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From The Terraces publishes UNEDITED submissions we receive from you, the readers. It’s your chance to show us how this football blogging is done right, or to embarrass yourself and your ancestors. Simply write to: editor[at]caughtoffside[dot]com.This time, Skis gives us his views on the Blackburn-Arsenal love-in.

Well done Mr Hughes, your pre-match ramblings had the desired effect on that most idiotic of referees, Mike “Mr Burns” Riley, with the man in black allowing a number of poor Blackburn challenges to go unpunished. We then had the Blackburn opener that was so blatantly offside that only a blind man or an utter moron could miss it when standing directly in line with it – I’m assuming all linesmen must be fully sighted, so we either had a moronic ‘assistant’, or one who didn’t want to rock the Hughes boat at all. Denilson’s red card was a red card in all fairness, or a second booking at least, but even this tackle came about in light of some major provocation from the Rovers thugs in the build up – they tried to wipe out the youngster Barazite three times before Denilson took his own retribution.

But no matter, as what we saw last night from an Arsenal squad with an average age of 19¾ was absolutely astonishing. The opening 20 minutes or so was some of the best football I’ve seen in a long time, and certainly the best this season, from ANY side. One and two touch football slicing the Rovers midfield and defence open with all the incisiveness of a surgeon’s scalpel through tender flesh, the Blackburn players really were chasing shadows. And to come back again from the adversity of conceding an offside goal and then going down to 10 men on the stroke of the end of normal time showed exactly what this current breed of Arsenal youngsters are all about. The spirit throughout the club, seemingly from top to bottom, is absolutely spot on, with everybody working hard for one another. Even the allegedly wantaway Diarra gave a performance that was nothing short of sensational, and the previously ridiculed Alex Song was the best player on the pitch, marshalling the defence and providing a real attacking threat as well.

Seeing Hughes’ face contort with rage as his side were torn apart must’ve been a joy to behold for Arsenal fans up and down the country, yet he still failed to show any humility after the match, claiming that this fledgling Arsenal side had been formed using “more money than he could even dream of.” Other than the ‘old man’ of the side, the 24 year old Eduardo, none of this Arsenal side cost much more than a kids’ t-shirt from Primark. But the Crozilian showed exactly why Arsene coveted him so much with two sublime finishes out of the very top drawer, caressing the ball past Friedel instead of attempting to bust the net like a lot of English strikers would. Fantastic stuff, and he will only get better.

If Arsene can somehow keep this group of ultra-talented individuals happy, then the future is very, very bright for the Arsenal…..and the future starts here.



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