February 28th, 2011

Weekend Results: Director’s Cut

Image: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh.

Seriously, we’re starting to feel persecuted now. It’s hard enough to keep track of the Weekend Results as it is, without the English FA continually running interference in the form of League Cup finals in the middle of an EPL fixtures schedule. Apparently there was some sort of movie awards thing going on, too. Sigh.

The chance of us getting through this post without confusion arising is diminishing by the second. Please be aware of this and we can limit the unpleasantness to a dull roar.

Carling Cup Final

And the Oscar for ‘Best Coat That Doubles As An Eiderdown’ goes to Arsene Wenger (left). Whoops.

Image: Getty Images/Zimbio

Well, we have to offer the man something. To watch a team you have nurtured through nappies finally walk onto the Wembley pitch with a nailed on opportunity to take home some silverware, only to see them (literally) hand it to the opposition, must be traumatic beyond belief.

But we shall limit our coverage of the matter to offering hearty congratulations to Birmingham City, who managed to turn up on time at the venue, despite not having been there for a final for fifty odd years. They fought hard and to the end; Obefemi Martins taking advantage of hideous confusion between Laurent Koscielny and Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny (whose family had travelled from Poland to watch him) to tap in for 2-1.

Birmingham fans in raptures, Arsenal fans distraught. What next, Gunners?


Does this need a witty caption? No, thought not. Image: Getty Images/Daylife.

Elsewhere in England, quantity over quality was the order of the weekend, with Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa all scoring four goals.

With Arsenal otherwise engaged, United were able to increase their lead at the top of the table to four points with their 4-0 win over doomed Wigan; Chicharito (2), Wayne Rooney (whose unnecessary elbow to the head of James McCarthy has prompted calls for his immediate electrocution, apparently) and Fabio doing the damage.

Relegation threatened Wolves clawed their way out of the bottom three with a startling 4-0 win over Blackpool and Aston Villa’s 4-1 victory over Blackburn gave Gerard Houllier’s boys a much needed boost.

The blue half of Liverpool celebrated a 2-0 win over Sunderland, with Jermaine Beckford finally living up to his lower league scoring credentials, while the red half fell to an awkward 3-1 defeat to an inspired West Ham. Props to West Ham’s Demba Ba, who caused mayhem in front of the Liverpool defence, demonstrated promising thigh action (left) and scored the Hammer’s second.

Image: Getty Images/Zimbio

Elsewhere, Mario Balotelli scored and got booked for Manchester City in their 1-1 draw with Fulham. So just a normal weekend at Eastlands, really.

Serie A

Palermo. Miserable(and topless) in defeat. Image: Getty Images/Daylife.

We’re really sorry, but if this is what happens when Palermo get smacked 7-0, we’re all for it. It’s about time they lived up to the promise they showed during pre-season.

The architects of their downfall were Udinese, with Antonio Di Natale scoring three and Alexis Sanchez (left) helping himself to four goals. The result pushes Udinese up to fifth place, while Palermo are eighth, but only through the kindness of Juventus, who softened the blow by losing to Bologna 2-0. Oof.

Image: AP Photo/Daylife

Lazio’s 1-0 defeat to Cagliari leaves them four points below Napoli, who play top of the table AC Milan tonight. It’s an important clash, too; Inter’s 2-0 win over Sampdoria has taken them to within two points of the league leaders.

Meanwhile, Roma continued their unfortunate habit of chucking hard earned points away; this weekend they were 2-0 up at half time and ended up 2-2 against Parma, thanks to two goals from Amauri and his hair. Roma are now sixth.

La Liga

Don’t you hate it when this happens? Image: AP Photo/Daylife.

After Barcelona’s stuttering draw against Sporting Gijon earlier this month, it really felt as though the door to the title had opened up for Jose Mourinho an inch or two.

But no more. Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw against Deportivo this weekend (left), coupled with Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Mallorca means that Pep’s chaps are seven points clear at the top. It’s that simple. Your job is to tell us whether it’s over, Kickettes.

Image: AP Photo/Daylife.

Elsewhere, despite beating Athletic Bilbao 2-1, Valencia surely have to admit that their title dreams are over; they are now seventeen points behind Barca. Fourth placed Villarreal dropped two points against Racing Santander in a thrilling 2-2 draw, Nilmar scoring an injury time equaliser for the Yellow Submarine.

