Monday, September 18, 2006

Gunners gun down the Lions

If you are an EPL fan, then you would know what I mean by 'Gunners gun down the Lions'. Premiership Sunday had four great teams playing each other for glory, the first fixture @ Stamford Bridge, between Chelsea and Liverpool & the second fixture @ Old Trafford, between arch rivals Arsenal and Manchester United.

As always, any match between the arch rivals would draw a lot of crowd and this fixture wasn't much different. It was a great match which I enjoyed watching till the end. Right from the start, the Gunners were attacking the Lions and I feel they outplayed them in every division. Arsenal had really good chances of taking the lead within 5 minutes of the game, if only the stand-in captain Gilberto Silva had converted the pentaly won by Emmanuel Adebayor. Ronaldo did have a go @ Arsenal just before the first half, Jens made an amazing save by putting himself infront and taking a mighty blow to his face.

Second half had more action coming from Arsene Wenger's boys with 5-4-1 formation with Emmanuel Adebayor upfront. Tomas Rosicky too had one shot @ the goal, but it was wide shot @ goal. Alex, finally substitued his lead striker Ronney with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Scholes with Michael Carrick, hoping things would get better. Thats when the Gunners turned things around, with an amazing interception from Cesc Fabregas, who architected the goal, by passing it on to Emmanuel Adebayor, who gracefully converted it. It was a wonderful moment for all the Gunner fans to see 1-0 score card @ Old Trafford, without their lead striker Henry.

~ Emmanuel Adebayor's Goal ~

~ Jens Brilliant Save ~

ManU could have equalled, if only Solskjaer's shot could have passed Jens. The save was brilliant & that gave the Gunners their first win in EPL for this season. By winning against ManU @ Old Trafford, I feel the Gunners have proved their critics wrong and they r back in the race for this seasons title. Even with some major changes in the current Arsenal's squad with many old guards - Ashley Cole's moving to Chelsea; Robert Pirès moving to Villareal; Sol Campbell moving to Portsmouth; Jose Antonio Reyes on loan to Real Madrid; - moving away and the retirement of Dennis Bergkamp, the team still has a formidable lineup, which can upset any team.

The first fixture was won by 10 men Chelsea, with an amazing solitary goal by the Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba. Tiger Woods these days seems to be accompanying his friends in different sports at different parts of the world. He was supporting Roger Federer during last week's US Open finals against Andy Roddick, yesterday he was witnessing his friend Andriy Shevchenko play @ Stamford Bridge against Liverpool.


manuscrypts said...

theres a long way to go..we'll be back :)

Vivek Kondur said...

Good to know tat u r follow EPL...all the best...lets c wat happens in the return match.

Kallu said...

Those were the days when Aresnal could score. Cut to 2007 Arenal players seems to think it is an offence to take a shot at the goal.
They would rather pass the than score.
Lions or Devils??

Vivek Kondur said...

Dude, yeah we have been grooming some young talent for the coming decade. I am sure each of the young guns would go on to make some kind of history in any league they move to.

I am a Gunner fan always, wld never like Lions.