Report by Edward Rangsi
‘Just a s*** Barcelona’ was the chant directed at the Gunners about the weekend as Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United crew developed an organised and medical exhibit of football to dump Arsenal out of the F.A Cup.
The trend of the match was set early on as Arsene Wenger’s men dominated the midfield as an damage-hit Red Devils’ facet absorbed the strain and looked to hit on the counter attack. For all their gorgeous football, Arsenal’s constant string of short passes as soon as once again failed to penetrate the two banks of 5 and 4 red shirts that confront them. Ferguson’s techniques worked a deal with as United twice scored two goals on the break, with Manuel Almunia and his flat-footed defence unable to stop the two Fabio Da Silva and Wayne Rooney from converting rebounds. United have been very energetic and immediate, whereas their counterparts were anchored by the lazy mix of Abou Diaby and Denilson, who each appeared content to casually jog close to the pitch and slow the play down when a bit of urgency was essential.
When Arsenal did manage to pierce the rearguard, led superbly by the outstanding Nemanja Vidic and the improving Chris Smalling, the yellow shirts of Arsenal located Edwin van der Sar in outstanding kind. I am positive the United manager will do his really best to persuade the veteran goalkeeper, who still looks to be getting far more trusted and agile with age, not to retire at the finish of the season.
For the Gunners faithful, Johan Djourou’s dislocated shoulder injury that will rule him out for the rest of the period will hurt as significantly as losing the game itself. The Swiss global has been a rock in a suspect defence and the Professor need to have felt like banging his head in opposition to those Nike CTR billboards that surround the Old Trafford turf when he saw his greatest centre-50 percent hauled off on a stretcher. Not even the return of Aaron Ramsey could lift the doom and gloom feeling that surrounds the Emirates at the second.
Arsene Wenger will certainly stick to his philosophy of desirable football that introduced him glory in the past, but the shaky core of his group needs to be addressed, along with the lack of leadership that was all to apparent on Saturday. Doubts have been put upon the gamers dedication and character these previous few of weeks, these inquiries have to be answered rapidly.
Jens Lehmann is open to a return to his previous club, but is an added crazy man required when instances get in touch with for relaxed. Minus a captain and a rookie keeper, the Gunners have yet again fallen quick when it has mattered most. The Premier League trophy is now their sole target, a piece of lent that needs to head back to North London. Rewind a couple of weeks and Equipio’s resident Gooner was somewhat optimistic about the likelihood of a quadruple. Even so, come what may at the finish of the time, ‘In Arsene We Believe in!’
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