Before the game
A win gets us to the knock-out stages.
During the game
After the game
ITV Full Match Highlights
Not exactly a fluid performance. Had trouble creating chances and ended up winning it on a very cheeky goal by Bendtner. The kick was taken with the ball moving but give credit to Bendtner for nice control and a near-side finish that ranks high on the degree-of-difficulty scale. Gallas got a nice enough reception, its easy to like a guy when you know you don’t have to put up with him much longer. Willie G almost cost us an early goal after he inexplicably gave the ball away to their striker who hit the post. The look on Gallas’ face after that was that of shame.
First game for Cesc as captain and he gets a well-earned win, his pass created the Bendtner goal. He had a good passing game against a very motivated Kiev side that probably should’ve been ahead on a couple of occasions, Almunia coming up with big saves. He wasn’t tested much but when he was he came through. Vela was rather disappointing, maybe I’m too used to seeing him dismantle Carling Cup competition and have come to expect exquisite skill on every touch, but he was a non-factor for the brunt of the game. I still like him as a striker on the left though.
Jack Wilshere made an appearance in the second half and looked unfazed by the occasion. I’m looking forward to many years of service from young Jack, there’s going to be a time when he’ll be Arsenal’s best player. Well, up next is Chelsea and if I was betting man I’d say we’re going to get crushed, especially if we fail to get fit. You never know Arsenal though, nobody expected them to beat Man Utd without Van Persie and Adebayor and look what happened. So I’m going to out on a limb and say 2-1 Arsenal.
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