05 March 2008

Fab-ulous Italian Job

As usual, for an early morning (local time) Arsenal match, I'll get up about the time when the match is at half time or into its 2nd half. This morning was no difference as I switched on the television at around 5am to see an Eboue shot on goal flew wide across the goal mouth.

From the commentary, the Gunners controlled the game at San Siro from the start. Even from when I watched it, Arsenal were playing 'their game' with good passing play & restricting AC Milan's attack quite well, rendering Kaka & Inzaghi ineffective. The defense, marshaled by mon-capitan Gallas were alert for any sudden attack or counter attack from the opposition, with Senderos having one of his better games (in my humble opinion). Nevertheless, we Gooners were left at the edge of our seats as our team was misfiring in attack.

As the clock ticks towards the final quarter of the game time, Wenger introduced Walcott for Eboue shortly after Gilardino replaced Inzaghi. Gilardino seemed to disappear after that while Walcott made his mark later in the game. The Gunners reaped rewards for their efforts when a 25 yards or so shot from Cesc Fabregas went past AC Milan 'keeper Kalac & into the net. We are almost through, as away goal rule applies & AC Milan needs to score 2 goal to defend their championship!

The icing on the cake came 2mins into stoppage time when after some beautiful passing play, Walcott crossed the ball from the right for Adebayor to tap into goal. 2-nil to the Arsenal! The blow of the referee's whistle capped another stunning performance by Arsenal at San Siro after the 5-1 trashing of Inter Milan at the same stadium in November 2005 (AC Milan & Inter Milan share the same stadium, something somewhat familiar in the Italian league).

Smiles & high fives amongst us Gooners. :D

Till later, live long & prosper.

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