Arsenal 3-1 Hamburg
What a delicious sounding scoreline that is – three whole goals to the home side, with the usual one going to the opposition (let’s change one thing at a time, eh).
Again, it was so close to being our new favourite scoreline, but in the end, a battling second half performance sealed it, the key goal coming from a player who had otherwise been a bit up and down – Eboue. His attacking instinct was undimmed all night, but from where I sat (in front of my telly tonight), his passing and crossing was not terrific.
It might have been the key goal, but my favourite came last, Walcott’s hanging cross meeting the head of the Beast to make it 3-1. Theo, it has to be said, is justifying his super-sub tag pretty much every time he comes on. Tonight he made one or two superb runs, and his pace, skill and positioning is fantastic to have as a secret off-the-bench weapon.
So, we managed to turn a 0-1 into a win for the first time, and maybe that’s the hoodoo broken. Let’s hope so. The first half might not have been our greatest, but we cranked up the pace and stuck at it, which is pretty much all you can ask when you’re a goal down.
As for the yellow card for Henry that rules him out of the crunch game at Porto, I can only sigh deeply. Let’s give the referee the benefit of the doubt by suggesting it was the culmination of a few niggly tackles and general bitching from our captain.
Because if it wasn’t down to that, then it was a bloody awful decision. He stumbled into him – nothing more, nothing less.
Coupled with the even more farcical yellow Henry got in Moscow (his prize for scoring a great equaliser), then the one-match suspension looks a joke.
Still, that aside, it was a good night’s work.
Guess who we’ve got on the weekend – my favourite fixture on the calendar. I can hardly wait to see the spectacle unfold.