Barcelona v Arsenal: A Night Of Chilling Simplicity

Cast your minds back to any trip that Arsenal has made to a major European football venue and the tag of ‘underdogs’ has usually been applied. The San Siro; the Bernabeu; the Stadio Olimpico. Fixtures over the years from which Arsenal has emerged victorious. This time Barcelona brims with confidence that two away goals and a dominant first half performance will be sufficient. In their position, you would want to forget the final thirty minutes when the tight grip they had loosened significantly. They should not though for in that time is the key to the tie.

Dani Alves, rather appropriately for this time of year, decreed that Arsenal needs ‘a big miracle‘ to progress. Miracles are not required. A tight defensive performance is. A clean sheet would be most advantageous. A win is not a necessity but to rest hopes on a high scoring draw is ambitious and defeatist in attitude. Despite media claims to the contrary, Arsenal’s progress is definitely in their hands.

To quote Brian Moore, it is ‘a night of chilling simplicity‘; one more goal than Barcelona sees Arsenal through to the semi-final. Not an easy task nor is it impossible. The Catalans are an outstanding team, any one who denies that deceives themselves. Unbeatable? No. Sevilla has won in the Camp Nou as have Rubin Kazan this season.

Whilst he would have preferred a lead, the draw in the first leg also helps Wenger’s preparation. The focus has to be completely upon victory tonight; there are no distractions of a draw or a slender margin of defeat being good enough to proceed. Victory is, realistically, the only way in which Arsenal can ensure their progress. He is not helped by the absence of four crucial players but from adversity, the squad has achieved much this season. Habitually written off in the Premier League, annoying the great and the good by still being in the race for the title, albeit in the hands of the results of two other teams, as well as their own.

Missing four seasoned and talented members of the squad weakens any team, no matter how good the ‘understudies’ are. However, there is enough depth to the squad in their positions that talent can come in whilst still leaving Wenger options as to whether it is all-out attack or a more considered approach with a fresh injection of ideas in the final half an hour.

Defensively, Gallas’ absence means the decision for Wenger is two-fold. Is Sol Campbell fit enough to play this evening given the proximity of the final whistle against Wolves or is Silvestre fitter and therefore, the starter? With over a week to the next Premier League fixture, Campbell’s recovery from the weekend is all that matters in terms of his fitness, no immediate concern for upcoming matches as there is a week to Tottenham. Both players will give their all in pursuit of winning, effort cannot be criticised. Both are capable of positional clangers and outstanding tackles in equal measure.

For me, Silvestre is a better left back than central defender but needs must. If Campbell is not fully fit, he should not play. Compensating for his diminshing pace with good positional play is one thing; to have to compensate for restricted movement due to injury adds unnecessary pressure to all of the back four.

With Alex Song and Fabregas missing, the midfield and front line will need reshuffling. Who fills those roles depends on the fitness of Tomas Rosicky. Having lost Gallas and his captain through recurrence or worsening of existing injuries, will Arsene risk the Czech from the kick-off if his fitness is less than 90%? Yesterday it was 50:50 according to the manager and whilst his percentages are notoriously wide of the mark at times, he has the Premier League to consider as well as tonight. If Rosicky does start, then Nasri, Diaby and Denilson would probably form the triumverate with Rosicky, Bendtner and Eboue further forward.

Walcott came on to great effect in the first leg but at the weekend, Wenger ventured that it may be worth keeping Theo as an impact substitute noting his relative ineffectiveness at St Andrews the day before and that Abidal, likely to play instead of Maxwell, is more defensively minded and could force Walcott to the periphary of the game, whilst a late appearance tonight may prove as emphatic as last week, taking advantage of a lack of match fitness. Should Rosicky not make it, Walcott may start with Eboue on the left although Eduardo is the more likely with Eboue on the right.

The Barcelona defence is their weak spot this evening and must be taken advantage of. Neither of the central defenders is the first choice and as much as they practice together, their understanding will not be the same as that of Puyol and Piquet. Much is being made of Arsenal’s weakness in the absence of Gallas but Barcelona has their own problems, frequently overlooked as the media eulogises Messi. The absence of Ibrahimovic weakens their forwards. Like Arsenal they have others to replace him. The gap between he and them may be wider but to get into any first team at this level, you have to be half-decent.

The starting line-up I would expect Arsene to go with is:

Almunia; Sagna, Vermaelen, Silvestre, Clichy; Diaby, Denilson, Nasri; Rosicky (Eduardo), Bendtner, Eboue

It is a night for courage from the players, physical and mental. The mistakes of the first leg were easy to see: too respectful, lack of pressure, collective slack marking. All of them were rectified in the final thirty minutes; it is that level of performance which needs to be maintained from the start this evening. If it is not, there may be trouble ahead. Mentally, the players should not be afraid nor should supporters. The team is habitually denigrated in the media, choking as they refuse to acknowledge the title challenge, waiting for the slip. Do not believe the Barcelona hype. The best in Europe? They were last season but that was then, this is now. Time for the young princes to assume the throne.

Enjoy the match wherever you are watching it. ’til Tomorrow.

Posted on April 6, 2010, in Arsenal, Champions League, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 880 Comments.

  1. Let the best team on the night win. All the best. To ease up the tension, the best piece of football reporting, I have seen in my entire life – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8gKmQ6Hrro

  2. Good article, i would like to see Arenal come away with the win, really cant see if happening given they players they are missing. Song, is a massive loss. He may well have started at centre back if he had been fit but they will miss the bite he gives them in midfield. Diaby, Nasri and Denilson are fine players (well, maybe not Diaby) but none of them are capable of imposing themselves physically on the game which is what Arsenal need. 3-1 on the night 5-3 on aggregate to Barca for me. Have a read of my blog

  3. Arsenalkabisa

    This is it Yogi.

    This is the Big one. If we win here, we have won the damn Euro thingy

  4. Arsenalkabisa

    Last week I was shiting, my pants, eating my nails pulling my hair. I have nothing more to do. So i blog away and wait.

    @AllAboutFCBarcelona(Bibin)

    Thanks for the two blogs. it was real.

  5. Arsenalkabisa

    Is it too much to ask for A Henry own goal in the 93rd minute?

    I can actualy see it

    “Henryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Right at the end!”

    “1 – 0 to The Arsenallllllllllllllllllll”

  6. Excellent Yogi.

    A Call to Arms.

    I can see Eduardo starting on the left tonight, particulary if Rosicky does not start. He’s due a goal too.

  7. We have to take the game to them, we should let them chase shadows.
    We both play a passing game, but we play at a higher tempo than barca. We should play at our highest tempo ever and try as much as possible to retain the ball for as long as we can, since barca like pressing and closing down when they are not with the ball, and if we can hold the ball properly in the first half than by the second half barca would be tired and then all i can say is WALCOTT
    this night is by no means impossible
    WE ARE THE ARSENAL
    WE ARE BELIEVERS
    whoever doesn’t believe is a NON-BELIEVER ….so fuck off non believers
    I know i would smile come 10pm today

  8. You nailed it, Yogi. Collective tight marking will be the key. There were a lot of little bounces that went Barca’s way in the first 10 mins last week, and heads kind of dropped and we started standing a few yards off. Re-watching the highlights from one of the early season big wins, it was amazing how high up the pitch we pressured, how tenaciously we fought to regain possession in the other team’s half.

    I could see Eduardo having a role to play tonight.

  9. Arsenalkabisa

    For some reason I don’t think that our team marking was at fault. I think that we had no “outlet”

    I.e when we got the ball, we had no where to go, as we were pegged back so much; our play was so predictable, they had all the implements to mark us out.

    Thats why the introduction of Walcot was key, as now we had an outlet… in that we get the ball, we just spray it to Theo.

    They panicked when they realized how Potent Theo was.

    in the outset we were at a loss in that we could not keep hold of the ball, and hence Almunia had to play the long balls, which their defence munched up and they came back to us. That is why i am of the feeling that we need Theo to start, to act as an outlet to play.

  10. I too thought we played at a higher tempo than Barca, but last week, in the first half I was proved wrong. However, they seemed to run out of energy which partly accounts for our fight back. So it will be a game of possession, both teams trying to impose their tempo and rhythm onto the other, with waves of attacks from both teams, phases of the game going for us, and phases of attack going for them. We must be clinical. MOre than ever will it be a case of TAKING OUR CHANCES. We must be clinical, patient and ruthless. A description that will fit Eduardo. COYR!!

  11. A R S E N A L

  12. This is already exciting. I’ll be trying all day not to get my hopes up. I believe we can do it, but I don’t expect us to given the circumstances.

    That said, by kick off I will have convinced myself. If only so I can shout abuse at the doubting pundits and commentators.

  13. I think it’s right not to make too much of the injuries. Of the players who will start tonight, only the replacement for Gallas would not feature in anyone’s best eleven. Of the players who are absent, perhaps only Fabregas would make everyone’s first choice team. More important than the ranking of different players is the fact that we will have an excellent team out tonight, a team that has the ability to beat Barcelona. They will of course need to be at their best, but why should they not be at their best?

  14. 2 things: Yogi I am sure you used this headline before the Manure match last season…. I hope it is not a bad omen!!

    Second, why has nobody considered the possibility of us bucking the trend and going 4-4-2 today with both Eduardo and Bendtner pushed right up on their centrebacks?

    We could play Walcottor Eboue on one wing Nasri on the other and Denilson and Diaby in the centre.

    It would provide Eduardo with the support he so desperately needs up front (he is not a lone striker in anyones books) and we could also have a lot of joy down both wings!

    Certainly Barca would not be expecting it!

  15. I have a feeling about Eduardo tonight.

  16. 1980 againts Juventus, 1-0 Arsenal won.

    1994 againts Parma, 1-0 Arsenal won.

    2003 againts Inter, 5-1 Arsenal won.

    2006 againts Real Madrid, 1-0 Arsenal won.

    2008 againts A.C Milan, 2-0 Arsenal won.

    2010 againts Barcelona, ?-? Arsenal will win.

    WE ARE THE ARSENAL

  17. I think given Barca’s system of playing the midfield triumvurate (sp?), 4-4-2 might not be a smart option. We will need three people in the middle of the park to match Barca’s midfield. If we let them take controlof the middle of the park our two strikers and wingplay may not amount to anything.

  18. “He’s faster than our whole team put together – he could not even be stopped by a gun,” said Pep Guardiola, the Barcelona manager, who also declared to an open-mouthed Spanish media that Walcott could run the 100 metres in 10.37 seconds

    Wow thats impressive, im sure abidal would run that in at least 15 secs……..lol

  19. If you analyse the last match, most of their attacking play came from the flanks and having 2 wingers out there would nullify this threat. I understand that Diaby and Denilson would have to produce a huge performance but I actually think they have enough about them to do a a job.

    Whisper it, we could even play a lot more direct with Eduardo feeding off of knock downs from Bendtners head.

    It would surprise them as they think we are going to be going out there to prove we can out-pass them. Instead we just keep putting the pressure on their back 4. Nic can really put himself about and cause all manner of brown short moments for their defence.

  20. Arsenalkabisa – You have completely missed the key outlet sitting between defense and midfield, none other than Nieves Denilson. If he plays up to his usual high standards, we will easily keep more possession of the ball.
    The underdogs can make history tonight! COYFG.

  21. I think tonight is a good opportunity for Denilson to really shut up these idiots who want him sold once and for all! I hope he takes it!

  22. yeah shotta
    dennilson is really key for keeping possesion

  23. Brilliant, Yogi.

    Come on you Princes of North London, you Kings of Europe!

    I have a feeling Sol will declare himself fit. He didn’t exactly run a marathon on Saturday (although he did leave Kevin Doyle for dust a couple of times! Gowan Big Sol!) – so I think it’ll be something like:

    – – – – – – – – -Almunia – – – – – – – – – – –
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Sagna – Campbell – Vermaelen – Clichy
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    – – – – – – – – -Denilson – – – – – – – – – – –
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    – – – – – – Nasri – – – – Diaby – – – – – – – –
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Rosicky – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Eduardo
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    – – – – – – – – – Bendtner – – – – – – – – – – –

    Diaby might be something of a secret weapon for us tonight. He had a poor first leg and I have a feeling that Barca might take their eyes off him, handing him the freedom of the Camp. “Que es eso?” the Catalans will cry as Abou strides forward and sets about them, “Que es eso?!!”

    But by then it will be too late.

    Walcott on for the kill.

    Massive, massive game.

    ARSENAL!

  24. Well done, jeff. We are notoriously f*cking wicked away from home in Europe. Glorious nights to invoke.

  25. Against all odds ARSENAL will prevail tonight!!!
    Come on you Gunners.

  26. All of a sudden some in in the media realize that Denilson is a the Technician in our engine room.
    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard-sport/football/article-23821607-denilson-has-armoury-to-shield-arsenal-from-the-pass-masters.do?

  27. I see Arshavin’s being tested mentally in his new !&A (http://www.arshavin.eu/en/news.php?id=528)

    17. From saharOK
    Hi , Andrey! I have a question. You know that many girls love to play football, but when they reach a certain age they find it difficult to take a ball on their chest, what would be your advice???))))
    Arshavin: It is better to have a big chest than an ability to stop the ball with it ;)))

    18. From lerik
    Andrey, what girls do you like more:
    1) wearing heels and skirts or
    2) wearing sneakers and jeans?
    Thanks in advance for your reply! :)))
    Arshavin: It’s difficult to spoil a good body with clothes.

    YW

  28. Arsene Illusionist

    4:1 written all over it

  29. Leave it to the chauvinistic buffoons at Le Moan….calling on memories of a colonial war in South Africa. The battle of Rorke’s Drift in Transvaal my foot. F*ck it I forgot that the sun never set on the British Empire.
    – Memo from the battlefield.

  30. Yogi, I stand corrected and humbly apologise! It must have read it somewhere else on that day!!

    I should have known better than to have thought you would be that lame!

  31. Le moan is one of the worst written blogs on the web. I think people who write a blog and pass themselves off as journalists should at least have some command of the language!

    ACLF is one of the best written blogs on any subject on the web. Thanks Yogi.

  32. come on you Guns
    ! Barca TV featured Graham Hunter warning Barcelona of the pace of TR7 and Nasri. Lots of exaggerated discussion of Walcott’s pace. Barca seem very confident,moreso than they should be. From what footage I saw of their training we will see their intense pressing game again

  33. We actually had this pressing game ourselves at the start of the season – but its so evidently fell away. I believe its the single most important defensive mechanism we can employ tonight. Its no coincidence that Barca have only conceded 8 goals at home this season. Everyone rightly marvels at their possession/passing game, but its their pressing game to attain possession that is equally impressive.

  34. @SG

    You have completely missed the key outlet sitting between defense and midfield, none other than Nieves Denilson

    100% agree.

    Was just of the opinion, Barca pressed us so high up. But once the two line of pressing are broken they panic. i.e Their game entails trying to make teams out play them in the middle, or loop them over the top – they win it back in both scenarios… if you do that and they press so well the ball always ends up back to them.

    But if you play the ball to the space next to the corner flag, or round the left back, where a sprinter who will never be caught offside will get there before your defense, they are forced to pull their defense back, to shorten the field & Theo’s running space.

    Hence, there is a gap between Defense and attack that Nasri would just love, or the Midfield would be forced back and they will be pinned back into their half.

    If they haven’t sorted that out, we will dominate them.

    That was my argument on why Theo needs to start, then just lurk somewhere near the middle of the pitch, and make runs to any of the two corner flags as he pleases…

    About a certain Mr. Nieves Denilson, he may just play himself into South Africa if he is not careful…

  35. Theo can do 100m in 10.3 – 10.5 seconds. Fucking hell. Shit the bed time, Mr Abidal.

  36. LG’s reference to Rorke’s Drift in comparison to tonight’s Barcelona game is without question THE single most embarrassing, crassly stupid and inappropriate piece of infantile idiocy I have read in years. To call it journalism is insulting. Poor Arsenal to suffer such an indignity in its name.

    Oh, I recall Rorke’s Drift. My great-grandfather fought in the main battle of Islandwana that preceded that sideshow, where the British army suffered the worst defeat in their colonial history in Africa and in its supreme sacrifice the might of the Zulu nation was destroyed. I do hope I never meet the gentlemen concerned at LG to explain.

    And onto Arsenal! For the life of me, I could not get the “outrage” regarding that innocent Bibin exchange, the vitriol towards him for supporting his team, and saying so. There is something here I just don’t understand because I never caught his ‘disrespect’, just his support for his team. I never expected him to know much about Arsenal.

    Maybe it is a cultural difference. In my culture guests are treated with great courtesy.

    Arsenal has a good chance tonight, but the whole exchange has soured my appetite. I always regarded football as wholesome and joyous.

    I shall be, as ever, in my corner with my team.

    I really did not

  37. @Zimpaul

    RE: Bibbin. Spot on. IF we loose we can always blame them vitriol nay sayers and their bad vybes…

  38. limpar its more important to be able to run fast with great control of the ball..

  39. Excellent post Yogi
    If Rubin Kazan can do it…
    Are you on Twitter?

  40. Ah Found you

  41. Joe,

    There you go again. The pressing game has its limits. Barcelona themselves have not played it the entire season.

    The strengths and limits of the pressing game were laid bare in the home leg; they dominated possession early on but they tired late on. At that level of intensity, you can’t play it all season if you have a squad straining from injuries.

    There are other tactics for winning the ball back, which have served us well enough this season. If we’re able to press high and it works for us (like we did in the Champions League last season) then fine, if there are other considerations, be savvy enough to know pressing is not the magic bullet, or a sign of laziness where it doesnt exist.

  42. it seems Iniesta will be fit for tonight.

  43. Zim Paul – Agree regarding Bibin. But sadly, it seems to be an issue that has just been pushed under the carpet. I had expected at least Yogi to say something on this matter, since it is his blog, Bibin is primarily his guest and they have interacted. Even if he does not know about Arsenal, or he has said something which does not resonate with our opinion, it is no reason to be impolite with him. The way Bibin was dealt with, is the same way the doom mongers and boo boys deal with Bendtner, Eboue and Denilson. But seems there are some applecarts that cannot be upset.

    Up the Arsenal, hope we stuff them tonight!!!

  44. You disappoint me, Zimpaul.

  45. If you do not see the irony in your statement, Keysersoze, then you are a lost cause.

  46. I don’t care what happens tonight… no hang on, I care far more than is good for my health .. what I mean is whatever happens tonight I just pray it isn’t all over in the first ten minutes. Last year’s semi still hurts.
    I feel we have achieved already being where we are. I hope the players get the medals they deserve because I love them all and want them to be happy, but as a supporter they’ve already given me a great season.

  47. Arsenalkabisa

    And you disappoint me Frank.

  48. Then fuck you, Arsenalkabisa.

  49. Did Arsenal train at the Nou Camp last nite????????
    and if so,where are the pictures??

  50. Well said Zimpaul, the diatribe against Bibin was petty but predictable..

    tonight should be a feast..

    __Arsenal__

  51. You’re right, KS. The way Theo keeps the ball under his spell at such high speeds is hard to comprehend.

  52. Fuck you too, Kitchen Sink

  53. lol perhaps for you LA

  54. pipe down you old cogger..

  55. Arsenalkabisa

    @Frank

    That is what is despicable about you.

    You are like a gold ring on a pigs nose. Such a shame.

    Your love of Arsenal is commendable, But your stupidity is infinite.

  56. What is a cogger and what does pipe down mean?

  57. You actually think I am stupid, Arsenalkabisa?

  58. Frank it means.. why thank you

  59. Some of you have a habit of missing the point.

    There was no diatribe against Bibin. He received a good grilling and some criticism of his views but then, don’t we all?

  60. What means ‘why thank you?’

  61. Pipe down is a naval expression frank. My dad used it when we were kids. The derivation escapes me but it’s employed to say shut up.

  62. It means go to bed

  63. Certainly learned something today about some of you people.

  64. bob the grilling standards aren’t what they once were.. william does a better job

  65. You know what? I can’t stand another year of this shit. Over and over again!

  66. This blog has clearly outgrown me.

  67. please don’t fuck off again frank..

  68. I am not going to fuck off. But I am not going to post on this site again. It has become increasingly dull.

  69. Pipe Down:

    On sailing ships signals were given to the crew by sounding the boatswain’s (bo’sun’s) pipe. One such was ‘piping down the hammocks’ which was the signal to go below decks and retire for the night. When an officer wanted a sailor to be dismissed below he would have him ‘piped down’.

    This usage is recorded in Royal Navy workbooks from the 18th century. For example, Gillespie’s Advice to Commanders & Officers, 1798:

    “At four o’clock, P.M. the hammocks should regularly be piped down.”

    There’s no unequivocal link between this naval practice and the ‘be quiet’ meaning. It could well have derived from the fact that, if there was a disturbance onboard ship, officers could quell it by sending the crew below decks, i.e. by piping them down. This notion is supported by records of ship’s crew’s being told to ‘pipe down’ rather than signaled to by the use of an actual pipe.

  70. what a surprise..

  71. Arsenalkabisa

    @YW

    Oh!

  72. Onwards and upwards lads. ACLF is that corner, ZP, and we’re all there too.

    I’ll tell you what, YW. Even if Arshavin sometimes baffles me at least he’s got his non-footballing priorites spot on.

    Come On You Gunners!

  73. Frank,

    Grow up son. You’re wobbling.

    Do you post here for you or for who?

    Why would you quit.

  74. back to the match guys?

    I’m actually really hoping we go all-guns-ablazing tonight. Much as Denilson did well in the first leg I think Rocky (if he’s fit) adds that little bit more up front.

    And Eduardo is due a goal, surely? He’s been saving them up for tonight. I just know it.

    Come on guys.

  75. “What an ungracious piece of Barcelona propaganda. Absolute fucking bollocks. Fuck off Bibin.

    Bibin, Robespierre…what sort of nasty little creatures spend time on another teams blog and behave so disresepctfully.

    What a fucking rotter!”

    Consolbob – Some of the good grilling and criticism of his views Bibin received.

  76. Come on now – we’re all a bit nervous, no need to fight amongst ourselves. Tch, whatever next?
    Apart from ‘pipe down’ my old man was always telling me to ‘simmer down’ and calling me ‘bolshy’.

  77. Actually, I have the utmost respect for Frank and the matter has left me a little confused. I feel certain there is something I just don’t know. As a football fan I have been a supporter of what Barcelona has achieved, and their style of play, but I have no idea of the issues behind that; just what I see on the field.

    It is, I should point out, common for African Arsenal supporters to support Barcelona as their ‘second team’, purely on the merits of their game. So, my starting premise is “how interesting to hear how a Barcelona supporter sees things”. I don’t know much more.