Other results of note include Espanyol’s 4-1 win over Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Sevilla who are now seventh.


Well hello, Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Mitch Langerak. You’ve grown up, haven’t you? Image: Reuters/Daylife.

With this (above) kind of hotness in goal, there’ll be no stopping Dortmund this season. Twelve points clear at the top, they beat last season’s champions Bayern Munich by 3-1 at the weekend, and were further boosted by their nearest rivals Bayer Leverkusen’s 2-2 draw against Werder Bremen. We suspect that former Melbourne Victory keeper Langerak will inspire a Kickette related surge in interest in the Bundesliga, so feel free to tell us your views on Dortmund’s achievements.

It was pretty much as you were elsewhere, with third placed Hannover beating St Pauli 1-0, fifth placed Mainz enjoying a 2-1 away win against Hoffenheim, Stuttgart defeating Eintract Frankfurt 2-0 and FC Köln toppling Freiburg to take a handy three points with them to the eleventh table spot.

Ligue 1

Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis gives us a glimpse of the goods. Uh huh. Image: Reuters/Daylife.

Things have taken an interesting turn in Ligue 1, however, where Lille were temporarily pushed into second place by Rennes, who beat Lens 2-0 on Saturday. Lille’s failure to beat Lyon last night meant they are now level on forty-six points with Rennes. There’s no room for complacency though, as Marseille kept the gap to one point with their 2-1 win over Nancy, while Paris Saint Germain’s 2-1 victory over Toulouse sees them right up there on forty-four points.

Bordeaux beat struggling Auxerre 3-0, and Arles-Avignon were denied only their second victory of the season against Brest. This is, however, their third straight draw, which we think constitutes a run of form.

Optimism is our byword, y’see.

Except when it comes to the comments section, obviously. Will you lot pick up on our ‘subtle’ hints about discussing league issues outside of Spain? No. Thought not. But we love you nonetheless.

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81 Responses to “Weekend Results: Director’s Cut”

  1. blake2108 says:


  2. Clare says:

    Scrolling down and seeing Mitch Langerak here made my day! So proud to see an Aussie have such a great debut for such a great team.

  3. MsLiverpoolLady says:

    Liverpool…rip my heart out why don'tcha?! and Arsenal? I wonder if I can get Ashley Cole to shoot me too.

  4. RM#14 says:

    I'm so glad that I got to witness Mitch Langerak's debut with Dortmund. I never watch the bundesliga, but now I DEFINITELY will. He's just so friggin adorable!

  5. Alexandra says:

    I am a proud Birmingham City fan. I was at the game with my father. He has never seen his team lift a trophy but he saw it on Sunday. We cried and hugged each other.

    Arsenal played well but we had better tactics, a better team spirit and a better manager on the day.

    Many people wrote us off but the team always believed and we believed in them.

    I appreciate everyone who was cheering for us and thanks to everyone who congratulated us.

    We are fighting for our lives in the Premier League and this win meant the world to us.

    Everyone who supports an "unfashionable" team can take inspiration from what we did on Sunday.

  6. @AgnesWonka says:

    I think Man.Utd can be perfecly be EPL champions if they go on like this!!

  7. IrishBlue says:

    Mmmm that is definately not a little pea…..I'm just thrilled for Birmingham, sad for Arsenal but I do like an underdog. This weekend was good cos of Wolves beating Blackpool, Chicharito scoring twice, Liverpool losing to West Ham, but the real decider of my happiness is tomorrow night, bring it on Man U!

  8. JA7 says:

    Realli disappointed that arsenal lost..we were soooo close! when jack started cryin i was guna start cryin too..it was really heartbreaking :'( but we styll have three more chances, hopefully we can do this gunners!!

  9. Alexandria Samuel says:

    I'd just like to say thanks to Fabregas, Walcott and Vermaelen for playing their best on Sunday, and…oh yeah that's right, THEY WEREN'T PLAYING.
    Hahaha I'm only joking, I really hope they're resting up and they get better :) Being a gooner, I was very sad at the result, but I still love them….they're Arsenal.

