Arsenal have a chance. What? A chance. What? A chance!

Arsenal have a chance. What? A chance. What? A chance!

It’s a well-known fact amongst Arsenal supporters that Emmanuel Adebayor, the top scorer at the club this season with 21 goals, is still yet to score in the Champions League. However, despite making six appearances in the competition this season and failing to score in any of them – including the 0-0 first-leg draw against Milan which saw his late header crash against the bar – the Togolese striker is positive that he and his side have a good chance of turning things around in the return leg at the San Siro.  

“We will go there with confidence. It will be a more open game [than the first leg] and we will have more chances to score. We will play our football, pass and move and if we have a chance to win the game that is what we will do. I don’t know how many chances we will have but, whatever happens, we will have a chance. “

I gather that Arsenal are going to have a couple of chances against Milan then? Heh heh, it’s always funny reading interviews with Adebayor. He seems to ramble on and on and has an amusing habit of constantly repeating himself. It’s really quite hilarious actually, especially when it’s as blatant as it was today.

Adebayor is hoping to break his Champions League duck in the San Siro

Nevertheless, he does make a good point. AC Milan are likely to go into the match at the San Siro with a more attacking approach and that should open up more spaces at the back for the big striker and his attacking teammates to exploit. Arsenal are an incredibly dangerous side on the break and I won’t be too unhappy if the home side do come out with a more attacking attitude. The first leg showed again how well Milan can play a backs-to-the-wall defensive game and it wouldn’t be the silliest idea to let them have a bit more ball in the second leg. As always, we’ll have to see how it pans out though.

Before that game there is of course another one, the increasingly important Premiership clash with Aston Villa. With the form that Martin O’Neill’s have been in lately coupled with the excellent effort they put in when they played Arsenal earlier in the season this is certainly going to be a tough one to win for Wenger’s men. Villa have been free-scoring of late and although Arsenal have yet to lose at the Emirates Stadium this season I’d suggest that with everything the club has gone through this week this game could prove to be one of their biggest tests so far.

William Gallas needs to respond against Aston VillaThe boys need to respond and perhaps the player that needs to show the best response to the week’s drama is the captain, William Gallas. He has been absolutely hammered for his behaviour at the end of the Birmingham game – incorrectly in my eyes, mind you – and the pressure will be on for him to step up and show what kind of a leader he really is this weekend. A strong, passionate performance would certainly do the trick and an important goal wouldn’t go astray either. I’ll be very interested to see what sort of an impact he has on the side on Saturday.

Other players that will also want to do well are Gael Clichy, whose mistake lead to the late equaliser at Birmingham, and Nicklas Bendtner, who will surely be given a rare start by Wenger as a replacement for the injured Eduardo. I’ve spoken in the past about the fractious relationship he seems to have with Emmanuel Adebayor but I can’t think of any better way for the two lads to get back in each other’s good books than by combining for a goal or two against Villa. Fingers crossed it all goes well and there’s no repeat of the Carling Cup debacle.

That’s about it in what has been, thankfully, a quiet day for the Arsenal Football Club. There will surely be some team news starting to trickle through from Wenger and his squad in the next day or two as the Aston Villa game edges closer, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime if you’re still in the need of a positivity boost in the wake of the Eduardo incident I’d encourage you to compare the charitable deeds of Lukasz Fabianski with the less-than-exemplary behaviour of Tottenham’s Ledley King. The photos say it all really.

On a final note, a very happy birthday to Arseblog. The grandfather of Arsenal blogs turns 6 today and he deserves all the celebrations in the world. All the best mate!

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24 Responses to “Arsenal have a chance. What? A chance. What? A chance!”

  1. Wolgang Metzer
    February 27, 2008 at 7:04 pm #

    i hope Arsenal won’t be over depenedent on Ade. The problem with Arsenal then was if henry were fed up Arsenal would get at the most one point.Ii notice that Henry towards the end od his Arsenal career was always drifting to the left wing because he was heavily marked. I’ll always be eternally grateful to Henry for winning the title for Arsenal in 2004.Hopefully the younger players would take on a bigger role and win the title. The red faced is hoping for another trebel.I want Arsenal to beat him to the title.

