Porto vs Arsenal – Match Day Live…

It’s been a long while since we’ve had a match day live (as we only do them for away games)… but it’s time to dust off the old MDL text commentary and gear up for an awesome match day…

We’re eagerly awaiting the team news…

And here it is:

Fabianski

Sagna – Campbell – Vermaelen – Clichy

Denilson – Diaby

Rosicky – Cesc - Nasri

Bendtner

Subs : Mannone – Vela – Walcott – Ramsey – Silvestre – Eboue – Traore

Over to the comments

  • Sam

    Option 3: Nasri & Rosicky… I’m starting to think like AW!!!

  • manoo

    campbell- wot a tackle. looks slow tho. not surprised and dont care if he takles like that. class

  • devday

    A few scary moments – excellent recovery tackle by Campbell
    Bendtner looks rusty
    Denilson looks very rusty

  • devday

    Dive by Hulk – not sure why Sagna didn’t put a challenge in.

  • manoo

    idiot

  • devday

    Fabianski own goal… ouch

  • Sam

    What a horror! Clichy poor, Fabiansky horrible.

  • devday

    Can’t believe it!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sam

    All teams have learnt that our left back is wide open.

  • devday

    Just watching the replay of the own goal, how bad was it? Very bad… where was Clichy? Got skinned AGAIN!

  • Sam

    Sol, Sol, Sol!!!!

  • manoo

    sollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

  • devday

    Double, double, double……….. Sol Campbell has won the double!

  • devday

    1-1 – Sol scores in successive CL games

  • pires

    hohoho,Campbell!!!

  • devday

    Love the whole move!

  • devday

    Great shot Rosicky!!!

  • Sam

    We had a man on far post & got the goal. Why don’t we do this more?!

  • devday

    Er Vermaelen, that’s interesting defending – effective, but confusing, and he knew he had conceded – LOL…. free kick for Porto

  • devday

    Awesome defending from Sagna – this Porto team is quite pacey…

  • Sam

    Anyone can see Denilson on the pitch?!

  • manoo

    we need 2 win those loose balls!!

  • devday

    Bendtner losing the ball in key positions doesn’t help

  • devday

    Sol Campbell has now scored in his last two Champions League games, with a gap of 45 months since his goal in the 2006 final. Veteran.

  • goonerman

    we are so open at the back it is about 3 porto players going at our back 4!! we surely need to sit on this 1-1 for 20 minutes but we keep committing way to many forward! campbell is a monster lol!!

  • goonerman

    why dont clichy just sit back in his left back position i would rather him be solid defensively than bomb forward for a couple of crosses in the box!

  • devday

    Denilson – please stop losing the ball. I beg you.

  • Sam

    MOTM will be Sol!

  • manoo

    denilson and bentdner are non existent at the moment. we also need to increase the tempo wen were attacking. were just playing it accross in front of the back 4 goin no where. we need to be a bit more direct, like rosickys doin

  • manoo

    fuk off porto

  • Pissed off

    Fabregas where the f***k is your mind.

  • devday

    Ruben Micael shoud be off. Disgraceful late challenge on Fabregas.

  • Sam

    How fu##ing stupid!!!!!!!

  • devday

    THAT WAS SO BAD!

  • manoo

    we need a new gk. he is awful, y was he so close to sol. he didnt need 2 be. he didnt need 2 pik it up anyway. MORON

  • Sam

    One of the stupidest goals we have ever conceded. Fabianky should be kicked in the ass…

  • manoo

    we CANNOT concede a 3rd

  • Jeffo

    i usually don’t like to use this word but the ref is utter scum for that decision

  • manoo

    we shudve had a pen and our gk is an idiot. bentdner has been crap. we dont look threataning at all tbh. CMON.

  • devday

    I want to cry.

  • manoo

    better bentner

  • manoo

    fabs needs 2 calm down

  • manoo

    although they are quite violent

  • devday

    Walcott is on!!

  • Sam

    School ground football mistakes have cost us 2 goals.
    I will lose faith in Wenger if he ever plays Fabiansky again.

  • devday

    Vela for Bendtner – why are we going like for like? Why not add Vela in and take off Denilson?

  • manoo

    diabys just turned off. hes not playing. WAKE UP

  • pires

    I guess 2-1 is acceptable for an away leg, just need to win with a clean sheet at home…

  • manoo

    passing is off completely 2day. no clear chances except campbells.

  • devday

    I am in shock at the level of performance or lack of performance…

  • devday

    Eboue for Nasri

  • manoo

    he has 2 shooooooooooot

  • Sam

    We only beat L’pool cause they suck BIG time.
    2-1 ain’t so bad, but the way we lost it is just STUPID.