    I don’t know what the point is, so let matters rest there. I don’t presume to know very much about football except how to play it and my Arsenal.

    I see tonight’s match as a thrilling game of chess -to use a metaphor – and mainly around Wenger and how he creates a strategy to counter the attributes of the Barcelona game. I see two players – Messi and Nasri playing critical roles, because certainly Barcelona will be disappointed by Messi’s failure in round one. I have confidence in Nasri, and happy that Barcelona will not appreciate why this is so until its too late. I think and hope Wenger will introduce the element of surprise, either by positioning or tactically, and I suspect this might be Diaby, rather than Walcott.

    The game is literally 50-50. Abramovich was a problem for us, no doubt, something about his clever positioning that works for them; and Puyol, whatever one thinks, is huge loss for them. Wenger will work to our strengths. The team will press much, much harder.

    I wouldn’t be surprised by a simple 1-0 win – for us naturally, Bendtner the man, a cross from Walcott; and the the teams cancelling each other out. Home advantage becomes home panic when you are not winning; that is our killer blow.

    I would not be surprised if we score first, and then ye gods, it’s truly game on.

    Good luck Arsenal!!!

  78. Harry Flowers

    Re: Bibin….if you post on another’s team blog (even if your invited) then you must at the very LEAST expect some criticism. I didn’t follow all the comments yesterday so I don’t know what all the fuss is about. He came in for some flak for his original answers….but I think he deserved it. I would hope the guy is thick skinned enough to deal with that though….otherwise he shouldn’t have accepted the offer in the first place. Storm in a teacup.

    Anyway……….what a match we have in store.

    C’mon Arsenal.

  79. arsenalPR, you suggesting then that we play with no song or denilson in midfield? No one to hold back the tide of barca attacks? Crazy. Except, it would mean that we didn’t have one ‘defensive midfielder’ giving others license to go forward and not track back. It could force the midfiled trio to defend as a unit and press the man in possession, instead of thinking “that’s not my job it’s his”. Maybe even the 3 up top would have to think about getting behind the ball every now and then.

    Crazy like a fox.

  80. Arsenalkabisa

    Spanish TV reporting that Iniesta on bench for Barcelona against Arsenal, ready to come on in 2nd half. Marquez and Milito set to start – John Cross

  81. Arsenalkabisa

    I just hope they introduce the half fit Logger for Dennilson’s dinner…

  82. ZP, great post. I am in the same camp and have always had Barcelona as my “second team.” After the Arsenal gear my kids have Barca gear…of course my daughter wore her Arsenal kit to bed last night and neither of the wee ones will be wearing Barca gear today, but still. It is hard, I think, to be attracted to beautiful football and not find something to admire in Barcelona. Throw a bit of their history in too and they become a very interesting team…one that I wish nothing but PAIN and MISERY on today. I would like nothing better than to see 92,000 Barca fans standing with their hands on their heads in shocked disbelief as their team goes down in flames against THE Arsenal.

    I don’t want to go down in flames for admiring another team AFTER Arsenal. There is no mistake where my allegience lies.

    Come on You Gunners!!!

  83. Re: Bibin. Over the years I have admired some of the free flowing football Man U have played but i don’t want to read biased, one-sided, over confident thoughts from any of their fans on this blog on the eve eve of such an important game. I wouldn’t say Bibin was disrespectful, he just wasn’t respectful enough for me.

  84. leave Frank alone people. He could have said it in a more polite way but anyone who thinks us beating Inter/Madrid/Ac away wasnt much of an achievement can truly f*** off.They probably didnt listen to the pundits/media then.

  85. Can’t wait to see Xavi vs Denilson again…a subtle intellegent passer of the ball vs a highly skilled reader of the pass.

    Technical football of the absolute highest level.

  86. Agree with Yogi that a tight defense will be the key. However, hard to see us keeping a clean sheet tonight. My heart says Arsenal 2-1. My head says Barca 3-1. Hope my heart is right. A win would be a huge boost for the confidence of this team going forward.

    Almunia

    Sagna Campbell TV, Clichy

    Denilson Diaby Nasri

    Eboue Bendtner RosickyEduardo.

    Walcott at 60 minute mark.

    Go Gunners.

  87. well done chaps for the support of Bibin. You are good honest folk.

    there is a pack mentality on this forum, frank liked to think he was the leader of the gang, but the lack of support he recieved last night from his cohorts spoke volumes.

    dissapointed in consolbob still acting it out… i’m sure he will go quiet now frank has been shown up.

    i’m quite sure if fred west had been in bob’s gang all those years back.. he would have defended him and told us we were missing the point in all his murders.

    hillarious stuff, you have a go at the morons over on le groan.. but you lot can be worse in the other direction.

    stay balanced… although it would be difficult for some with the huge chip on the left shoulder.

  88. I’ve got a bosun’s pipe somewhere. Never could manage to blow it.

    Perhaps it’s time to try again.

  89. AbbeyC is that your blog?

    Very nicely put together if it is.

  90. Gris Gris.. they used to be my 2nd favourite team until their unashamed pursuit of Fabrigas. their management(Joan) doing it was bad enough but when their players got in the mix it kinda drove me insane. Now i could care less about them.

  91. Actually Stringfellow I had other things to do last night as I am sure many others did.

    If you think that Bibin has more support or respect than Frank has then you really don’t know much about this site.

    Anyone who has bothered reading your posts, I usually don’t, can be very clear about your views. Your complete disrespect for our American supporters, Lagooner excepted, your boasting about your knowledge and your amazing mood swings. I can almost hear you frothing at the mouth sometimes. Very unpleasant.

    I don’t know why you chose to make a fuss about Bibin, you must have some agenda to pursue. What is it?

  92. Any predictions for the line up ?

  93. I hope you don’t stop posting, Frank. One of the strongest Arsenal voices on the internet and this site would sorely miss it.

  94. If the news on Talk Shite is to be believed, Rosicky, Campbell and Denilson are all doubts. The first two we know about, but Denilson?!! I am taking it with a pinch of salt and proving it by posting it on here! But could be a big night for Fran or Craig. Especially when you consider the “gambles” in the first leg, did not pay off. As we know, we can’t play with any doubts.

    Clinical, patient and committed. (What’s that in Latin?)

  95. Bob, it is advisable to ignore Hawkes ramblings as they are as changeable as the weather.

  96. No agenda here, you see, the difference between me and you…?

    I am normal, i go through a range of human emotions.. no need to act you see!

    I don’t need to prove my support of the club over and over and over and over… unlike some, who keep pushing that, why? why go overkill?

    trust me, it does not make you any better a supporter.

    for the record, i am married to an american lady, a native of New York.

    daily we exchange in yank/limey exchanges… it’s banter

    surely, you being a football fan, the greatest arsenal fan in the world… would understand banter

    right?

  97. Harry Flowers

    “there is a pack mentality on this forum, frank liked to think he was the leader of the gang, but the lack of support he recieved last night from his cohorts spoke volumes.”

    I’m certainly not part of any “pack mentality”. I do think the Barca guy originally came in for some deserved criticism for his answers….what was said after that I don’t know and I haven’t the time or patience to go back and read them. It’s a blog. It’s not the real world.
    I try not to be abusive to anyone myself and wouldn’t back anyone up that was. I don’t post on here as regularly as a lot of you folk and form no allegiances…other than to Arsenal. Cheers.

  98. You should take your own advice and take Frank’s comments as banter.

  99. I know that you are right dups. Although they really aren’t that changeable, at least in the sense of being very predictable.

    First the picking of a target and accusations of being part of a ‘gang’ or a ‘better than thou supporter’ followed by a rant and insults when he is challenged. A bit later he will come over all resonable and pretend that is the real him. He thinks we are thick you see.

    Anyway, enough time wasted.

  100. cheers bob, and remember

    you rock dude, you are the greatest gooner 😆

  101. Why are we wasting this fine afternoon, in these exciting times on a blog squabble?

    Frank; Don’t quit.

    Others; stop effin moaning

  102. California Gooner

    ust my two pence/cents. I would think about switching Walcott over to the left and making Alves actually play some defense or at least switching him up during the game. I also think that Abidal, who is more of a defender, will be able to deal with Theo. So, we could then put Eboue on the right — he is a bit trickier. Anyhow, it will all be about the counter-attack if we have a chance of winning today.

  103. Given Barcelona’s excellent pressing game, it will be very important for our players to pick the simple passes and get them right. Having Denilson, the man with the best pass completion stats will of course help.

  104. Pressing game has its limits eh Ole?

    The pressing game has been Guardiola’s primary change at Barca – when he dumped the prima donnas like ronaldino who weren’t prepare to work for the team. It wasn’t enough to just play beautiful football – the pass and go was supplemented by the pressing of opponents and retention of possession. When you have possession – the oppositions threat is nullified and vastly increases the chance of victory, as Barca have consummately proved by winning the treble. Winning back possession and doing the donkey work to close down players tells you all you need to know about the attitude of a team and it is one of the fundamental basics of the game.

    What happened at the Ems? – We stood still and watched Barca utterly dominate us for 60mins. We never pressed them, allowing far too much space. This will change tonight – you watch. This was the quarter final of the European Cup and we stood watching like rabbits in the headlights. The only reason were still in this tie and were not 6-0 down at half time was a combination of great shotstopping by almunia and complete and utter luck. But maybe that was one of the alternative strategies to the pressing game that you had in mind? When we eventually began to run at them – we began to believe and picked out flaws in their defense.

    And on another point, it didn’t escape me either your comment to Bill about how “teams don’t play defence, they defend” and that is wasn’t a game of “american kicksie” on a recent thread. These comments are derogatory and surprising from you Ole. Bills analysis and use of statistics are, to my mind, some of the best and most objective contributions provided on this blog. Peoples opinions should be encouraged especially ones that are substantiated irrespective of whether you agree or not. That’s what makes the blog a good forum for the exchange of views. Of course – you could continue to take the solitary leaf from Franks book and just tell people to F-off if you don’t agree with them right?

  105. Arsenalkabisa

    Lest we forget!

  106. Just like Stoke, Wolves have decided not to appeal Henry’s red card. Lack of conviction, afraid to put their money on where their mouth is!!!

  107. If the rumours about Campbell having a tight hammy are to be believed, it’ll be interesting to start with the following line-up.

    Almunia
    Eboue, Sagna, Vermaelen, Clichy
    Denilson, Diaby, Nasri
    Rosicky, Bendtner, Eduardo

    With a double substitution of Theopedo and Vela to scare the living shit out of the Barca defence. I may be wrong, but Theo and Vela are the paciest wingers in football anywhere in Europe.

    Even if they just make Barca panic, that will do the trick.

  108. water can flow or it can crash__ be water my friend’

  109. It sounds to me as though you were the one caught stood staring like a rabbit in the headlights last week, Joe. We were not ‘utterly dominated for 60 minutes’. Within those first 60 minutes we split their defence a number of times, and crafted at least 2 clear goalscoring opportunities. We didn’t take them, but we continued to push, continued to craft, and we took two more chances late on.

    You seem to have literally been dazzled by the first 20 or so minutes.

  110. Darius…. Vela did not make the squad, Traore took his place.

  111. I suspect the main difference tonight may well be tactical…when we didn’t have the ball last week, we switched from 433 to 451, this allowed Xavi to sit deeper and play through us.

    I expect us to press much higher up the pitch tonight, we need to score…i also think we’ll start with Theo as well.

    An often overlooked thing about pace is that not only is it useful as an offensive weapon but if you want to press a team then quick players give the other side just that little bit less time on the ball too.

  112. Mingus….what part of a show accurately referred to as talk shite would you ever believe?

    Frank, you are a star. Despite my sometimes soft words I would go to war with you. I hope that at some point I can.

    For whatever reason I don’t think Wenger really likes starting Walcott. I was very surprised he started against Wolves. I would not expect him to start today.

    I am hoping for big things from Eduardo! I love that Crozilian!

  113. franks a wanker anyway!!

  114. QoS – pace also prevents opposition full backs from bombing forward at will.

    they know a ball over the top on the counter, and they are done for.. so they reign in there attacks.

    the only width the barca side have is from the full backs, the way the smother teams in the middle of the park and then release wide, cannot occur if we have say theo and traore waiting to be let loose.

  115. The pressing mentality is absolute. I remember our first match of the season against Everton. From Bendtner on back everyone worked their socks off chasing the ball and tracking back and closing down. The result….you all remember. Too often in the first 20 minutes against Barca instead of closing a player down we stayed in the channels and tried to force the ball in a direction only to be picked apart. Once Eboue came on and started pressing the result was clear. Of course the first 20 minutes were not helped by the wasteful posession. It seemed like every pass was over/under-hit and straight to a Barca player. I put that down to being nervous. There should not be any nervousness today.

  116. Darius,

    That team is precisely the one I think should start. Bojan is quick and nimble and I would prefer to see Sagna at CB than Sol or Silvestre. If we can hold them scoreless and try to score late……..

  117. Don’t forget out semi final opponents are slugging it out in less than 2 hours time.

    On the arifical pitch of CSKA, Inter may not be quite home and hosed.

  118. Arsenalkabisa

    am off for the day now

    KAMANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

    ARSENALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  119. Darius:

    Hope you are wrong about Sol. I still think Sol is part of the reason our defending and organization has improved recently.

    I know today is not the time to bring this up but deep in the dark corners of your mind do you think that IN RETROSPECT we should have invested in another CB last summer or in Jan. Did not take Nostradamus to see the problems we have now. We are going to need 1 or 2 new CB next summer anyway.

    We can win but going to take a fantastic team effort. More lung busting energizer bunny stuff from Denilson. He has been everything you advertised on this blog the last few games. Big day from Diaby and Bendtner scoring. Great defending from the flanks may be the key along with superb organization from Sol and Co. in the back. Another day like the 1st half of last game and the first CL semifinal leg vs United last year from Almunia.

  120. lol darius. not sure if i see theo-peado catching on in todays society much as i quite like the idea!

    interesting if sagna is considered for CB… hadn’t thought of that but does he have any experience playing there? certainly more pace than sol and his positioning is pretty good but surely its too much of an ask for such a game

    as said earlier I too am picking up some eduardo vibes tonight…

    COYG!

  121. 1 loose cannon

    I’m unbelievably nervous I can’t wait, counting the minutes, slightly concerned about the mounting injuries. Sol , Denilson and Rosicky are a doubt. It will be incredible to pull this off consideing almost the entire first 11 is injured.
    Fabregas,RVP, Gallas Arshavin, Ramsey, Song all out. this must the worst injury problem we had so far. We can still do it.

  122. Traore down the left is the vibes i’m getting.

    He is the fastest player we have behind Theo.

    There is a certain reason for his inclusion ahead of Vela.

  123. Agree with LimparAssist @ 3.28pm. If our players had the same outlook as some of our more pessimistic fans we would be fucked and they would have given up after being ‘utterly dominated for the first 60 mins’. What utter rubbish.

  124. Traore is fast, can run with and cross the ball but crucially he started as a defender and those instincts will be vital if he plays.

  125. never really been this nervious before a match before… however I am in complete belief the players know how to turn all this energy into attacking ruthlessness.

    there is really nothing to lose… or at least that is the mentality that may just win us the game! to go out fighting to a great team is no crying shame… nothing is gonna hurt like that kevin philips equaliser anyway so surely we can all just let out some love for the dlub tonight and remind the cosmos that we deserve a bit of magic !

    LETS HAVE IT !!!!!!

  126. were doomed!!!

  127. FACE PALM!

  128. Did anyone see the Chris Morgan penalty last night vs Newcastle, funniest thing i’ve seen in ages.

    Incidentally, what a vile team of cloggers Sheffield United are, typified by their thug of a captain.

  129. COME ON U GOONERS .lets win today and put in a great performance albeit with a weaken team.

  130. Emperor Gooner

    we’ll piss all over camp loo tonight , i have no doubt..this barca team is majorly hyped

    all we need to do is defend from the front by pressing the ball cuz when we do have it , we’re better than them at taking our chances

  131. Joe @ 3:39:

    I think Sol keeps us organized and that will be more important then pure pace. The 2 goals they scored last game might have been prevented by better organization in the back. Sagna at CB raises concerns about missed assignments.

    Agree with your point about Barca’s team concept of defense. Not sure but they may have overdone it and tired the last game. However, over the long term they have proven you can play energetic effective team defense and still play great offense. Hopefully long term we can use their pressing game and total team effort as the model for us.

  132. ..

  133. J
    oe,↲I am nothing if not honest. That’s why I will tell you for free that your analysis is shallow. We know pressing can work as it did for us against Roma last season. But as we saw against Liverpool Villa & Barcelona, it is a 60 minute strategy in a 90 minute game & not a magic bullet. ↲The Barcelona that swept everything before it last season conceded more goals than Arsenal. relativel defensive solidity has come at a price underlining what I have been saying to you and Bill for months. Talking of Bill, please tell him to learn football jargon?

  134. I hope he gets the start

    some more examples of his masterful high art..

  135. Nasir Jones-Nasri

    Frank is a legend around these parts, and always will be.

    Arsenal.

  136. I have absolutely no clue what Arsene will do. I think he’ll start out conservatively and finish free flowing. Other than that I have no idea what line up or formation he’ll use.

    Whoever is bothering Frank can fuck off. People like Frank and Shotta are the reason I read this blog.

  137. Frank may be cranky and irascible in his language but one thing I have learnt is his ability to smell b.s. from a mile off. Too many of us are overly enthralled by Barca, and insufficiently aware of how great this Arsenal squad is and how much greater it will become. Frank smelt from a mile off that Bibin was blowing a lot of smoke and in his own inimitable way ripped the mask off and proved Bibin was “chatting shit.” IMO, he felt too many of us were willing to uncritically accept Bibin’s b.s. in the interest of pleasntry on an Arsenal blog. That to my mind is the issue.

    Deep in my bones, I know Frank will be back because this blog, despite the few charlatans who pose hear, some of whom are hoping this is a sure way to get clicks on their own blog, and YW in particular, are dyed-in-the-wool supporters of Arsene and Arsenal.
    introduced me to . and not strongly believe that Frank will return to his spiritual home

  138. Pep will have some surprises.

    Did they intentionally play those early passes right after half time expecting the AFC players to be trying to ‘press’ more, a sucker punch that was eventually returned.
    Well, Barca looked a little groggy at the end against a team not much different to the one that will start tonight.

    There’s been very little discussion of Pep’s choices. Did everyone expect him to play Toure Away? What are his plans to deal with NB52 tonight?

    LA wrote
    “The way Theo keeps the ball under his spell at such high speeds is hard to comprehend.” That’s why I described Theo as a Fast Bowler. Any Harmison fans out there can understand why he benefits from a good ‘run’ to get in sync after injury.

    What’s sad is Pep full of genuine praise for TW14, to add to that of Capello and Wenger, yet still Arsenal fans doubt their own Armoury.
    Well, on the topic of soldiers, and wars, that’s one way to go out and loose a battle…

    I enjoyed Franks pre-season Scouting of TV5.
    Such skilful Advanced Intelligence Operations were invaluable, not replicated anywhere else, & appreciated.

  139. “pose here” not pose hear.

  140. Nasir Jones-Nasri

    Exactly, G69. As an Arsenal supporter, you want to see good things being said about your team. I could have picked clicked on the Daily Mail if I wanted to read a slanted piece of crap. Yeah, Frank could have possibly been a tad more polite. But ask yourself this question- was Bibin polite? Not really. Dismissing our chances and record in the Champs League pissed me off.

  141. “Fox is showing it on the HD sport channels. If you have basic cable you’re fucked, though.”

    Yeah at 5.00 pm EST when the game is over – right??

  142. My mate fears this could be our “oh bollocks” week, the week when our season is effectively over, although he’s somewhat grateful it’s at least in April not somewhere between November and January as has happened before. He could be right but hey, you never know.

    To have a couple of players out would’ve been tough but to have 4 first teamer’s out and a couple more carrying knocks is realy quite worrying. Stranger things have happened but make no mistake, if we get through tonight it will be immense. However the loss of Song must be seen in the context of the position he would’ve played in, as a midfielder he’s a big loss but as a defender not so much. Unless it’s Sylvester in his place that is, god I hope Campbell’s fit enough.

    We could get battered tonight but then we could fluke it, we could even nick an early one and shit them right up and off their game. Either way I have plenty of beer and Whiskey around so my dear old heart is in for a hell of an evening whatever happens.

    On the face of it we aint got much of a chance but as long as enough of our boys believe we can, then we might well surprise every fucker. Now how sweet would that be?

    Couple of hours to go and me guts are churning like mad, Come onnnnn you rip roaring Gunners!

  143. People slate CSKA’s artificial pitch, but I’d be happy if a few more prem sides considered replacing their bogs with plastic turf.

    This Honda guy’s like the new Juninho.

  144. Oh yes Fox Sports in Espanol is live, probably better commentators too

  145. Ole:

    Do not want to get into another big argument about defending. We have both made our points ad nauseum. However, the total number of goals is less important then how your defending compares to the other teams you compete against. Barca was the best defense in their league last year and they defended very well in the critical points of last years CL.

    Agree that no team can not defend with as much energy as they did for the 1st half of last game consistantly but their recent record indicates that they usually seem to have the formula correct for how much energy to expend and still have the energy to play total football for 90 minutes.

    I do want to say that we argued about Denilson earlier in the year. I have never thought he was a bad player, but I was not convinced he was that good. Well I must admit that IN DENILSON WE BELIEVE. Hope he keeps it up. He will be critical today.

  146. Ole:

    Sorry the word not should not have been in the first sentence of the 2nd paragraph.

  147. Apologise for dragging this on, but felt the need to make a comment. Nasir, Shotta etc., are you defending the individual here or the actions?

    Don’t know about the others, but I personally have no axe to grind against Frank. From what I have seen over the past couple of months, Frank, along with you two and many others here are passionate Arsenal supporters who back the team to the hilt. And I respect you for that. If Frank stops posting, I for one would be sad to lose a powerful Arsenal voice. But that does not stop me from criticising the use of abuse to get his point across to Bibin, who is an invited guest here. I have no issues with the logical arguments through which Frank brought Bibin down to earth. I liked it.

    If it was a newbie poster abusing Bibin instead of Frank, I would have disliked it as much. If that were the case, would you have been as vehement in defence?

    And Frank, come back if possible, I think and hope your critics were mature enough to distinguish between a person and his actions. I don’t think any of them is happy to see you go.