  2. Spanish Fry
    February 27, 2008 at 7:13 pm #

    I don’t think there’s a danger of Arsenal becoming dependant on Adebayor – if that happens I don’t think we’ll win much. I think the perception is that Adebayor is everything up front but while he is doing well there’s much more to the attack than just him. In saying that I’d love him to score against Villa and Milan. 🙂

  3. segujja(uganda)
    February 27, 2008 at 7:26 pm #

    Happy birthday Arsenal FC blog. you make good points there….but my worry is that Ade is trying to intimidate these young strikers just like Henry did which is very wrong…he should think of the team and not him breaking into the superstar dome of the football world. he should look to help improve players like bendtner and Walcott instead of going for personal glory….Bendtner is going to be a very good player for us and has to step up in these coming games provided he is given a chance which he hasnt been given. Walcott too is going to have to step up and he should cut out the dribbling and do what Fabregas did to do the simple stuff 1st to get confident…..again Happy 6th

  4. Spanish Fry
    February 27, 2008 at 8:01 pm #

    It’s not my blog’s birthday segujja! It’s Arseblog’s! My blog’s birthday is in about a month.

  5. arsenal malaysia
    February 27, 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    happy birthday..i like this blog.. 😀

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    February 28, 2008 at 4:16 am #

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  8. Brian
    February 28, 2008 at 7:28 am #

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  9. Le Gunner
    February 28, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    A big thanks to the Arsenal physio Gary Lewin the unsung hero in my eyes. Reports suggested that had he not acted quickly and with competence Eduardo would’ve lost his leg and also a big thanks to Gilberto who assisted with the translation during the process. Who said we don’t need Gilberto hey? My concern is Flamini. news came out yesterday suggesting talks between his agent and Arsenal broke down and he is set to join Juventus I don’t know if its true or just the Media United wants to carry on their dirty work to spoil it for us. Some good news RVP is certainly fit again and ready to go. I know what you are thinking, we heard it all before. We desperately need more players back him and Rosicky in particular. They will add some impetus and freshness for the remaining games.

  10. RassHenry
    February 28, 2008 at 2:17 pm #

    A very good day to you guys. As a Arsenal die hard fan i feel for our Eduardo, & it’s really terrible. Might be the dirty game started by Man Ure to win the BPL this year. Ex -Man Ure (Now Blackburn manager)+ Ex – Blackburn, Taylor’s smile after the nasty tackle, said it all. How much he has been paid for that by Man Ure ? Only god knows. The fucking, English FA don’t gives a shit as its only Eduardo, what ? What will happen if it’s the clowns or donkeys so called England team player got injured like that ? Ok, now talk about our beloved team Arsenal, the team is fine & capable of winning the CL & BPL this year & years to come as well. The only problem is that we are not scoring enough goal with the chances we created. In order to win match cleanly we need to score enough goals with the chances we always created not wasting it as usual. As Alex Ferguson said, the title maybe will be decided by goal difference & it can true. Our strike force is terrible, especially that fucking Adebayour, he has a fucking terrible first touch, lack of determination, which is very important for a football player or else he just can stop playing football for something else. Now, he is being very selfish & going for self glory. I think we need to put him in the bench among the subs & get another striker to partner Van Persie upfront such as Karim Benzema. For this time being we have not much choice as we have to use that Adebayour bastard (right) with really talented Walcott (left) upfront for 4-4-2 formation. Right legged, Walcot is very dangerous on the left, exactly like King Henry, remember. Get Flamini, to sign the contract extension as he is the most improved player for us. Sagna is revolution as he is the best buy this season. Clichy is damn good, we should forgive him for those errors. Hleb is running the show at the midfield area at the moment as Fabregas is being rubbish recently. We should replace Gallas with young & talented Micah Richards. Offload injury prone Rosicky for good money as he is wanted by Inter Milan or swap with Quaresma of Fc Porto. Arsene Wenger, should have players compete for first 11 eleven spots in every position in order to get a good & determined team to play week in & out.

    My Dream Arsenal Team is :

    1. Almunia – Goal Keeper
    2. Sagna – Right Back
    3. Richards – Center Back on the right
    4. Toure (C) – Center Back on the Left
    5. Clichy – Left Back
    6. Flamini – Defending Midfielder
    7. Febregas – Attacking Midfielder
    8. Hleb – Left Midfielder
    9. Quresma – Right Midfielder
    10. Van Persie – Right Striker
    11. Benzema – Left Striker

    Supersub :

    1. Lehman – Goal Keeper
    2. Ebue – Right Back
    3. Sabderos – Center Back
    4. Gilberto – Defending Midfield
    5. Vela – Attacking Midfield
    6. Wacott – Striker
    7. Adebayour – Striker

    Cheers.
    Gunner 4 Life
    Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia.

