Mar 15th, 2017 by 'holic
I am starting writing this, whatever this becomes, at half-time in Monaco. Yes, I am a bit of a masochist watching this week’s Champions League ties after our mauling by Bayern Munich. I’m glad I did though. There is no doubt both matches involving the English clubs have produced absolute thrillers.
Whilst many on social media chose to use Leicester’s victory to highlight Arsenal’s obviously poor recent record in the round of sixteen I was thinking of their supporters, enjoying the sort of stuff we got used to in Arsene Wenger’s first decade. They are on a thrilling ride which didn’t look at all likely a few short weeks ago. While Jamie Vardy’s antics last night didn’t make for good viewing the Leicester performance generally most certainly did. Full marks to them.
At half time it looks very much as though Monaco are possibly about to blow away Manchester City with a breathtaking display of attacking football. Even without the injured Falcao they look absolutely deadly in attack, and unquestionably Killian Mbappe is showing what a player he already is at 18. Just how much better will this young man become? Our failed bid for him last summer will not be our last, I’m sure, but bigger clubs have now started following the prodigy. We may have missed our chance.
The final whistle has just blown on an astonishing game of two halves in Monaco. City pretty much dominated the second-half as Monaco had the first but could only draw it 1-1. Monaco advance, and deservedly so.
I wonder what effect that will have on our FA Cup semi-final opponents? They would have reasonably expected to go through when the draw was made and may feel their exit more than the Gunners. We knew Bayern would be a tough test. At Wembley will we face a shell-shocked City, with their evident defensive weaknesses, or a motivated City with a very positive attacking intent.
Both Citeh and us lack consistency, and have veered from the sublime to the ridiculous this season. Our Wembley match-up really is an impossible one to call at this moment in time. Personally I’m pleased we avoided Chelsea who may well be on a high when they take on the neighbours. The Premier League title is so close they can almost feel it. Tottenham, potentially shorn of Kane although they are understandably looking at bionics to bring him back earlier than expected from his latest ankle knack, might have been preferable. However the prospect of a Final between the neighbours from North London and Middlesex is simply too tantalising for words.
Please let us be in it, whoever it is.