  148. What was the score in the first leg cska/inter?

  149. Inter won 1-0.

  150. Is Denilson doubtful? Someone on guardian blogs said that this news is on Talksport news.

  151. Nasir Jones-Nasri

    I’m defending the actions and the individual, keysersoze. Frank had every right to call him out. If I felt slighted after only supporting the mighty Arsenal for 5 years, I can only imagine how a die hard like Frank would have felt.

  152. I really hope that we play out game to the best of our abilities, even we came back to draw in the first game I don’t think any of the millions of football fans watching it got to see the arsenal we know and love in terms of technical skills and insisive

  153. I hope Denilson is available. In my opinion our chances almost solely rest on his ability. I think his ability to intercept passes and shadow players unlike anybody else + his excellent long range shooting is what will make the difference for us. Hope he is fit enough to start

  154. The team has worked incredibly hard to get here and I feel we will fight till the death whoever is on the pitch.Today the boys become men and the bookies will loose lots of money backing Barca. Victory to the Arsenal.l!!!COYG.

  155. I really hope that we play out game to the best of our abilities, even we came back to draw in the first game I don’t think any of the millions of football fans watching it got to see the arsenal we know and love in terms of technical skills and incisive play and the one young football that were are renowned for all over the world!!

  156. COME ON YOU REDZZZZ!!!

  157. Keysersoze @ 6:10 pm – I usually am more welcoming to newbies and urge them to accept the salty, risque language as the price of admission. Afterall, this is a partisan blog, not a place of nice polite conversation. There are too many two-timing, wavering plastic fans and blogs who do little to speak the truth of Arsenal’s achievements under Wenger, especially in the face of the inevitable setbacks.

    Without Frank, ACLF would be flooded by these dull, wordy posters who more often than not give a free pass to the doomers and gloomers.

    I know Frank will return. He is too much of a supporter.

  158. I actually endied up agreeing with Frank’s general point that Bibin wasn’t the right choice to lend an informed opinion not because he’s Indian or started supporting his team later than some, but because 1) his blog was not of the quality of ACLF and no-one posted on it and 2) some of his comments, particularly the knock against Cesc vs Xavi were out of line.

    What I objected to was the hooligan-like vitriol.

    The fact that Frank has now told far more agreeable posters today to ‘Fuck Off’ and as predicted has threatened to throw his toys out of the pram speaks volumes to the level of discourse he’s sunk too. Seems he can dish it out, but he can’t take it.

    When I took time off from this blog it was because it was actually the non-stop back and forth was becoming tiresome for everyone, myself included. Since then, this has been a pretty placid place to visit, and the better for it.

    Hopefully, we can all channel our energies towards tonight’s game rather than against each other.

  159. Delia-----Block112

    Just got in . Team seems to be down to the bare bones , with only real kids as back-up and Sol having very late fitness test . An awful lot was given on Saturday for the 3 points, I wonder how much is left in the tank , particularly if we don’t make a good start .
    The mid-field trio have it all to do and we must hope B52 and Eduardo take their chances.
    About to open a bottle of red in case I have to drown my sorrows.
    COYR.

  160. MDGunner:

    I’m going into hiding from 11.45 Pacific Time to 5.00pm Pacific Time. It’s the only course left to take because of those bastards at Fox/Sky.

    It’s not the same as watching it live, but there’s no other way…

  161. That would be good lagooner, then why make another attempt to slag Frank off.

    You just don’t get him, you see. It’s as simple as that.

    You say tomato and I say tomatoe.

  162. I missed it? Has Frank died? Live on the blog?

  163. lagooner,

    can i be frank…f*ck off!!!!

  164. Oh and can we being a little more respectful to Frank one of the true OGs of ACLF!!

    Bob too!!

  165. Well I am touched by the messages of support today. I was talking to my old mate Tom this afternoon whilst listening to Nevada Fighter (conversation the other day). He reckoned that as this is the only Arsenal blog I comment on I should not leave it there…especially as we play Barcelona tonight. He suggested a compromise which you will learn about in due course.

    Mind you I am not as touched as those supporting the arsehole Barcelona fan. Would you be as supportive if he was a Manc or a Chav? If so why? If not then are you a closet Barcelona fan? As I suspect some of you are. Some of you really are touched.

    Whatever the score and I think we will win, we are going to fucking humiliate Barcelona tonight.

    I can see the white hankies in the Gnu Camp now.

    ….Arsenal…..

  166. frank you cant bugger off…who else can i get all that pointless knowledge from.

  167. ZZzzzzz

    like fucking school kids 😆

    toys back in.

  168. Bill,

    Enough with the ‘should have bought another defender’ talk please!!

    Not including Senderos, Arsene has the following CB’s in his squad (Gallas, Vermaelen, Djourou, Silvestre, Campbell). He has Song to fill in if necessary.

    That’s 6 CBs! Yes, Djourou was a long-term injury so that leaves 5. Besides, with Gallas and Vermaelen locked in th o start, we could not have got a world-class CB to play, and frankly this season I would rather have had Campbell than someone like Smalling, who is still too raw.

    In January, Arsene had very few options, but choice a brilliant way out by scooping up Sol.
    If Sol is only half-fit, then we are looking at 4 of our 6 CBs injured, and unfortunately our 2 remaining CBs are left-sided. That’s just bad luck.

    Man U had a similar bad luck earlier this season with injuries to Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, O’Shea at different stages. Non-one criticized them. Sure, they bought Smalling but not to play for them this season.

  169. I’m glad to hear that Frank I was missing you already..

  170. Silvestre, Walcott and Rosicky start!!

  171. TEAM:

    Almunia

    Sagna, Silvestre, Verm, Clichy

    Diaby, Denilson, Nasri

    Walcott, Bendy, Rosicky.

  172. Probably Old Gits, Queenie.

  173. Pedro, Bojan and Messi lead the barca line

    iniesta on the bench.

  174. sloooow moooo Marquez alongside Milito at the back for em.

  175. You were supposed to die on Friday and be resurrected on Sunday.

  176. Arsene doesn’t like Theo? Everyone loves Theo.

  177. Consolsbob @6.33pm

    Not trying to slag Frank off but responding to NJN and Shotta’s defense of his behaviour.

    I’ve apologized when I’ve crossed the line (in fact, when I referred to your age in a previous argument) but it seems that even understanding criticism is beyond Frank. Instead, when reasonable posters (assuming I don’t fall into that category) expressed their concerns today he tells them to ‘Fuck Off’. And still you and a couple of others defend him to the hilt.

    Enough of this nonsense. I’m going to see if I have Fox Sports En Espanol…no Warren Barton as a bonus.

  178. Yes well. Old git is fine. As for the toys. I think I might have just acquired a new one. But that is for another time.

    Next Bank Holiday we should all try a bit harder to entertain Passenal. She is a true star and probably has Barcelona’s measure.

  179. Paulie Walnuts

    Tonight is the night for heroes.

    Silvestre to head the winner

  180. Please stop fucking wittering, lagooner.

  181. Well, at least Silvestre is fresh!

  182. Frank, he and others wittered you off this blog 😆

  183. I am working on an anti-wittering device. It creates positive energy from wittering…especially self-righteous wittering.

    ….Arsenal….

  184. Thanks for proving my point, Frank. Keep firing away.

  185. I look forward to breaking you again.

  186. That is not exactly true though is it, Stringvest?

  187. Well there will be no doubting Tomas on my part tonight PZ!

  188. lagooner, you pissed all over him..

    he had to go into hiding… 😆

    glad he is back though… love ripping him apart.

  189. Brilliant, QoS.

  190. Actually the only comment that offended me was the one from ZimPaul.

  191. nice team Verm has the quality to play on the right..

    diaby will make up today..

    there’s alot to feel good about..

    __Arsenal__

  192. Frank van Arsenal….Click Click Click

  193. only broken men queer off crying 😆

  194. Nasir Jones-Nasri

    It means Original Gangster. Essentially, it means he’s got the utmost respect.

  195. Is Theo going to play on the left?

  196. Do you know Peter, Stringvest? I used to know him many years ago.

  197. Original Gangster, sure. Fine. Let’s move on for now. Game time approaches. COYG!

  198. My advise:

    Trying to make Frank a Villain is not going to work on here, save your key strokes & fighting spirit for supporting Arsenal today instead of trying to break Frank….He’s doesn’t break.

  199. You are a real star, G4E. Thanks.

  200. I confess that I didn’t read the Bibin interview yesterday. The opinions of Barcelona fans are not particularly interesting to me at the moment. Looking at his answers today, many of them look suspiciously like a wind up. It’s a fine thing to treat guests well; but are guests not expected to show respect to their hosts? In these cultures where guests are treated with great courtesy, what is the response to a guest who says his wife makes the lady of the house look like a cows arse?

  201. thats true G4E not many can get away with telling the blog owner to f*ck off with all smiles around..

  202. A bit late but, I’m just chipping in to say to Frank, I hope you change your mind when you’ve had a chance to reflect. Why let a few people prevent you posting when there are many of us who respect your uncompromising approach to supporting the Arsenal. We all have our different ways, but if this blog can tolerate people who barely support the team even at the best of times, there surely has to be room for a passionate Arsenal supporter. For those who don’t like your style, the scroll button is your friend

  203. Shut up Alan Green you tosser.

  204. There is nothing reasonable about it lagooner, that is what you don’t get. It’s just people.

    You are an ernest man. You mean what you say. To use an in vogue phrase, I don’t believe that you mean malice by your postings.

    There are some on here who do, Frank is not one of them.

    He might be an old bastard but he is not a nasty one.

  205. String fellow – please, if you must have personal digs at posters choose the plastic johnny come lately anti fans and not people who have fought to maintain the integrity of this blog.

  206. It is great to have Sol there even on the bench. I think his influence over the team has been vital this last few weeks.

    …..Arsenal…..

  207. Here we go. Nearly.

    COME ON YOU RIP-ROARING REDS!!!!

  208. up the arsenal, frank is a fucking bore, pull you’re tongues out of his arse.

    come on arsenal make us proud win or lose..

  209. Still 1-0 to Inter with 5 mins left

  210. how do you maintain the integrity of a blog by telling the blog owner to fuck off?

    😆 some of you need to snap out of this cult like behaviour… don’t keep following the leader.

  211. Looks like a journey to Milan for the semis.

  212. Too late, Passenal. We’ve just visited the sepulchre, and the stone has been rolled away.

  213. So is that mean John’s toungue is up your ass String Fhoke?

  214. I don’t think you have to be from London to represent Arsenal on a blog. Although some people might contest that…

    But Spanish football is so politically charged: A lot of the fervour for FC Barcelona goes back to Franco’s days. I’m quite sure that the “Més Que un Club” stuff has something to do with sticking two fingers up at the dictatorship.

    I don’t normally care about all that bloodline business with other clubs, but it might be a missed opportunity in this case that we didn’t have someone who either experienced the Franco years first hand, or was brought up by people who did.

    We had a great interview with a wartime Arsenal fan a couple of months ago. I dunno, something along those lines might have been interesting.

    Still, I’m not really bothered.

  215. give it rest G4E

    have some dignity man, following a cry baby old joke who throws his toys out of the pram when he gets rumbled is not very becoming of a proper man.

    grow some.

  216. I’ve just seen that Poliziano. Let’s hope it’s a forerunner of another resurrection later tonight! Whatever happens as supporters we should be here to praise our team, not to bury them.

  217. right, win or lose tonight

    its fucking great fun being a gooner.

    enjoy.

  218. “give it rest G4E”…I hope you can advise yourself the same.

    Now, on to much bigger & better cause….
    A R S E N A L

  219. no g4e

    my tongue is enjoying a cold bud in my frontroom watching the gunners on sky hd channel 409

    how is the streams some of you have to watch it on?

  220. Harry Flowers

    “I was talking to my old mate Tom this afternoon whilst listening to Nevada Fighter (conversation the other day)”

    Hey Frank…I dug that record out myself the other day and gave it a spin after that brief conversation. A classic. As indeed I’m hoping this match will turn out to be. I so much wish I was there tonight.
    Let’s all get behind the team wherever we are watching it from.

    ARSENAL.

  221. I think the best thing about the reaction to last week’s game is that people accepted that we were up against a very special team and held back the criticism.

    So if we win tonight I hope everyone acknowledges the scale of the achievement.

    This could be a historic night.

    Come on Arsenal!!

  222. I’ve got a good feeling about that historic night, Big Al.

    It’s been coming.

  223. Lets win it Arsenal!!!

    This will be a historic night!!!

    Arsenal to win the CL and PL!!

  224. Va va voom Theo. Ruud Gullit to eat his shoe today. Arsene knows. Bentdner to score the winner….Believe.COYG!!!

  225. Barcelona are beatable not special.

    ….Arsenal…..

  226. any feeds for the match chaps and chapettes

  227. Thank you Consolsbob. I’m trying to stay out of trouble, I promise:)

    I just subscribed to Fox Sports En Espanol. I cannot believe how exciting it is not to have to listen to the Fox Sports commentary team. It’s the only time I’m glad I didn’t learn Spanish…

  228. Here we go……………………………………

  229. OK.

    All Gunners out there.

    Are we ready?

    ARSENAL!
    ARSENAL!
    ARSENAL!

  230. pom poms ready?

    denilson looking nervous

  231. “I just subscribed to Fox Sports En Espanol. I cannot believe how exciting it is not to have to listen to the Fox Sports commentary team. It’s the only time I’m glad I didn’t learn Spanish”

    Glad that I found it as part of my Verizon package. The commentaors will probably be biased anyway

  232. I feel so happy that our team, even though decimated by injuries is still full of such class and will shock the world!!!

  233. any feeds Pleaseeeeeee

  234. Trying to hack Theo already

  235. great pressure….

  236. Not even 10 minutes gone and the ref has already made two decisions against us. Oh how I love that…

  237. I hope that they report that it was all Arsenal for the first 10 minutes

  238. The Emirates was about five times louder than this.

  239. Apparently this game is delayed on Fox Sports Channel.

    I’ll have to put up with you guys. Do they still sentence convicts to hard labour in Britain?

  240. Fox Sports Espanol has it

  241. they are dominating possession, but no clear-cut chances. One great early save from Almunia from a long shot by Messi.

  242. we just have to string a few passes together

  243. Who are dominating??

  244. So far (fingers crossed), Barca looks less fluid against our pressure. We’re still conceding possession too easily, though.

  245. Dirty fucker left his foot in

  246. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    U GUYS CAN’T SEEM TO TOUCH THE BALL AT THE MOMENT,BOYS

  247. Run it off, Sami….bastard Milito went through with his other leg, just like Henry.

  248. Only ex colonials shotta.

    I don’t trust this referee.

  249. F off dave

  250. Fuck off Dave. Did you se your ex go through?

  251. Well we are atleast playing and not sitting at home watching.

  252. 73% Barca possession, but it’s not easy for them. Barca trying to get our players yellow cards.

  253. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    POSSESSION

    BARCA 73%

    ARSENAL 27%

    SAME AS FIRST LEG,BOYS

  254. OH FUCK OFF DAVE/REAL ENGLISH TOSSER

  255. Don’t be so rude Duke.

  256. YEESS!

  257. Bendy!!!!

  258. yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  259. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  260. This ref is a clown!

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  261. Bendtner!!!!

  262. for a second i thought the chance had gone…

    SUPER NICK!!!!

  263. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS YOU SHOULD HEAR THE SPANSISH COMMENTATORS CELEBRATING

  264. Theo to Nic!!!

  265. Bendtner!!!

  266. NB!!! what a goal, what a GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  267. What composure to put that away.

  268. Did you see that !?!?!?!?!?!

  269. Fantastic start!

  270. YES!!!! BENDTNER!!!!!! TAKE THAT, BARCA!! Great run by Walcott. COYG!!!

  271. Holy crap!

  272. shit. Messi being Messi.

  273. WWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    Shit I’m gonna get fired if i don’t stop screaming in the office 😀

  274. Diaby Missed Walcott!! next time though!!

    Damn it!!!!

  275. Oh bugger

  276. 1-0 to the Arsenal!
    Heh, Heh, Heh!

  277. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    MESSI IS THE BEST FOOTIE PLAYER IN THE WORLD………..GOSH

  278. Damn assist from Silvestre!

  279. Did they get lucky with that goal?

  280. soooo unlucky…

  281. We could have had them 0-2 if Diaby released Theo early. Diaby’s playing like a monster though. The Nou suits him.

    Silvestre minor error on the goal. Great finish by Messi, though.

  282. Real English…parasite

  283. Oh that breaks your heart. Fabulous goal by Messi though. Got to give him credit.

  284. Are they just diving around all over the pitch?

  285. what a load of diving c@nts

  286. That was luck for sure but we will get another goal

  287. by nice to Real English-his team’s out of Europe remember.

  288. They are on the ground constantly arent they?

  289. 1-1 is better than 0-0, though.

  290. Dave you are a pathetic C**T why not go watch Chelski in this competition? Oh you can’t can you?

  291. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    ARSENAL FANS WITHOUT CLASS…IT SEEMS U GUYS ARE ON THE EDGE……..HOW MANY F WORDS FOR ONE NIGHT……ILLITERATE CHAVS,U LOT…..SWEAR WORDS ARE FOR IDIOTS WHO HAVE LOST THE ARGUMENT………

  292. 1-1 is better than 0-0. We’re closer than we were at the beginning of the game.

  293. Dont respond to dave, his comments are stupid.

  294. Paul N and FG, they are absolutely diving all over the pitch, and the ref goes for it all the time, except once and then Arsenal scored.

    Now they just pulled Diaby down and it was “great pressure”

  295. Some people should be blocked, if you offer nothing constructive whats the point of posting.

  296. This ref is diabolical.

  297. Arsenal forcing the Barca defence to release early.

    Ref is blowing us up for everything. Should have been a yellow on Busquets on Theo.

  298. That was a fair fucking tackle!!!

  299. Boy this has really devolved into a dive-fest by the barca players.

  300. This is diabolical, the alleged best team in the world having to cheat against an injury-riddled Arsenal team. Totally pathetic. This ref’s a sucker too.

  301. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    REF IS A IDIOT….WASN’T A FOUL ON MESSI

  302. The ref is on the Barca payroll. Horrible yellow for Denilson and the ref knows he’s the key to shutting Messi down.

  303. Oh we are seeing the true Barc tonight, divers and foulers the lot of them.
    Yes dave knows about class – just like his team captain.
    Agree PN = lets have him blocked – I’ve asked before

  304. You see how long it takes him to blow the whistle when Arsenal gets fouled.

    This ref is a Barca fan.

    They are punks, the Barca players!!!

  305. Such bs, playing against arguably worls best side is difficult enough without such shite referee. Just how was that not a booking for foul on Walcott? Then Deni(?) was blocked off the ball, then deni’s good tackle is rewarded with a booking.

  306. Ref = c*nt (feels like I am saying this every week…)

  307. committing too many players on the break. Can’t get caught one-on-one Silvestre vs Messi!

  308. Phew. Close one.

  309. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    MESSI IS HANDLING YOUR DEFENCE ON HIS OWN

  310. @ anaconda
    Thanks – that’s what it sounded like.

  311. He was onside!!

  312. Bendtner onside and clean through. Offside called, of course.

  313. Can we block this guy?! Come on now, he offers nothing sensible.

  314. Bollocks

  315. Shit.

  316. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    MESSIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

  317. Messi again. 2-1

  318. We need to keep in this for the next 30 mins

  319. yes the spanish invented diving. showing us how its done.

  320. Eboue will be our ace in the hole.

  321. Our clearances have let us down.

  322. We always had to score 2 goals anyway.

  323. And that was an offside goal for Barca

  324. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    U GUYS BRAG TOO MUCH ABOUT BEAUTIFUL FOOTBALL BUT UR USING 11 BEHIND THE BALL………….LOL

  325. COME ARSENAL!!! WE WILL DO IT!!!!

  326. MDGunner, from the replay it seemed to have been onside, very tight call. Would have been flagged in the other end.

  327. Barca’s idea of pressing is basically just constant hacking.

  328. 3 turning points so far:

    1. Diaby not releasing Theo at 1-0
    2. Denilson false yellow, restricting his controlling of Messi.
    3. Bendtner wrong offside call

    I sense a penalty for us, though, somewhere in this game.

  329. testicles

  330. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    MESSI THE MAGICIAN…………..LOL

  331. Come ON!!!

  332. 3-1-Our defence just fell apart…that was all down to poor defending.

  333. Come on boys – get one back before half-time!

  334. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    HE WILL SCORE 5 GOALS TONIGHT………U GUYS CAN BORROW OUR DEFENCE……….HE DIDN’T SCORE AGAINST THE BLUE BOYS………LOL

  335. one more two-goal comeback, please!

  336. Ok we still need to score 2 more goals.COYG!!

  337. We need to get in and regroup.

    There’s still hope.

  338. someone shoot silvester when he gets back to london.

  339. We shouldnt have got caught like that but we did.

  340. Another fair tackle.

  341. Diaby is playing too far up. Denilson needs more help.

  342. I am so sick of this referee.

  343. This is a shame. We had them on the ropes and now we’re on them. We can’t concede a 4th before half-time.

  344. Lets remember that we were two goals down with less time than this, we will get the goals back!!

  345. True, Paul N. One of Arsene’s top half-time talks needed.

  346. Eboue on for Sagna on 60 mins. Vela on for Rosicky on 70. We can still do this.

    Diaby has alternated between magnificent and undisciplined.

  347. One early goal in the second half and Barcelona will panic. They have already demonstrated the ability to dive at every opportunity.

    3-3 Arsenal go through.

    …..Arsenal….

  348. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    MESSI NEEDED JUST 21 MINUTES TO SCORE HIS HAT TRICK………PROFESSEUR WORMGUS SHOULD SIGN HIM……….HE IS ONLY 22

  349. sorry-Eduardo on for Rosicky.

  350. Fuck off lagooner

  351. The ref is a biased as they come, he has helped Barca get a foothold in the match by constantly calling fouls on our team.

    We shouldnt have got beat with that last goal though, that was upsetting.

    But Anyway, ARSENAL!!!

  352. frank-go bang your head against the wall. It won’t make any difference to your postings.

  353. Thanks for the link Paul N by the way!!!

  354. We are giving up possession to easily. What about their goals, we virtually served them on a plat!! Btw its not Silvestre its our midfield letting the defenders down, giving balls away cheaply and not closing down

  355. Such a shame we couldn’t hang on after a great start. Still we’ve got another 45 mins plus to score 2 or 3 more.

  356. Its terrible we have played better but the ball just keeps falling to them in dangerous situations.

  357. Well, this is tough. They have been the better team but the referee has made key interventions.

    It’s been said before that EUFA wanted a manu- Barca final.

    Well…

  358. why Frank-because I said we can still do this? You just prove my point againn and again and again.

