My goodness, what a day. You know those days that just fly past – where you don’t get a moment to think before it’s all over. I had one of those and it was great. Apart from the Arsenal game of course.
To be completely honest I didn’t get to watch the 2-0 defeat to Porto. But the word from the manager, the stand-in captain and those of you who commented on yesterday’s blog was that we were pretty ordinary. A draw was all that was required to grab top spot in the group but it proved too difficult task as our significantly under-strength side succumbed to a first-half header from Bruno Alves and a second-half thumper from Lisandro Lopez.
I can’t really be bothered going into the game because at the end of the day the result nor the performance really doesn’t matter too much. Finishing second in the group means we’ll now play one of Roma, Panathinaikos, Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Juventus. Had we finished top we could have faces Inter Milan, Sporting Lisbon, Atletico Madrid, Villareal, Lyon or Real Madrid and there’s really no difference in quality there in my opinion.
What is important is getting the win over Middlesbrough on Saturday and I think that by resting the first-teamers Wenger has given his team the best opportunity possible to do that. Players like Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas should be well rested and as a result should be expected to put in energetic and effective performances in on Saturday. And if they do so we’ll be well on our way to getting another valuable three points.
Aside from the Porto match that there’s really not a lot going on today so I’ll leave it there. Have a lovely Thursday and I’ll speak to you tomorrow.
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