Right, let’s get the important discoveries out of the way first. The Punch and Judy is an awful pub in just about the best location in town. Italians from Dublin are funny, and Milan will now be considered hot favourites to advance to the last eight of the Champions League after an entertaining but goal-free first leg at the Grove.
In a fortnight I suspect the Dublin rossoneri will be less amused when Arsenal get the score draw they need to advance, but the Punch and Judy will still be a blot on the Covent Garden landscape.
I’m pleased to see so many Gooners talking positively about the contest last night. My perception from high up in the cameldome was that we controlled much of the contest. That we didn’t win was down more to a superb defensive display from the reigning champions than any shortcomings on our behalf.
It will be fascinating to see how the second-leg takes shape. We know Milan will have to show more intent than last night. That suggests we just need to be patient and prepared to break quickly when the opportunities present themselves.
We will, however, need to avoid any injury beforehand to either Gallas or Senderos, both excellent last night. The early loss of Toure was a blow and leaves us devoid of much in the way of cover.
The other concern will be to get Rosicky back and fit. Eduardo impresses me as our most natural finisher, but again when asked to work the left side last night he looked out of sorts. I cannot believe we will start in Milan with anything other than a 4-5-1.
Adebayor came so close to grabbing the win last night, but for once the headed finish eluded him. The Milan defenders looked extremely wary of him and will not relish facing him again in the San Siro.
A word too for Flamini and Cesc. The way I saw it last night they won their personal battles and they will need to do so again in a fortnight. I have no doubt that they will.
Matty has become an important part of the side and has told Setanta he wants to stay with Arsenal. That is good to hear. Give him the pen Arsene!
Win An Arsenal Opus With O2
Don’t forget to go to the O2 website to vote for your favourite snap from the eleven finalists in the competition to win your own copy of this magnificent tome.
Today’s featured shot is ‘Grandfathers, fathers, sons, and grandsons. Our Arsenal Family’ and I would like to thank Jon Vines who has been in touch with this sad note.
‘Our family collage has particular significance as my elderly father, who is pictured right in the middle of our effort, died in December shorly after we were shortlisted as finalists. We believe winning would be a marvellous memorial to a lifelong Gooner.’
Thanks for writing Jon, and I’m sorry to hear of your loss.
5 Responses to “No Score But No Bore”