  11. RassHenry
    February 28, 2008 at 2:25 pm #

    A very good day to you guys. As a Arsenal die hard fan i feel for our Eduardo, & it’s really terrible. Might be the dirty game started by Man Ure to win the BPL this year. Ex -Man Ure (Now Blackburn manager)+ Ex – Blackburn, Taylor’s smile after the nasty tackle, said it all. How much he has been paid for that by Man Ure ? Only god knows. The fucking, English FA don’t gives a shit as its only Eduardo, what ? What will happen if it’s the clowns or donkeys so called England team player got injured like that ? Ok, now talk about our beloved team Arsenal, the team is fine & capable of winning the CL & BPL this year & years to come as well. The only problem is that we are not scoring enough goal with the chances we created. In order to win match cleanly we need to score enough goals with the chances we always created not wasting it as usual. As Alex Ferguson said, the title maybe will be decided by goal difference & it can true. Our strike force is terrible, especially that fucking Adebayour, he has a fucking terrible first touch, lack of determination, which is very important for a football player or else he just can stop playing football for something else. Now, he is being very selfish & going for self glory. I think we need to put him in the bench among the subs & get another striker to partner Van Persie upfront such as Karim Benzema. For this time being we have not much choice as we have to use that Adebayour bastard (right) with really talented Walcott (left) upfront for 4-4-2 formation. Right legged, Walcot is very dangerous on the left, exactly like King Henry, remember. Get Flamini, to sign the contract extension as he is the most improved player for us. Sagna is revolution as he is the best buy this season. Clichy is damn good, we should forgive him for those errors. Hleb is running the show at the midfield area at the moment as Fabregas is being rubbish recently. We should get young & talented Micah Richards. Offload injury prone Rosicky for good money as he is wanted by Inter Milan or swap with Quaresma of Fc Porto. Arsene Wenger, should have players compete for first 11 eleven spots in every position in order to get a good & determined team to play week in & out. Toure to be our Captain, as he is deserve it not a small kid called Gallas.

    My Dream Arsenal Team is : 4-4-2

    1. Almunia – Goal Keeper
    2. Sagna – Right Back
    3. Richards – Center Back on the right
    4. Toure (C) – Center Back on the Left
    5. Clichy – Left Back
    6. Flamini – Defending Midfielder
    7. Febregas – Attacking Midfielder
    8. Hleb – Left Midfielder
    9. Quaresma – Right Midfielder
    10. Van Persie – Right Striker
    11. Benzema – Left Striker

    Supersub :

    1. Lehman – Goal Keeper
    2. Ebue – Right Back
    3. Senderos/Gallas – Center Back
    4. Gilberto/Denilson – Defending Midfielder
    5. Vela/Diaby – Attacking Midfielder
    6. Walcott – Striker
    7. Adebayour – Striker

    Cheers.
    RassHenry
    Gunners 4 Life
    Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia.

  12. ramugunner
    February 28, 2008 at 5:15 pm #

    It was really nice thoughts from you. I am also one of the fan who was quite frustuated with the behaviour of Gallas. We all know we lose 2 points that was already in our grabs and it was a stupid mistake by one of our younger player. Clichy has been revolution this season and I would consider upto 2/3 mistake by such a young player given that he has been brilliant all season. Gallas reacted like we lose the title on that day. But we are still 3 points ahead of Manc. We also can go to Trafford and win. Still there is more pressure on Manc than us. Our whole squad cost less than Rio and Rooney together. They spent 80 million to win the title but we build a winning team with the intelligence of our manager but not by spending $$$.
    Saturday’s match will be a must win for us cause we want to dedicate that win for Eduardo and Gallas. Gallas was criticized by many people after that incident and I am sure he will show what kind of leafer he is on Saturday. I am a little worried about Ade’s form in last few matches. He must score on Saturday to ease pressure to himself and take a bit of confidence against rock solid Milan defense. If we can win on saturday and knock out Milan on tuesday then our squad’s morale will be sky high. That will serve as the platform for success this season. Champions league is still a long journey even if we go past Milan but League is must win. If we can’t win this season then it will be tough for all these young players. Fabregas spoke about the perspective of winning the league at 20 playing almost every match. With a league winners trophy young players like Fabregas, Clichy, Sagna, Walcott etc. etc will have a good career forward. I am pretty sure if we winleague this season, it will be the sweetest victory for all Arsenal fans.
    Our next two games are the most crucial fixtures we will have this season. I am confident we will pass our next test and be ready for Finals.
    Come on Gooners.

  13. ramugunner
    February 28, 2008 at 5:19 pm #

    Eduardo!!!!!
    If you are in Arsenal family then you are in the best place in the world. Every gooners are behind you. We all are waiting for your first goal after you comeback in the pitch. Be strong!!!

  14. RassHenry
    February 28, 2008 at 5:31 pm #

    Eduardo, will be the best striker ever played in BPL along side our King henry. Come on man, they scared of you & thats why they paid someone to hurt you. Comeback soon & show them how you are made for football.