  359. COYG. Liverpool came back from 3-0 down. We can do this 3 goals in the 2nd half. We have played so much better. Some eboue magic is on the cards.

  360. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    LETS GET BEHIND THE ONE ENGLISH MAN ON SHOW ……..WALCOTT

  361. So same situation as last week, but with more time.

    Simples.

  362. We can still do this. Arsene will get their heads right during half time.

  363. We’ll finish stronger, but we need to be in touch for it to be worth our while.

    Come on Arsenal!

  364. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    I THOUGHT U GUYS SAID CHELSEA COMPLAINED TOO MUCH ABOUT THE REF LAST YEAR…….LOL.LETS SEE HOW THE SHOE FITS ON U GUYS……….LOL

    DIDN’T KNOW ARSENAL PLAYERS COULD TACKLE LIKE HULL….HOPE U GUYS DON’T INJURE THE MESSI………………WANT TO SEE HIM AT THE WORLD CUP

  365. barca are the epitome of a one man team, minus messi they would be 2-0 down at HT

  366. I think Eboue should come on for Rosicky and Theo should go on the left.

  367. Look at Dave cheering on Barca while his team is snug at home.

  368. dave surely your cats need feeding…bugger off.

  369. This is the quarter finals, Dave. You have no interest here – despite Roman’s billions, and whatever happens to Arsenal.

  370. Wenger out!!!!

  371. Let’s get a goal – give them something to think about.

  372. 1 loose cannon

    despite the score line nothing has changed we still need to score 2 more goals. Wenger need to lift the players. I think their head dropped after they equalised. they were soft goals but they were lucky with the first 2 and the ref what a disgrace.

  373. Dave. Do you know how many people on this blog visit Chelsea forums? Exactly zero. It’s because nobody cares about Chelsea-we only care about Arsenal. Clearly you secretly want to support Arsenal. You’re like a homophobe with a man-crush.

  374. Keep up lagooner

    Still advertising your tawdry wares, Stringvest?

    Have to say that I have rarely heard such inept and up the arse punditry as Keys, Gullitt and Souness. It is so unprofessional. These guys get paid a fortune for this.

    We really can win this.

    …Arsenal….

  375. keep fighting windmills Frank.

  376. Vela isn’t in the squad.

  377. Lets tighten up the touches!

  378. Good save from Almunia?

  379. Our touches are uncharacteristically heavy. We can win this game.

    LETS DO IT!!!

  380. ha ha ha.. i have a stream with sound of the com room in the background and there are people swearing at theo..

  381. Diving cheating so and so…never again will I cheer these assholes even against the Mancs…..still waiting for diaby to come into this game and take it by the scruff of the neck!!!!!

    Come on you redzzzz!!!!!!

  382. Walcott is not having one of his better games but we know that he can produce a moment of magic and he will.

  383. i like this sub…Toure on for Bojan….time to turn up the heat.

  384. Keep the comments coming Ladies & Gentlemen…I can’t find a working stream

  385. c’mon if we stop the sloppyness we can get back in this.

  386. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    LAST YEAR WE WERE STOPPED FROM GOING TO THE FINAL BY A REFEREE WHILE U GUYS WERE TRASHED BY MAN U AND RONALDO

    THIS YEAR BARCELONA AND MESSI ARE GIVING YOU GUYS A LESSON IN FOOTBALL………

    WE WILL THE LEAGUE AND FA CUP WHILE YOU GUYS WOULD WIN NOTHING……..8 YEARS AND COUNTING FROM PROF WORMGUS

  387. Why is Almunia always kicking it long? That’s not what we usually do. Pass it short!

  388. barca starting to showboat. Over-confidence could be their downfall.

  389. Let’s get Eboue on…

  390. What a wasted opportunity

  391. Bendtner has worked very, very hard. Just had a half-chance.

  392. Showboating or running out of steam again? Get Eboue on for TR

  393. Was clichy serious with that?

  394. Tactically, Arsene got it right. A combination of poor refereeing, defensive erros and brilliant finishing from Messi have us at 3-1. However, a second goal for us (which is very possible) will have Barca on the ropes. We’re beginning to control midfield in these last 5-10 mins.

  395. Looking for the complimentary “F*ck Off” Chap?

    Come back when you know how to count.

    Also try to open the history book to look up the 50 blank pages of your trophy-less mediocre years.

  396. c’mon lets up the fukin chevy chase and do these spiks.

  397. Eboue on for Silvestre

  398. Eboue on for Silvestre. Sagna in the middle. Good call.

  399. Nothing worse than watching people eat sunflower seeds, yuk!

  400. one other thing…Clichy is back to his best.

  401. Fucking divers!!!!

  402. Diving fuckjing bastards

  403. we are being a bunch of pussys. why does it take 60 mins to realise we need to actually work hard. nasri and vermaelen again are looking like our only truely international quality players. a sad day in terms of effort and quality shown

  404. Sergio acts like he’s been shot by Eboue. It was a foul, but he made a massive meal of it.

  405. How is that a foul when the guy is holding him?

  406. Play acting fuckers – thats why they are the supposed best?

  407. alis, shut the hell up!

  408. Seriously, ref? We got 3 yellow cards for nothing so far. Great job!

  409. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    I THOUGHT U GUYS SAID DROGBA DIVES…..HOPE BARCA TEACH U GUYS A LESSON IN DIVING……………..LOL

  410. wasted, wasted wasted opportunity from TR – he had time to do better than that

  411. If anything, It just proves that “Honesty” doesn’t get you anywhere in this world.

    Cheaters rule

  412. No need for that, he had enough time to settle and shoot!

  413. our heads haven’t gone down in this half. One break in our favour and the tone of this game changes. Decent chance for Rosicky, but mishit the shot.

  414. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    ROSICKY NEEDS TO BE PLAYING FOR MILLWALL WITH A STRIKE LIKE THAT

  415. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    I CAN’T FIND MY ENGLISH MAN ON THE PITCH AGAIN……WHERE IS HE HIDING

  416. 1 loose cannon

    Messi as good as he is he is very annoying you go near him and he would full at the faintest of touches. Come on we need to up the tempo this is taking us nowhere. what an ass this ref he ist happy to give Barca all decisions. eboue is given a yellow, for what?
    that was a good chance Rosicky, should have taken another touch, he had plenty of time.

  417. No lie if we had all of our players fit we would beat Barca, of that I have no doubt.

  418. useless incompetent ref

  419. right 20 mins here we go

  420. Come on Arsenal!

  421. NB52 heads against the post arghhhhhhhhhh

  422. Ooooooooooooh

  423. was that offside on Bendtner?

  424. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    PEDRO SHOULD HAVE MADE IT FOUR………….GOD,U GUYS SHOULDN’T EMBARRASS ENGLAND AT THE NOU CAMP

    ANYWAY…….JUST ONE ENGLISH MAN ANYWAY AND HE DOESN’T PLAY FOR THE GREAT ENGLISH FIRST TEAM………LOL

  425. let’s get one before 80 mins.

  426. I would say give Merida a chance, even Vela…both played in Spain and probably used to it.

  427. Strange was it not lagooner, it was shown like four times but never from an angle that would have verified it….

    Another thing, Busquets is worse diver than Gerrard, and that’s saying a lot.

  428. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    PAUL N,U ALREADY GETTING THE EXCUSES IN……INJURIES…BLA…BLA….BLA

  429. What is up with Clichy shooting?

  430. Clichy wasted that opportunity – a pass would have been better

  431. i just saw that play stopped. I don’t know why. They never showed the sideline angle.

  432. Clichy has been magnificent.

  433. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    BARCELONA ARE TEACHING U GUYS A LESSON IN RESPECT……THEY ARE EVEN SHOW BOATING IN A QUARTER FINAL

    CLICHY SHOULD BE PLAYING FOR SCUNTHORPE F.C……LOL

  434. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    IF BARCELONA DIDN’T HAVE ANY INJURIES,IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A CRICKET SCORE BY NOW……LOL

  435. RAC, I give it to you, you are an annoying person.

    Thats a gift! not even one can do it so well, take a bow!

  436. OOU, he is not a striker though. He has been wasteful when we have the ball in dangerous positions a couple of times.

  437. Paul N-I think he’s trying to make things happen, and that caused the rash shot. But he’s taking a leadership role in this game, which is great.

  438. 2 goals in ten minutes is not beyond us.

    Yes, if we didnt have most of our best players injured we would beat Barca.

  439. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    MESSI IS JUST DANCING AROUND UR DEFENDERS….LOL

  440. Come on – keep going

  441. Damn, I guess that’s what it takes to win the Champions League

  442. Awful performance 2nd half. Too much respect.

  443. We need to score now..

  444. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    LE ARSE FANS,TIME IS RUNNING OUT……..AFTER ALL THE MILLIONS THE AMERICANA HAS INVESTED……..LOL

  445. The crowd is on to the ‘Oles’

    Let’s scare them a little with a goal.

  446. Several players have hidden tonight.

    We are much better than this.

  447. lagooner, I admire that but part of leading is that you make the right decisions. He is no striker pass the ball to one who is better at scoring.

  448. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    U GUYS HAVE EMBARRASSED ENGLAND…….BARCA FANS ARE NOW TOASTING WITH THE GAME

  449. they took their foot off the gas and we havnt taken advantage.

  450. Clichy is exhausted. The whole team has been heroic tonight.

  451. going out with a whimper in the end.

  452. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    MAXWELL,A DEFENDER ALMOST SCORED……..LOL

  453. 1 loose cannon

    We missed a leader out there tonight. No doubt about that.

  454. so, we have been found out – again!

    now what?

  455. Actaully many players did not perform as I expected but thats life, not sure if they hid though.

    Well that all she wrote!!

  456. Hang your heads in shame some of you.

  457. Not the best day for Eboué. Bad defending and played Messi onside.

  458. “LE ARSE FANS,TIME IS RUNNING OUT……..AFTER ALL THE MILLIONS THE AMERICANA HAS INVESTED……..LOL”

    Man, you really know nothing about this club.

  459. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    WHAT IS MY NAME………….MESSIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII….I AM THE BEST FOOTBALLER IN THE WORLD……..LOL

  460. as I type this – Messi scores…

  461. We failed by making poor decisions on the offensive side of the ball, we get into good positions and then mess it up.

  462. Diaby was actually hiding behind the referee at one point.

    Put a fucking tackle in for God’s sake.

    Only Clichy in my eyes looks like he wants to win, the rest look like they just want to go home.

  463. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    ATLEAST MESSI DIDN’T EMBARRASS CHELSEA LIKE THAT

  464. first time i seen a wenger team with no belief in that 2nd half.

  465. Messi is the best player in the world, no harm in saying that.

  466. No shame in being beaten by Barcelona. Not when we had so many vital players out.

  467. Well, if we lose today…I’m still proud of losing only 5-3 to what is touted as the best team in the world + Fifa’s darlings + Uefa’s babies. With all our missing players, we could have done better, but that’s life.

  468. unlike you dave, mind you you seem quite articulate for a chelsea fan.

  469. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    U GUYS ARE BEING TRASHED

  470. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    BARCA FANS ARE WAVING BYE TO LE ARSE AND PROF WORMGUS

  471. Well Diaby was just not ready – he was in awe of the celebrity of Barca.

  472. Actually…you know what. I was right this morning. I fucking hate blogs and Arsenal blogs are the worst.

    This just isn’t worth it.

    I know what Arsenal are capable of…and so do a few others on here. But this is masochism.

    This is a fantastic squad and that is all there is to it. I don’t need to share that with any of you.

    Bibin…go fuck yourself you cunt.

    …Arsenal…

  473. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    LE ARSE ARE OUT……..LOL.AFTER ALL UR BRAGGING……WHAT IF IBRAHAMOVIC WAS FIT

  474. I don’t think this result will be a huge psychological blow for us-we will know that we had the game in our grasp early on.

    We battled hard and honestly, particularly in the 2nd half, and this will have been a tremendous learning experience for the boys.

    The bar will never be higher than tonight and the 3rd goal was the killer blow. If we had kept it tight at 2-1, I think we could have scored a late equalizer.

    So we didn’t pull off the great upset tonight, but the performance was a proud one.

    And at the risk of being told to ‘fuck off’, well played to Barcelona. They were the better team, they have possibly the game’s greatest ever player and I hope they go on to win it all.

  475. Barcelona aren’t just the best team in the world. They’re the best team of the 21st Century so far.

    We will get there.

    I promise we will because we’ve got an amazing base to build on. And we’re doing things the right way. It’s just that it takes time to build a culture.

    Chin up gooners. We’ll get there soon.

    Now, back to the business of the premier league. That’s the big one for me.

  476. Good effort lads, a bridge too far but I’m still proud. Those arseholes emailing ATVO calling for Arsene’s head and slating the players need to fuck right off!

  477. Oh disappointing. If only we could have taken those two chances.

  478. dave its way past your bed time now mate.

  479. No Gallas, RVP, Cesc, Arshavin, Song – and I still thought we played better tonight overall than last week. We have these mental lapses that you just cannot have agaisnt a team like Barca. This is something we wil have to work on for next season.

    4-1 seems a bit cruel though.

    Very proud of the Boyz, anyway!!!

  480. Three, actually. Theo and Bendter and Rosicky.

  481. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    IT SEEMS AFTER U GUYS TRASHED PORTO,SOME OF U WERE FEELING TOO GOOD ABOUT URSELFS…………CHELSEA DID TRASH PORTO HOME AND AWAY…BOYS…………U GUYS WERE REALLY LUCKY TO EVEN REACH THIS STAGE

  482. The current Chelsea team would have been destroyed more than we were. United more so. Liverpool would’ve been a cricket score. This Barcelona team is special, no shame losing.

  483. We were miles away over the two legs…yet ironically one pass from Diaby and we were going to win.

    On small things a game turns.

    Some players didn’t play well tonight, one or two were frankly dreadful, doesn’t make them bad players but tonight we were hammered.

  484. For the sake of Justice and Football, i just hope Barca go one and win this trophy. They are the best team in the world no doubt and the Thick English Jornos can quit their Messi Rooney Comparison. The Cliché about certain players not doing well against English opposition has also been laid to rest!!!

    Arsenal

  485. What if Gallas, Arshavin, Fabregas, Campbell, Djorou, Song, Van Persie, Gibbs, Ramsey were fit?

  486. and unlike chelsea and united, we took Barcelona head on and didn’t play negative football. We also got three goals. We were also missing 5 automatic first teamers. REAL ENGLISH CHAP is a cunt.

  487. I agree FunGun, we have good chances and got nothing.

    what Barca have that our players who played didnt have was composure, well what Messi had.

    Clichy also tried his hand at shooting, we shot ourselves in the foot.

    Not that we wouldve won but you never know.

  488. Real English Chap / Dave / Chav Chelscum Tosser,

    You really are quite a strange man!

    Why would a fan of another team spend all night leaving responses on a rivals blog site unless in fact youre a closet Arsenal fan!

    Just admit you love the Arsenal, and quite frankly who could blame you!

  489. QOS-I don’t know what game you were watching, but I don’t think the team gave up for a second.

    Desperately disappointing but it was not a shameful performance at all.

    The 3rd goal took the wind out of us. Until then, the game could have gone either way. We looked as dangerous as Barca.

    Frank-sorry, but you need help. I’m not trying to antagonize you, but your anger is way out of control.

  490. Wow. What can you say. So proud of the team. We gave it our best shot and played so well throughout the game. Bendtner is a legend. What a load of crap from Andy Gray about Barca exposing the defensive weaknesses of Arsenal. F@ck it Messi is unreal he would rip any team apart.He only had a sniff of the goal and banged it in.Still we created some good chances but sadly couldnt capitalise at the end of it. We were never otclassed but certainly beaten. Now to the small matter of stealing the EPL under the noses on ManUSA and Chelski.Hope they get stuffed by Ronaldo at the weekend and get mugged by inter. F@ckin diving bastards.COYG!!!

  491. Good night, all. I’m so depressed and yet weirdly still numb.

  492. Well for me the game was turned on a few points – robbed of too many first choice players, some very poor referee’s decision in a first half spell and at the same time some very theatrical diving and rolling (that shows that is still alive and well in the “Latin countries)”.
    Never mind at least we went one round further than Chelsea did and I can only hope that the obviously rascist scum called Dave (who still can’t figure out how to get off of Caps Lock) dies a horrible and agonizing death, and I sincerely mean that, and if anyone objects they can fuck off too.
    COYG next game

  493. Dave is a Gooner, Dave is a Gooner la la la la!

  494. 1 loose cannon

    You have to say the difference was Messi tonight. Its a bit harsh no RVP Fabregas, Gallas, Arshavin, Song, Ramsey and a 50/50 Rosicky and Denilson, that is the entire first team out. Its just unfortunarte to play a top side with a very under strengh team. We will meet them again under different circumstances and we will avenge this I’m sure. Anyway its over bring on the Spuds for some mash.

  495. Haven’t seen the game but we were hammered it seems. Just got to take in the chin. We will live to fight another day.

  496. You fucking stupid man, lagooner. This result will be a massive blow to Arsenal. You can only take every fucker in the world kicking you for so long before you decide that that is enough.

    It is also virtually the end of the EPL as a dominant force. Because kicking players off the pitch before European games is de rigeur.

    We had to field a half strength side tonight because of the the FA and PL.

    I doubt whether we will get to mobilise a full strength AW side again. Just a hunch.

    Some of you fools really do not understand the stakes here do you?

    Now we on the blogs have to start again with cunts like you lagooner, Stringvest, trolls, Howard etc etc etc

  497. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    NO IBRAHAMOVIC

    NO CARLOS PUYOL

    NO THIERY HENRY…DIDN’T EVEN NEED HIM

    INIESTA HALF FIT

    NO

    ARSENE WORMGUS LOVES LITTLE BOYS BUT BARCA PLAYED THEIR LITTLE BOYS AGAINST U GUYS

    BOJAN……………..20

    PEDRO……………..20

    BUSQUETS…………..21

    MESSI…………..22

    LOL

  498. Barca deserved it.

    Clichy our man of the match. We didn’t look like scoring again after the first 30 minutes. Too many players playing out of position, too many creative players missing.

    This team will get there. I love Arsenal. WKB.

  499. “Good effort lads, a bridge too far but I’m still proud. Those arseholes emailing ATVO calling for Arsene’s head and slating the players need to fuck right off!”

    Hi Passenal. I’ve given up on the ATVO Match Centre now. The negativity recently has been astounding. We are three points from the top with five games to go, when at the start of the season most people expected us to finish fifth.

    And the commentators spend more time reading out retarded emails than they do describing the action.

  500. Chins up. A depleted team and we came out fighting. This team will be the greatest of all time. I love them all.

    Dave if you have a wife, I will make it my mission in life to fuck her so good that she leaves you. You putrid piece of shit.

  501. I also dont see where we were schooled by Barca and were Barca put on such an imprssive display, I do admit that Messi did as an individual.

    It comes down to taking your chances and not taking your chances.

  502. Its so sad to see this team play like lions only to be let down by a stubborn coach who refused to strengthen the squad against all reason. Everyone knew Galas would never be an all season player and even though we had depth in midfield our central defense was thin. Yet our coach refused to strengthen our weakest link. It is so sad to see all the sweat and blood of the boys who could only do so much in such a thin squad

  503. Can you remember what happend last time when DAVE showed up to gloat? You haven’t learned your lesson you tw*t.

    We won’t have to play extra games anymore and can fully concentrate on kicking Chelski from the top.

    Welcome back Frank.

  504. You know you love us, Dave. I can’t say I blame you.

  505. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    I HOPE MDGUNNER DIES A HORRIBLE AND PAINFUL ,AGONISING DEATH WITH UR BODY LEFT TO ROT ON THE STREETS…….U BASTARD

    BARCA TRASHED YOU,NOT ME………..LOL

  506. sadly we deserved that big defeat we didn’t look like coming back 2nd half but without gallas song cesc especialy it was on cards. Bit hacked off by rosicky though not a fighter at all when we needed it but at least the rest gave it their best.

  507. real english gooner chap,

    you forgot to mention our missing players there old chap.

    by the way i sometimes sit next to a guy called dave at the emirates..are you an ugly bastad and wear an arsenal cap???

  508. G69 – hehehehehehehe

  509. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    IT SEEMS THE ONLY TEAM THAT GAVE BARCA A GAME WAS CHELSEA………I KNOW U GUYS KNOW IT DEEP INSIDE

    BARCA TRASHED MANURE BY 2 GOALS TO NOTHING

    AND TODAY BARCA TRASHED U GUYS

    WITH CHELSEA…….THEY NEEDED A REF TO HELP THEM

  510. Get over it, Dave. That was a whole year ago. Move on son.

  511. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    U GUYS ALWAYS COME TO OUR BLOG TO GLOAT…SO BE MAN ENOUGH TO TAKE IT

  512. Harry Flowers

    Nothing to be ashamed of at all. We have a squad decimated with injuries. I’m proud of them as always. This will team get their rewards.

    Chin up. Let’s look forward to the Spuds game.

    ARSENAL.

    p.s If you ignore the CAPS LOCK c***t he will go away. If you feed him he’ll stay.

  513. One final thing. I think we looked more dangerous than Man United did in the final last year.

    QOS is right. These games turn on one or two moments.

    As much as I love this squad, it does no good to say what might have been with everyone fit. Barca had key injuries too.

    We’ve won big games before with key players out and have lost big games with most of our key players fit.

    This is a great Arsenal squad that came up short against the best team in the world. We can still challenge for the Premier League and Champions League trophies for years to come with this foundation.

  514. Bigbrova, hindsight is 20/20 friend. Go fuck yourself.

  515. This Guys an idiot, if you take Messi alone out of Barca they dont win nothing. You dont win when all of your BEST players are out, clown.

  516. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    ONEOFUS,I RATHER ACCEPT A 6-3 DEFEAT THAN BE CHEATED…….BUT AM OVER IT NOW………….JUST GIVING MY VIEW ON THE BALANCE OF THE THREE ENGLIGH CLUBS AGAINST BARCA

  517. where is your blog dave?? i will come their when we pip you to ze title.

  518. At last I got Dave to respond to me (so that’s blown your REC cover). Now next lesson – on the left of your keyboard you will see a key that has “CAPS LOCK” on it, press it so the light goes out, but don’t forget to use it to capitalize the first letter in each sentence.
    Next lesson – how to stop Dave abusing small children.

  519. You really are of of the most stupid up your own arse cunts to walk the Earth, lagooner. Why do I have to read your shit day in day out?

  520. you are not an idioy lagooner, you know who is.