  10. TheAmethyst007 says:

    Such a bad week-end for football. The two teams that I love the most (Liverpool + Real Madrid) underperformed. I honestly expected both to come out with easy wins, seeing as Real Madrid had completely demolished Deportivo 6-1 a few months ago, and West Ham was at the bottom of the table.
    Oh well, all I can hope is that my boys do better this week-end :)
    But…Liverpool's playing Manchester United this Saturday…so I don't really know what to say.
    And Arsenal fans: I feel so bad for you, you definitely deserved to win that cup. Cheer up, you'll have better days <3
    And Jack Wilshere, oh Jack–>almost cried when he cried. The pics of Szczesny and Eboue consoling him made me sad, but they were also so adorable <3

  11. AnnaBlume says:

    Dortmund have been a joy to watch these last few months, I'd love to see more on them on kickette, Mats Hummels especially. I mean, look at him! http://tinyurl.com/6kkqs3d http://tinyurl.com/6zwwkqe
    He's ridiculously gorgeous.

    • Surly Wench says:

      Oh, thank you much AnnaBlume, I wholeheartedly agree I was quite enjoying both Mats and Mario on the same field this weekend. It's a VfB household (um, mostly depressing right now), but Dortmund play an elegant, entertaining game.

  12. mochara says:

    Oh Arsenal……… they had soo much going for them and they wasted it. In my oppinion it wasn't really Koscielny's fault. Szczesny was waay too far out of goal and shouldn't have sneaked up behind Kozzy cos he didn't know he was there, an honest mistake but they paid for it, such a shame….. Martin's celebration was amazing though I have to admit!

  13. Jen says:

    The day started out well with Birmingham winning, then it all went down, WAY DOWN hill………How can Liverpool lose to West Ham?? Seriously not sure what to make of that match? Congrats Birmingham and Colin Firth!!

  14. LosAngeleno says:

    As a Barca fan, I was really happy about their performance this weekend but I certainly don't think it's over yet. The team themselves are remaining humble about it– there are still a lot of game to play.

    Also I'm sorry RM kickettes– I felt like throwing up watching the last 20 mins. It was so tense. I can only imagine how you felt.

    On a lighter and more superficial note…how about Mallorca's super fine GK?! I wanted Barca to score even more so I could see him up close in action. When he gave Messi a hug and head rub at the end, I about died.

  15. Sophia says:

    A small part of me died when watching Jack Wilshere cry…and am i the only arsenal fan to look forward to seeing cescy on the bench all huddled up in one of those HUGE arsenal coats..? Shame bout the result, but cred to b'ham..wonder what Szczesny will say on twitter…
    Congrats to dortmund, for basically securing the league title…and on their lovely gk…
    Oh and on Serie A, Alexis Sanchez is hot. In every way.

  16. D0li says:

    On behalf of the Real Madrid Fans i would like to say that we still have a chance of winning; it is possible that Barcelona will get over confident and start loosing games (fingers crossed) and if we continue to win then we might have a chance.

    Does anyone know what Jose said about the game? I think everyone (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF BENZEMA) played well. Honestly why wasn't he subsituted? Miss once shame on him, miss twice shame on Jose for not subbing him.

  17. Elisa says:

    Me too. I have the GIF of it :(

  18. moni says:

    This whole week was horrible!
    Arsenal, Liverpool and Lech Poznań lose.. ;(

  19. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    It was heartbreaking to see Arsenal go out in the manner that they did. But congrats to Birmingham (and Sebastian Larsson :) )!

    Barca gave me a scare the first half, but in the second it was business as usual. I'm not taking anything for granted though. There are still difficult games to play.

    The Sevilla – Athletico game was so entertaining! The only downside was that Sevilla didn't get the three points. Still one is better than none.

  20. blitzenTO says:

    Nothing is over until it’s over. There are lots of games left in La Liga and anything can happen. Having said that—VISCA BARCA!!!!! A comfortable win while missing several key players, a recovered Xavi, a seven-point lead…life is good!

    Mourinho really has a persecution complex, doesn’t he? And poor old Benzema gets to be the goat again, even though no one else on his team could get the ball in the goal either. Even Messi misses a wide open goal on occasion (see last week’s Barca game).

    And I don’t usually follow the Bundesliga, but that Bayern/Dortmund game was an absolute cracker!

    • Taskeen says:

      Totally agree with everything you've said from **Visca Barca** to poor Benzema, even if you're die hard Barca its hard not to feel sorry for him, he always looks so down-trodden

  21. Flumehead says:

    Arsenal … Every time we get close something TERRIBLE AND DISASTROUS happens. :o Ah well, well done to Birmingham. They deserved to win, the way they played and the way we played … Ben Foster especially was brilliant.

