That was more like it: a fantastic second-half performance that should have given us the edge over the European champions. Both Eboue and, worst of all Adebayor, missed glorious chances to give us a lead to sit on for the return leg. It wasn’t to be but at times in the second period we had them on the rack and played some sweet football.
All that stuff about them being too old is just utter guff, isn’t it? Milan are a fantastic side and defensively they are top-drawer, absolutely up there with the best. Up, down, left, right – no matter which way you go, the opportunities just don’t present themselves. That defence is as tight as a gnat’s chuff and it will take quite a performance to unlock them at the San Siro.
All of which makes Ade’s miss at the end such a shame. A delicious hanging cross from Walcott dropped right onto his bonce but somehow he contrived to wallop it against the bar. Such is life, but I’m happy enough with 0-0.
Not conceding means we’re right in there with a chance. If we can sneak a goal (who knows, we may have Rosicky or even van Persie by then, I can but dream) then we are in a very powerful position. But make no bones about it, it’s going to be a toughie.
Some excellent performances last night. Fabregas found his passing rhythm beautifully in the second half, Senderos was superb, as were Sagna, Hleb and Lehmann.
When Almunia recovers from illness, Wenger will have a decision to make. The Spaniard doesn’t merit being dropped but Lehmann has played well over the last few games and with keepers, sometimes it’s a case of sticking with the form. It will be interesting to see.
And what of Public Enemy Number One? Eboue played fine last night, making some purposeful runs and getting into an excellent position where he should have done better than screw the ball wide. From my position his yellow card was harsh – though it didn’t look like a penalty either. Sadly for him the crowd has properly turned against him. Only he can change that but he can if he wants to.
This morning though, Toure’s injury aside, I am happy. Milan will know they were in a proper game and they will also know we have a chance in the second leg.
I’m frothing at the mouth already.