Lakenheath Old Boys

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Champions League Tuesday!

It's crunch time at the Emirates tonight. After opening losses to Dynamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, this massive match-up against mighty Bayern is really a must-win. It is theoretically possible that Arsenal could still finish second even after dropping the two matches against the Germans, but it's exceedingly unlikely. I'm bunkered in the office this office following this one this afternoon. Drop on by for a cuppa if you're around, chaps.

88 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of North London tonight:

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott. Subs: Macey, Debuchy, Gibbs, Arteta, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers.

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Alaba, Boateng, Bernat, Vidal, Alonso, Muller, Thiago, Douglas Costa, Lewandowski.

Subs: Ulreich, Javi Martinez, Rafinha, Kirchhoff, Gaudino, Kimmich,
Coman.

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

2:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Crikey - Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski, Artur Vidal, Douglas Costa - that's a hell of a front line for Bayern. I can't really see the Arsenal backfour keeping them out.

But...come on, you Gunners!

2:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, Bob. It's an uphill battle for the Gunners. Arsene has opted for a full strength lineup for this one.

2:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There is also action from the Championship , L1 and L2 this evening, making for a full schedule

2:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think the Gunners and Bayern are meeting for the third consecutive season, a horrible coincidence or is it?

2:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the EM!

2:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chelsea fans hungry to watch their team can watch away to Dynamo Chicken Kiev.

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams are out of the pitch now and getting set for kick-off.

2:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bellerin is offside off a nice slide rule pass from Caz

2:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, MUR - great to have you on board for a biggie this afternoon. How are you, mate?

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lewandowski shows his danger early on.

2:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm doing great. Grades were exported yesterday. Unfortunately, I need the motor replaced on my car, but I guess it could be worse. How about you?

2:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bayern win their first corner.Ramsey heads it away.

2:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First opportunity for Arsenal to get going by Caz's pass finds Bellerin offside. Shame - he was in a great position.

2:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good news about the grades - I've got my midterms in this week.

Best of luck with the motor.

2:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

for some reason the normally reliable link seems to be buggering.

2:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. I'm hanging in there

2:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by Neuer from Ozil then Theo has the rebound blocked for a CORNER THAT IS HEADED AWAY BY lEWANDOWSKI. Great counter by Alexis

2:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PNE take the lead at Charlton. Bayer take the lead vs Roma.

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bayern fans making a late entrance tonight to protest the high cost of tickets for away fans tonight.

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great chance for the Arse. Ozil with a shot that Neuer had to palm away.

2:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bob will not be pleased that the Evil Blades have carved their way into the lead vs Fleetwood Mac N' Cheese.

2:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cech does well to push away a close range effort from Thiago off a one two with Mueller.

2:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I had heard about the Bayern fans protesting. It didn't seem to keep them out of the match .

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - now it's Thiago's chance to threaten. Parried away by Cech. This is crackling.

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Daivd Alaba has a shot deflect off of Ramsey for a corner that is poorly taken and easily cleared, but Bayern retain possession.

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vidal is down Kos he was fouled.

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Xabi Alonso is harmlessly out of play

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bayern fans are out in numbers and in volume as witnessed by the large megaphone.

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Merte clears a cross from Costa for a corner that he takes.

3:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

In form wigan are two up at the Posh.

3:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Costa does well to turn Bellerin then forces Cech to push away his near post cross.

3:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Costa is headed away and a Gunners break comes to naught then they try again

3:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Caz wins a free kick

3:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boateng heads away the free kick from Caz

3:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bayer are two up vs Roma while Bristol City take a shock lead at Brighton.

3:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Theo shoots straight at Neuer after a sliced clearance by Alaba.

3:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Costa wins a free kick off of Bellerin . It's taken short and Vidal finds Lewandowski, who slices a shot over.

3:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ramsey holds back Lewandowski

3:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vidal is down under a challenge from Kos . Gooners fans are not pleased as it was a fair tackle and that the ref stopped play for something other than a head injury. The Gunners attack off the drop ball.

3:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by Cech from Vidal then Costa shoots wide off a cross from the left

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Theo played a nice one two with Alexis, turned Alaba then shot high and wide.

3:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Home fans are delighted as Neuer strangely gifts away a corner.The corner made its away to Alexis, who chested down the ball and shot well over, to the disdain of Arsene.

3:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Reading take the lead at Rotherham

3:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH! what a fantastic save by Neuer from a header by Theo . It was just like the save by Gordon Banks at the 1970 WC. Ramsey had the rebound blocked. It was a superb cross by Nacho for Theo

3:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bellerin wins a Gunners corner. Great work by Theo and Alexis

3:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Caz is headed away by Lewandowski then a foul is called on the Gunners after some head tennis

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

My last class is about to begin. It was great chatting. I hope to be around tomorrow. Cheers!

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hiya, mate - I'm back after a lengthy conversation with a student. Sorry about that.

3:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It looks from your comments that it's been fairly even so far.

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arsenal are playing a very risky game with Lewandowski here.

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coming to the end of the first half here at the Emirates. I suppose the two sides will be reasonably pleased to go in 0-0.

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams go in all square after a first half that has somehow failed to yield a goal, but did produce as good a save as you’re ever likely to see by Manuel Neuer, after Theo Walcott got on the end of a Nacho Monreal cross from the left. Bayern have bossed the possession and pass stats, but Arsenal have looked reasonably dangerous on the break.

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on at the Emirates for the second half now.

3:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

As we start the second half, here are the other scores:

BATE 0 Barca 0
Zagreb 0 Olympiacos 0
Kiev 0 Chelski 0
Leverkusen 2 Roma 2
Porto 2 Tel Aviv 0
Valencia 1 Gent 1
Zenit 1 Lyon 0

3:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Danny Mills is calling out Arsene Wenger for his squad rotation process for early CL matches.

3:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Costa fires one just over the bar.

3:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arsenal are barely getting a touch of the ball here, as Bayern toy with them at the beginning of this second half.

3:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dropping down into the Championship, Leeds are not playing tonight. It's almost fortunate that we're not playing tonight, given our recent history and form. But it does mean that we've dropped to 20th, just a point off relegation.

3:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh dear - Aaron Ramsey seems to have done his hammy. He'll need to come off and that'll be a month off for him. Shame.

4:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I do not understand that. Apparently Ramsey was out three times last season for hamstring injuries. That's just got to be a problem of not warming up properly.

Oxlade-Chamberlain to come on.

4:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Coq au Vin should have done better when Ozil teed him up. That should have gone right in the upper 90.

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Barca have scored through Rakitic to go 0-1 up at BATE.

Pjanic has scored a third goal for Roma.

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half an hour left at the Emirates now. Still no breakthrough.

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bayern fans are all bouncy bouncy not at the prospect of two changes for their lot. Alonso and Vidal being replaced by Kimmich and Rafinha - both defensive moves.

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pep Guardiola indicating there that he's happy with a point, which would put the Germans on 7 points from three matches.

4:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arsenal desperately need a winning goal in these last twenty minutes. Otherwise they'll need a win in Germany - tough order.

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Walcott off and Giroud on now.

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Giroud has been good off the bench, scoring fairly regularly.

4:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! And Giroud has done it for the Gunners! It was scrappy and Neuer looked a bit iffy on it but they all count, don't they! Huge goal!

1-0 Arsenal!

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bayern have to come out of their shells now but they've lost some firepower. Pep may have been caught out at his conservative game.

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bayern have a free kick chance now. Gunners have to be careful here.

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thiago lofts it up and over and out of play. And Cech will take an age to get this one back into play.

4:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bellerin does well to win a corner now.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The corner, though, comes to nothing.

4:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The hero Giroud has another chance on goal. Then he impedes Neuer's clearance. And gets a yellow. He's all action tonight, the supersub.

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gunners fans are agonizing over every kick now, they're desperate for this win.

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Olympiacos have taken the lead away to Zagreb, which is not great news for Arsenal fans.

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Monreal concedes the corner there.

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cech bobbles one out - eek!

4:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nearly into stoppage time now. Arsenal grinding this one out.

4:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We’re in the final minute, with a few added for good measure to come. If Arsenal can hold on here, it will an outstanding result in the face of almost relentless Bayern pressure. They’ve had to make do with only 30% of the possession, but are 1-0 up in the only stat that matters.

4:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A right old ding dong at Leverkusen tonight. Bayer have made it 4-4!

4:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Lewandowski initially got around Koz but the Frenchman got back so well.

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - both Ozil and The Ox should have wrapped it up there!

No - it has been given for Ozil's effort and the Arsenal players are celebrating!

2-0!

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it - Arsenal have run out 2-0 winners - massive win!

Cheerio!

4:37 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Many many congrats all you Gooners out there!!


4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A huge win for the Gunners. Their greatest result in years. Congratulations to all Gooners.

11:52 PM  

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