  22. Summer says:

    Chelsea on the pitch tomorrow for the derby of England against Manchester United…I'm too excited…I can't wait to see my Blues. If we win (not certain but I hope) I want JT shirtless and also Lamps. Ah, and I can add that if Nando scores tomorrow, he could be again in my mind the fantastic player he was.

  23. Bri says:

    Oh la la les rouges et noirs!!!! I am SO happy I could burst. Rennes on top even if it was for a few hours. Hell yes.

  24. mamaly says:

    Arsenal, come on…….. thank God for Colin firth

  25. Leá says:

    Yeah, I hate my life. 0-0 draw. Brutally, brutally devastating. I only managed to cheer myself up a bit by online shopping and watching Colin Firth win an Oscar. I love everyone of the boys that play for RM, but we have got to put in a better effort. There is just no excuse.

  26. Amy says:

    Luckily I was unable to watch the Arsenal game. Still, I did see the head slapping after the Birmingham goal and man, was that shizz classless. Boo to them.

    • Leya_S says:

      Um, yes, I agree. I mean props to Birmingham, they played well, but did they HAVE TO slap Koscielny's head???? He knows he effed up, leave it alone, FFS.

    • JA7 says:

      YEAH!! when i saw dat i got pissed! like that was just RUUUDE.

    • Lilly says:

      I feel so sorry for Koscielny, the slap was disgraceful.
      Thankfully he took it like a man, hats off.

  27. Soon2beWifeOfNAsri says:

    Arsenal are testing my effing sanity this season, as we get to the final hurdle we somehow shoot ourselves in the foot. Congrats to B'ham i guess, am devestated and seeing young Jack in bits opened up my floodgates, Koschielny and Schezcheny confidence must be rock bottom, we need to pick ourselves up and this will hopefully be an extra motivation of kicking on with the FA cup and premier league.

    Hope RVP injury isnt too bad we need him badly, and i hope walcott and fabregas get better soon too we need to dust ourselves off and get back on track, we are the gunners and victory will be ours , lets goooooo <3 :)

  28. gin_in_teacups says:

    If you care to discuss weekend results with me, you can find me at the bottom of a large bottle of scotch.

    Boys, my Reds, my Blancos – why do you break my heart like this?

    • hereforthenando says:

      Don't forget all of the injuries that we have just been blessed with. Oh, Liverpool. They'll be the death of me.

    • Crackers says:

      I'll join you at the bottle of my own bottle….I mean bottom of my own bottle….

      oh who cares, my boys are driving me to drink, my liver needs them to win something if it's to make it through another season!

    • TheAmethyst007 says:

      Same here.
      And the Kelly and Meireles injuries just make it worse. I'm hoping that Agger will be back on Saturday, been missing him dearly.
      Let's just all put this week-end behind us. I'm pretty confident that Real will be able to bounce back easily with a win. As for Liverpool–even though we're playing Man U–remember that we often play very well against good teams. So keep the hope alive!
      Hala Madrid! & YNWA.

  29. :Dtoronja! says:

    Valencia’s dreamsbif winning la liga may be over but they still beat athletic our non losing streak continues I’m so proud of my boys!!! Amunt Valencia!

  30. BarceLisa says:

    We still have to go to Valencia and Real Madrid, if we emerge from those matches unscathed, then I can say its well and truly over. Still, a seven point buffer (plus the tie-breaker) at this point in the season is more than welcome. I'm also over the moon about United's performance against Wigan. Arsenal getting their hearts ripped out may help both United and Barca but it did not make it any less painful to watch Arsenal lose like that. Speaking of over, I have now given up on Juve and Bayern challenging for their respective domestic titles. Dortmund have been amazing this season and my main hopes in Serie A lie with any team not named Inter. May either the delicious Napoli boys or AC Milan beat them to it.

    • PepaCandela says:

      and to Villareal… who the hell drew up this schedule?

    • Rossanera says:

      "my main hopes in Serie A lie with any team not named Inter. " PREACH, SISTER, PREACH. Honestly, I'd love for my beloved Rossoneri to find their former glory again – but I'd be perfectly content with any other team walking off with il Scudetto so long as Inter doesn't. FIVE YEARS IS ENOUGH. SHARE THE SCUDETTO WEALTH.

