.......I'm sorry, I still can't get my head around that.
So, a stroll in the spring sun (and rain, lots of rain) for the Arsenal yesterday as we thumped Burnley 3-0 to book an FA Cup quarter final with Hull. Win that, and it’s the Chavs at Wembley for the semi final!
All three goals were of the highest quality. Vela pulled out his favourite finish, the cheeky chip, after turning well and holding off the Burnley defence to lob Jensen, looks like he learnt from the Carling Cup game at Turf Moor earlier in the year. The second has to be a contender for goal of the season.
Alex Song (yes, SONG) crossed the ball from the left wing, Eduardo popped the offside trap and vollied home with the outside of his left heel. Absolutely sublime.
The third, as you may have guessed, couldn’t have been in anyone’s wildest dreams, even if they’d dropped a bucket of acid.
A good passing play found Song (yes, him again), who BACKHEELED the ball into the path of Eboue (yes, him!), who took a few touches and rifled the ball into the bottom left of the net. Whilst others in the pub celebrated, I sat there and checked the sky for flying swine.
Song, to Eboue…….seriously, this has messed with my head!
So all in all a good performance but Burnley were poor and a shadow of the side we faced in the Carling Cup, so again, I hate to say it, but lets see how we do against Roma and Blackburn before we start saying Arsenal are back. But it was great to see Eduardo and Theo back again, the former making it 3 goals in just 130 minutes of football since his return, staggering considering the amount of time out. You’d expect to see them play some part on Wednesday night in Rome.
In other injury news Cesc is back in light training apparently 2 weeks away from returning to full training, so that’ll be a month from being ready for matches then. The official site has some lovely pictures of him running, jumping and this one:
Is it just gas or a trip to the clubhouse? Hmmm. But seriously, it’s looking like the team will be back at the crunch period of mid-April when we face Liverpool, the Chavs and the Mancs as well as the cup semi (hopefully) as well as the Quarters of the Champions League (hopefully), giving us a massive shot in the arm at a crucial time. It ain’t over till its over kids!
Looking ahead to Roma on Wednesday and they seem to be experiencing the opposite to what we have, with players dropping like flies left right and centre. According to the Times, Pizarro limped out of their game with Udinese at the weekend with a thigh strain, Menez and The Beast have the Flu (bless), Vucinic has a back problem, Perrotta and Cassetti are long-term injury problems, Daniele De Rossi is suspended, Christian Panucci is not in their Champions League squad while the latest to drop out is Cicinho, who apparently sustained a season-ending knee injury in training yesterday! But more on Roma on Wed.
Finally, these surfaced on the OGF over the weekend (Cheers to Tony Saunders) and seem to confirm the CGI’s that emerged earlier in the year of the identity of next season’s away kit. While I’m a firm believer that we should be in yellow and blue away, these have a certain something about them (mainly because I liked the original ‘83 away kit it is based on)
So yeah, that’s your dollop of all things Arsenal today. One final mention that the Arrows went down 4-2 to the Southern Jets last night. While I felt fitter it was one of those were I came away feeling I could have played better, and I hate that, it gnaws away inside of you like a small, irritating rodent. One that needs to be crushed, fingers crossed I can do that in tonight’s friendly with the Southampton Jaguars, although they’ll probably spank us. Ah well……
¡Roca en, hombres!