February 17, 2011
Does a match of such magnitude end any better?
I will admit at around the 75 minute mark, I had given up on any chance of a win… a draw was a maybe… however it seemed we had blown our early chances, including a cracking chance for Robin in the opening minutes, after a delightful chipped through pass from Cesc.
Barcelona then began to turn it on – they failed, as they only scored the once in this period.
They nonchalantly strolled out for the 2nd half and played keep ball with silly 5 yard square and back passes. Pep took off dangerman Villa and shored up the midfield with Seydou Keita.
At the same time Wenger took off DM Song and introduced Arshavin… the man who was to score the most euphoric goal in the embryonic history of the Emirates.
I really am lost for words, there is not much more that can added to the thousands of words/superlatives already out there by the way of papers/blogs etc
What I will say is that win will be replayed and talked about when our grandchildren are alive and kicking… it was that important for the future of Arsenal.
If this team can now not go on to lift the big one.. the Premiership, after this boost of pure confidence… then they never will.
Fergie must have ruined his incontinence pants after the ref blew the final whistle.. he knew.. he knew exactly what kind of lift a result like that can give a team.
2011 is shaping up to be a classic.