  15. knightman
    February 28, 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    rasshenry ur talk is totally bullshit..do u knw how fucking hard it is to score in two consecutive games?if u’ve played some soccer then u should knw tht quite a few players can manage to score 12 goals in 9 consecutive games th way adebayor recently did.. wat th fuck is wrong wit u people? adebayor doesn’t score in two games n u already farting all over his face? and what in hell is wrong if ade shows tht he’s finally believing in himself? all of u who think like rasshenry should shut th fuck up for a while n take time to do some soul search… no offence meant

  16. RassHenry
    February 29, 2008 at 12:54 pm #

    Hello, knightman or whatever. I want Arsenal to win all the competition if can & that why i am suggesting Arsene Wenger to offload or put him in the bench & let Robin with Walcott to be our upfront man.Trust me, you are fucking blind, just don’t talk about consecutive goals scored, every Tom, Dick & Harry can score goalS if someone feeds the ball like that, just look at the chances Idiot/Adebayour wasting in every games. Statistic of the chances he gets are not good enough with the goals he has scored. Talk about basic thing for a footballer, his first touch is fucking poor & if you think his first touch is good then your fucking nut. He doesn’t even using his height as advantage, only sometimes & rest of the time he is fucking lousy. Just watch Peter Crouch , how he is using his height as well his long legs efficiently. Remember the M’borough game because of his fucking poor first touch which enable them to counter & which force Toure to concede a penalty are one of his many error which cost us dearly. Conclusion is that this FUCKING Adebaoyur is just a piece of shit maybe like you. Go & learn the basic about football atleast. Example : How to stop the ball efficiently, run with the ball, using your body to protect the ball & never let player from behind to take the ball from you easily, head the ball with eyes open, pass the ball to other player if he has a clear goal scoring chances & so much more. Kindly bring your fucking Adebayour along with you as he need all that to be proper footballer.

    Cheers.

  17. Gooner4Life
    February 29, 2008 at 1:46 pm #

    Very strong words from u rass henry but I have to agree with knightman what does a guy have to do? For a guy with a poor first touch Adebayor has scored 23 bloody beatiful goals.How many 6 ft + strikers in the world at the moment are scoring that many goals. You must be watching a dodgy feed from China coz I seem to remember it was Adebayors first touch that cushioned a header into the path of Eduardo who banged a beautiful goal at Eastlands, and Adebayor who volleyed a cracker at Newcastle, Aston Villa and Spurs to mention a few. Did you see that!. And not just that he provides an aerial threat which Arsenal never had, works his socks off, holds up the ball well and brings other players into the game. Evey striker misses chances some need to have more chances to create the goals but as long as they bang the goals in thats all matters. Shit strikers dont score. Shevchenko comes to mind. And why do you think we need Benzeama? RVP and Eduardo are better player miles.

  18. RassHenry
    February 29, 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    Gooner 4 Life, a very good day to you. without, doubt Robin & Eduardo is a class strikers & with both of them are out injured we need Adebayour to step up as well as Walcott to score goals in order for us to start win matches. The reason, i suggest Arsene Wenger to buy players is that the are no competition in most of the position in the squad which leads to the lack of determination & waste chances. Just count how many chances we can create in a game. We can easily win matches with a good goal margin if atleast most of the chances we used efficiently. Look Man Ure, they are making use most of the chances created. The goal differences is vital. They don’t play like leading 20 nil when leading 2 nil, they will play all the way up to the last minute of each game. Robin is good but he is injury prone, we can’t afford to have this kind of problem every season. He is out for most of this season as well as last season. We need a strong strikers upfront.We need a striker such as Karim Benzema. A wide player, such as Ricardo Quaresma who can play either side & Good defensive player such as Micah Richards to partner Toure in defence & the rest are just fine. Adebayour, is scoring goals but just look at the clear card chances he is wasting & that is frustrating. This is causing us very much, we are dropping points from the game we should win easily. Referee’s, linesman, English FA are favouring England based team to win matches. Even Clichy won the ball but penalty awarded because Arsenal don’t have any E

