Sparta Prague 0-2 Arsenal Match Report
Arsenal took a massive step towards qualification for the final stages of the Champions League with a smash-and-grab 2-0 away victory over Czech side Sparta Prague. After being bossed around in the first 45 minutes Arsenal took the lead through a cool finish from Cesc Fabregas after lovely work from Gael Clichy and got a crucial second goal late on through Alexander Hleb’s second goal in as many matches.
Although I missed the game the result is superb and the manner of the win is something to be enjoyed. It has been a rare to see Arsenal win games it doesn’t necessarily deserve to in the past few seasons and the result will provide a further boost to the players confidence after the exciting win over Fulham on day one of the Premiership season. However, I’m sure Tomas Rosicky will be a little disapointed after failing to get on the scoresheet and falling further behind in his bet with Fabregas and Hleb. Manager Arsene Wenger was delighted with the resilience that his side showed to ensure they completed a vital win:
“We needed to be patient and not make a mistake. We needed to play with more purpose in going forwards and did that more in the second half. The whole team has a resilience, they fight to the last second – and we have shown that again tonight when we scored the goal.”
Apart from highlights I really haven’t seen much of the game so anyone who has should let me know their opinions by leaving a comment.
Ronaldo gives Arsenal a boost
There was even more great news for Arsenal after Cristiano Ronaldo was red-carded and Manchester United dropped two points at Portsmouth following a scrappy 1-1 draw. Paul Scholes opened the scoring early on but Benjani Mwaruwari levelled scores early in the second half before Ronaldo was sent-off for headbutting in the 85th minute. The great news for Arsenal is that Ronaldo’s stupidity will see him miss three matches and a Manchester United side struggling for goals and already missing Wayne Rooney through injury are likely to drop even more points early on in the season. In a Premiership competition where the smallest setbacks can mean missed trophies Manchester United have put themselves at a massive risk of failing to defend their title only two games in.
What do you think?
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