    However, what would you think of Barca if you take Xavi, Iniesta and Messi out?

  521. Frank-can’t believe I’m hearing such negative doommongering from you. You’ve lost the plot.

    This is a game where we were short of key players, and still could have pulled off an upset. We were not humiliated, which is why I think we’ll dust ourselves off and come back strong against Spurs.

    Quit being such a negative drama queen and get behind the team for the rest of the season.

  522. Agree with Consol… Some players did not seem really at top of their game tonight (TR or Samir for ex.) which is surprising given the stakes…
    Great fighting spirit from Nik and Clichy

  523. When Roman gets indicted and Chelsea become a mid table side again I WILL ALSO WRITE IN ALL FUCKING CAPS ON CHELSEA BLOGS. By the way can anyone name any Chelsea or Man U blogs where we can go fuck with them?

  524. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    PAUL N,IF U CAN’T BEAT THE ALMIGHTY BLUES AND MANURE……….THEN U CAN NEVER BEAT BARCELONA….

  525. fucking hell clichy is right back to his best from 2 seasons ago.

    spud mashing countdown begins.

    barca are just another one man freak show… good luck to them, i think moany will know how to kill messi over legs.

    the title charge begins.

  526. The only difference between an Arsenal side wracked with injury to ‘key’ players is Messi. Now Lionel messi in his simplicity is a very good player…but tonight I see that he does not play it straight.

  527. Just ignore lagooner.

  528. Dave you are doing a good job of being annoying, take a bow.

    lagooner, there is no comparison as far as players we have missed. We have missed the driving force of our offensive play. Again if you take all of Barca key offensive players out what do think would happen to them?

  529. Dave is a gooner, Dave is a gooner la la la la

    Chelsea gave them a game ha ha ha……

    Mmmmm let me see who went through, it was Chelscum, oh no sorry my mistake it was Barca!

  530. Still looking for hits, Stringvest? Is it fashionable to come on to another fellows blogsite with a link to your own constantly. Surely one bash is polite.

  531. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    SKY PUNDITS HAVE BEEN SHOCKED INTO SILENCE……..THEY HAVE RUN OUT OF ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE BARCELONA…..SOMEBODY GET THEM A THESAURUS………..

    IT SEEMS NOBODY ON SKY WOULD SAY LE ARSE PLAY BEAUTIFUL FOOTBALL FOR A LONG TIME

  532. The frustrating thing about Barca’s pressing game is that it basically entails subtle hacking from three different sides.

    They were rolling about on the floor after less from us.

    No complaints about the result though.

  533. Caps Lock OFF Dave

  534. Funny, I think if we sit back and try to catch them on the counter we win. They are great when they run at you but didnt created much when our defence was in place.

  535. Say what you want about his shooting – Clichy was blinding.

  536. Probably a bad time to post here. Tough luck guys.

    Looking back on the two legs, this was a clash which lived up to the billing. I do agree that you were hampered by the big injuries, but then that’s life. Last CL final we had to re-shuffle everything.

    Messi was out of the world and was the main reason why we won. It’s a disgrace that many will not identify the contribution of Xavi in this match. He was out of this world.

    Frank : I know what you are going to say. So keep it to yourself. Again grow up buddy.

  537. can’t understand why a team like Barce need to resort to tactics of diving and play acting.

  538. Fuck off Bibin.

  539. Very dignified from Wenger.

    “They are better than us”.

    Just wished he’d have said, “but not next season.”

  540. 1 loose cannon

    Dave is the real English Crap, He suffers from inferiority complex, he comes on here to make himself feel big but once the chavs get smacked he just disappears
    Go away.

    I sugest if no one replies to him then he will be talking to himself and then he will bugger off

  541. We’ll win the league, no problem.

  542. bibin, do barca always dive so much or just when intimidated??

  543. Binbin. If you post here again tonight, i’ll kill you, and i’ll make it look like an accident.

  544. Thanks Paul.

    Messi is the greatest player in the world, and possibly the history of the game. If he was out, it would affect Barca more than any player being out for Arsenal would affect us, even Cesc. He’s just that good.

    If Messi was out today, our chances would have been 50-50, even with all our injuries.

  545. See Bibin, I actually thought that you were Spanish and knew something about Barcelona until you were exposed so cruelly last night. The power of the Internet, eh?

  546. by the way, Frank. You don’t have to read my shit day in day out. You can just throw your toys out of the pram and stomp off….again.

  547. BinBin,

    Don’t delude yourself that you are that good. Minus the injuries, the game would have been more even. And you would not necessarily have prevailed.

    Congratulations. But you had more luck with the injuries.

    We will meet again.

  548. Yes Messi is great. OneOfUs is right though….I lost count of the sly (and not so sly) fouls committed against us. Not to mention the endless rolling around and play acting. The ref was absolutely bloody useless.

    So…let’s put this behind us. The result is absolutely no disgrace under the circumstances. Concentrate on the league.

    I’m off. Goodnight to all you true Arse fans. Have fun with the CAPS LOCK c***t.

  549. exactly lagooner, when your best players are out againts the best it makes it hard and even after that we fluffed some good chances.

    The scoreline does not say the whole story to me.

  550. I think Dave talks to himself anyway….whilst kneeling in front of his Arsenal shrine!

    He loves us you know!- and who can blame him really!

    If you had to spend a lifetime following the West London no marks you would want to change your team!

  551. QoS – do your rates reduce for multiple slayings? If so I like to nominate Dave too.

  552. again we progress in the season till we get besieged with injuries.

  553. Bibin

    All you had to do was say ‘this is probably a bad time to post’ only to yourself and then walk away from the computer.

  554. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    PROF WORMGUS IS KNEELING DOWN AT THE ALTAR OF MESSI WITH PRAISES

    I BET IF HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIGN HIM,HE WOULDN’T HAVE….

    AFTER ALL HE WAS PLAYING THE GREAT ECONOMIST, WHEN HE REFUSED SIGNING RONALDO,IBRAHAMOVIC AND DROGBA

    THOSE THREE HAVE ALL TRASHED LE ARSE BADLY…..AFTER THEY GREW UP

    IT SEEMS WORMGUS ONLY SIGNS THE USELESS LITTLE BOYS……..HE CAN’T SPOT TALENT EVEN IF IT GIVES HIM A PUNCH IN THE HEAD

  555. Who on earth couldve seen Song getting injured and even our back up Center Back that looked likely to play, Mr Campbell. Aint this some crap.

    I dont care, I say if we dont have so many key injuries and also players coming back from injury I say we beat Barca.

    ARSENAL!!!

  556. The muppets are out in force. 8 players out and people are saying we need more experience.

    Here we go….

    You could lose to Barca with the 2nd best team in the world. What do you do ?

    How the hell do people expect us to be the best team in the world where we compete with the teams with double/triple the resources.

    Ludicrous phone in going on on 5 live at the moment. Totally ludicrous.

  557. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    LE PROF WORMGUS,HAS GONE 8 YEARS WITHOUT A TROPHY……..MAY HE LIVE FOREVER

  558. Dave you so love us!

    I think you love AW with all your heart!

    You probably want to and share a nice cheese baguette and some French wine with him!

    Dave is gooner, Dave is gooner!

  559. It’s a shame we didn’t give a better account of ourselves. Those players are capable of much more than that. I hardly feel we gave them a game. I think we were demoralised by the injuries. Of how many of those players can we say, “He gave his best, but it wasn’t enough”? Clichy – as others have pointed out – gave his best, and it was excellent. We can’t really say the same of everyone.

  560. We win together and we loose together.

  561. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    SPURS WOULD COME AT U GUYS WITH ANGER AFTER WHAT DARREN BENT DID TO THEM AND THEY WOULD HAVE RESTED FOR A FULL WEEK…………….LOL

    IT SEEMS U GUYS MIGHT FINISH THE SEASON 4TH WITHOUT UR SAVIOUR,FABREGAS………..ONE MAN TEAM LE ARSE

  562. My comment about Cheese baguettes and wine must be moderated!

    It was mild Brie that Dave and AW were having!

  563. oh i forgot its half term, so dave gets an extra couple of hours.

  564. I agree notlager, their diving and play acting takes the shine off their otherwise good play. I think we did well tonight considering. The difference was Messi’s finishing. They did not dominate us tonight despite the scoreline we were much more in the game from what I could hear. I look forward to playing them again with our best players fit. They were very fortunate with the timing of these 2 games.

    I’m glad for the little break to give the team time to re-group for the final sprint in the PL. I just hope the players have enough left in the tank and Arsene can get them re-focussed again.

    P.S. I was impressed with the away fans, I could hear them a few times over the din of the other 92,000

  565. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    Possession

    * Barcelona 63%
    * Arsenal 37%

    Attempts on target

    * Barcelona 8
    * Arsenal 2

    Attempts off target

    * Barcelona 7
    * Arsenal 5

    Corners

    * Barcelona 3
    * Arsenal 2

    Fouls

    * Barcelona 10
    * Arsenal 16

  566. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    SCORELINE : 4 -1

    EMBARRASSING………..A DISGRACE

  567. I don’t really give a **** about Barcelona. They weren’t brilliant tonight. They were far better in the first leg, and they got a draw. Sure, we had even more injuries for this game; but it wasn’t the players who were missing in the second leg who made the difference in the first. I think it was the speed with which the injuries came that did the harm: half a team cut down almost over night.

  568. @notlager, Barca Players were diving a lot, but to suggest they gained any huge advantage by that is overly simplistic. We failed to do the basics; work hard and close spaces when not with the ball. Its becoming a concern, but how do we always lose our best players during crucial periods?? Gallas, Clichy and Sagna during the semis last year too.
    I don’t have the solution but am sure Wenger knows and he will be looking to address this issue because its happened too often to be termed “coincidence” or “Unfortunate”

  569. we were beaten by a better side.

    passenal,

    watch the game before giving a verdict..

  570. well we were never really going to win tonight, it was a big ask, if we did it would have been one of the greatest wins/upsets EVER so what are people annoyed about, i aint even upset, i knew we were on a hiding to nothing. i suppose its a shame we went out with a whimper though, but maybe coz of the injuries the belief just wasnt there.

  571. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    U GUYS COULDN’T EVEN FIGHT BACK LIKE ENGLISH MEN…….OH WELL,UR TEAM IS FRENCH ANYWAY…………….

    NOBODY CAN BEAT CHELSEA BY FOUR GOALS WITH OUR 11 MEN ON THE PITCH………………

    I ALMOST THOUGHT THE REF GAVE WALCOTT AND DIABY A RED CARD COS BARCA LOOKED AS IF THEY PLAYED AGAINST 9 MEN

  572. Dave I love it that you love Arsenal!

    Its beautiful, I can imagine you at The Emerites in all your red / white glory!

    We all know you love us and you know it too!

  573. So many average foreign players being awarded extended infinite contracts. Rosicky (at 30 he’s past it and has nothing more to offer), same as Eduardo.

    Almunia is average. He seems to fall before the ball is kicked. Not good to play for Arsenal.

    Sylvestre? Why did he buy him? Of course he’s French.

    We won’t win anything while Arsene continue to bring in average French players and keeps the likes of Almunia.

  574. fukin el dave you really are a passionate gooner, following all our stats.

  575. I love DAVE too Remi. He will be the reason why Chelski will lose the PL title.

    Karma is a bitch.

  576. 1 loose cannon

    Poli- It was always going to be an uphill with the entire team out, despite that the difference was they had Messi and we didn’t, thats it really. He was the difference, he accurte finishing is unbelievable. People are making me laugh when they mention Rooney in the same sentence as Messi. He is the best in the world without a shadow of a doubt.
    Despite me praising him I do believe Inter will be in the final Mourinho is the football destroyer he will mark him from head to toe and park the bus and sneack a goal. He has no shame in those tactics we just don’t do that.A top quality player you simply have to put him off his game by whatever means.

  577. Fuck off Howard.

  578. allo howard.

  579. “How the hell do people expect us to be the best team in the world where we compete with the teams with double/triple the resources.”

    It’s not just that Muppet, our players are allowed to be kicked out of the game in the PL and this is the consequence. We get to the business end of the season and we’ve run out of players and are forced to put teenagers and injured players on the bench. There is no team that could win that game with the heart ripped out of it, but we gave it a try.

    I just don’t understand why people start looking for scapegoats at a time like this. Maybe they should just sleep on it before commenting. All the players out tonight are good players but the balance and chemistry of the team as a whole wasn’t right because too many key ingredients were missing. It does not suddenly make them rubbish or mean that we should throw them all out and start again. That would be a waste after all the progress we’ve made this season.

  580. Passenal, just scrap Messis name out of Barcas team and we would have won today.

  581. i know one thing…something has to be done regarding these fukin injuries. whats the point in every year doing so well to get close then coming a roy cropper to injuries. really frustrating coz like last year if we have a near full team we will win things.

  582. I warned Arsene about an upset. Didn’t Leeds at manu in the FA Cup teach him anything? Tcah!

    Oh, and fuck off Bibin. Barca are a very good side and messi is a very good player but you cheat a lot.

  583. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    MODA,PROF WORMGUS LIKES HIS BOYS FRENCH…….NO FIGHT IN THEM…………….THEIR BODY LANGUAGE WAS ALL GONE AFTER THE 3RD GOAL

    I THOUGHT WENGUS SAID SOMETHING ABOUT MENTAL STRENGTH

  584. howard/moda how you been ?? worried about someone trying to plot to kill your boss??

  585. Can we just ignore Dave n quit dignifying his half-witted comments!!!

  586. Coolsteve, the players did try to close down Barca, didnt they.

    What do you do when you block a ball at it goes straight to the offensive players in a scoring position? that has nothing to do with not closing down just the luck of the bounce.

  587. By the way, I’m not saying the cheating won them the match, but it’s not nice to see and it’s not the first time.

  588. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    DELUDED LE ARSE FANS THINK THE ONLY DIFFERENCE WAS MESSI…………….LAST WEEK ,IBRAHAMOVIC SCORED A BRACE AND U GUYS WERE SAYING MESSI IS OVERRATED COS HE DIDN’T DO NOTHING

    MAKE UP UR MIND ALREADY…U GUYS
    THAT’S ANOTHER SIGN OF WEAK MENTAL STRENGTH :INDECISION

    IT SEEMS LE ARSE FANS ARE AS MENTALLY FEEBLE LIKE THEIR FOOTIE PLAYERS……

    NO WONER U GUYS LEFT UR STADIUM EMPTY AT THE 75TH MINUTE AFTER WE TRASHED U LOSERS………….LOL

  589. The cheating could throw a team off of its rythm and also make them wary of going in for a tackle.

  590. You are an ungracious, unknowledgeable, undeserving, self-satisfied, grinning prat, Bibin. You just exploited one of the best bloggers on the interwebthingy and fucked him right up the arse, you self satisfied little wretch. Fuck right off and never come here again.

  591. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    IT SEEMS AT THIS VOLATILE TIME,LE ARSE FANS DON’T WANT REALISM……….JUST FANTASY…………….TAKE MESSI OUT..BLA….BLA…BLA………AND WE WOULD HAVE TRASHED THEM BY FOUR GOALS………LOL

    ARE U GUYS DRUNK OR JUST STUPID

  592. I think it was less about diving and more about the refereeing decisions in the first-half.

    Bendtner was clear through and was called offside. Going up 2-1 would have terrified Barca, as they would have known a 3rd goal would have been deadly for them.

    Denilson’s yellow was godawful too.

  593. Passenal,

    There is no doubt that the physical battering that we take is a factor. What I find strange is that Barcelona had so much of the ball and we were unable to put them under the usual pressure that we put opponents under. I do not put this down to Barcelona brilliance. I think we were genuinely jaded and were not able to compete. It is totally frustrating that we were not at our best, because I’m sure a lot of us believe that with out best players available, fit and fresh, we would have gone through to the semi finals. The media will revel in glee at the Barcelona performance and Messi inparticular, but I think we should hold on to knowledge that we have an exceptional team.

    The team will go from strength to strength. What the pundits do not realise is that we do not need new players. We just need the right balance of players to be available and fit. The semi finals last year of the FA Cup and Champions League, 4 out of 5 of the back were not available. It is a similar tale this year tonight but spread across the team.

  594. In fact your entire fucking adopted team are utterly incapable of grace. Play the anti-fascist card, play the minority card, play the nationalist card, play the ‘kind to children’ card’, then cheat like fuck so long as you win….and give nothing to the opposition. Give me Bayern Munich any day.

    I fucking hate Barcelona and I am guessing that Cesc will never play for them.

  595. @Paul N, perhaps they??. I won’t deny the fact that a lot of things which were out of our hands contributed to our loss. Its only fair to note the difference between when we had the ball and the way we were closed down and the way Barca were closed down. Our keeper was never allowed to pass to our centre backs and the centre backs were not allowed to link with our midfielders. Having said that am still proud of the Boys and am Sure Rosicky and Diaby are better than tonight suggested. This team only has on way its going and that is UP!!!!

  596. Bradys right foot

    Disappointed but in hindsight we are missing players of the quality of RVP, Fabregas, Arshavin and Gallas, their is no shame in loosing to Messi and Barca.

    I hope this result has a deep impact on the development of this team. This is the mark, this is the standard in skill and work rate to aim for, if its good enough for Barca its good enough for us. I think its a blessing that we play Spurs next, hopefully well get a few players back in time. Special word to Clichy tonight thought he was immense and of course to Messi different class.

  597. Bareclona are living in a ‘holier than thou’ little bubble right now. Arsenal have never existed in such a bubble and never had such a leg up. You pricks are on the way down.

  598. There is a refereeing crisis in football now. At every level in every game. WC2010 will be the biggest refereeing fiasco in the history of football.

  599. Good point, REAL ENGLISH CHAP. Messi is part of the Barcelona team, and it’s absurd to talk about taking him out. With the injuries we have suffered, we probably didn’t have any attacking players as good as Messi tonight. If the aim of football was to have the single best attacking player, Barcelona would on that basis inevitably have won the match. The fact is, though, that football is a game of eleven against eleven. Messi gave Barcelona an advantage in one area, but we have players who could have given us the advantage back in others.

  600. Bradys right foot

    Frank, Sergio “Luganes” Busquotes an absolute disgrace, galls me at times to see players shaking hands after a game. I’d have jabbed that cnut out rather than swap tops.

  601. 1 loose cannon

    Bring on the Spuds I say. Lets hope we have some players back, possibly Song.

  602. Congratulations to barcelona.

    Messi is different gravy.

    But they are not 3 goals better than us.

    Individual errors, missed opportunites.

    We were far more of a match for Barcelona than the scoreline suggests, even with a vastly depleted side.

    I feel nothing but pride and excitment for the shift that we put in today.

    History wil record it as a battering, however things could have been very different if our players made more confident choices at key moments.

    The referee realy, realy was terrible tonight. You dont need that when your playing barcelona.

  603. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    THERE IS NO SHAME IN LOSING TO BARCA,CHELSEA AND MANURE

    IT SEEMS U GUYS HAVE BEEN LOSING SO MUCH THAT U NOW FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH LOSING

  604. Yes, Coolsteve. Diaby and Rosiky were not at there best neither Walcott but we will only rise and get stronger then this. The gulf is not as big as some may suggest, if there even is one.

    Give me RVP, Cesc and Arshavin (at his best) back and lets talk damn it!!!!

    Anyway, Hope we get RVP back soon.

  605. Barcelona are nowhere near as good as the ‘paid’ pundits will have us believe I don’t think that they will win the Eurothingy. I don’t think that Spain will win WC2010…I think Holland will…and I do not belive that Argentina will come close.

    …Arsenal…

  606. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    THERE IS SHAME IN GETTING TRASHED THOUGH…………6 GOALS WENT THROUGH ALUMINIUM…….HE HAS NO TENSILE STRENGTH..LOL

    IS ALUMINIUM A PROSTITUDE………..DID U GUYS C THE LAST GOALS……….IT WENT THROUGH HIS LEGS

  607. I hope you got recompensed for the proaganda, YW. Because Bilbin is one of the biggest exploitative arseholes to have graced the interwebthingy. You really fucked up there, son.

  608. As good as Messi is for Barcelona, he has not reproduced the same form for Argentina. The WC will be interesting. It depends who the powers that be want to win it because refereeing in the PL and CL has been absolutely appalling all season and I can see some more errant decisions swinging games in that competition as well.

  609. I think Uruguay are dark horses…They’ve got top-level, European-based quality in almost every position. And probably a better side than England!

  610. Brady / coolsteve – good insights.

    We were completely outplayed in both legs by a far superior team.

    Lets try to rise above rolling out the usual excuses of referees and injuries. We flogged that to death over the past two years now. The Premiership is physical and squad depth is there to compensate for injuries. No excuses. Last week we had Song, Fab and Gallas and we still couldn’t get near the ball. Our midfield in both games were completely overrun.

    The big question for me is in 2006 we lost the CL final against a barca team that we were much closer to. 2010 – 4 years on – that gap is much wider. It’s going to be difficult to reconcile that gap with just a youth policy.

  611. Real english chap.

    MARK MY WORDS>

    CHELSEA WILL NOT WIN ANYTHING THIS SEASON.

    They are classless, boring and self important.

    Just like their fans it seems.

    Arsenal lost tonight by PLAYING the worlds very best team. We we closer than the score suggests. And we can only get better.

  612. Barcelona will blow their very last chance to win the Eurothingy for some time on reflection. They are not the best side in the competition. Certainly not the most sporting. I doubt they will get their chance for many a year. No doubt we will be treated to another summer of slime bag propaganda from a club who have become more fascistic in football terms than Franco.

  613. You really can’t avoid being a complete twat can you, Joe. I really would like to meet you soon, son.

  614. Joe, just for once try to rise above your predictability. You never gave this team a chance so please just shut up.

  615. Bradys right foot

    Poor Dave, listen m8 you’ll always be just a Chav. Supporting class acts like Terry, Lamps “the director in Cyprus”, Cashley, Drogba obviously takes a certain mindsight but as your men enter into the indian summer of their careers this Arsenal team will simply get better. Its over for Chelski Dave, regardless of what happens this year. Like the ageing Leeds team of the 70’s player power kept too many players cosy for too long ultimately the club suffered a new talent was suffocated. The good news is Ancellotti who turned AC into a nursing home for old players in Italy is the man to nurse Ballack and co into their mid and late 30s. Can’t wait to play the Chelski pensioners next year.

  616. what an absolute stupid comment by joe!
    what the hell do you do when all your best players ar injured.
    Its not an excuse its a fact.