  19. RassHenry
    February 29, 2008 at 2:22 pm #

    Gooner 4 Life, a very good day to you. without, doubt Robin & Eduardo is a class strikers & with both of them are out injured we need Adebayour to step up as well as Walcott to score goals in order for us to start win matches. The reason, i suggest Arsene Wenger to buy players is that the are no competition in most of the position in the squad which leads to the lack of determination & waste chances. Just count how many chances we can create in a game. We can easily win matches with a good goal margin if atleast most of the chances we used efficiently. Look Man Ure, they are making use most of the chances created. The goal differences is vital. They don’t play like leading 20 nil when leading 2 nil, they will play all the way up to the last minute of each game. Robin is good but he is injury prone, we can’t afford to have this kind of problem every season. He is out for most of this season as well as last season. We need a strong strikers upfront.We need a striker such as Karim Benzema. A wide player, such as Ricardo Quaresma who can play either side & Good defensive player such as Micah Richards to partner Toure in defence & the rest are just fine. Adebayour, is scoring goals but just look at the clear card chances he is wasting & that is frustrating & he is not good enough, trust me. This is causing us very much, we are dropping points from the game we should win easily, why ? Wasting goal scoring chances. Referee’s, linesman, English FA are favouring England based team to win matches. Birmingham game, eventhough Clichy won the ball but penalty has been awarded. don’t tell me they will allowed us to win the title. We need to score enough goals to win matches cleanly & safely.

    Cheers.
    Arsenal Fc.

  20. Spanish Fry
    February 29, 2008 at 2:42 pm #

    “Look Man Ure, they are making use most of the chances created.”

    That is a myth. Just the other day someone (TayGoon, I think) showed statistics showing that Arsenal have been more clinical in front of goal than Manchester United. You’re being way to harsh on Adebayor RassHenry, I have to agree with the other two fellows (except the swearing was perhaps a little bit too far).

    Remember we all support the same team after all.

  21. RassHenry
    February 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm #

    Hye Spanish Fry, good day to you. In regard to the above comments. Yes, i agree that we are all supporting the same team & i love Arsenal Fc to win matches & trophies as well but it’s frustrating not to win matches which we can easily win. Adebayour is banging goals but he needs to improve a lot very quickly as he is the only source we have now, upfront with the best strikers are out injured (Robin & Eduardo). Overall Adebayour is not a first 11 player, maybe he can only be our supersub. Wallcott is miles away better striker than him, if he gets the run at the left hand side upfront week in & out. Hope & wish we can win atleast the BPL this season. CL is a bonus.

    Cheers.
    Arsenal Fc.

  22. RvP Fan
    March 1, 2008 at 8:51 am #

    How can you improve when your in the top team in the league, and have nearly the highest total over one of the best scorers, maybe of all time in cristiano ronaldo? Ade is the closest anyone has been for a few years to catching him on the goal tally, and your rabbiting on about how bad he is!! Honestly, stand back and look at it, if Eduado hadnt been injured, then RvP probably would have replaced him this year, though if it had been last year, then Ade would have been the one to go. But he isnt, simply because Ade is probably one of the most improved Arsenal players over the break between seasons. If it weren’t for him, we might not have had a “chance” (:P)!
    Otherwise, great post SF, sorry it had to be scarred this way.

  23. RvP Fan
    March 1, 2008 at 8:54 am #

    Oh yeah, and your comment about Walcott? How many goals has hescored tis season compared to Adebayor? In fact, how many times has he replaced Adebayor in the starting lineup this season, or any season? I dont know the stats exactly, but i think you will find that it is extremely low.

  24. RassHenry
    March 3, 2008 at 12:21 pm #

    Hello Bro, how to improve when you are on top ? Make use of chances created & score more goals as make the goal difference margin better, top team never drop points againts lower team so don’t drop points unneccessarily to remain on top. A midfielder leading the top scorer chart. What are the strikers doing, especially Adebayour ? Sleeping or what ? If Adebayour has scored most of the clear card chances he has got, i think he will be miles away at the top of top scorer chart a head of anybody but the truth he is total rubbish & doesn’t belongs to football. Don’t just talk about statistic of the goal Walcott scored. If, he plays week in & week out, without doubt he will be the top scorer. He have much more quality which Adebayour don’t. Example : Speed, can play both side effienctly, very good body stability, damn good FIRST TOUCH, full of DETERMINATION, eyes for goal, do not waste chances as Adebaoyur use to do & many more. Walcott will be the best BPL player as well for Arsenal, if gets the nod. Remember, he is only 18 & already showing that he is far away better then Adebaoyur. Arsenal’s most improved player is Flamini, ok. Eduaordo, has a fantastic first touch & he is much more clinical than Adebaoyur in front of goal, don’t deny that. Adebayour look good with our fantastic midfield players or else, he is a piece of shitttt !!!!!! Wake up, & look at the the table. The point difference & the goal difference with the second team & how long it will last with Chelsea & Man U away to come. We are dropping points with the team we should take 3 solid points, the reason is that we are not scoring much. Why, wasting fucking a lot of goal scoring chances.

    Frustrated Arsenal Fan.

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