Whats wrong at the Northern Part of London?

It was a very sad Sunday in the North of London yesterday as both the Manchester sides thrashed their North London rivals. Manchester City rocked White Hart Lane by beating their Champions League qualification rivals of last year by 5 goals to 1. Edin Dzeko went home with 4 cracking goals to his name.

Over to Old Trafford and it was Manchester United who thrashed their arch rivals Arsenal by 8 goals to 2. That was some beating.

North London was in humilation and embarrasement. Both the Manchester rivals showed what they are made up of and sent an early warning to all the other teams in the premier league.

Coming to their rivals, Chelsea have amassed 7 points out of the possible 9. Liverpool has also started well as they too are with 7 points out of their 3 games. The only two arguable title contenders that are left out behind are the two North London clubs: Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. So, what’s wrong with these two sides?

Lack of new faces?

Arsenal have already lost their two big name players, Samir Nasri and Francesc Fabregas this season to Manchester City and Barcelona respectively. They have still failed to sign any replacements for them. They have brought in only  major signing that is Gervinho who was sent off on the opening day against Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have brought in a replacement for the blunder-man Huerelho Gomes in the form of 41 year old goalkeeper Brad Fridel. They also last week announced the signing on Emmanuel Adebayor on loan. He couldn’t play yesterday because he was not legible for the game as his parent club is Manchester City. But still Harry Redknapp will think he’s not done yet. Maybe Spurs need a replacement for their injury-prone defender Jonathan Woodgate who signed for Stoke City recently. Apart from that, he also needs to sort the ongoing saga surrounding star player Luka Modric for good.

Both these sides have another 48 hours or so to bring in some big signings and compete to be at the top.

Is it injuries?

Spurs’ side has been plauged with injuries at the moment. Ledley King, William Gallas, Alan Hutton, Steven Pienaar are all injured. Yesterday they played without a defensive midfielder as all three weren’t available as Huddlestone wasn’t match fit, Sandro has got a knee problem and Palacios went for a medical at Stoke to complete his signing.

Arsenal were with suspensions for Gervinho and Frimpong who both picked up red cards in the Gunners’ first two games of the season. They also have some injuries. Both Wenger and Redknapp would be looking for their players to get fit quickly. Redknapp yesterday got another 3 injuries as Kranjcar got a slight groin problem, Lennon had a hamstring problem and Rafael Van Der Vaart tore a muscle in his ankle. It truly was a day to forget for the clubs from North London.

Was it wrong tactics?

Same old, same old. Both these sides have been playing their formations the same way as last season. But Redknapp made a big mistake yesterday by playing in two attacking midfielders. Arsenal meanwhile have problems of their own. They played the same like last season with nothing new.

We all know that the season has just started. But there could be some more hammering coming up for both these sides as they have nothing new to offer. This is a real wake up call for these two sides.

That said, i’m pretty sure that these two sides will bounce back. The only question is, when?

What do you think is wrong with these two sides? Do drop in your comment! 😀

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Football Roundup: Arsenal end up bruised against classy Barca but still not yet out; Inter win

Cesc Fabregas scores a late penalty
Fabregas scores the equaliser from the spot

Arsenal survived a Barcelona masterclass to stage a stirring recovery from two goals down and keep their Champions League hopes alive at the Emirates.

Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia produced a string of stunning saves to keep the reigning European champions at bay as they passed the Gunners into submission in a magical first half-hour that had everything – except the goal Pep Guardiola’s side deserved.

The north Londoners, who lost Andrey Arshavin and William Gallas to injury before half-time, looked to be on their way out of Europe and potentially on the wrong end of a humiliating beating as Barcelona struck twice in the opening stages of the second half.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic took advantage of Almunia’s charge from goal to score seconds after the break before then grabbing a crucial second away goal with a rising drive after collecting Xavi’s pass on the hour – his first goals in 11 games against English opposition.

Nicklas Bendtner saw Arsenal’s best chance saved by Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes – but it was the introduction of substitute Theo Walcott that finally gave Arsene Wenger’s team the impetus to claw their way back into a tie that looked way beyond them.

