March 7th, 2012

Champions League Observations, Pt I: Comments On Comebacks

Arsenal fans? Allow us to distract you with a bulge/bottom/belly related three-fer!

Two football matches, four teams, 44 players, five goals on the night, fourteen across the fixtures.

Holy smokes! We can’t believe we got that right on the first second attempt!

Arsenal 3-0 AC Milan (3-4 agg)

Image: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images.

1. Obviously neither of these (above) are remotely acceptable hair management decisions. But whose follicular foul upset you more? Visually, we think that Bacary’s blond braids are scarier, with their dual colourway and peculiar binding system, but we know what happens when Ibra releases his beast. Thoughts on this important matter, please?

2. Is fate taking the mickey out of Arsenal? No one can deny that 3-0 at half-time was an awe-inspiring comeback, especially since their top scorer wasn’t responsible for two of the goals, but really? Did the awkward ball that would have given the Gunners 4-4 and extra time have to fall to RvP, only for him to knock it straight at Abbiati? Isn’t that a touch unfair for such a pretty, kind boy?


Benfica 2-0 Zenit St Petersburg (4-3 agg)

Nelson Oliveira will be feeling the weight of our disapproval around now. And rightly so. Image: REUTERS/Rafael Marchante.

1. Should we escalate (by escalate we mean actually do more than bitch constantly) our campaign against base layers? We are getting soooo bored with scenes like the one above unfolding. We could write a letter. Or make a film. Organise a march, maybe. Although they all seem awful time consuming… we have a manicure sked to maintain, you know.

2. How did we not notice that Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin had returned to Zenit St Petersburg? He didn’t play last night in Zenit’s 2-0 defeat at Benfica, but we saw his picture over the weekend and spent ages trying to figure out why he was wearing the wrong kit. Did you guys know?


Right. We’re pretty sure we didn’t miss anything there. An extended lunch to celebrate, we think.

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25 Responses to “Champions League Observations, Pt I: Comments On Comebacks”

  1. Khaleesi says:

    My heart broke when I saw the Verminators face at the end :(

  2. Jenni says:

    Proud to be a Gooner… Did ANYONE actually swap shirts after Arsenal-Milan? If they did, it was very subtle! Maybe the cameramen were male, and showing other stuff. And yeah, no to underarmour.

  3. S4Jill says:

    I was so proud of my team. They have been so amazing, Arsenal’s comeback fight has been incredible. A couple of the players have really stepped it up to a whole new level. Here’s to finishing 4th (could always hope for 3rd). Gooner for Life

  4. JA7 says:

    I'll admit, I cried when the ref blew the whistle at full time..i really thought we were gonna go through. But Arsenal fought till the end. Proud to be a gooner.

  5. DebS says:

    What a great effort from Arsenal last night! Everyone counted them out before the game and they almost proved them wrong. I was very proud of the guys. Hope the injuries to Walcott & Chamberlain aren't serious.

  6. Agnes Wonka says:

    I feel bad for Arsenal :(

  7. Gladys says:

    Aw, gunners. :( What a fight they put up.

  8. littlemissfoggy says:

    Can we have a little love on the site for Zenit's Alexander Kherchakov? He's scrumptious.

    • Anitachka says:

      kherzhakov is a stud. played in sevilla also and theres a great video on youtube of him singing in spanish in sevilla on the field during his farewell. as for the authors of the articles question about when arshavin came back to zenit and who knew, it is a loan. played against CSKA vs Zenit where the stud Kerzhakov scored two beautiful goals

    • IrishBlue says:

      Google images has just confirmed to me that yes, he's most definitely scrumptious!

    • Gladys says:

      Da, pazhalsta, to that!!! He is hot.

  9. Mrs. Q.Borri says:

    I totally want Ibra to release his beast with me. Totally!! Oh my! I’m so scared of Barcary’s hair … Soz but I dont dig the at all…

    Anyway couple of good games last night!! :)

  10. Loninha - Brasil says:

    Arsenal nothing nothing but dies on the beach, is next to!

  11. IrishBlue says:

    Awh Gunners! I really thought they were gonna pull off an amazing comeback :-(

    Sagna's hair looks like he has little antennas coming out of the top of his head hehe.

  12. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Hard Luck Gunners, you fought back that's what matter, Congrats for the qualifying team

  13. Jayy says:

    Due to Sex on Legs Ramsey being absent from this fixture, I had no chocie but to perv on the second in command – Laurent Koscielny. The man has such a beautiful face.

    • Leya_S says:

      Bosscielny! I actually have a (not so) secret crush on him! And he's been pretty brilliant this season.

  14. Am I the only one that loves Sagna's hair? It suits him and he doesn't look like anyone else. Yesterday was heartbreaking – I'm still proud of my boys though:)

  15. GoonerLove says:

    Thanks for the bulge/bottom/belly distraction Kickette but it still hurts.

  16. Kat22 says:

    Poor Gunners. They fought so hard and in the end it still wasn't enough.

  17. Tyler says:

    44 players. You almost got it right on the first try.

  18. Carvivlie says:

    At first I wasn't a fan of Bacary's blonde braids but then I realized that because he has such dark skin, the blonde braids actually liven up his face a bit.