3-0 to the Arsenal

March 7, 2012 16 Comments by Sian

Arsenal 3 – 0 AC Milan

Feeling after last night’s match couldn’t have been more different to feeling after the first leg in Milan if it had tried. After the 4-0 beat down we endured back then, there was anger, sadness, disappointment, confusion and serious panic. There were no explanations as to just how horrible we had been, nor why that awful performance had had to take place on such a massive stage. Some of our most consistent players had stinkers, leaving us questioning whether even they, our most reliable of reliables, were capable of doing anything but choking on the big stage.

What a difference three weeks makes! Yes, yes, we’ve had two lovely wins in the meantime which have most definitely gone some way to restoring belief in the team, but we all knew ahead of yesterday that even though the chances of us going through were malnourished to bony, a win would at least ‘maintain momentum’ and claw us some pride back. Who imagined we’d do just that in such a fashion, though?

We’re still out of the Champions League but really we knocked ourselves out of that three weeks back. There are still no excuses or explanations for that performance, but that it was a really bad day. But, you can do one of two things: you can look back on that night and think “If only and why and how and ARGH”, or you can look at it as a big fat ugly mistake that needed to be corrected as much as possible. I think they did just that last night.

Tomorrow it will have been a year since we went out of the tournament 4-3 on aggregate to Barcelona. A cracking first leg win was wrecked somewhat by a 3-1 loss away, in which our inability to get the ball was exacerbated by the loss of our striker Robin van Persie for… errrr… having a strike.  Today we find ourselves out of the tournament once again and the scoreline is oh-so-familiar.

4-3. The four part having come three weeks ago, and the three part having come last night. I honestly can’t remember a first half like it – even as Robin blasted the third home from the spot, there were no smiles or celebration. These men were men with a plan and that plan did not involve any premature celebrations. Also, they didn’t seem that surprised to find themselves 3-0 up. It was like they’d had some kind of secret meeting in a disused factory and planned it all out.

Can we have more of these meetings please?

We should be really proud of the goals we scored and the fact we came so close to taking the tie to extra time (although would we have survived that? As Koscielny told Sky afterwards “Everybody are dead”). However, more impressive is the fact we kept a clean sheet as well. After all, one goal and we suddenly went from having to score four to keep ourselves alive to having to score six. It’s a big shame we couldn’t maintain the intensity in the second half, but then probably only robots could have. Both Gibbs and Vermaelen (the former having played especially well) looked injured at different points. Gibbs looked to have a thigh problem, which he seemed to run off, and Vermaelen looked to have aggravated the back injury he picked up against Liverpool, this time by diving in for a tackle. Either they played through the pain (hopefully not), or they ran them off. The Ox played WITH THE FLU and has just announced that he’s on his way home to be looked after by his mum. Imagine beating tonking AC Milan with the flu. Imagine playing football with the flu. Imagine doing anything but make dying noises and try to bury your head into your mattress with the flu.

It was also funny seeing everyone else crap themselves. I’m sure many are devastated it was Robin who missed our best chance to get our fourth, and that he only scored one goal, because that sliced off the possibility of ONLY talking about his contract in the post-match discussions. Check out this madness from Charlie Nicholas though – brilliant!

There’s not really much else to say. Three brilliant goals from three different sources (TOMAS ROSICKY WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN EATING?), some excellent Szczesny saves and lots of ‘LOL @ you, Gobby Ponytail Boy’ moments are really all we could have asked for. That, and a great performance from the fans too. It was funny seeing everyone going “No no no no don’t let me believe it”, but the thing was, they did believe it, and that’s probably what got us a 3-0 win over AC Milan yesterday.

16 Comments

  1. Bt62 Gooner
    1993 days ago

    Only just arrived home after last nights match,what a match pity about the outcome still Proud To Be A Gooner!!! Shame we didn’t show the same determination in Milan.AFFA!!!!!!

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  2. Alex
    1993 days ago

    I’ve been waiting for this one, and it didn’t disappoint :)
    Keep up the good work Sian!

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  3. Daniel
    1993 days ago

    “It was like they’d had some kind of secret meeting in a disused factory and planned it all out.”

    Bloody hell you’re great.

    I was so busy going mad myself (and haven’t watched it back) that I didn’t notice how they were or weren’t celebrating! Now I know what you mean by the plan… Cold, footballing killers. Brilliant. maybe they had the Milan from last month tied up in an abandoned warehouse down by the docks?!