      • BarceLisa says:

        at AC Milan there is no such thing as former glory. They are glory. A scientist at MilanLab probably has it bottled up somewhere. How embarrassing would it be if Leonardo took Inter to the title? Not that its gonna happen now thank goodness.

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      Speaking of Napoli and Milan, exciting game tonight don't you think?

      • BarceLisa says:

        one-sided but what a game it was. Milan should win the title now *fingers crossed* although I hope Napoli get a Champions League spot. Kickette please post shirtless pics of Kevin-Prince Boateng goal celebration. That man is so scorching hot!

  31. GinaM says:

    I don't want to say the Liga is over yet,,, last couple of weeks proved that…

    That game had me on the edge of my seat to celebrate a goal the whole 96 mins!!!

    Aw well, we will see what happens in the last 14 games. Congrats to Barca once again for a good game.

    Hala Madrid!

  32. Elisa says:

    When Jack Wilshere broke down and cried at the end of the Arsenal match, oy. I got teary too. He played that match like someone six years older–to be nineteen and have Arsenal run it's game through you….and to do it really, really well? That's impressive–but his reaction reminded you that this is his first season, he was playing a huge emotional game with a lot of responsibility on his shoulders for Arsenal (making up for Cesc in the midfield? Not exactly easy), and he's really only still a kid.

    Anyway, what I'm trying to say is give me Wilshere over someone like Balotelli any day. Complain all you want that we haven't won trophies recently. We're a very young team, and they will come. At least the majority of our players seem like good guys, aren't egomaniacs, and don't whack the opposing goalkeeper on the head when they score.

    Also, have saved GIFs of all of the manlove that happened at the end of the game. They were sad, but they were also completely adorable.

    • Tricia says:

      I'm reading your message but fail to see where you congratulate your opponent for a game well played? You know, like gracious losers do?

      • Elisa says:

        Sorry if I personally offended you for not congratulating Birmingham. Not to be picky, but you didn't exactly congratulate Arsenal for a game well played in your post either. Both sides played well and put up a good fight.

      • Deanna says:

        Wow…. Talk about humble winners. She didn't bash your players, unlike Ferguson hitting Kos. Yeah, keep it classy Birmingham.

        • Tricia says:

          I'm not a Birmingham supporter. However, I appreciate what they accomplished yesterday. It was a fantastic achievement for a club that has not won a trophy in a long long time.

          • Deanna says:

            She didn't say anything bad about Birmingham and you jumped on her like she did something wrong. She didn't. You look like you want to fight and to be honest you're not worth it. The Gunners can still bring home up to 3 trophies. What exactly are you doing attacking a person about a club you don't even support? Sounds a bit ridiculous and uncalled for. I'm not taking anything away from Birmingham they have the trophy, but WOW. Look at yourself.

            • Elisa says:

              Some people just want to pick a fight :-/.

              Both teams played well. Arsenal had defense issues, not to mention injuries, and Birmingham capitalized on that. Good for them that they won. End of story.

              • Tricia says:

                See, that wasn't so hard, was it?

                • Elisa says:

                  I said a few posts up that both sides played good games. I never said that Birmingham didn't play well. This was a post about ARSENAL, specifically ONE of our players. I had no obligation to say anything about Birmingham because I wasn't writing about them.

                  Get over yourself, please.

              • Jane says:

                My impression, around the various football forums, is that Arsenal fans were pretty confident that the Carling Cup was in the trophy cabinet already. (To the point of debating whether Cesc should collect the trophy.) That "arrogance", compounded by the failure to acknowledge that you were beaten by a better team, I would suggest is probably the reason for the comments above.

                A little humility and a little acknowledgement that there were TWO teams in the game, would go over quite well, I'd imagine.

                • Deanna says:

                  It wasn't arrogance to say Cesc should collect it. They were trying to make him feel better for missing the match due to his injury. It wasn't "Oh we've got this in the bag" because we never have anything "in the bag". It was to try to help Cesc and prove that he means that much to us even when not on the pitch.
                  Yes, I liked the odds going into the match, but believe me I am used to the odds being proved wrong when it comes to the Gunners. Sometimes for the better against Barca and sometimes not, like the draw with Newcastle. But that's football. I just don't understand how or why someone attacks another when they don't even support the team.

                • Elisa says:

                  You're welcome to intepret my post in that way.