  • Pissed off

    Where the f**k was Fabregas. Am seriously disgusted with his performance – am sure his head has been turned on by the Barca Link. At least if his leaving he should give us fans respect and play well for us.

  • manoo

    we dont have a striker so were relying on our midfielders to create and score. We did neither, we we havent been for a long time. We normally carve up teams. wots goin on. ONly Eboue late on and rosicky once or twice were incisive. wot the hell is goin on, and fabs was off a bit. diaby turned off after the 2nd, so did the rest of em. But before that
    at, they were in control and wuda made chances. totally demoralised, like after man utd and chelseas 2nd goal, the same again- stupid gk. Awful- song and arsh were big misses

    On a positive note, sol was immense. although he lacks pace, he just reads everything so well. every1 one was average/poor, especially after their 2nd- bentner and fabianski were shite

  • Kuka

    I propose we leave Cesc out of this. I watched the game and that kid was fouled like a million times. Him and Sol were the soldiers in red and White. 2-1 is an ok result to take home. I am sorry, but I don’t see Porto pulling off a surprise at the Emirates. Am off to sleep like a baby….

  • Sam

    Fab accepted that we had 2 “school boy” errors.

  • Pissed off

    KUKA – From Manu to Chelsea and from Liverpool to this Porto game he has been off; its not a drop in form its a matter of just not being ready to play. We all know his capability so why is he letting the fans down; even Diaby (5 star) and Denilson bettered him in the midfield, its quite worrying at least for now.

  • Pissed off

    I pray Walcot picks form cos I can’t understand why Nasri is so immobile to the point of making me sick. His another let down; TBH he plays like a madam – very similar to Wiltord, so indirect and so anti – Hleb. He should really pick Hleb’s video footage to see what the man he replaced in Arsenal could do.

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Just watched the goals and omg WTF is going on both there goals were the result of our errors AGAIN!!! We need to sort out our GK and quickly.

  • goonerman

    not a great result but when you think that a 1-0 win would get us through and we will have the 5 players back that were missing tonight it is not so bad! the first goal was just a terrible mistake but the second was just a bit unlucky! sol did not mean to ttouch the ball and the porto player was closing in on fabianski so he panicked! fianlly the ref took the ball off fabianksi and gave it to the porto player so what could we have done push the ref or the porto player not really! oh and i think we forgot about that pathetically blatent penalty that the stupid blind ref somehow though rosicky dived! it was a very bad nigh with no luck what so ever and the events in the game basically killed the players! all in all its very winnable at HOME dont everybody get down again lets get up for some PREMIER LEAGUE ACTION

  • goonerman

    and i want to add that that porto side put in one of the most dirtiest games iv seen in a long time they chopped our players everytime and im not just saying they were physical but cesc was fouled a crazy amount of time and he began to find it funny how nothing was happeningabout it ! i just hope the lads give them a footballing lesson next time round!

  • Pissed off

    @ Goonerman – But Fab was poor too. His ball guiding was just poor; at some point I felt he dived at the slightest of touch – we all know what he can do; you can’t inspire a team as a captain by not leading by example.

  • bayo

    imagine if it was the champions league final.Can we WIN the champions league thats a big NO.its anoda trophyless year.Even keepers in the championship dnt make mistakes like this.LORIS of LYON is almost thesame age as stupid FABIANSKI and he did good against madrid.IS IT SO HARD TO CATCH A CROSS.this season WE LOST NOT BECAUSE ANY OTHER TEAM WAS BEtTER BUT WE CAUSED OUR OWN DOWNFALL

  • fan

    We don’t really have a player that can take on the opponent 1 on one (#23 sometimes). All our passing leds to nowhere! Our wingers can’t cross and Clichy and Sagna are horrible crossers. Add that to clumsy Bent, inept Diaby, Denilson and our current crop of GKs.. you get SCHOOL BOY FOOTBALL.

  • Will Scott

    Very disappointed with tonight’s performance. Fabianski, Clichy, and Nasri particularly poor.

    Referee needs to take a look at himself though. Rosicky’s penalty claim was stone wall and Porto kicked clumps out of Cesc.

    Yes we lost because of two quite comical errors but I do think we should’ve been much better.

    Play anything like that at the Emirates and we may not be in the last 8.

  • Sam

    Just woke up and wondering if it was a horror dream or a comedy show.

