Friday, November 15, 2002

Ahh, so the CL draw has occured, and I had a bad feeling we would draw Valencia. You remember Valencia, don't you? The team we played in the knockout stages 2 years ago? We lost on a John Carew header away, losing on aggregate 2-2 due to the away goals rule. So wouldn't you know it, we draw them. The group (Group B) is made up of: Valencia, Arsenal, Roma, and Ajax Amsterdam. Not an easy group by any means. Valencia is shit-hot right now, Roma will be tough as well. At least DB10 will be able to make it to the away match at Amsterdam, assuming he isn't injured.

For a full breakdown of the groups and matchdates, click here.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Arsenal 0 - PSV Eindhoven 0 - Well, what can you say? We didn't lose, and that's about as much as can be expected. We were never really up for it, although floppy-ears could have scored inside of five minutes. Shaaban seemed to have a decent enough game, and Toure got sent off. Of course, like always, we played better with 10 men then with the full 11.

PSV Eindhoven, however, can go fuck themselves. Their squad put on a horrible display. Pires was hacked down every time he touched the ball, as were many of the other Gunners. I understand being physical but when you have nothing to play for (other than a UEFA cup spot) you could show some sportsmanship. PSV committed 24 fouls (to the Arsenal's 13) and had five players carded. It was funny to see PSV scramble to actually play some footie after it was announced that Auxerre were one-up over Dortmund, knowing that if the results stayed as they were they wouldn't even see the UEFA cup. And the results did stay. Of course it pleases me to no end that these fuckers won't be in Europe anymore, and judging by Holland's performace I'm glad that tosser never came to Highbury.

Finally, in other CL news . . . after Houllier promised something special in Basel, and even though this fan says Pool were playing a yoddling version of Sunderland, they still could only draw and go crashing out of the competition. Question: why does it take Houllier 45 minutes and being down 3 goals to realize that Owen can't play alone up front and that Heskey is crap???
Well I've been away for a while, apologies to anyone who stumbled onto the site only to see no updates for a week. It's been busy times around here, but hopefully I can get back to posting once a day or so. Anyway, onto tonight's match with PSV Eindhoven in the CL. Rami Shaaban will start as Seaman is hurt and depending on today's performance may make his Premiership debut against Sp*rs at the weekend. Campbell and Lauren are both out, meaning Igor and Oleg get starts. Expect Bobby Pires and GvB to start as well as they get back to match fitness. Bergkamp and Kanu will probably miss out, so we may see old floppy-ears Franny get the nod up front.