1st half : Unshackled from competition, Arsenal played with an unbridled freedom. It was nice to see after the disappointments of the last month. The opening goal came in the 10th minute. Van Persie tucked a pass into Fabregas on the right-hand byline, his low cross was turned in by Beattie at the near post.The second came hot on its heels when Van Persie nutmegged Ryan Shawcross only to be brought down by the defender’s trailing leg. The Dutchman picked himself up to fire home from the spot – his 18th goal of the season.Two minutes later Van Persie curled over a lovely free-kick and Diaby rose imperiously to nod home a third.The scoreline was deserved. Arsenal were a bulldozer of a side this afternoon. Soon afterwards Stoke keeper Steve Simonsen came off. You could not have blamed him for just jacking the job in today however, in reality, the former Everton stopper seemed to have an injury. Thomas Sorensen came on. Mannone made a low save from Beattie’s free-kick then, just past the half-hour, Denilson tripped Fuller as he darted into the area. The Stoke striker scored from the spot. However it was the merest of ripples in the face of a tidal wave. Andrey Arshavin stung the hands of Sorenson, Theo Walcott let fly with a low effort and Kieran Gibbs headed over. Back in November Stoke had bullied their way to three deserved points – today they were being sliced apart by an Arsenal side who seemed a thousand times more controlled. Four minutes before the break Delap tried to nod the ball back to his keeper only for Van Persie to intercept and send a swivelling shot past Sorenson.Arsenal went into the interval with a bounce in their stride while at the same time wondering what might have been had they played like this earlier in the campaign.
2nd half : Van Persie, on a hat-trick, whistled an effort just wide at the start of the second half and Bacary Sagna rifled an effort over on the hour. By now Wenger was making changes. Nicklas Bendtner had come on for Walcott at the break. Sagna’s effort on goal was his last of contribution of the season, seconds afterwards he was replaced by Emmanuel Eboue. The game had lost a little of its first-half lustre but then few games, let alone meaningless end-of-season affairs, could maintain that standard for an entire 90 minutes. In the 62nd minute, Bendtner and Diaby set up Van Persie for his treble at the far post but the sliding Dutchman could only fire high and wide. Arsenal kept going forward until the end and peppered the Stoke goal with speculative efforts. But they seemed to have satisfied themselves with their first-half performance, meanwhile the visitors seemed happy enough with their situation. Certainly their fans were singing their hearts out. Not surprising given that they came into this game 11th and well clear of the relegation scrap. In injury time, Vela danced through and saw a shot bounce off Sorensen’s legs. It was the last effort of the campaign. The players and management appeared for a lap of thanks. It was wonderfully received by the fans.This will not go down as a vintage Arsenal campaign but the base levels – hearty entertainment and Champions League qualification – were achieved. The job now is to build on this for next season.
Full Time : Arsenal won. Arsenal 4, Stoke City 1.
p/s : gonna miss Arsenal, can't wait for next season. WHEREVER. FOREVER. ARSENAL. (:
Beyond Your Imagination at 10:12 PM
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Beyond Your Imagination at 4:42 PM
Manchester United 0-0 Arsenal, 16th May 2009.
1st half : After clearing crosses from Ronaldo and Fletcher inside the first minute, Wenger’s men began to find their feet. Cesc Fabregas drilled a long-range strike two yards over before Diaby saw an effort from a similar distance blocked inside the first five minutes. Then Arshavin began to flex his muscles. First the little Russian picked out Van Persie at the back post only for the striker to miss time his header. Then, after wriggling through three United challenges on the edge of the box, the former Zenit man was foiled at the vital moment.In the 18th minute, the hosts went within a foot of taking the lead through Wayne Rooney. The England striker crept up on Bacary Sagna’sblind-side to meet Michael Carrick’s sublime diagonal delivery. However, to the surprise of the crowd, the downward header flashed the wrong side of Fabianski’s post. Giggs was next to try his luck but the veteran’s direct free-kick from the corner of the area swirled well over the crossbar. But, despite the period of consternation, Arsenal continued to threaten. Arshavin and Nasri tried their luck either side of the half-hour but both efforts did not trouble Van der Sar. Then, when Van Persie’s header five minutes before the break finally reached the keeper, it was easily claimed. The visitors continued to look the more likely scorers as the interval approached. Nemanja Vidic was forced to nod Van Persie’s delicious free-kick away from beneath his crossbar before Nasri ‘s vicious 18-yard effort was charged down. Then just as the first signs of restlessness began to creep in among the home supporters, Ronaldo fired a trademark up-and-over free-kick just wide in stoppage time.
2nd half : A deluge of rain after the break ensured a scrappy start to the second half. That said, Ronaldo was at it again from a 35-yard set-piece. This time however, Song blocked the drive with his head. Then the Portuguese really should have done better from slightly closer a minute before the hour. Fabianski challenged at Tevez’s feet on the edge of the box and when Rooney could not latch on to the loose ball, Ronaldo ballooned the follow-up high and wide. Perhaps sensing an opportunity, Wenger replaced both flying wingers 20 minutes from time. Arshavin made way for Walcott while Nicklas Bendtner,the catalyst for a fleeting fightback against Chelsea, replaced Nasri. Substitute Ji-Sung Park did find the net in the 72nd minute but Ronaldo had strayed offside in the build up. Man United had no complaints. Six minutes before full time Farbegasalmost single-handedly pooped the party but his angled drive from just inside the area was clawed round the post by Van der Sar. Van Persie also stung his countryman’s hands before full-time but Ferguson’s side held on for their point. After the whistle, the Champions received their prize on the Old Trafford turf. For Wenger’s youthful side, there could be no better motivation for next season’s title tilt.
Full Time : Draw. Manchester United 0, Arsenal 0.
p/s : Congratulations to Manchester United!
Beyond Your Imagination at 8:06 AM
A BIG thanks to Sir Hadimi. (:
Meet Sir Hadimi
so masa 10th May, Sir Hadimi kan lanja studentnya (5sci3) last year.. so the first yang datang di Millenium, Beribi are aku, Raqiib and Waie, so kami jalan2 dulu arah supa save then duduk tah kami di luar nunggu the others and sir.. then inda batah atu, ada tah durang yang lain so cerita2 lah..then, bila ramai sudah datang, masuk tah kami ni ke our "booked" table..then MENGAUT TIME! KAUT BANYAK2 since this is buffet.. BUT! before that, kami baca doa dulu (nada pictures)then apa lagi? makan time! and i love the LAMB masa hari atu! VERY-DE-DE-DELICIOUS-FERGELICIOS-MELICIOUS! apakan~~~~ yang penting nyaman lah!! :Dafter makan, ada lagi durang yang lain makan "pencuci-mulut-makanan" ice cream, buah and cake tia.. aku? inda... bukan diet :P ngalih ku kan ngambil ah.. pasal full sudah parut.. hahah!SUDDENLY! "happy birthday to you~ happy birthday to you~" *music in the background* semua orang liat aku and Azry.. at first, aku pikir for Azry panya wah.. kali rupanya......SURPRISE!! namaku pun ada! awww thanks guys! ;)last sekali, gambar beramai.. UNFORTUNATELY, masa atu Raqiib inda ku tau kemana.. alaaa :(then selesai lah majlis.. alhamdulillah~ sekali lagi diucapkan banyak2 terima kasih kepada Sir Hadimi pasal melanja kami semua.. :D Pictures taken using : Nikon D80 (thanks hj faiz) and Gdah's camera (lupaku nama model) Venue : Millenium, Beribi. Date : 10th May 2009.