  617. I disagree with you there, REAL ENGLISH CHAP. Sport is all about winners and losers. There is no shame in losing. Shame usually comes to sport from the outside. Having a manager who tries to extort money from a friend and business partner by suing over invented contracts is shameful. Having to back down in the most humiliating way is shameful. Using one’s power to bully referees is shameful. Being the toy of a robber-baron is shameful. Being captained by a man who f*cks his best friend’s mistress is shameful.

  618. “The big question for me is in 2006 we lost the CL final against a barca team that we were much closer to. 2010 – 4 years on – that gap is much wider. It’s going to be difficult to reconcile that gap with just a youth policy.”

    Wrong. This Barcelona side is far stronger than the 2006 team. Check the record.

    And just because you say that the injury situation isn’t an excuse, doesn’t mean it’s not a mitigating factor for our performance.

    A team needs its very best players against a side like Barcelona, and we were missing five of them.

  619. 1 loose cannon

    I do not give a shit who goes to the final but I think Inter will beat Barcelona and all this drooling over them will stop.
    I just feel its unfair that we’ve got an unbelievable amount of injuries. We simply could not compete. Its really harsh this result. Taking out Fabregas, Arshavin and RVP is like Xavi, Messi and Iniesta to them. Just imagine the reverse we have RVP, Fabregas and Arshavin and they don’t have Xavi and Messi. I would confidently say we woukld ahve beaten them.

  620. We were schooled i felt sick watgching these games, walcott needs to be sent away

  621. Real Dork, If your club live by their means they would be relegated by now.

    No club in this world have our resources and can compete up to these stages. Like Passenal said, we get kicked all season and the injuries mount at the end to hamper our efforts. We don’t have the resources to pay huge wages to good players to have them warm the bench. That will always be our weakness until the second wave of young players are up to the first team level.

    What I would be interested to know, and I know Wenger or the club will never disclose, is what time frame did they have in mind or estimated -when they started this project- for the team to start winning trophies?

    Is it 5 years, is it 10 years? I don’t care how long, but it would help to know and I feel it is so close. We have done much better this season in the “fighting Spirit” department, but the few good fighters seem to always lose to the large number of fights.

    I think this team is great, with a couple additions next season we will do great. Plus, the Premier is not over till that famous fat lady sings.

    I’m not really that upset about today, once we drew Barca, I knew that UEFA will do everything to keep them in the CL, and the referee proved that today. Referees do not allow you to touch them, if they fall on themselves it’s a sure foul in their favor which gives them the chance to always have the ball, and if they have the ball they’ll kill you. Contrast that with the English referees that always allow other teams to kick us because it’s the only way we will lose the ball, therefore can lose the game.

    I’m not saying it’s all the referees fault or UEFA but it sure helps. It was our fault showing Barca too much respect in the first leg and allowing them to go ahead with two mistakes…but we fought back to 2-2, then we had more soldiers fall in the field of duty, too many to go into another big fight. We may have died in the Champions League, but we died with honor considering the circumstances.

    I guess what really matters to me, is no matter what happens, I will always love Arsenal or none at all.

  622. Take it easy Frank – your tying yourself up in a messi…..

  623. But still no grace from Barcelona. An impossible dream.

  624. Dear Old English Chap,

    Please learn to type and prove that you can do it; then fuck RIGHT off

    Bye Bye little boy, go back to your own club and mastUrbate with your friends you LITTLE PRICK.

  625. Nearly forgot: I agree with Frank and Passenal

  626. Not an Arsenal suporter are you Joe? When the chips are down you and AIC just fuck off every time. You are a fucking disgrace.

  627. Meh – I’m tired. Hasta mañana.

  628. I apologise for being the one to have upset you earlier Frank. That was not my purpose, because to me you are a friend. Hope you understand by now that I hold you in esteem, I have my reasons.

    My opinion of Barcelona, is much like my admiration for Ghana if I can use the analogy. things that are changing football for better.

    As for the game. I was listening earlier to an interview with Pep Guardiola which made the game more interesting for me. To say he was lavish in his praise for Arsenal in general and Wenger in particular is an understatement. The two seem to get along well and appreciate each other’s contribution to the game.

    Today is a massive win for a relieved Barcelona, not an easy one, and a massive experience for young Arsenal. It can only do good and cannot possibly harm us.

    I heard today that Messi is 22. Can that really be true? I hope he is a nice young man and doesn’t become arrogant. His reputation will have been secured this season.

    The difference between the teams is so narrow that only a virtuoso performance and the injuries to players could have stopped Arsenal.

    As Wenger always says, judge me at the end of the season. One door closes and another opens. The story just gets more interesting.

  629. Frank don’t go; this is as much your site as YW’s.
    He publishes the leaders but you generate the rest

  630. It is OK, my friend ZimPaul. My misunderstanding.

  631. biscuits was a disgrace.

    It was hard to digest…..

  632. I agree with everyone saying about the prem refs letting players get the shit kicked out of them.

    As I understand it the refs in Spain have been given a directive to eliminate rotational fouling since Real Madrid tried to kick Messi out of football under Ramos.

    Premiership refs seem to positively encourage it which is why we looked so patched up and knackered tonight.

    Diaby should still have played Walcott in though. Has he only got 1 eye?

  633. Joe I do not think my “insight” mirrors your comments. We are certainly not seeing this defeat from the same angle.

  634. to me Chelsea we more comprehensivley outplayed by Inter than we were by Barca.

    Frank, I know it hurts but please cheer up. Your one of the senior optimistic posters on here and we could all do with a bit of that now.

  635. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    WHO HAS DONE THE MOST DAMAGE TO LE ARSE
    AND PROF WORMGUS

    OPTION A …………DROGBA

    OPTION B……………..MESSI

    OPTION C…………….ROONEY

  636. One of Us / PaulN

    Utter bollocks.

    Iniesta is just as important to Barca as Cesc is to us. In fact, Iniesta and Xavi keep Cesc out of the national team.

    Pique and Puyol are everybit as important as Gallas and Song.

    Similarly Ibra and Henry are every bit as potent as Arshavin and RvP.

    Squad depth is about being able to deal with these injuries and not whinge about the misfortune like phucking babies. Grow up.

    The refereeing has been disgraceful throughout the season – but all good teams must be able to beat the referee as well.

    We failed because we weren’t good enough. At least have the grace to take it on the chin.

  637. frank,

    you really are a fucking idiot, it’s embarrasing.

    Why can’t you take defeat tonight we were beaten by a better side, accept it move on. don’t blame it on an unsporting opposition, you were wrong, wenger wouldn’t be proud.

    barcelona are a fantastic team, we fall short of that.

    you’re sour grapes is pathetic..

    real arsenal..

  638. Going nowhere really, numberten. Guessing Dennis is your hero? This has always been YW’s gig. Do you remember the Beveren Campaign? YW carried the baton on that one. No-one else on the interwebthingy did.

    Course you have to tell him to fuck off now and again for effect.

  639. Yogi, Please liquidate the English CUNT right NOW!

    Only you can do it!

    If you don’t just forget it; because the whole blog thing is fucked

  640. Good lord. I do wish that peole would read carefully before they post.

  641. I agree with arsene wenger tonight..

  642. John,

    Hi how are doing ?

    Now FUCK RIGHT OFF YOU FUCKING CUNT!!!

  643. People like John and Joe are far worse than the trolls. Intellectually challenged, they represent the cracks that eventually lead to anti-support.

  644. AW was indeed very gracious in defeat.
    But the real AFC didn’t lose so stop this crap about brilliant Barca

  645. numberten.

    stop trying to kiss arse on this site you’re boring..

  646. Coolsteve:

    “Its only fair to note the difference between when we had the ball and the way we were closed down and the way Barca were closed down. Our keeper was never allowed to pass to our centre backs and the centre backs were not allowed to link with our midfielders.”

    I thought this was a fair comment.

    And you needn’t worry about being lumped in with me. I’ve created my very own niche. 🙂

  647. Bradys right foot

    The often maligned squad depth at Arsenal is pure media shite. Its only down to the strength of our squad that we are still in the race for the PL. Our squad has more depth than Man U’s, if they lost Rooney for the length of time that we lost RVP they wouldn’t be second.

    Can you really tell me that Fletcher, Carrick, Rafael, Neville, Oberton, Park, Scholes (past it) ,Giggs (past it), Gibson, is better than Arshavin, Nasri,Song, Diaby,Rosicky,Eboue, Sagna, Denilson, Walcott.

    Infact if Ferguson manages to get Man U to win the league it will be one of his best acievements aand with that said they’ve really had the rub of the green this year.

    We need another centre half and Djourou will be back next year, were getting Chamakh who’ll be vying with Eduardo, NickiB, Vela and co. If a top class keeper become availible Al can keep the bench warm but what else do we need apart from a season were we just get a few less injuries.If RVP had have been fit we’d have the title won by now, and who knows we may still prevail.

  648. Joe

    You do know that everyone with that name is known always as Joe Cunt don’t you; your comments illustrate why.

  649. No you haven’t created your own niche,Joe. You are lumped in with a very large number of negative bloggers. Quite a few of you crawling around under that stone.

  650. Hey sniffling John

    Where are you posting from?

    I’m in Barcelona are you anywhere near?

  651. I like the cut of your gib, numberten. Night shift beckons.

    …Arsenal…

  652. Don’t any of you understand?

    Even the Barca fans I am with just now are glad they didn’t have to face a full strength AFC

  653. frank,

    i’m honoured you feel that i’m responsible for anti support, you really do live in la la land..

  654. In fact most recognise that they could have been 2-0 down and up against it had the split gone differently.

    See you at Wigan

  655. Oh don’t think so much of yourself, john. I certainly think that you are just one of many footsoldiers. Responsible? You? naaah.

  656. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    Deano,U ACCEPT THE MEDIA HYPE OF CALLING CHELSEA ,BORING WHILE YOU PLAY BEAUTIFUL FOOTIE,I GUESS…………

    WELL,U WERE COMPLETELY EXTERMINATED TODAY BY A TEAM THAT ACTUALLY PLAY BEAUTIFUL FOOTBALL……FABREGAS,A BARCELONA REJECT IS UR BEST PLAYER….THAT SHOULD TELL YOU SOME THING…….FABREGAS CAN’T EVEN GET INTO THE SPANISH FIRST TEAM………………

    U GUYS ARE DELUDED IF U THINK U LOST TODAY BECAUSE THE GODLY REFS OF EPL DIDN’T PROTECT UR TINY LITTLE BABIES FROM CHILD ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF LESSER MORTALS LIKE HULL,RIGHT………

    THE ARROGANCE AND VICTIM MENTALITY OF LE ARSE FANS IS DEMEANING AND COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE…………..

    IT’S A DOGGY DOG WORLD….NOBODY HANDS ANYBODY ,ANYTHING ON A PLATTER…..NO FREE LUNCH,DUDE

    EVEN MARQUEX ALMOST CHOPPED OFF NASRI’S LEGS TODAY AND HE’S A BARCA PLAYER….U GUYS NEED TO WAKE UP

  657. oh fuck off frank you head case

    this morning you were crying like a school girl

    and now you think you are action man?

    you fool nobody you loser, get back in the bedsit.

  658. Wenger stating that we were beaten by a better team. Frank, what a c**t eh? He’s a f***ing disgrace. Isn’t that right Frank? Go on Frank you tell them.

  659. John

    When are you going to tell me where you are?
    Where do you support from?
    I can’t wait much longer.. La Rambla is totally buzzing

  660. london, england at the moment..

    “Even the Barca fans I am with just now are glad they didn’t have to face a full strength AFC”

    so what who gives a fuck..

  661. numberten you fucking little weasel, stop kissing the cry baby’s arse

    stand up, be a man, stop suckign up you peasant.

  662. Why should Wenger not be upbeat when the situation at Arsenal is so bright?

  663. we are so close folks….premier league still to fight for.

    I just hope our boys realise that they were great tonight.

    Give us 2 years….no a year….and we will be the best team in the world.

    Wenger must stay.

    2 years ago barca were nowhere near as good….losing to man u in the semis and looking a bit sorry in the process

    Things change quickly, this hurts but we are there.

  664. numberten don’t bother with Stringfucker. The regulars on here have already decided to ignore him. Consolsbob said it best today. He’s a waste of time.

  665. John/Real English Chap

    Fuck RIGHT off..oh the same to you Stringfellow (I take it that means something like oldest swinger in town)…
    Buy guys….enjoy your night wankers

  666. notlager – do i intimidate you?

  667. I rarely post here frank so it would be simplistic for you to assess how I support the gunners.

    From what I read you come across a cunt.

  668. good riddance arse licker.

  669. as a cunt***

  670. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    Whinger’s philosophy in playing the passing game

    is commendable but Barca’s is probably the

    benchmark Arsenal need to follow. Barca not only

    pass the ball well but they pass with purpose not

    for the sake of passing.

    Whinger over estimated his side when he

    confidently crowed this tie could end up being the

    best of all time. He was right in part. It was the

    most one sided tie of all time! The scoreline from

    the first leg was a travesty, an injustice – it

    should’ve been 8-2 to Barca

  671. ZP –

    AW should be upbeat. What he has achieved is remarkable. He’s brought a group of kids a long long way and to be able to compete at this level and it is a wonderful achievement given the brand of football we play and the budget available to him.

    There are lessons to be learned. Tonight we saw the benchmark. But as courteous as we should be to foreign bloggers that Yogi takes the time and trouble to source for our entertainment – we should also be graceful in defeat like this.

    If the manager can be classy enough to accept it then so too should the fans.

  672. It certainly is a dog-eat-dog world, REAL ENGLISH CHAP – quite literally in the case of Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard. When those guys get a hunger pang, no living thing is safe. “Homo homini lupus” is the Ferguson family motto. He put it into practise when he falsely claimed to have a 50% share in his best friend’s racehorse.

  673. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    Wenger is the best manager in the world and his project shall start to blossom next season. They will be more experienced and by then Fabregas will be the best player in the world
    Next year is Arsenals year!

    LOL

  674. A philosophical question: What happens when an infinite appetite is faced with an infinite meal? In other words, what would happen if Chelsea’s porkiest pensioner was served up at Fat Wayne’s table?

  675. Night folks. I sleep happily in the knowledge that the worst fate that could befall anyone, footballistically, would be to become a Chelsea fan. A hell to have to endure. Poor sods.

    Thankfully one rarely even sees a chelsea t-shirt in my parts, kind of embarrassing to wear one. They are quite simply not liked.

  676. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    Poliziano,WHEN U ATTACK ME,COME WITH YOUR FACTS ,SON…….FRANK LAMPARD IS THE FITTEST MEMEBER OF THE NATIONAL TEAM AND THE CHELSEA TEAM

    CAN U REMEMBER THE LAST TIME HE GOT INJURED……….HE RUNS FROM BOX TO BOX AND SCORES US OVER 20 GOALS A SEASON A MIDFIELDER AND WE ONLY GOT HIM FOR TEN MILLION POUNDS

    UNLIKE UR BUNCH OF FOREIGN WEAKLINGS………..LIKE FABREGAS,ARSHAVIN,ROSICKY,FAT DJOUROU,EDUARDO,FAT SOL CAMPBELL AND UR ONLY ENGLISH WEAKING,WALCOTT………..THEY GET INJURED EVERYDAY

    I THOUGHT U WERE SMART ENOUGH NOT TO BUY INTO THE BLOODY MYTH ABOUT FRANK LAMPARD….A CHELSEA LEGEND

    BLOODY CHAV,Poliziano………..READ A BOOK,SON

  677. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    Whats a doggy dog world?

    Will you be back here if we win the league?

    Did your father rape you in the garden shed?

  678. I know he’s the fattest member of the Chelsea team. That’s the whole point of the joke. Even so, I’m surprised to learn that he’s 10,000,000 lbs. That’s one hell of a dog for Rooney to eat.

  679. Phrank Lame-phart….What a legend…did you see the deflect shot on this guy?

  680. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    dEANO,ARE U TRYING TO TELL ME UR FATHER RAPED YOU….GOD,STOP PROJECTING,SON.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,JUST CALL THE COPS…..U’RE PROBABLY A BLOODY VICTIM OF CHILD ABUSE…………NO WONDER U WANT PROTECTION FROM THE REFEREES

  681. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    Poliziano,U MUST BE A FAT TOAD IF U THINK FRANK LAMPARD IS FAT……….. GET SOME EXERCISE,SON………..LE ARSE FANS PROJECT 2 MUCH…..HOPE U KNOW WHAT PROJECTION MEANS SINCE UR ILLITERATE NUMPTY………..

    HE DOES THE JOB ON THE PITCH UNLIKE UR LITTLE KID THAT WERE RAPED BY BARCA TODAY………

    U GUYS SHOULD CALL THE COPS FOR CHILD ABUSE AND MESSI IS THE GUILTY PARTY

    I BET U WISH U GUYS COULD PUT 7 GOALS PAST ASTON VILLA

  682. How many times have Chelsea won the Premiership?

    Chelsea have won the Premiership twice, in 2004 – 05 and 2005 – 06.

    They also won the old First Division League in 1954 – 55.
    ====

    How many trophies has Arsenal FC won?

    League Champions (13) Premier League (4)

    Uefa Cup (1)

    European Cup Winners Cup (1)
    ====

    You and your rookie club have a lot of homework to do.

  683. Not our night . Not our tie. Let’s take it out on tie Spuds

  684. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    DEANO,IF U WIN THE LEAGUE………..I’LL LEAVE LONDON AND MOVE TO SOMALIA……..SPURS WILL TRASH UR BOYS

  685. 17 titles to 3

    What are you trying to compare Chamski? You should be ashamed to even open your fat mouth here…You have no history? And you will need a 100 years and a few of Roman billions to win 17 titles.

    but who am I kidding? Chameski fans have no shame.

  686. Dave,

    Were going to win the premier league now.

    And chelsea are going to lose to liverpool and tottenham.

    Dave,

    Chelsea flopped it hard out of the champions league this season.

    Dave,

    They got done by man city at the bridge didnt they? Almost as much as they got dicked by the mighty Wigan athletic.

    Dave,

    Its over for chelsea. Chubby, over-the-hill, Flattering to decieve.

    Passed your sell by date. Captained by a slimy classless prat.

  687. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    GUNNER4EVER,U’VE GONE HIDING WITH THE HISTORY STORY

    JUST LIKE A LOOSERPOOL FAN………….ANYTIME,THE LOSE AN ARGUMENT ,THE LAST RECOURSE IS HISTORY……BUT THEY WON’T EVEN GET 4TH PLACE THIS SEASON

    GET A NEW TALKING POINT,MATEY

    U GUYS HAVE BEEN USING THAT TALKING POINT FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS

    WE DON’T TALK ABOUT HISTORY EVERY SEASON…WE MAKE HISTORY

    8 YEARS AND COUNTING FOR U ,GUYS

    WE ARE WINNING THE EPL TITLE AND FA CUP………UNLIKE U MUGS….WHO WILL BE STRUGGLING FOR 4TH PLACE SOON, WITH FABREGAS OUT

  688. ACLFers sometimes are so funny ! Why do you people give meaning to the life of this troll monkey whose brain cant even direct him to thecaps lock on his keyboard

  689. The talking point is that you have no history, you’re one of these things that comes up for a few years and then goes into oblivion where it came from.

    We didn’t hear a word from you for 50 years, and now because you won two leagues…you think you’re something.

    Why do people care so much that Arsenal not winning titles? Because it’s not the usual or the normal. Do you think any one cares if you don’t win the league for 50 years? The answer is no, because this is who you are and it’s the normal for you.

    Don’t brag to much chap, you’re only 3 points away.

  690. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    DEANO……..I KNOW THE BARCA TRASHING WAS PAINFUL BUT IT SEEMS U TOOK IT TOO HARD……….HOPE U DON’T COMMIT SUICIDE LIKE UR FELLOW LE ARSE FANS IN AFRICA……….KENYA

    BE STRONG,MATEY…..COS U GUYS WOULD NEVER GET TO BARCA’S LEVEL WITH WORMGUS AT THE HELM

    …..WE HAVE BEATEN SPURS AND LOOSERPOOL THIS SEASON BUT IT SEEMS U GUYS HAVE NOW ENTERED DESPERATE SEASON WHEN UR NOW PRAYING FOR LOOSERPOOL AND SPURS TO BEAT US

    U’VE BEEN PRAYING ALL SEASON BUT WE STILL ON TOP OF THE LEAGUE

    WE DID U GUYS THE DOUBLE BY AN AGGREGATE OF 5 GOALS TO ZERO……….EVEN BETTER THAN BARC TRASHING OF 6-3

    WE ALSO DID THE DOUBLE OVER MANURE

    DON’T FORGET MAN CITY TRASH U GUYS IN THE CUP AND EPL……….AND SUNDERLAND…..AND MANURE…….THEY ALL TRASHED U GUYS…….LOL

    WE’VE BEEN LAZY THIS SEASON,WE WOULD HAVE WON THE EPL ALREADY

    8 YEARS AND COUNTING 4 U GUYS……LOL

  691. i know ole,

    Its a sad night. Keep thinking how things could have been so different.

    We really could have gone 3 up on another night.

    It makes me want to hurt dave.

  692. Thanks Ole G….I’m trying to talk some sense into a Chamski.

    They only understand one Language:

    F$cK O$$ C$Am$kI

  693. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    LE ARSE ARE A DISGRACE TO ENGLISH FOOTBALL…………OUTPLAYED AT HOME……..MADE TO LOOK LIKE CHILDREN AWAY

    When Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have faced Barca they have shown great courage and showed Barca what we can do.

    I’d rather Hull have faced Barca, they’d of done much better,

    Typical Arsenal, flat track bullies and rubbish against the better teams.

    Chelsea 5-0 Arsenal (Agg)
    Man Utd 5-2 Arsenal (Agg)
    Barcelona 6-3 Arsenal (Agg)

    Just imagine what Man City will do to u guys, at least we went out to Inter respectably, and made them work hard.

  694. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    dEANO,U COULDN’T HURT BARCA BUT U WANT TO HURT ME……….LOL.

    TYPICAL INTERNET BULLY……..U LITTLE WIMP………..GO TO BED AND CRY TO MUMMY

  695. id rather cry to your mommy.

    I bet shes only 25.

  696. I’m getting bored with this idiot, it’s was good wasting sometime at work…now I have better things to do.

    Going home…Night ACLF’ers.

  697. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    DEANO,WE ALWAYS GIVE BARCA A GAME………………SEE OUR HISTORY VS BARCA

    I honestly think Barca knew tonight would be a walkover and so were saving themselves for the big game against Real at the weekend.

    Considering how we always give them a good game it amazes me how pitiful Arsenal were. Surely Wenger can’t keep fooling people into believing he is a football genius.

