend, leaving that 4th Champions League place up for grabs. That should be more than enough motivation to put some much needed fire into Ancelotti’s side. Plus the added bonus of playing at home where they are mostly unbeatable should make for a Man U loss, and still a 1 point gap with an even 10 matches left to play for us and them,

    As for Cesc and Theo, you’ve said it all, especially on # 4. He has the heart of a champion and is class through and through. Our players will win on Sunday because they’ll be playing for Cesc, for Theo, for Aaron Ramsey, for Eduardo, for US.

    COME ON YOU GUNNERS!!!

    Cheers,

    1NTTA

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  6. karki
    2430 days ago

    Ur post is always good to read and refreshing Sian no matter how uninspiring the match wud be n how boring the topic wud be. the first metaphor was really good. Bt u nevr fail to mention Bendtner, do u?

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    • Sian
      2430 days ago

      Well given he made the assist, it would have been difficult not to mention him…

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  7. Girl Gunner
    2430 days ago

    Well i’m really sad that Theo has to miss out on the finals..He has improved alot this season plus i like him,poor thing ,hope he gets better and back on the pitch! Cesc,our dear captain! I doubt that there is anyone who doesn’t feel for him… I mean you have got to love and b proud f his determination! Hope he doesn’t get rushed back though! Great blog! The match was ok really,nothing breathtaking though!!

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  8. karki
    2430 days ago

    Yes bt wht i meant was u also mention that the corner ws won by him which i actually hadnt noted. Had it been other player wud u hav mentioned ?

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    • Sian
      2430 days ago

      Well, given that the match was dull as arseholes, yes I probably would have- there were no other highlights!

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  9. Theo van Nasrigas
    2430 days ago

    Hi Sian,

    Never mind, I love ALL your posts – especially the ones you think are dodgy. Were you at the match? It seemed deathly quiet on the telly after Cesc went off.

    So will I have to change my alias to just Nasri now that 3 out of 4 are sidelined? I am absolutely gutted that Theo will miss the Carling Cup final. I just love that kid.

    And poor Cesc – he need to be our Captain in our first final in years. He has too much class, too much heart to miss this! I feel terribly guilty for admitting this – but if his nagging hamstring issue reduces Barca’s desire to pursue him, well that would be a good thing for us. A limping Cesc Fabregas is worth 10 sure-footed thugs like Shawcross.

    It promises to be an extra emotional Sunday for Gooners everywhere, not just because of those who will be missing, but those may be playing. I just read that Aaron Ramsey may play? That’s so huge! I’ll be over the moon to see him and Wilshire finally on the same pitch.

    I say 3-0 to us with Ramsey scoring late. Won’t that be wonderful?

    Your thoughts? Look forward to your Saturday blog.

    xxx

    Theodora

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    • Sian
      2430 days ago

      No, keep Theo van Nasrigas… It makes me smile and gives me hope they’ll be reunited on the pitch soon enough! Yes I was there last night. The atmosphere was not as good as Barcelona but to be fair, how can you get excited about Stoke in a match like that? Felt like there was more singing going on than usual and we didnt hear a peep out of the Stokers. Oh, except for a few lovely choruses of “There’s only one Ryan Shawcross”. Standard behaviour from a small group of apes. Xx

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  10. Alan
    2430 days ago

    Brill blog – much better than the game, but they were three BIG points no matter how cack it was. Arsenal.com has confirmed that SuperCescy won’t make the Final on Sunday – sad for him, but need everyone else up and ready for a tough test.

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  11. Ponyboy
    2430 days ago

    Nice post, Sian ~ i think you are unique amongst (arse)blogs, as in it is truly personal; no crap whatever. Just wish you’d drop out of Uni and go for some coaching badges…. Arsenal need YOU!

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