Critics and fans alike are pining Arsenal to have a bad season as the unthinkable finally happened. William-Dangerous Body-Gallas did not score in last night’s 3-0 win over Celtic. This is the sign of a 40 game goal drought that will see Arsenal finish bottom of the league with just the 10 goals scored. This unexpected outcome has baffled Wenger who was unable to comment on why DB Gallas failed to hit the back of the net with his left ear.
Now on to more not-so-serious news.
Eduardo, Eboue and Arshavin completed the job last evening to sent Arsenal through to the group stage of the Champions League. Eduardo has been vilified as public enemy #1 by the Scots ahead of Ronaldo (gay one) #2 and Gerrard (escape artist) #3 as the biggest diver in the modern game. Now, I for one do not condone diving or any form of cheating within the game but for Eduardo to receive such criticism was clearly unjustified. How is it that a first wrong is greater than the hundreds that the #2 and #3 did. No doubt that Wenger will take Brazilian aside to counsel him on the do’s and don’ts on the pitch.
Eboue continued his fine form in the new season as he opened his goal account with a well taken right foot shot almost from the penalty spot. That came after a back-heel from a much improved Nicky Bendtner and an unselfish Diaby assist. A little shimmy and the much maligned Ivorian found himself with space to beat Arthur Boruc with ease. Ever since he was booed off the pitch and sent off against Sp*rs, he has come back stronger and fought like he deserved his place in the squad. Now I know that most if not all were not too please with the way Eboue conducted himself in the past but I’m more than happy to see his old-self coming back to the fore. His directness and running at players will be a constant threat to any opposition. Welcome back Eboue, now another 20 goals to finish the season as second top scorer to Gallas.
Overall it was a easier than expected game against the resillient Celtic. Other than Ramsey, the squad came through unscathed. Celtic may lament the fact that the tie turned when Eduardo won the penalty albeit with a gift from the referee but the Scottish side can’t really complain if they only had 2 shots on target from the first leg up until the penalty incident.
Now we can focus on the Premier League for at least a month before the group phase starts. United up next. Time to banish the ghost of last season’s semifinal.