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Are you watching, first teamers?

February 16, 2010

Our Reserve League side managed to put Chelsea’s to the sword at Griffin Park last night. I did not get to watch the full highlights, let alone the full game (thanks again ATVO, their channel can show these games, care to explain why not ours?), but I have to give big thumbs up to JET and young Luke Freeman. The former danced through their defence twice, using his size and technique wisely to set up both goals, whereas the latter scored the first and calmly set up Giles Sunu to score the second goal after a huge deflection. Chelsea pulled one back immediately, but that was all they could do score wise – the game ended with Gunners win and it cemented their second position in the Reserve League South table.  According to the match report, Neil Banfield opted for playing 4-4-2 instead of 4-3-3 from the start and maybe, just  maybe, it could be a good idea for the first team against some when the other formation doesn’t work like it should – could this be the plan B we have been crying out for? There’s just one way to find out…

Champions League proper commences today with a bang – both today’s games should be quite interesting: we have the choice of AC Milan hosting ManYoo and the ‘new Galacticos’ travelling to Lyon.  I would like nothing more than both home teams winning, but I wouldn’t bet too much money on it, to be honest – AC Milan are nowhere near the force they used to be and Madrid will most probably be too much for Lyon to handle. Then again, you never know, do you? The beauty of football is that the games are never won on paper – if you need examples, look no further than numerous upsets we have witnessed in the domestic cup competitions: anything can happen as long as the team considered to be underdogs doesn’t walk out with damage limitation mentality. I will be watching the United game and cheer the Rossoneri to get one over our league rivals, as our chances of winning the damn thing will improve considerably without the other two British teams in the mix. Mind you, I am not counting our chickens as our game against Porto will not be a walk in the park either and I would consider a score draw a good result and a minimum requirement – anything less than that and it may be quite difficult for us to progress.

I will be back tomorrow with the Porto game preview as well as my thoughts on today’s clashes. Hasta la vista, muchachos y muchachas!

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4 comments

  1. Good stuff suga. I like the new CL format coz it guarantees I see The Arsenal live down here. Surely both stations wouldn’t show Bayern v Florence 😉 Or worse still, Bayern v Florence & Liverpoo re runs.


  2. gnarley,

    I have heard it will be only Bayern v Florence shown in the OZ tomoz 😦

    I know it would be ridiculous, as you don’t really get too many supporters of each down there, do you?


  3. Some first teamers could do with more competition but I’m sceptical as to whether or not it will come any time soon. Considering how much faith and expectation is placed on the youth system at Arsenal, you’d expect the reserves to get a bit more exposure wouldn’t you? Good read.


  4. thank you 😉

    I was less than impressed when I found out that the ressies were struck off the ATVO schedule 😦

    sadly, this part of AFC ‘franchise’ is going backwards instead of developing: not present on cable/satellite TV, reduction of the amount of things on offer and generally doing things on the cheap…



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