Tag Archives: The Champions League

Arshavin and Arsenal stun Barcelona at the Emirates in round one

Arsenal shocked Barcelona at the Emirates stadium (Arsneal's home) with a late winner from Andrei Arshavin. The win was the first for Arsenal over Barcelona. (Courtesy Wikicommons)

By Jonathan Gold

This, ladies and gentlemen, was a triumph. This was a season-definer, one of Arsenal’s biggest wins in years. A comeback victory over probably the greatest professional soccer team ever assembled. It was truly astonishing.

And yet, it was also a demonstration that Arsenal really is its own worst enemy.

It looked to be going precisely how I and everyone else in the sane world predicted when David Villa took advantage of a mistake by Clichy to beat the offside trap and finish with his usual precision before the half-hour mark. I’d been mildly encouraged by the early pressure from Arsenal, but I’ve seen them flounder time and again after getting my hopes up in big games. All too often, the Gunners come out blazing and fade down the stretch.

This close to the game, I’m not able to describe the tactics used to you with any sort of precision, because my brain is not functioning correctly. But soccer’s collective punditry has apparently decided that Wenger’s genius had a lot to do with the team’s unbelievable fightback against what still must be described as superior opposition.

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Battle at the Bernabéu For Champions League Glory

By Cameron Dickinson Courtesy of The National Game

So it all comes down to this; 90 minutes of football between Inter Milan of Serie A and Bayern Munich of the Bundesliga will decide which side is Europe’s best.

There will even be English involvement as well, but not in the way you may think. Premier League referee Howard Webb is the lucky/unlucky man (depending on your view) who has been selected to take charge of club football’s biggest game. His performance will be scrutinized, evaluated and taken apart piece by piece, rather him than me.

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