We didn’t deserve to lose yesterday.
Ronaldo 54 (pen)
Even Fergie was a little gracious:
“Arsenal had some great moments, they were brilliant at times. They bossed the first half.
We played some of the best football we have this season.
It was a great game to watch, but to be honest after I saw us concede another lead through silly mistakes I felt a bit sick.
Don Howe approved of the decision to include Song, I did too. He has some good tactical analysis here.
All the idiots who are going blame Wenger and the players etc. etc. etc. can shut up. We are an amazing team and if it wasn’t for injuries such as Eduardo, Rosicky, RVP and bad luck then we could have had success this season.
Ade had some great chances to put us in front in the first half, and we had some great passing moves.
Hleb was menacing in the hole, RVP was contributing from the wing, as was Clichy and Fabregas was pulling the strings in midfield.
Gilberto had a shot blocked by Song in the area after a corner and we looked dominant.
I thought we should have been in the lead and we were playing well, Eboue was even making some good runs and passes.
We came out in the second half and scored, RVP put in an excellent cross and Adebayor had a header which came off his arm. I thought it was a deserved goal and a decision going in our favour for once after all the hard luck we’ve had!!
But within minutes that horrible feeling was back, another penalty conceded, this time for a Gallas handball in our box, where there really was no need for it to happen. We just can’t hold on to leads at the moment, and it seems to have defined the last third of the season. Many of the goals we concede are not actually in open play, but dead ball situations.
Anyway Ronaldo put the ball away after having to retake the penalty for encroachment in the area by Park. he slotted iot away in the same position, bottom left, just out of Lehmann’s reach.
Their second goal came after Evra was tripped needlessly right in front of our box. Hargreaves went for it and Lehmann was too far over, it went in the empty right hand side of the goal. lehmann didn’t even move, he knew it was too far for him to reach.
We put on Walcott, and then nearer the end Bendtner, both did well. Bendtner had several headers saved by Van Der Sar and created chances. Walcott had a few good runs and played well generally.
We looked like we might actually get another goal, bombarding their defence, we were playing for our season and our pride.
After a superhuman effort on our part, the final whistle went and we lost.
Thats all you can say. We now want Man U to beat Chelsea because I really want second place.
Wenger said here: and here
“This team is amazing, They keep going and I am so proud of all of them.
“I feel we were very unlucky not to win the game, but we have to accept what happened.
“In the last two months we have had a blip, but we have not had much luck either and you could see that again today.
“I believe this team is good enough to win things and our biggest target now is to keep the group together.”
“we don’t feel there’s a different technical quality between us and Chelsea and Manchester United,”
“I’m not an idealist [and] I feel we must win trophies. We lacked a bit of maturity in some games but trophies will come.”
“The winner is praised beyond reason, the guy who does not is slaughtered,”
This is all so true, and I feel that although the result was painful, I feel good in a wierd way, about next season, the players we have and the style of football is amazing and we have a great future.
Wenger knows the squad needs adding to, and he knows they need to mature, but I hope we keep it together because we do have something amazing.