Yeah, we Gooners stand proud tonite!
This is the weekend of the season thus far for the EPL football. The top 4 teams meet at at Anfield & at Emirates Stadium with the Scousers hosting ManUre followed by a London derby where Chelski traveled to Arsenal. For foreign fans like me, it's a late, late sleeping time as by the time the Gunners' game settled, it's close to 2am & I had previously decided against taking any leave from work. *yawn*
I saw the Liverpool-ManUre game from 33mins onwards. The Reds were marginally dominating the game, yet it was the Red Devils who scored from a corner just before half time as Liverpool were more concerned with keeping close to Shrek the Ogre but forgot his Uruk-hai 'cousin' who duly scored. Despite increased Reds pressure in the second half, it ended 0-1.
The Arsenal-Chelski game started less than 30mins later. Teams news saw the return of Fabregas, Flamini & Hleb. It was a cagey affair with the Gunners applying pressure from the start but the Blues found their foot as the minutes ticked. There were many tackles & a few yellow cards were shown to players from both sides. Then, in an incident, Chelski captain John Terry fouled Cesc sinisterly. He escaped the sending off but limped off later from a challenge with Eboue. Initial news puts it as a metatarsal injury. Just at the stroke of half time, similar to ManUre, the Gunners got a goal, courtesy of the our former Chelski player, captain William Gallas. He headed in the ball into the net from a corner.
More scraps & great football from both teams. Chelski had a few shots on goal but it's the Arsenal who were left edgy as 2 goals from substitute Van Persie (yes, he is back too) & Adebayor were ruled offisde. The match ended with a tackle by Cashley Cole (boo, boo) on Cesc. Somewhere in that scrap, the final whistle was blown & those on the grounds & us watching the television (including the commentators) realised it when Fabregas was punching the air in victory after the ref settled his last yellow cards for the match.
The result is good for Arsenal & ManUre beating Liverpool sorts of nullify the Reds' game in had. Ideally, I'd prefer the Liverpool-ManUre match to have ended in a draw. Oh, well. *yawn* Think I am gonna wear maroon to the office in a few hours time.
Lastly, despite it being a home game for Arsenal, I just had to show off my latest Gunners replica kit. I like this season's 3rd Jersey. I am seriously considering getting the season's away strip too.
Till later, live long & prosper.