ARSENAL 1 VS OSTERSUNDS 2 GUNNERS LIMP INTO ROUND OF 16 AFTER TERRIBLE DISPLAY
The thing about supporting Arsenal ehn…is you must have a strong heart. Because if you don’t you can become a person unrecognisable to your own self..let alone your loved ones. I was talking on the phone with my Woman last night as Ostersunds were pumping 2 quick goals in our net right in our own stadium and all of a sudden i began to get angry and not wanting to make her think my mood was fouling up because of the call i was having with her i had to end it abruptly so i can vent my anger properly in my living room well.. Can you imagine?
Only Arsenal Only ARSENAL OF LONDON can attempt to make such a mess of such a seemingly simple job as holding a 3-0 Advantage from a 1st leg match against nobody’s and turning it into a tense affair.
And if Arsene Wenger seriously thinks this crop of players are going to deliver the first European trophy of his managerial career, someone should make him a wake-up coffee
The long-suffering Frenchman had insisted that this tie was not a foregone conclusion despite last week’s 3-0 victory in Sweden.
“It would be absolutely stupid to think we can go out there have a stroll,” he had warned on the eve of this return leg. “If we did that, we could have a bad surprise.”
But you should never under-estimate the stupidity this Arsenal players can get up to whenever they take their stupid pills. I mean it was just shameful to watch.
If Wenger was having this opinion,then it seems nobody in the home dressing-room was listening to a word he was saying.
How else to explain the clueless first-half performance which allowed Ostersunds to score twice in the first 22 minutes and scare the life out of the Emirates crowd?
Aiesh scores Ostersunds First Goal.
Even for a club which has made a habit of failing spectacularly in Europe, this was a whole new low.
And though Wenger’s men just about held it together to take their place in today’s last 16 draw, nobody will be scared at the prospect of coming out of the hat with this lot.
God only knows what Wenger said to his players during the half-time interval, but it’s a fair guess that it didn’t make for comfortable listening.
But whatever his message, it clearly had the desired effect as Sead Kolasinac’s 47th minute goal finally stopped the rot.
For what it is worth, this was the first time Arsenal had survived a round of knock-out football in Europe since March 9th, 2010.
That was the memorable night Nicklas Bendtner scored a Champions League hat-trick as the Gunners battered Porto 5-0 at the Emirates.
But, just like the Winter Olympics, it’s been downhill all the way from there for The Gunners.
Regular beatings by Europe’s elite culminated in last seasons 10-2 agrregate winn By Bayern Munich.
Yet they still failed to react to the threat and fell behind to Hosam Aiesh’s 21sth minute shot, which flew past Ospina off the toe-end of Calum Chambers’ boot.
And seconds later a minor setback became a full-blown crisis when Chambers allowed himself to be turned by Ken Sema for another unerring shot beyond Ospina’s reach.
Wenger could hardly believe the carnage unfolding in front of his eyes – and neither could the fuming fans.
Jack Wilshere had the chance to settle their nerves but blazed his shot into the jeering Ostersunds supporters after keeper Aly Keita had flapped at Henrikh Mkhitraryan’s free-kick.
Hector Bellerin also had a shot charged down by Tom Pettersson as Arsenal suddenly woke up to the real possibility of utter humiliation.
Yet with Atletico Madrid, Lazio, Red Bull Leipzig, Lyon and Sporting Lisbon all among their potential next round opponents, you still would not bet them on surviving beyond the last 16. We shall see