    They play a tough team, they lose. They play a strong team, they lose. They play a footballing team, they lose. There is a definite theme here. Arsenal lose.

    People say it’s no shame to lose to Barca and to a certain extent they are right. But there is shame in getting absolutely spanked by a team not even trying.

    8 years. Genius.

  698. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    GUNNER4 EVER,IT’S PAST UR BED TIME………..U WEASEL

  699. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    I’m gonna hijack this REAL ENGLISH CHAP’s username and post something sensible for once.

    MAN IT’S SO MUCH FUN BEING AN UTTER C*** TO EVERYONE. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. ARSENAL ARE SO EASY TO PICK ON BECAUSE THEY GOT TROUNCED BY THE BEST TEAM WE’VE SEEN FOR A WHILE LED BY THE BEST PLAYER WE’VE SEEN SINCE RONALDINHO. MAN IF ONLY MY TEAM MADE IT PAST A TEAM THAT BARCELONA MOPPED THE FLOOR WITH, I COULD HAVE HAD THIS HONOR.

    //troll enough for you?

  700. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    U LE ARSE FANS KEEP DELUDING URSELF

    THE GUYS THAT TRASH YOU TODAY ARE REGARDED AS THE BEST RUN CLUB IN THE WORLD …WITH THE BEST PLAYERS BUT SPENT THE MOST CASH THE LAST FEW YEARS…….SECOND ONLY TO REAL MADRID

    IBRAHAMOVIC WAS BOUGHT FOR 66 MILLION POUNDS BUT HE WASN’T EVEN IN THE PITCH TODAY………..I BET HE IS WORTH MORE THAN THE THE LE ARSE TEAM U GUYS PUT OUT TODAY AGAINST THEM

    DANI ALVES….25 MILLION POUNDS

    KIETA……….20 MILLION POUNS

    CHYVONSKY……20 MILLION POUNDS

    THEIR PR IS SO GOOD THAT THEY MAKE THE WORLD BELIEVE ALL THEIR PLAYERS ARE HOME GROWN

    U GUYS CAN KEEP BUYING KIDS BUT YOU WILL WIN NOTHING

    U CAN ABUSE CHELSEA ALL U WANT BUT CAPITALISM IS HERE TO STAY

    MONEY RULES,LOSERS

  701. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    IT SEEMS I SCARED ALL THE LE ARSE KIDS TO BED……U GUYS SHOULD GO CRY TO PROFESSEUR WORMGUS…….THE GENIUS………LOL

  702. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    I’m proud of the way the team played today. We were missing 5 key members, and still managed to score. Barcelona were not at their best today, but Messi was clinical. Top marks to him.

    We have to beat Tottenham, and its a good thing the players get a break. Thankfully, we’ll have more of the ball this game. Also Campbell will play against Spuds again.

    Almunia
    Sagna-Campbell-TV-Clichy
    Song-Nasri-Diaby
    Walcott-Bendtner-Rosicky

    Good enough to annihilate Spurs.

  703. What a fucking sad life you must have dave.

  704. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    “The Barcelona defence is their weak spot this evening and must be taken advantage of. Neither of the central defenders is the first choice and as much as they practice together, their understanding will not be the same as that of Puyol and Piquet”.

    LOL

    U GUYS COULDN’T EVEN TOUCH THE BALL

  705. Arsene said it right we lacked maturity in taking our chances, our final ball was lacking.

    We will only get better!!!

    Joe, spare me the rubbish.

    ARSENAL!!!

  706. Dave’s mate,
    “What did you do Tuesday evening Dave”

    Dave,
    “Had a great time, spent it on an Arsenal blog”.”

    Dave’s mate,
    “You sad cunt Dave”

  707. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    “Cast your minds back to any trip that Arsenal has made to a major European football venue and the tag of ‘underdogs’ has usually been applied. The San Siro; the Bernabeu; the Stadio Olimpico. Fixtures over the years from which Arsenal has emerged victorious”.

    IT SEEMS U GUYS UNDERRATED THE BARCA BOYS

  708. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    One Trophy Cabinet for Sale…

    CONTACT ARSENAL F.C.

  709. Arsenal!!!!

  710. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    ALWAYS SAID THEO WAS WELL OVER RATED…BUT THE ENGLISH MEDIA AND LE ARSE FANS HAVE BEEN BRAGGING ALL WEEK.

    THEO IS 21 AND MESSI 22…BUT THEO IS NOT FIT NUF TO LACE MESSI’ BOOTS

    ONE TRICK PONY,THEO

    BENDTNER IS JUST A JOKE OF A PLAYER…COULD NOT CONTROL A BALL IF HIS LIFE DEPENDED ON IT.

  711. In defeat you find who are your true friends.

    As usual mischief is afoot. The the enemies of Arsene and Arsenal are quick to go for the kill after our defeat to Barcelona. But now they are aided and abetted by the two-timing so-called supporters who waste no time start their campaign to abandon the youth project and to blow millions upon world class players to sit on the bench as back-ups to other world class players. Yes your friend is your greatest enemy and your enemy your greatest friend (Bob Marley).

    But hell Barcelona used their youth project which is at least 10 years ahead of us to generate the likes of Messi who was the difference-maker tonight. But these same Barca-ites revealed they were so afraid of losing they resorted to cheating, and rolling around to gain every possible advantage they could.

    Chin up my friends. We lost but we left the battlefield with our honor intact. We will live to fight another day. Arsenal forever!

  712. nicley put shotta,

    Dave you realy are one sad cunt.

    You were amusing at first, but now you seem simple and confused.

    What an abortion of a man you are.

  713. No more words… Messi is a football monster.
    Greetings from Argentina
    http://arogeraldes.blogspot.com/2010/03/lionel-messi.html

  714. It is no tragedy to have lost to a better team at the top of their game and boasting arguably the best player in the world.

    We lost. While we hail the winner, there is no need to indulge in self-denigration of our team. We will be back.

    Going out to Barcelona in the 1/4 final is no shame. There is no point to talk about what could have been if we had our best team on the pitch.

    Well done Arsenal!

  715. I just dont understand how he is that good!

    He looks like he spends all fucking day on World of Warcraft.

  716. I am totally with Luke here.

    Let’s keep things in perspective, we still have a league title to fight for.

    Disappointing the result may be, we did it with essentially a half-strength, extremely young team that played their guts out and were undone by a once-in-lifetime talent.

    Keep the faith.

  717. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    LE ARSE FANS

    think Silvestre can play on untill another 8 years or so, did you see the one two he did with Messi. Silvestre is one hell of a magic player and capable of changing a game around at any time.

  718. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    Arsenal V Barca…pah!

    Biggest mismatch since The Christians called wrong at the coin toss and decided to bat first against the Lions at the Colliseum, same result though… over long before stumps were drawn.

  719. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    ARSENAL VS BARCA………DUH

    BIGGEST MISMATCH SINCE USAIN BOLT AND HIS FELLOW FAT COMPETITORS AT THE CHINA OLYMPICS 2008

    MESSI COULD HAVE BEEN SMOKING A CUBAN CIGAR WHILE SCORING THOSE GOALS………

    IT WAS SO EASY FOR HIM,THE MRS ASKED ME IF IT WAS EXHIBITION MATCH OR A FRIENDLY GAME……….

    QF OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE……NO CONTEST

    BARCA (PACQUIAO) VS LE ARSE(RICKY HATTON)

    OH SORRY………………….U GUYS ARE NOT EVEN ENGLISH

  720. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    LUKE,IT’S A TRAGEDY TO BE OUTPLAYED OVER TWO LEGS ,TRASHED BY 6 GOALS AND NOT EVEN PUTTING UP A FIGHT IN THE SECOND LEG

    SHOTTA,WHICH HOME-GROWN WORLD CLASS PLAYER HAVE U GUYS DEVELOPED?

    UR BEST PLAYER FABREGAS IS BARCA PRODUCT

    DESPITE THEIR WORLD CLASS HOME GROWN PLAYERS LIKE MESSI………….THEY STILL SPENT 66 MILLION POUNDS TO BUY IBRAHAMOVIC…………….WHO KILLED U GUYS OFF IN THE FIRST LEG

    IF ARSENE WORMGUS HAS A HOME GROWN WORLD CLASS STAR LIKE MESSI……………..HE WOULDN’T SPEND A PENNY AGAIN IN 75 YRS……………………THATZ D DIFFERENCE IN PHILOSOPHY BETWEEN BARCA AND U GUYS

    DO U GUYS EVEN KNOW THAT BARCA SPENDS 35 MILLION POUNDS A YEAR ON THEIR SCOUTING AND ACADEMY

    DELUDED LE ARSE FANS…..SIMPLES

  721. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    You’re ranting.

  722. Wonder what happened to Bobbygee – have not seen his soundbite posts on here for a while? I hope that he has not been put off by those that crawl out from under a stone when a result goes against us.

  723. DAVE:

    Here’s some reading for you.

    Since February 1st:

    Chelsea W 8, D 2, L 4
    Arsenal W 8, D 2, L 3

    Cost of Chelsea squad: approx: 215 million
    Cost of Arsenal squad: approx: 110 million

    I wonder where things would stand if Arsene had that extra 105 million to spend. One thing for certain is that we wouldn’t have lost both legs to an average Inter team.

    Let us know when you’re ready to come out of the closet and declare your love for Arsenal.

  724. 2.678 comments on the BBC web site tonight.

  725. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    Might as well have sent Burnley to play this game. Imagine if this Arsenal team steal the EPL what does that say about our league. A team that has been stuffed home and away by Chelski and Utd getting stuffed by Barca so whats new

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2010/apr/06/barcelona-arsenal-champions-league-messi?showallcomments=true#start-of-comments

  726. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    Not only are you ranting, you’re also crapping.

  727. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    LAGOONER,IT’S A FREE WORLD ,MATEY……….IF U’VE GOT MONEY THEN SPEND IT………IF U DON’T ,THEN SHUT UP AND FIGHT FOR RELEGATION WITH CLUBS LIKE BURNLEY OR HULL…….INSTEAD OF LOOKING FOR SYMPATHY

    LIKE I SAID BEFORE,IBRAHMOVIC WAS BOUGHT FOR 66 MILLION POUNDS………IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A TRAGEDY FOR U GUYS TO BEAT THEM………………..

    JUST LIKE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A DISGRACE FOR YOU GUYS TO BEAT US…..REMEMBER 5-0
    AGGREGATE THIS SEASON

  728. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    EVEN MANURE THAT CLAIM NOT SPENT A PENNY ON PLAYERS……….BOUGHT BERBATOVY FOR 30 MILLION POUNDS AND HE’S ONLY A BENCH WARMER

    IT’S NOT ONLY SPENDING MONEY BUT KNOWING HOW TO BUY………….WE BOUGHT DROGBA FOR 24 MILLION AND HE HAS REALLY TORTURED U GUYS………..UNLIKE UNITED SPENT FOR A BENCH WARMER….U GUYS ARE 2 POOR ANYWAY

    UR GREAT PROF WORMGUS REJECTED RONALDO,DROGBA AND IBRAHAMOVIC BECAUSE OF POVERTY……………IT SEEMS HE IS NOT EVEN A GOOD ECONOMIST…..

    ..IMAGINE PROF WORMGUS BUYING IBRA FOR 5 MILLION AND SELLING HIM FOR 66 MILLION……..BUYING RONALDO FOR 12 MILLION AND SELLING FOR 80 MILLION…..AND BUYING DA DROG FOR A MILLION AND SELLING HIM TO US AT 24 MILLION…….WORMGUS IS USELESS AND LACKS A BUSINESS FORESIGHT

  729. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    LUKE,UR VILLAGE CHAMPION CALLED…………THEY WANT THEIR IDIOT BACK……I JUST REFERRED THEM TO THIS BLOG

  730. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    LE ARSE FANS, has Guardiola pulled his subtle tricks again?

    For last year’s final he sweet-talked Ferguson into trying to out-football Barca, rather than holding them at arm’s length like the year before.

    This year he puts word out about Walnut being so fast, and Arsene Wenger seems to instruct his players to avoid the obvious danger route and turn into the middle or look left.

    LAST YEAR ,HE COMPLAINED BITTERLY ABOUT CHELSEA AFTER THE FIRST LEG BUT HIDDINK DIDN’T MIND HIM AND NEARLY NICKED IT BUT NOT FOR THE NORWEGIAN REF

    IT SEEMS HIDDINK IS A BETTER COACH THAN PROF WORMGUS AND THE ENGLISH MEDIA GOD,FERGUSON

  731. Incredible… I still looking screen.
    Messi is not from Earth planet…

  732. So, getting back to BIBIN.

    His arrogance was totally justified by his team yesterday.

    They way some people were riling at him made me think that we are going to put up something extra ordinary at Nou Camp. Sadly we did not.

    BIBIN lacks a footballing brain?

  733. real english chap, i’ve never visited a chelsea website to antagonize their fans after a loss, because i am not that type of person, and, equally, because i would be embarrassed to have people think of me as such.

  734. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    LE ARSE WORSHIPPING IN THE ALTAR OF MESSI

    “He is the best I have faced,” Almunia said. “He is the best in the world. You try to anticipate what he is going to do but it is so difficult because his skills are so high. He can do what he wants with the ball at any moment.”

    There were no complaints from Bendtner, either. “We tried as much as we could but they were stronger than us,” he said. “Messi is a great player. Overall they were the better team.”

    Wenger said he did not know another player in the world who could have scored a goal like Messi’s fourth.

    “He made the impossible possible,” the Frenchman said. “He has something exceptional. He has six or seven years in front of him, touch wood that nothing happens to him, and he can reach unbelievable levels. He’s very young, but he can achieve a lot.

    “The defeat is difficult to handle because when you go out of the Champions League, the next day you are in front of a very empty future. Our dreams are involved in that, but you have to address the disappointment and make sure you’re ready for the next game.

    “It’s a big disappointment and we have to recover quickly because we cannot drop any points to have a chance to fight for the Premier League [Arsenal, in third place, trail Chelsea by three points with five games remaining].”

    WHEN WE TRASHED U GUYS ,LE ARSE FANS CLAIMED WE DIDN’T PLAY FOOTBALL…..WE ONLY SCORED GOODS…..(WONDER WHAT FOOTBALL IS)

    WHEN MANURE TRASH U GUYS,LE ARSE FANS CLAIMED MANURE WAS ONLY DEFENDING

    NOW THAT U WERE OUTPLAYED,OUT THOUGHT,OUT FOUGHT BY A TEAM THAT PLAY BEAUTIFUL FOOTBALL….HOPE NO EXCUSES

    PROF WORMGUS IS A GENIUS……HE JUST REALISED MESSI WAS THE BEST IN THE WORLD ……AFTER THE GAME

    NO WONDER HE DIDN’T PUT A MAN ON MESSI

  735. REAL ENGLISH CHAP

    Arsene, there is only one artist and that would be Messi ,XAVI AND THE BARCELONA TEAM

    XAVI TAUGHT U GUYS HOW TO PLAY IN MIDFIELD…..IT SEEMS DIABY AND NASRI WERE ONLY TAKING NOTES COS THEY WERE JUST PASSENGERS

    oh dear Arsenil fans still banging on about injured players.Don’t you get it!? A lack of depth in your squad is a inherent weakness NOT an excuse!

  736. Arsenil fans are an embarassment really …Before the game , you lot were talking of beating Barca bla bla bla , now that you ve hammered like that , you start giving us silly excuses that you lost to the best team in the World , rubbish !!

  737. Arsenalkabisa

    That was Messi made in heaven. Am still at a loss.

    Wonder what Framk will say to bibbin now. Probably something Like Fuck off. I wonder if he will say the same to Messi too.

    YW
    The deal with Bibbin was that he would give another Interview post game?

  738. I didnt sleep much last night!! I am still in a daze..it was a depleted Arsenal versus MESSI, and that ref was a dickhead. The diving was so diabolical but he kept falling for it everytime and seemed to miss most of their fouls on us. Frank you are right, there is a refereeing crisis going on.

    I hope Mourinyo does them!!!Shit i am depressed!!

  739. Arsenal Kabisa, if you want to read about how great Barcelona are for beating our patched up youth team, Bibin has his own blog or there are dozens of alleged Arsenal blogs and the mainstream media where you can get your fix.

    This is an Arsenal supporters blog and personally I would rather focus on the possibilities for the future of our team rather than what has gone.

  740. English Chap, mate, you know we had half a team. Please stop making silly comments on an arsenal blog mate ok? The fact is, your rentboys are getting older and a new age of man whores will be introduced next summer, it makes me sick

  741. Englis chap, the fact you search the net for interviews with arsenal players is a bit sad, no?

  742. Arsenalkabisa

    @Passenal

    Do I really need to read a blog to realize how great Barcelona were? no i watched the match…

    My dig is really towards Frank and his big mouth. He jinxed Arsenal yesterday. The gods could have been with us bar for Franks big mouth.

    Frank cursed Rosiscky.

    And yes we still have a league to Win… Focus on the future. Amen.

  743. numberten

    I would have done but Broadband probs meant I couldn’t get online last night. ’tis done now, along with one or two others.

    YW

  744. I couldn’t be arsed to read Joe’s comments, but I imagine he carried on about squad depth.

    All I know is that he’d be screaming blue murder if AW intentionally left out any of AA, RvP, Cesc, Gallas or Song.

    And if he’d watched Barcelona more than a couple of times this season, he’d know that the players that have made them tick are Xavi, Messi, Pedro, Iniesta and Alves.

    They had 4/5 of their main men. We were missing 5 of our big performers. Squad depth is one thing, but when so many of your stars are cruelly taken away, you’re going to be up against it.

    We battled valiantly, but sadly couldn’t pull it off.

  745. hurry up with todays post yogi,

    We all need a nice rational lift.

    Things could have been so different.

    Diaby to walcott could have been 2-0

    Campbell, Vermaelen of Gallas maybe wouldnt have assisted Messi.

    Bendtner wasnt offside.

    If Denilson wasnt carded his would have continued with the same intensity.

    Lets face it. The goals we conceded wernt exactly gifts.But Arshavin at Anfield showed how true quality can exploit even the slightest error. Messi re-affirmed that yesterday and fair play to him.

    Arshavin was out yesterday, along with half of our first team. The hardest thing to take is that we could have won this game with the line up we had yesterday.

    Yes they had more of the ball. yes they had more shots on goal. But we always looked dangerous. And several oportunitys to open them up went begging.

    Still they’re a very good team….possibly the best in the world. But I genuinley dont feel they are 3 goals ahead of us. Perhaps I’m just rose tinted.

  746. That’s about right Big Al. We ran out of options for last night.

    The league is still there for the taking. The last time I looked none of our opponents had Messi playing for them.

    All to play for.

  747. FFS boys, stop sucking the cocks of a one man team. You don’t say the same bollocks about manure so why barca? I’ve said all along this ‘similar philosophies’ is bullshit: they are cunts we are the ARSENAL!

  748. Seeing REAL ENGLISH CHAP flail around like Frank Lampard in a cake shop has really cheered me up.

  749. hahaha poliziano

    Isnt that a thought. Ive heared hes more of a scotch egg and guinness man.

    Also what a gracefull dive by biscuits yesterday i have to say.

    Im not a fan of conspiricy theories, but if I was a referee trying to give a side an unfair advantage I would probably have conducted myself in a similar way to that chap yesterday.

    Book the holding midfielder. Break up play. Wrongly rule players offside ect…

    AHHHH WHY DO I WANT INTER TO ANNHIHALATE BARCA??

    Im cracking up Im depressed.

  750. Yeah. Same here, Pz. I didn’t catch a word of it but it seems he became pretty prolific in a rabid sort of a way, in the early hours of this morning. (Don’t try too hard to imagine the sort of environment a creature like that must dwell in though. *shudders*)

    I’m guessing he graduated from the same finishing school as Stringfellow Hawke. In fact he probably gave the valedictory speech on graduation day – shouted at the top of his lungs.

    In fact, here’s a rare recording of DAVE trying to communicate without a computer…

  751. Eastlower’s review is one that I can subscribe to.

    http://eastlower.co.uk/?p=1220

  752. The conclusion by Goodplaya is also fair:

    Quote:

    This may sound meek and horribly loyal, but frankly I think it’s been a pretty deceent season. We were beaten by the best team in the world in the quarter-final of the Champions League. We take it for granted almost nowadays that we’ll get to that stage: very few other teams in Europe do and one day we won’t. Don’t forget that.

    And in the league I look for us to challenge. We have. We’ve five games to go and we’re right in there.

    To say we should win it every year against the behemoths of United or Chelsea is a nice thought, but not really going to happen. Look back to the Invincibles and you can argue both United and certainly Chelsea were weaker than they are now.

    People say we should be boxing with United and Chelsea rather than Liverpool, Villa and the rest and again, we are.

    People want to be entertained and again: I think we are.

    People want to see progress and I think we are.

    So there you have my take. Massively disappointed by last night. But in a vortex of hell? No.

    Unquote

  753. I was hoping he would have played eboue instead of walcott. I would like to have seen Coquelin and Marida play also.
    People are talking about buying new players…. all i want is that the players that we have aren’t always bloody injured…..
    How on earth can we compete in any competition when we never play our full first team because of injury.

  754. LimparAssist,
    What led you to the conclusion that REAL ENGLISH CHAP is a Scot?

  755. My take from a London perspective is here….

    http://londonletter.wordpress.com/

    …too long to put in ACLF comments and it is about London anyway.

  756. One of Us,

    We were beaten by a far better team. They too had many players absent with Puyol, Pique, Ibra, Iniesta, Henry, Yaya…..all not playing.

    We had Cesc, Song and Gallas for the first leg. It didn’t matter. 6-3 is no fluke, it’s a comprehensive victory but its not the scoreline that comes as a shock, it’s the manner in which they dominated. They were better offensively, defensively, retaining possession (check out Gunnerblog for the stats) and pressing us in every position throughout the field. We had no space, no time, lacked composure and rhythm over the two legs. Wenger and the players conceded that the better side won, so why can’t you just show a little grace and take it on the chin instead of finding the usual excuses in blaming injuries and the referee like a good chap.

  757. Harry's got a twitch

    For 160 minutes over the two legs we were totally outclassed and unless the board and Wenger cant see that we will never progress

    How does a team like Arsenal end up with a player as poor as Silvestre playing in the biggest game of the season just like he did in the semi v Man utd last season

    OUR SQUAD IS NOT STRONG ENOUGH

  758. Watching the Villa highlights. I know he’s young, and reserves football’s not the best gauge, but I think Chuks Aneke’s going to make his breakthrough next year. What a player.

