The Yat (One) and Only Journey

Monday, 25 October, 2004

Manchester Utd VS Arsenal..

Filed under: Footballs — Yatz @ 10:47 pm
Yesterday..the English Premier League had 1 of its biggest match of the season..

Title chaser Manchester United against unbeaten team for 49 matches, Arsenal..at Old Trafford..the stadium of the home team..MU..

In this game..Man Utd is looking for a win for a title challenge survival..which they are drift 11 points apart from current league leader, Arsenal..

On the other hand..Arsenal is looking for a consecutive 50 games unbeaten streak in the Premier League..since August 2003..


2nd placed title chaser, Chelsea won against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday night for a 1st big margin winning game..4-0..

Man Utd is hoping for new teenage sensation, Wayne Rooney, to upset the Gunners once more..



Where Rooney ended the Gunners 30 games unbeaten streak during his time at Everton..

While Rio Ferdinand is back from the 8-months ban..Sir Alex Ferguson is depending on the defender to build up a strong defence..

Arsenal got a few new names came up to help the leader..

New Gunners genius, Jose Antonio Reyes, hard-tackling Francesc Fabregas, midfeilder Mathieu Flamini and Robin van Persie..

Man Utd also got some new names in the squad..Wayne Rooney & Alan Smith on the up-front and Argentinian Gabriel Heinze on the left-back..

So..before the match started at 11pm..I rushed my Maths V assignment before I went out with Hikaru..

We went to a near-by mamak stall to cheer for the Gunners..as we also bet in it..hehehe..

Well..needless to say..lots of stupid Red Devils fans out there..made Hikaru and I felt outnumbered by them..

Anyway..we still cheered for the big game..hoping for at least a draw for the Gunners..that will take them to 50 games unbeaten..

Hmm..I don’t know what happened to Arsenal..their atacks seemed like not up to their usual standard..

Thierry Henry didn’t get the ball much..just depending on Reyes, Bergkamp, Ashley Cole, and Brazilian, Edu..

Arsenal missed lots of chances..from crossings, to through passes, to penalties..the referee was seems biased to the Red Devils..

Although 2 yellow cards handed-out to Man Utd players..but it didn’t helped Arsenal much..where Arsenal’s attacks broke down to a few minor injuries..

Jose Reyes and Ashley Cole fell down a few times as a result from hard-tackling Rio Ferdinand, and the Neville brothers..

But to be frank..Man Utd created lots of chances against the Gunners..



Thanks to solid defending from Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Lauren and Kolo Toure..(but where is Fabregas..?!?!)

I had to put credits on the Devils too..all crosses intercepted by high-flying Rio Ferdinand..



Making Man Utd goalkeeper, Roy Carroll, not much needed movements..he didn’t save much in this game

Man Utd did made lots of attacks on the right flank..by Cristiano Ronaldo..and from Gabriel Heinze on the left..but not as much as he used to be..

Even Wayne Rooney didn’t touch much on the ball as he did in the England game against Azerbaijan..



From a forward..he became the defender..the wing..the sweeper..and the midfielder..

Jens Lehmann did made a few narrow saves..added some headache to the Devils..

But the Gunners add some headache to Hikaru, Deral and I..for not attacking much..and of course..not playing like they used to..

Gunners seemed like out-classed by the Devils..with Robert Pires sitting on bench as a sub..letting Edu to play..

And the Gunners missed a few chances of free-kicks outside the penalty box..which I mean the referee not awarding any free-kicks to them..

Ljungberg hardly pushed by Ferdinand from the back..and also Bergkamp was brought down in the penalty area..nothing were awarded..

So..it went on until the 73rd minute..Sol Campbell streched out his leg for the ball from Wayne Rooney in the penalty area..

It’s just a soft tackling..and the referee awarded a penalty for the Devils..

So..It’s van Nistelrooy who kicked the ball into the net from the spot..cheering and screaming like he’s hungered of goals..(which he is..)

After the goal..Arsenal begun to press against Man Utd’s defence..hmm..wasn’t it too late..?!?!

Crosses after crosses..shots after shots..but still can’t break through Man Utd’s super solid defending..

Hoping the Gunners will level in the last minutes..but it was Man Utd who add to the scoresheet..

Wayne Rooney scored from close-range from a low-pass by Alan Smith at 90 minute..

That’s it..game over for Arsenal..even 4 minute injury-time added to game won’t help Arsenal revive it..

Man Utd won the game by 2 goals margin..2-0..ended Arsenal’s hope for a consecutive 50 games unbeaten..

But revived Man Utd’s hope for a survival for a Champions’ League berth..they got their much-needed 3 point..

What a sad day for Arsenal fans..and for me..although I’m a Charlton Athletics fan..but I’m a realistic person..

I know Charlton won’t win the championship..or even a spot in the Champions’ League..but I like them..

And of course..I’m counting on the Gunners to upset the Devils once more and also Jose Mourinho’s big-spending Chelsea..

Gunners Goooooo Gunners..!!!!

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