  • vj

    Fabianski is just awful. He has already cost us last year the fa cup against chelsea, this years fa cup against stoke. He has some talent with his shot stopping but for games likethese we just cant afford mistakes like that, both goals were horrendous. I have never seen a worse goalkeeping performance. Wenger should have played Mannone like I said. abianski needs some time in the reserves he cant play this weekend. Wenger must admit he was wrong. For once it was a single person’s failure that costed us the game. Although clichy is still getting done far too easily. Fabregas is not turning up in these big games as well. To be honest I agree with a number of your comments, after the second goal, the eam were so appaled that nobody really cared anymore, thats how i felt as well. If we go out this round Fabianski will have to pay

  • Yemi

    Do we still need a striker since we have scored so many goals this season ? CAPITAL YES !!! Who was the midfield cover for the back four ? NON-EXISTENT, Do we still need a CB ? Absolutely yes. Imagine vermaleen getting injured at this point !!! We would be down to sol/silvestre !!!! Was denilson on that pitch ? Didn’t see him.
    Fabianski is a good goalkeeper, very agile (to a fault), but his positioning is really whack !!!
    I am too young to have high blood pressure cos of school boy soccer, stubborn coaching, toothless board and the likes.

    We brought in theo but no through balls for him to use his pace to get behind defenders.
    That was not a champions league performance in any way.

    Like i said and will

  • bayo

    everybody keeps shouting fabregas is goin to hell with him,he is no thiery henry and i did not see much of him since the man u match though he is good but definately replaceable.TO WENGER arsenal would win nothing in 5 years time cus we v seen how far PROJECT YOUTH can take us,nothing is goin to change,we cant be better than chelsea or man u in the seasons to come.Players that need to be on the bench are our first team players.OUTSIDE FABREGAS I DOUBT If other midfielders are as good as those who sit on the bench for man u and chelsea.WENGER stop complaining abt MONEY cus its not yours and we buy season tickets to make us happy,ArSENAL is not about ARSENE,WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR FIFTY MILLION POUNDS SIGNING BUT WE ARE CAPABLE OF GETTING GOOD PLAYERS IN THE REGION 15 to 17.football has changed from the days of buying young players like henry and viera and moulding them,nobody sells their top young stars again.WE CAUSED OUR OWN DOWNFALL IN EVERYMATCH WE LOST THIS SEASON.IMAGINE IF WENGER HAD BOUGHT CHAMACK;MATUIDI in the summer.all for 18 million we wont lack a cover up for van p and song.

  • Nicky

    The ref was wrong in allowing an indirect free kick in the first place. The rules say the offence is if a goalkeeper handles the ball following a DELIBERATE backpass from another team mate. From the reply it is clear that the backpass was not deliberate.

    Also altho the ref does not have to indicate the freekick is to be taken he has a moral duty and should use common sense to see that the goalkeeper was back on his line after demanding the ball from him.

    I’m sure we will play better back home and feel we can still go through when hopefully some of the injured players will be back.

  • Kuka

    …..I do think we spend so much time faulting the team on aspects that are so obvious. I have never doubted the fact that we are week defensively and strong offensively. Everyone knows that. We do not have a good goalie and trust me there are not many out there.

    ….Am also getting tired of hearing the same comments each time we loose or drop points. Its becoming very typical of Arsenal fans – and that is why some media houses question whether there are any TRUE Arsenal Fans out there.

    …Look at Pompey – They are a club in a disaster – total mess. But guys, you should visit a Pomey Fanbase – I did not even know that one existed until I collided into a buddy who is a Pompey die-hard. Those guys are loyal and it does not matter what happens within the club, – they will chant to the last minute and protect their club from the external forces.

    Yes, we lost a game last night. It hurts, but surely, do we always have to chop off players each time. A few weeks back Cesc was the best in the league, now, his is distracted. Cammon now – these are Human beings – who have awesome days and terrible days.

    …..@Bayo – It doesnt matter even if we bought Chamack and Matuidi, – if players do not feel appreciated by fans (when they win or loose), they shall still underperform and even walk away. If you listen carefully to what Arshavin is saying, which I fully agree with is that we Arsenal Fans need to appreciate the fact that players play for the Fans and not for the management. He states also that, when a player has a bad game-day, the only way he can up his game is when his own fans believe in him.

    ….MY POINT: – Between now and end of the season, we are stuck with this team. NO new keeper, no new striker, no new defender, no new holding player, NO NEW PLAYER. The earlier we get behind the team, the better.

