Yes, Caughtoffside has been away, but now we are back and better than ever….well we think so!
So after all the pre match buzz around just how attacking and mesmerising last night’s Semi between Arsenal and Man United was set to be, the game turned out to be something of a damp squib, but tell me something, what happened to Arsene Wenger’s attacking gameplan?
Clearly hampered by not having RVP to call upon i really was shocked by just how little effort Emmanuel Adebayor put in, and my shocked i mean, not really shocked at all, as the Togolese often looks like he doesn’t give a damn and then pops up with a lethal finish to silence his critics, unfortunately for Gunners fans last night he had one effort on goal which sailed over the bar.
Some positives for the north London side came in the shape of Manuel Almunia, who kept Arsenal in the tie in the first half, and Kolo Toure who really gave his all for the cause. Kieron Gibbs started poorly but battled his way back into the game but the youngster looks more like a winger than a full back.
Abou Diaby’s touch let him down once again and Fabregas was out of sorts and Alexandre Song had another good game to help keep the midfield ticking over. I was expecting Wenger to set his stall out for an away goal but that didn’t appear to be the case and i was perplexed by his decision to take off Walcott for Bendtner, a decision that effectively curtailed any form of supply line for the cumbersome attack.
What did Emirates supporters make of the perfomance? Should Eduardo get the nod for the second leg? Is Ade-pay me more coming towards the end of this career at the club?