    Everything was great last night, apart from not going through. I was teary at the end, they did more than I could have ever asked.

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  4. JV Mauer
    1993 days ago

    Brilliant match, brilliant result, brilliant post! Truth be told, probably the best result we could’ve got. With pride totally restored from the past few games and the winning streak continued, we can now focus entirely on the last eleven games remaining and snatching third (or better!).

    Then a nice, relaxing, well-deserved summer break. Lord, what a season it’s been.

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  5. Tricia
    1993 days ago

    Excellent post. We may be out of the competition, but we have so much to be proud about. And the Ox playing with the flu. What a trooper!

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  6. Izmir
    1993 days ago

    Last night was massive for me. First time at The Emirates ever, coming all the way from Malaysia. Despite the final outcome, at the end of the match, I left a proud Gooner and well chuffed.

    Sat in the Clock End behind Milan’s goal, and got to see all 3 goals clearly, Rosicky’s well placed shot was my favourite!

    Sang the songs, chanted the chants, banter with away fans to my right. I’d like to think, I’m officially a proper Gooner!

    Come on the Arsenal!

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    • Treez
      1993 days ago

      Izmir,
      You are a PROPER Gooner! The fact that you travelled half way round the world to see your team makes that so.
      So pleased for you that your first match was such an amazing occasion. (Mine was a fairly dreary 1-1 draw vs Aston Villa).
      I hope you will be able to see more games at the Emirates and especially if you turned out to be our lucky charm!

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      • Amar
        1916 days ago

        Couldn’t agree more, and I can’t see us letting Vela go anrwyehe. Wenger has to swallow the fact that Given might either cost us a few bob, or that we’ll only get him on loan. If we do end up getting Schwarzer, it’s not an awful signing and his age should see us through two more seasons. Van Der Sar is 39 and still pretty much first choice up at The Shit

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  7. korihikage
    1993 days ago

    very proud, and very deflated after the game. we gave our all.

    isn’t it amazing how this is supposed to be our worst side ever, worst season ever, and yet we have got the Ems rocking on 2 occasions (5-2 and this)?

    very frustrated with the ref’s incompetence. and wenger’s charge of misconduct.

    things would be so much easier if uefa improve their refs.

    i know the ref job isnt easy. but i think people would be able to live with that easier if they put their hands up and said they got it wrong, instead of just sweeping it under the carpet which is what uefa does all the time.

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  8. Damien
    1993 days ago

    Great game. Best thing about it was the crowd, the crowd were epic, cheering every player on and giving them a deserved ovation when the game was over. Keep them sprit up all season and we’ll be fine.

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  9. Alan
    1993 days ago

    I’m seeing the meeting in the disused factory and Milan are all tied up – just like they were last night. Brilliant, Siany. This season, this team have given us 5-3 against the Chavs, the comeback demolition of the Spuds and last night’s fabulous first half display. Shame this is the worst Arsenal team for 500 years!

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  10. Treez
    1993 days ago

    Can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed a match so much. It really was up there with the Barcelona win and the Real Madrid 0-0!

    If Arsene can get the boys to play like they did yesterday, what’s to say they can’t carry on like it ’til the end of the season? They did us proud last night and it didn’t even feel bad to be out of Europe.

    Great blog about a great game!

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  11. 1NilToTheArsenal
    1993 days ago

    Where was this team at the first leg??? We dug ourselves a hole too deep, but it was a truly brilliant 90 minutes of “total football”. We left it all out there at the end, the club gave all it could and that’s all we can ask.

    I was all ready to call this team “The Impossibles” as they nearly did just that. Regardless, our pride has been restored and we must now hope the boys can gather themselves together after this draining and emotional outing to get back to business against Newcastle.

    I’m so proud….COYG

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  12. FunGunner
    1993 days ago

    Wonderful write up as always. “Everybody are dead.” What a match he had, as well.

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  13. ExTha
    1992 days ago

    I said on twitter that your optimism was nice. I had a feeling we were going to make it interesting and at 2-0 I was thinking “Of course they’d do this” and when the penalty went in I was all-in going bonkers.

    It was such a fantastic performance though, and it’s yet another reminder in a long string of ‘em why I love that goddamn cannon. COYG.

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  14. UncleK
    1992 days ago

    Great post,Siany.I think Strachan had a point last night when he said our two worst performances ie Sunderland and Milan, were on terrible pitches and that we need to find a different way of playing on such rotten surfaces.Answers on a postcard,please…

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