    ——As I said last night. I do not think Porto can pull this one off at the Emirates. And besides, Arsenal is much bigger that CESC. To be very honest, when I began supporting Arsenal in the 80′s, he was not at the Club, so nothing changes for me

  • bayo

    BAYO CONTS….pls how much does a good goal keeper costs.manu has vandersar,foster and kuzack or wats d name even HILARIO is better than almost all our keepers.Its no longer abt FAITH in arsene its about the truth.Some of our players are not worth it as we keep on playn 8 vs 11 in everymatch.walcot and clichy at lst dey v showed brilliance before wat has denilson and bent,silvestre done over five matches.THE TRUTH arsenals policy wont take the club anywhere and we would COMPLAIN about thesame thing next season

  • Tony Gahan

    Have just watched recording of the game as circumstances prevented me from watching it live. It’s always different watching when you know the score so i think I can be a bit more objective than some of the previous comments from folk.
    My feeling is that we played quite well. Not fabulous. But not bad. Especially considering we were missing 3 of our best players in Song, Arshavin and Van P. I would also mention Gallas but I think that Sol more than made up for Billy’s absence and had a great game. What a geezer to score on his European comeback and he was sharp as a pin for that header.
    Porto were very nippy but they are also a horrible bunch of cheats who play some of the dirtiest football around – and always have done. They must have some sort of inferiority complex, being Portugese, because their attitude really is disgusting. That isn’t why we lost the game though. The reason is simple. Fabianski. Simple Fabianski. Man, I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate this guy and I would never ever let him play for Arsenal again were I manager. Every time he plays he is an utter disaster. I believe the man must be completely stupid. Apart from fumbling a wayward cross into his own net! (gasp) he picks up a back pass (his fault not Campbell’s) hands the ball to the ref like it’s nothing and walks away with his back to the action (gasp!) He’s actually looking at someone off the pitch and gesturing, taking no notice at all of what’s going on. Unbelievably crap. How could you ever trust him again? Although no doubt Arsene will as others have already said.

    Okay – sorry – long one from me and I don’t like comments that go on too long. When we play Porto at home I think we can assume at least that they won’t get away with so many fouls and cheats and therefore we should win.
    Oh and someone else in goal I pray. Mannone for instance.

    So chin up, Gooners. We’re not as bad a Flappawanky has painted us.

  • Justin

    Well said KUKA!!!
    keep the faith fellas….

  • dampatti

    I have never seen the word Fabianski written so much. Sad that he could not take his opportunity, i guess it just shows the frailties of players with no confidence. His two glaring errors were astounding which is a shame as he did some pretty good stuff to but its undone by the mistakes. To take some hope we did get the away goal and I think we will sail past them at home but its not going to get us to far if we keep on making such goalkeeping errors.

    I think campbell needs to give some of the lads a rollicking. some of them don’t know its a privilege to play for the arsenal, sol definitely knows it. Some of our players are at best championship material..they will end up like quincy owusu! AW needs to say it in the press that fabianski cost us the game. If he can praise fabi in the press he should be able to set him straight in the press too! With this kind of keepers we can just wait for next season and hope that AW brings in two keepers (remember when he lehmann was signed he was an instant success, there is no time in giving goalkeepers time to adjust) another LB, another DMF!

  • Kuka

    ….@Tony: – Thanks mate. I find it easier reading your post. Honest and objective about the game that you love and the team that you follow. Thanks

  • bayo

    dampaati right word from u/people like bent and denilson feel its their right to play.Imagine bents father would always tell arsenal that as long as he plays he is goin no were.the pair cant even play for aston villa,everton. even birmingham,forget abt faith arsene is so wrong abt denilson,bent mr big mouth,even aladiere was not as poor as bent and pls stop begging fab not to go wat as he done he is no henry at all.The captain should lift the team,no doubt he is good quality but he is not all that

  • dampatti

    Generally I thought that Sol had a good game and scored a good goal. However, as the ball was going back between him and the keeper if the defender does not get a call then he should take responsibility. For me, the keeper was already bending down to collect the ball but obviously did not make a call. After Sol touched it then I think that the keeper was already committed to picking it up that he really did not have much chance to change his mind. Why then, did Sol just act like a spoilty child with his hands in his head and not react – to me this is just lack of match practise at the highest level. I do not believe he was blocked as he claims, he simply did not expect a quick free kick and thought a little display of annoyance would probably land the keeper with the blame. Overall, a silly goal to concede from Arsenals point of view, but a well worked quick opportuniastic free kick from Porto’s. Don’t think it should make any difference to the overall tie as with the away goal, Arsenal must still be clear favourites to proceed

  • goonerman

    KUKA thank god theres a few people who are not out to ABUSE the team after such an unlucky loss! anyone would think we have actually been knocked out lol! we really should just forget this game and concentrate on saturday!