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  1. That Amazing Night

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

    Hey people ! *grin* i know it's been long since i blogged. Not that i din't have anything to blog about, but just din't feel like posting one. But yesterday night was a special one for me so could not resist posting one. So yeah i can say I am back xD. I have gone through kinda grey patch in last few weeks, so to cheer up myself i needed something like this. And it is all about my first love--> ARSENAL :).
    Few weeks back we played the Italian giants AC Milan at San Siro( their home ground). We were ofcourse the underdogs considering the form of both the teams. And we were affected by few injury problems too. With Arsene Wenger (Our manager)  complaining about the pitch ,we had too much problems even before the game started. As the game started we actually realized what wenger was talking about. And the problems got worst . We were unable to cope up with Milan's striking force.Very early in the match kevin prince boateng shot was too good for wojciech szczesny to stop. And as the game went we looked more and more sloppy and the pitch din't do any good to us either. There were many talking points like penalty incident involving RVP which must have been given but at the end of the day the score board read AC Milan 4-0 Arsenal. We were devastated. We were humiliated.
    Then again yesterday second leg was awaiting us.With 4 goals defeicit we were clearly the underdongs again. We had nothing to loose. We played to restore some pride. Though we believed we can Do the impossible knowing only one team has pulled back 4 goal deficit in Champions League history we din't have our hopes high.
    Groove was fully packed with almost 60,000 fans. We again had lotta injury problems with only two midfielders available we had to play Alex oxlade chamberlain in the midfield instead of arteta. With Gervhino-RVP-Walcott upfront it looked like we were going the improbable.Prematch shows were pretty much filled with Almost every pundit ruling off arsenal from pulling this off.
    Match kicked off we started to create chances from the word GO! . With just 3 mins on the clock we already created a chance. And it looked like every one in the red and white were ready to give their everything. Arsenal were awarded a corner early on and Alex went on to take it and did a decent delivery and Laurent kosienly came in running from behind and headed the ball on to the net LIKE A BOSS.6" on and arsenal were already 1-0 up. We looked fired up. The crowd started to getting behind the team. Few minutes later Sagna penalised and given yellow card(Never a yellow card in million years),Wenger was furious at the refree. 17th minute there was a mix up in Milan's defense and RVP and Rosicky had a easy chance to make it 2-0 but missed it completely.We started playing our very own passing game and Rosicky was the one in the center distributing the balls. Zlatan got a sight of goal but the flag was up,credit to arsenal back four they looked solid. At 17th min RVP forced a superb save from abiatti powering a similar shot to that against spurs. With Arsenal fans gettin behind the team so well,pressure was up on Milan. Walcott and gervhino got the better of their fullbacks. 26th minute the little mozart Thomas Rosicky fires one for the gunners. Arsenal 2-0 up. AC Milan's coach Massimiliano Allegri was screaming and looked worried as the mighty Arsenal continued to play their beautiful passing game. With Thomas Rosicky in the form of his life,Every pass was inch-perfect and every turn left the defender in his wake. Alex made a dangerous run through the middle dribbling between two defenders and they were closing on him. Alex went to the ground inside the box and a penalty awareded to Arsenal. The captain stepped up and decided to take the crucial penalty. And BANG he goes. Robin Van persie scores for arsenal. As the fans started screaming "Arsenal ! Arsenal FC We are by far the greatest team the world has ever seen" pretty much true i would say. Half time and arsenal are 3-0 up. Who on earth expected this ?? It looked like it was a dream..dream 45 mins for every arsenal fan. There was no Henry,bergkamp,pires,vieira,flamini,adams playing and it was not Higbury. But still it was like Good Old ARSENAL . Emirates was electrifying. and yeah AC Milan looked shocked being on the receiving end  they just couldn't handle us. We looked like champions. Fearless.Brave. Committed.

    Second half underwent but the players looked tired. Liverpool match should be the reason. Second half was a pretty ordinary performance from arsenal. With Alex and walcott injured we were lacking some pace. Park and chamakh din't do any good. With RVP missing a easy chance it pretty much summed up our second half and how tired our players were. With no first team midfielder in the bench wenger was forced to go with chamakh in the midfield *Facepalm*. The match ended up 3-0. Arsenal falling one short of making history. And fans and players looked disappointed but fans went on to scream with pride and boys walked out with their heads held high up. And a big sigh of relief in the face of Milan players and fans as the ref blew the final whistle. First leg performance has cost arsenal the qualification .
    Arsenal's players stood on the pitch after the final whistle blew with their heads in their hands in utter despair after going so close to the greatest fight back in Champions League history.For 45 glorious minutes at the Emirates, Arsenal dared to believe and overwhelmed mighty Milan with a breathtaking display full of never-say-die spirit, determination and glory.They made mission impossible look possible with a performance which made Arsenal's players heroes..Gods rather than nearly men.
    One of the games which will go to the history books. and with all the tough time arsenal fans have experienced recently it was a night of pride and pure passion for them.SO NEAR YET SO FAR.
    I know it wouldn't interest many of you but it was a special night for me. It was good crying and screaming the hell out at 2..2 30. Only arsenal can make me do that. I went crazy for RVP Goal and it was an heavenly feeling. And even though we were out of CL we were proud of being an ARSENAL fan(like everyday)  :).
    Gooner till i die. ARSENAL <3 COYG :)
    P.S :  Will come up with a better and interesting post next time. xD
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