He raced clear to fire under Valdes with 21 minutes left – and Cesc Fabregas turned logic on its head, given the evidence of the previous 85 minutes, by scoring from the spot after he was brought down by Barcelona captain Carles Puyol.

Puyol was sent off and misses next week’s second leg, as will Fabregas after he picked up a yellow card in the first half.

Fabregas left Wenger with another worry as he limped painfully through the closing minutes after aggravating a leg injury scoring his penalty.

Barcelona are in pole position to make their way through to the semi-finals, but they will curse taking their foot off the gas and offering Arsenal some hope when they travel to the Nou Camp for the second leg.

Diego Milito
Milito scored the only goal of the game

In another match, Inter Milan will take a narrow lead into next week’s Champions League quarter-final second leg following a deserved win over CSKA Moscow.

But Jose Mourinho’s men may yet rue not having added to Diego Milito’s well-placed strike from the edge of the CSKA area at the San Siro.

Only profligacy from the Italians and good goalkeeping from Igor Akinfeev prevented Inter increasing their lead.

Barring a brace of long-range shots, the visitors offered little themselves.

UEFA Champions League

Wednesday, 31 March 2010


Arsenal

Walcott (69)
Fabregas (pen 85)

2-2
(HT 0-0)
Barcelona

Ibrahimovic (46, 59)

Bookings:

Arshavin (21)
Song Billong (40)
Fabregas (44)
Eboue (74)
Diaby (79)

Bookings:

Pique (72)

Sent off:

Puyol (84)


Inter Milan

Milito (65)

1-0
(HT 0-0)
CSKA Moscow
Bookings:

Materazzi (12)

Bookings:

Krasic (32)
Aldonin (38)

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Football Roundup: 10 man Arsenal down West Ham, move top; Spurs maintain 4th place hopes; Bayern Munich undone by Stuttgart magic; Inter held, Vucinic tricks for Roma; Real Madrid win

Denison blasts in the opener
Denilson's cracking strike opened the scoring

Arsenal survived defender Thomas Vermaelen’s first-half sending off to beat West Ham and climb to the top of the Premier League table.

Denilson put the Gunners ahead on four minutes after Nicklas Bendtner’s pass.

Vermaelen saw red just before the break for bringing down Guillermo Franco, but Alessandro Diamanti saw his spot-kick well saved by Manuel Almunia.

West Ham substitute Carlton Cole hit a post, before Cesc Fabregas scored a penalty after a Matthew Upson handball.

A second period of hard graft and three points at the Emirates ensured a sixth successive league win and, with Manchester United and Chelsea both playing on Sunday, guaranteed the Gunners top spot for at least 24 hours.

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Football Roundup: Everton shock ManUtd; Chelsea extend lead at top to 4 points; Arsenal, West Ham register comfortable wins

In the early kick-off today, Manchester United traveled to Goodison Park aiming to get a win and put pressure on Chelsea but miserably failed to do so. After Berbatov opened the scoring for the visitors in the 16th minute, it was all Everton. After Bilyaletdinov’s equaliser 3 minutes later, 2 second half super subs (Gosling and Rodwell) did the trick for the home team.

Meanwhile in London, Bendtner’s early goal and a stoppage time penalty from skipper Fabregas was enough to give the gunners a 2-0 home win over Sunderland.

At Wolves, although the home team looked threatening to score first, it was Drogba who eventually scored in the 40th minute and then got his 2nd in the 67th minute to put the game to bed.

Strikes from Behrami, Cole and and injury-time penalty from Faubert ensured West Ham got a much needed win over Hull.

Continue reading “Football Roundup: Everton shock ManUtd; Chelsea extend lead at top to 4 points; Arsenal, West Ham register comfortable wins”

Flawless Manchester United too good for Arsenal

Arsenal just had no answer to Manchester United as the Red Devils swept past the Londoners with immense ease.

The game started off very brightly as both teams got good early chances with Arshavin squandering the best of the lot. But as soon as the first goal went in, the game was played by only one team – Manchester United and Arsene Wenger’s young guns could only admire their rivals. United kept on attacking and were rewarded with a second goal inside the first half – a typical counter attack with Rooney ending the move in style.

This win takes United to within a point of leaders Chelsea, who’s game in hand will be played against Hull City on tuesday.