                  I was writing about Jack Wilshere being sad and that I hadn't lost faith in my team. It wasn't a post about Birmingham, it was about ARSENAL. I did not mean to insult Birmingham by not mentioning them–again, DID NOT mean to insult them–and I think that it's a stretch to think that I did in my post just by not saying congrats. I'm not idiotic enough to think that a game is won before it's even started, so please don't immediately label me as a part of that group. I knew, particularly with our injuries, that it was going to be a difficult game.

                  If you're finding arrogance in my post, then I'm sorry. I love my team. I'm sad that they lost, and that's what my post was about. That's being a football fan. Sorry if that offends you.

                • meh says:

                  um it wasn't arsenal being arrogant it was the papers they jinxed it for us so…

                • Leya_S says:

                  I wasn't planning on getting in this insane argument, but I'm having a real "wtf" moment reading these comments and I have to defend my fellow Gooners…
                  I follow Cesc on Twitter, and I was definitely one of the people writing comments and saying "Cesc should lift the trophy." However, I was (as I assume most ppl were) saying that in an "if we win" sort of way, and in my experience, people ALWAYS say those kinds of things about their favorite teams. I'm never one to say "We got this in the bag", because with football, you can never be sure. AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT THE BEST SPORT EVER. I don't doubt there are Gooners all over the place who totally were like "Oh, this is an easy win for us". Those sorts of ppl always exist. But this "arrogance" of which you speak certain does NOT apply to the OP of this thread. She's just talking about Jack WIlshere being upset over the loss. Since when does that translate to being arrogant and not acknowledging how well Birmingham played?!?!?
                  :end rant:

            • hereforthenando says:


          • meh says:

            tbh the slapped our defenderon the head so they disrespected us so we will do the same…

      • Cay says:

        Wow, and you're REALLY seeming like a gracious winner right now.

    • Leya_S says:

      I just about lost it when I saw Jack crying. Although, in my head I was also thinking he looked so cute! But I hate to see my boys sad like that, I wanted to hug them all.

      Congrats to Birmingham, though. They wanted it, and they played very well. It was a deserved win. FREAKING BEN FOSTER!!! He was a beast, and had absolutely incredible saves!
      However, it still hurts. The worst part was that we lost on a mistake and in the 90th minute. Kos was having a pretty good game up until then, as was Woj. It was just a miscommunication that could have been avoided, but *shrug*. What can you do? I know people are like "Oh, we're still in the running for 3 other trophies" but we were THERE already for the Carling Cup, like we were AT the final. All the other tournaments we still have a ways to go. Not that I don't have faith in Arsenal, but its just like "Aaaarrrggghhhh!!! We were right there!"

  33. Caitlin says:

    Watching Liverpool play was just painful. With a capital P!


    Congrats to Birmingham though. And commiserations to all Arsenal fans.

  34. SoccerrLoverrr says:

    Worst. Weekend. EVER. i really thought arsenal would win the carling cup, like i realli imagined they wud be ending der trophy draught and wud be hoisting that cup together as a team..buh with that awful mix up between Szczesny and koscielney causing it to be a late goal for birmingham..i wanted to cry i cudnt believe it! it was so devastating :( buh the gunners have to get back up on their feet again..cuz they have a chance at three more trophies and i wish u all the luck arsenal<3 Oh on a side note, what made my day (sorta) was while the arsenal boys were walkin up the stadium steps and the fans were askin to touch their hands, van persie ignored them and kept walkin on..buh chamakh who was behind a couple of players styll high fived them DESPITE being upset..i thought that was really sweet of him! i realli do love that man lool

    • Elisa says:

      In RVP's defense, he injured his knee and is probably going to be out of the second Barca game. I bet he could tell that the injury was a pretty bad one, and that on top of the game would probably put even the nicest person in a bad mood.

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      I love Chamakh too. He such a sweetheart.

  35. Tricia says:

    Congratulations to Birmingham City and their fans – clearly Arsenal could do with a few of their players in their squad (starting with Ben Foster.) Heart, guts, some good football and kept on going.

    United win, City draw, Liverpool lose, not a bad weekend of results at all.

    Oh, and Happy 35th Anniversary to Manchester City. ;-)

    • Cay says:

      Thanks for the offer, but I think that us Gunners are more than happy to let Birmingham keep its players. It was a very good win for Birmingham, but I don't think that Arsenal will need any help from them to recover.

      And perhaps Birmingham could do with some lessons on class from Arsenal. Nice attack on our keeper, there.