  759. Harry's got a twitch

    THEO WALCOTT IS THE SAME AGE AS MESSI!!!!!!!!!

  760. The referee was a fucking clown. It’s a crying shame that such a good footballing team have to resort to cheating – as epitomised by Chavvi throwing himself over every outstretched leg in sight like a fucking flying fish.

    If Chavvi played in the Prem he’d be booked so much for diving he’d be suspended for half the season. The cotton-wool protection he received in both legs was farcical and gave the first 20 minutes of last night’s match especially, the look of a game far detached from football as we know it. My gf was at the ballet last night, perhaps witnessing some similarly exaggerated leaps and tumbles.

    Just as AW had called for we came out the traps with power and focus – unfortunately, whenever we got anywhere near a Barca player, down they went like a sack of Bryllcream.

    Like I say, it’s sad for football that even ‘the best’ can’t play and win with honesty.

  761. why don’t you fuck off and support another sport limpar you know fuck all about it anyway…

    it’s always somebody else’s fault…

  762. Iniesta and Yaya Toure did play

  763. Your a clever bloke Harry’s got a twitch. Did you find that illuminating nugget of info out all by yourself? congratulations. Is there anyone else we can compare ages with? sounds like a fun game. Let’s all compare random players ages…until we lose the will to live. Marvellous.

  764. Agree with Joe,

    Stop whinging and accept the defeat. We lost to a way superior team.

    We just aren’t that good enough. Tactically we couldn’t adapt our game to cope with their attack. We didn’t press them hard enough when they had the ball. Our team has just one style of play and that attack.

    Lets not whinge about players missing or referee being biased. It was always going to be a tough tie.

    Given the team we had on last night, its a fair result.

    If you want to whinge, then have a whinge at Arsenal for not buying some top quality experienced players.

  765. I don’t support a sport, John. I support Arsenal.

    What’s always somebody else’s fault?

  766. Oh, and Joe’s whining again. Your problem is that you hold every setback against our players and manager.

    I’ve already said that Barcelona are a very special team. They have means that we can’t imagine: A fully established academy, young players with loads of experience in competitive football thanks to Barca B and shit-loads of money to complete the squad.

    We’re making progress on all those fronts, especially with something like 14 young players out on loan. But we’re not there yet. That’s to say: We can’t match the greatest team of the last ten years right now. No big deal.

    And to have a hope of beating a team with that kind quality, we needed our stars fit and in form. Gallas only made it to 30 mins last week. Cesc was clearly not right. Arshavin suffered an isolated injury.

    Every squad needs a hierarchy, and those guys are the most important to us.

  767. Wellington is our new messi. So, no pressure on him

  768. we don’t need you’re support we got plenty

    our results are never down to being second best to people like you, blaming officials and cheating,
    broken records, you know fuck all…

  769. I agree with Big Al and LimparAssist

  770. you would frank, you also know fuck all..

  771. This is fucking insane.

    Take the five most important players away from any European team and tell me if they’d have a decent chance against Barcelona.

    Would you hold it against their manager if they lost?

  772. I am looking to the ‘respectful’ Spud fan article that YW probably has lined up for us next week. Those of you with ‘principles’ be sure to treat him with respect now. You know who you are.

  773. I assume from your previous comments that that includes you, John?

  774. With fabregas, arshavin, van persie, we would have beat barcelona. I can confidently say that.

    Oh yeah and for fucks sake, i know messi’s good but whats up with everyone sucking his dick. Had Song played last night, messi would have been innefective, for his second goal, song would have hauled him down beforehand, he did that a lot in the 1st leg. He stopped him getting in advanced positions aswell. If fucking silvestre hadnt had the bright idea of playing him a one-two, he wouldnt have scored the first goal either. The other two were avoidable, all of the goals were, of course hes a good player and all were great finishes, but with song, gallas/campbell in defence i dont think he would have been allowed to score at least 2 or 3 of his goals.

    We must keep our heads high, look forward to the derby and pray the rentboys drop points at shite hart lane and anfield.

    We can do it

    We Are Arsenal

    All i feel is proud.

    ARSENAL

  775. One of us –

    If you read my comments last night – you would have seen that I actually said that Arsene has alot to be proud of for all that he’s achieved and the only concern to him, is that the gap between us and barca has actually widened since 2006. Being beaten by Barca is not a setback. But not learning from the experience is!

    Frank,

    I read your composition.

    I agree 100% with the last two points you make:

    3. The refereeing truly is a disgrace.
    4. The governance is also a joke and susceptible to corruption.

    However how these things can be directly attributed to AFC’s failure in Europe is a stretch.

    On your first two points:

    1. Injuries – Part and parcel of the game, especially the EPL which has been a physical game since its inception. Being technically superior is just not enough on its own. And how you say that referees not protecting technical players doesn’t bode well for the English team – then how can you explain England going to the WC as one of the hot favourites for the competition? The national teams failure has more to do with the appointment of muppets at management level (Sven, Taylor, McClaren – where are they now?). Capello was the right appointment and England are now a team to be feared.
    2. In relation to the point about money – you’ve contradicted yourself. You start by saying that Wenger doesn’t have the funds to compete with other clubs and then finish by saying that the financials are no longer a major issue due to the recent economic downfall. I think you know as well as everyone else here, that it wouldn’t matter a jot if Wenger had millions to spend – he’d just carry on the way he’s always done, refusing to spend extravagantly.

    For me we have competed in the CL for the last 10 years and while this consistency has been great – we’ve never won it. Even when we really had the best team in Europe, we were beaten by the chavs and Porto went on to win it that year. Barca might be ahead of us in youth development – but their balance is generally better in blending youth with experience and as such they have real belief in themselves because they are a proven success. We’ve a way to go yet before we can lay any claims to a European Cup.

  776. OOU, wicked line-up for the Jazz World Stage at glasto announced today. http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/news/west-holts-stage-and-line-up-announced

    …including Os Mutantes. Some tickets go on resale on Sunday.

  777. Bentdner’s bang on form, a few last minute vital winners, some cool finishing, goal at the camp nou, cant be bad for his confidence. Super Nick will score against the spuds. Plus, theyll be well tired after they play an fa cup semi against portsmouth. ARSENAL

  778. England are definitely not one of the hot favourites to win the World Cup. In fact if you take into account the amount of money in the English game. The number of professional clubs. The number of clubs in general. The number of players, supporters, officials etc etc. England massively underachieve at international level. Precisely because there is no direction and no footballing vision.

    Read carefully I did not make an excuse for Arsenal I suggested that it would be difficult for a ‘technical’ team to succeed with a London base because of those factors.

    Barcelona would not survive the EPL. Nor would they succeed in Europe if they were operating from London.

  779. You have to admit that there’s an undercurrent of negativity in all your posts, Joe. Sometimes it’s not necessary to read what you’ve said to get what you’re driving at.

    But I’m glad you agree that AW can be proud of what he’s achieved with the resources.

    As for Barcelona – they’ve struck gold with this team. It only happens once in a generation.

  780. Well done Joe. Good post. Finally someone talking sense on this blog.

  781. That’s awesome, LA.

    Dr Jawn as well! Sadly I don’t think my exile will be over by then.

  782. For christ’s sake, we were well beaten by a much better team. Similarly to last year’s champion’s league exit against Man Utd it was only thanks to Almunia that we were still in with a chance in the second leg. To be honest, we were a little bit fortune to get a draw in the first leg.
    It is no suprise that we come up short considering that we are trying to compete with teams like Man U, Chelsea, Barcelona, Milan, etc. who have much greater resources than us on a shoestring budget.
    There is the usual whining about injuries, but injuries happen to all teams, (regardless of the league you are playing in) and is there any edivence that the EPL is any more “physical” than the German, Italian, French, Dutch divisions?
    Our squad is too thin in certain areas (I know djourou is injured but where are the young centre backs?) and a few injuries really show’s this up.
    Wenger is a great manager, but due to the lack of resources we are competing in the PL and CL on a wing and a prayer.

  783. Actually I think that that is false bravado, BigM. Our injury list to key players is enormous. Of course other big teams suffer injuries, and occasionally to key players. When they do it is the subject of much debate amongst the press and media and on their blogs. Arsenal’s serious injury list particularly this season is remarkable.

    Barcelona are an excellent side…not sure about great because I think that they are very vulnerable. They certainly have a great player in Messi.

    I don’t like them though. My preferences are for Ajax and Bayern Munich.

  784. Whoops sorry that was me. I just use the other place as a scratchpad

  785. I am intrigued as to why some of you guys think that discussing injured players is whinging. If you look at the players who have actually been injured at the same time it is incredible. We have had to dig very deep indeed and have done so.

    Surely it would be false to claim that we have not been affected by injuries to key players at key times.

    This after all is a blog dedicated to Arsenal.

  786. I just think a lot is made of our “injuries”. It was unfortunate to lose Van persie for a long period of time, but is it due to our lack of resources that these injuries have such a devastating effect?

  787. As has been pointed out. If you want to discuss the wonders of Barcelona and feel like switching allegiance then go to Bibin’s blog or similar.

  788. The overall scoreline is a bit deceptive, let’s understand that. I counted 4 good chances AFTER Barca went 3-1 up. One of those, and it’s 3-2.

    A simple test: what IF Messi played for Arsenal what do you think the scoreline might have been? That friends is about power and money to buy the best in the world.

    I don’t say this to denigrate Barca who I felt played well throughout, and especially Xabi. It is a very good team. There passing and pressing is superior to what I have seen elsewhere.

    A straw of poll of who are are 5 best and most influential players would certainly include every player on our injury list. I am personally sorry that the Barca fans and audiences everywhere were not treated to the spectacle they would have seen had we even any 3 of those 5.

    Arsenal at its fluid best? Come on folks, we are good enough. Even neutrals say this.

  789. It seems odd as an Arsenal supporter for you not to treat us at least with a fair hand. Let us swap Lionel Messi with RvP. They don’t have LM for the game, we do have RvP for the game. What do you think the outcome last night woould have been?

  790. While I concede that one or two of our players are of slender build, there is no evidence to show the whole squad is too thin in certain areas.

    Gael, and Theo and Abou are all similarly tidy in the hip and torso areas, granted – but Andrey Arshavin and Big Sol Campbell more than tip the scales there.

    At any rate, I hardly think it’s of any use blaming our waist size on last night’s defeat. We were well beaten by a slightly curvier team.

  791. We had Fabregas, Gallas, Arshavin, Van Persie, Song out.

    They had Iniesta, Puyol, Pique and Ibrahimovic out

    Its balanced. We can’t complain. They had some top players out and so did we.

  792. It seems odd also to compare our resources to Barcelona’s. They have a limitless fund, paid for by the ‘state’. Arsenal have very limited funds and yet have produced a comparable youth system. You have to know that surely?

  793. Why is the scoreline deceptive Zim Paul? In terms of possession and shots on target, Barcelona were far superior.
    The result at the Emirates flattered us a bit, Barcelona blew us away in the first half hour and if it wasn’t for some great saves by Almunia we could have been out of it by half time.
    Barcelona were missing 5 first-time players last night also.

  794. That is certainly not balanced. Any one of our missing players would have massively influenced the game yesterday. I doubt whether any one of theirs would have.

    There was one key player of theirs on the pitch yesterday who made all the difference. One.

  795. we will bounce back vs tottenham

  796. They were certainly not missing five players as important to our squad as the five we had missing. That is a lie made for effect.

  797. That was dissapointing, but we will win the EPL

  798. I challenge anyone to take out Barca’s 5 best and play against us, without say 3 of our regulars. Take out Xabi (for Cesc), Messi (for RvP), Keita (for Song) plus any two others and come play us at Emirates after a 2-2 draw at Nou and see what happens. We’ll concede Nasri, Arshavin and Gallas to compensate their 3 players out.

    I don’t say Barca should not go through, only that Arsenal has what it takes and its players should be roundly applauded by all its fans.

  799. The problem with several people commenting on here is that they hate some of the other commenters more than they love the club.

  800. Fabregas played at the emirates, he wasn’t very influential against barca then, was he? what makes you think he would be at the Nou Camp?

    Lets face it. They are way better than us.

  801. I’m not just comparing our resources to Barcelona’s but our resources compared to Man Utd, Chelsea, Milan, etc.
    Our youth system is fine but the EPL is not an under 18’s competition

  802. In fact, just come play us without Messi.

    the only fair conclusion is to say yes, Barca are a very good team, and so dammit is Arsenal.

  803. I’m still so disappointed that I can’t look at things objectively.

    We were missing the spine of our team and thats exactly how we looked.

    The answer isn’t spend 200m for sure but i can think of very very few successful teams that didn’t have a top top goal scorer. We’ve got one but he routinely plays 3-4 months a season.

  804. A fit Fabregas would have been very influential yesterday. As you have conveniently forgotten, Gooner1, he was very influential last Tuesday when he was half fit.

  805. Fabregas played through injury, a broken leg and made and scored a penalty Gooner 1. Are you thick?

  806. Why oh why does Silvestre seem to be the only option we have when it comes to the big games!

    He wasn’t especially bad yesterday to be fair, but it does seem like the only time he plays is against top strikers. He must hate it here!

  807. You are not allowed to use that as an excuse, QoS. Actually we used to have more than one but AA also got injured, Cesc also got injured…and I suspect that Eduardo will never return to his original level. Thought he might be I doubt he will be with us after the Summer.

  808. ZimPaul – Arsenal have got what it takes if they improve their defending, invest in a top class goal keeper and some proper defensive cover.
    We can concede sloppy goals against most premiership teams and get away with it, but not against the top teams. We let in 6 goals in 2 games.
    Frank- I don’t dislike commentators on this blog, I find the level of denial and childlike naivety touching and amusing

  809. Don’t be disappointed Queen. The season is not over.

  810. The disdain in your last sentence speaks for itself, BigM. Though how you feel qualified to express it defeats me.

  811. Lets face it, Gooner1 is a cunt,,, Queen of suburbia, i know its annoying innit, and it looked like he played a one-two with messi.

  812. Yes, i thought we were defensively naive without Song and Gallas (or even Sol, or Djourou) but our left and right backs were fantastic.

  813. There is an element of ill fortune involved although people will be quick to dismiss it as making excuses.

    Its one thing missing players but to miss them when you play top sides frankly just sucks. We never get to show what we can do.

  814. TheBigM, if you havnt got anything worthwile to say what the fuck are you doing on here you big lump,,, i bet you would find cattle amusing or a picture of a donkey. Would you like me to get a picture or a donkey for you, or some cattle? I could get you some cattle my friend and there you know it you are happy again.

  815. Clichy vs Alves was a heck of a duel.

    The sort of duel that should have been taking place all over the pitch.

    Notice how quickly Alves asked for Clichy’s shirt at the end of the game.

  816. Sylvestre was the only option because our other old stager Sol had to play a full game on Saturday and wasn’t fully fit.
    Do we really expect to beat teams like Barcelona with an ageing man u cast-off in central defense?
    The defeat was of course not Sylvestre’s fault, but just demonstrates our lack of quality defensive cover

  817. I think the result and arsene’s comments speak for itself.

    spurs next.

  818. yeah, spurs away is the order of the day.

    KAMAN YOU GUNNERSSSSSSSS

  819. Harry's got a twitch

    THE TRUTH IS BARCELONA ARE BETTER THAN US.STOP BLAMING INJURIES

    MESSI IS A GENIUS

  820. TheBigM, Gallas-Djourou-Song-Campbell. That is the order the big M, and that is quality. Just our fucking great luck ALL of those players were injured its a fucking joke

  821. But you know that Mikael Sylvestre was our sixth choice centre-half, BigM. Or did you not know?

    I agree with the Clichy/Alves battle comment, Zimpaul.

  822. I think our best defensive midfielder is our 4th choice centre back before silvestre that tells you how much belief arsene has in him.

    why is he even at arsenal he was shit at united.

  823. Our best defensive midfielder is a centre-half by trade, and in his prime.

  824. theBigM so how much cover exactly do u think we need? Name me another team in the world who has a world class 5th choice centre back which is essentially was Silvestre is to us?

    You say that injuries have such a devastating effect but it is despite these injuries that we are 3 points of the top in the premier league and reached the quarter finals of the Champions league.

    Against most other teams we can cope just fine with these injuries but top players make the difference against top teams, the margins are much smaller. As QoS said it sucks that we have never had a chance to show what we can do against teams like chelsea, manu and barcelona with a fully fit team. The only time this season we have come close to having one was at the beginning of the season when we played ManU off the park and were unlucky to lose.

    I agree there is certainly room for improvement in our defence but i am more concerned about rectifying our constant injury problems than worrying about a percieved lack of squad depth

  825. “Our best defensive midfielder is a centre-half by trade, and in his prime.”

    I disagree, he can do a good job there but he has found a natural position now…

  826. Any defeat is hard to take but this one is made slightly easier for me for the following reasons: Barca played very well but we also gave a good account of ourselves considering the players we had injured and i am proud of the team, we did not get totally outplayed as some have suggested. Lionel Messi is currently the best player in the world and bang in form so there is no shame him scoring 4 against us. Last night he produced one of THE great Champions League performances.

    People looking to blame Sylvester or the goalkeeper or Theo Walcott or anyone else are barking up the wrong tree and now is not the time for all that nonsense to re-surface. Why is it that the doomers find it so hard to take a defeat and come out with all the ‘i told you so, we should have bought so and so’ bollocks? The most important thing now is for us to get right behind the boys for the next game.

  827. Song is developing into a great DM, but as a centre back he doesn’t convince me yet and he was found out against Barcelona
    Unfortunate that Gallas was out, but Sol is ageing and can’t be relied upon to be consistently available. Where are the young centre backs?
    Zap – If we have so much defensive talent, why do we let in so many goals?

  828. Frank got something else right yesterday and it’s been commented on before, that is that this site just isn’t so much fun as it used to be.

    I don’t know why. We had a much worse season last year and yet this blog was full of humour, insight and cameraderie. Yes, there were some twats as well but we knew who they were and dealt with them in a way that kept the amusement level up.

    Now? Too many twats. Too many bores. Too many who know nothing at all apart from what Sky and the Mirror chooses to tell them.

    Pz’s lampooning of DAVE last night was a light in the grey.

  829. Are you a bit stupid, John? You can’t disagree. He was brought up as a centre-half…that is his trade. That is a fact. He has now made the transition to defensive midfield player…that is his trade too.

    You have just proved the point I was making earlier.

  830. at the start of the season he was our 3rd choice centre back with djourou out already and sol hadn’t arrived, obviously it’s annoying having to use him in the important games.

  831. I agree with CB

  832. In the 2nd half Barca took their foot off the gas because of the Madrid game.Thank fuck for that.

    Barca over the 2 games were the best side i have ever seen.No disgrace to lose to the best team in the world

    But next season the number one priority has to be an new keeper.Almunia is not even in the top 10 keepers in the prem

  833. Gooner 1 – If it wasn’t for Almunia, Barcelona would have been out of sight by half time of the first leg at the emirates. Don’t blame him

  834. Frank. Our youth system is certainly not comparable to Barcas. 8 of their starters last night were products of the Barca academy. You’ll also note that our best player is a product of the Barca academy.

    I would have rather seen Bartley start last night over Silvestre. It was a disaster waiting to happen.

  835. Point proved.

  836. It is comparable actually, Dibble. They started before us so you have to compare the players about to come through both systems. You have done that have you?

    In my opinion our best player is the product of the Feyenoord youth system

  837. Ha ha. Perfect timing Dibble! Well done consolsbob he fell right into your trap.

  838. Oh and John and Gooner1. Where is optimistic Joe when you need him.

  839. I don’t know what you’re talking about matty?

  840. I’m optomistic, I can’t wait for us to end spurs champions league hopes…

  841. Hi Frank.. I have outstanding respect for Wenger and his youth project and I take your point, however, I feel that comparing players is futile. Bojan and Busquets are both much younger than Denilson and Bendtner and have far less first team experience, yet didnt look out of place last night.

    Van Persie is a god, but I wouldnt say he was developed by Feyenoord. He started with Excelsior, and only signed for Feyenoord at 15 which is relatively late in footballing terms.

    Last night hurt because I thought Barcas defence looked very weak and we were unable to capitalize on that. Whatever anyone says, all 4 Barca goals were very preventable.

  842. John: ‘why is he even at arsenal he was shit at united’.

    Optimism at it’s best.

  843. I know who RvP started with, Dibble. My point was two-fold. He is our best player for me and he was not a product of the Barcelona youth academy.

    I asked you if you had compared the players about to come through both systems? You obviously haven’t.

  844. matty if you’re happy with silvestre then fine each to thier own..

  845. Thanks for making an obvious point. Why are you being so antagonistic?.. Of course I have compared the players coming through, but you choose to ignore this.
    Maxwell, Busquets,Bojan are just 3 players who have made the transition from youth team to first team. Messi is younger than Bendtner!..
    Your point of ‘they started before us’ sounds very childish. I agree that we have players in the 17/18 year old bracket who ‘could’ be world beaters but nothing is proven yet, and its naive to think otherwise. I remeber when we all thought Paul Dickov was gonna be the next big thing!

  846. “In my opinion our best player is the product of the Feyenoord youth system”

    I hope he don’t get injured again.

  847. BigM

    I dont blame him for the Barca defeat,youre right we would have lost by 5 or 6 in the first leg without him

    But what about the errors he has made in the league this season.A world class keeper is worth 10-12 pts a season

  848. They are not coming through. They are already through.

    Our players are just starting to emerge.

    I am not being anatagonistic I just disagree with you. We are about to see our youth system flourish.

  849. Dibble, to say that ‘all 4 goals were very preventable’ is supremely arrogant. You don’t play much football do you?

    You down the Lane next Wednesday, James?

    It’s so QUIET,
    It’s so QUIET,
    It’s so QUIET at the Lane!
    It’s so quiet at the Lane… shhhhhhhhhh…

  850. No question, Frank. We are thrashing the youth league season after season now, at a time when – with foreign talent at almost every club – the standard is higher than ever. It’s been a long process, but the academy is about to produce a slew of talent.

    It’s not helpful to compare our system with Barcelona’s though. Spanish B teams are such an asset. I wish we could have an equivalent in England.

  851. Frank: Just read you’re article and a very good read it is too. Hope there is more to come as it’s nice to read some well written pro London/Arsenal stuff on the www.

    Despite all the shit they have to put up with like whinging fans, dodgy refs, on pitch thuggery and Billionaire spenders, I do hope the manager and this young squad stick together and win league titles for years to come.

  852. F*** me! Frank, Consolsbob it’s so true now that this blog is littered with shit fans. I can barely tolerate it now. Yogi’s articles are still up to scratch but many of the comments do him a disservice.