Arsenal 3-0 AC Milan: photoblog

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Tottenham Court Road tube station — it’s like a fucking bomb shelter in there.

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The missing Arsenal player is?

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Arsenal could use 11 Keowns

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King Tony

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My 5p offering to the gods, should have made it a tenner.

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Thierry

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Chapman is looking at the clock

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Graffiti

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Ethel the tea lady’s real name is Maureen!

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10 minutes to kickoff

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Moon over the Grove

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Szczesny done warming up

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Robin and Song done warming up

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This close to the bench.

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Away fans

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Both teams march out

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Wenger starts the match without the sleeping bag

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Ok book me first, but after this, no more bookings for us.

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Koscielny with the first goal!

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No one listens to Pat Rice, except Thomas.

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Robin with the third!

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A rare moment where AC Milan has the ball and they aren’t falling over.

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And then they fell down and Wenger got up.

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Desperation time.

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But it doesn’t work

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Because the man of the match wouldn’t let it.

20 thoughts on “Arsenal 3-0 AC Milan: photoblog

  1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1tino

    Very nice concept and execution! It’s top top quality.

    I am also pretty envious that you got a seat so close to the bench. I would kill to get a sense of the communication between the coaches and the players, instead I have to put up with Stuart “high-line” Robson.

    It was also interesting to see the Ox play in midfield. Wenger has said it before that he thought Ox will eventually play there but I didn’t quite believe him. I think he played quite well, in a very unfamiliar role.

  2. +1 Vote -1 Vote +11NilToTheArsenal

    This blog is one of the reasons to get one of those new fancy-schmany super hi-rez iPADs Apple announced today.

    As something of a shutterbug, I’ll say this new direction on photo essays on Flikr and here is intriguing and most welcome.

    Well done.

  3. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1T-Town

    Ah… what if..? …. what if….?
    What if instead of Park, we could sub in Podolski? :-)

    1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

      @T-Town, Pretty excited about this signing, if true. It’s being widely reported right now, and not just by the Daily Fail.

  4. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Bunburyist

    I can’t believe how good your seats were, Tim. As a fellow North American Gooner, I’ve only been to see Arsenal “live” a handful of times, but always with fairly terrible seats, so I haven’t gotten a sense of what these players look like in real life. So I have two questions (one with multiple sub-questions):

    1) How DID you get such amazing seats? Was it the influence of this Dee fellow who is like Platinum Diamond Super Member?

    2) Did the players seem different, physically, than you had imagined? You shook Song’s hand. Was he a beast of a man? I remember the one time I ever glimpsed a professional footballer up close, and he seemed tiny compared to how he seemed on the pitch. You get such a weird perspective of football when you only watch in on TV. For one, the pitch seems massive on television (and the players tiny), but in reality seems quite compact.

    Thanks for the pics.

    1. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Tim Post author

      @Bunburyist,

      1. Dee.
      2. Ox is smaller, much, much smaller than you think. Ramsey is thinner than you think. Mertesaker is bigger than you think. Theo has an ass like two badly parked Volkswagens. Rosicky is smoother than I thought. Koscielny could kick all of our asses, at once. Wenger gets up a lot. And no one listens to Pat Rice.

  5. +10 Vote -1 Vote +1torontogooner

    Hi Everyone, haven’t posted in a while but the milan game was probably the most exciting (heart attack inducing) game I have ever seen. Even moreso than the Barca game last year because i fully believed we will win this game but alas it wasn’t meant to be. While watching the game, I couldn’t help but admire wenger. The man is a fucking genius. People talk about we don’t have world class players but just imagine Cesc and a healthy RVP playing together right now with compliment players such as jack, sagna, kos, verminator, arteta and song. That was wenger’s vision but RVP wasn’t healthy when cesc was healthy and vice versa. Such a shame, Such a God damn shame.

  6. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1BCS

    These photos are great – and I really liked seeing the tea lady, probably because it’s a side of Arsenal FC that you normally don’t think about. (I imagine she had coffee for Robin…)

  7. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1GoonerNC

    One day, before I die, I’ll have the dosh saved up to hop over to London and see The Arsenal in person. Oh how I pine for the day.

  8. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1BradyWasGod

    You lucky bar-steward! What a game to go to, the atmosphere must have been fantastic! (not always the case at ours…). But maybe you should have put that fiver in Tony’s hand instead of the bookie’s, would’ve looked better than 5p and probably had more chance of getting something back…

  9. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Sahil

    Great pictures Tim. Especially that you got Kos & RvP’s goals at the perfect moment. Or was your camera on a multi-click mode of sorts?

  10. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1SalGunner

    Two points I’d like to make:

    1) Referees: Most will agree that the referees’ performances, objectively and on balance, were poor in the Tottenham and AC Milan matches. In both matches the Arsenal players pushed their determination to win beyond the referees’ errors. When they play with their hearts out, they KNOW they can do it. To hell with the referees !

    2) Two Years: I’ve waited almost two years for this CB partnership. first season vermaelen was alone, when we got koscielny he was injured for the season n a half. Now, vermalen, kosc and Mert (and even djorou n squid) as back-up. O Yeah !!

  11. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1critic

    If rumors are to be believed there will be 2 germans in arsenal. That would be enough to take on the whole world.

    1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Torontogooner

      @critic,
      I think even if we have the 2 Germans in, we should make just one STATEMENT signing such as another German by the name of Gotze. That will be a signal to everyone and especially RVP that we mean business. Imagine having midfield options of jack, song,arteta, Ramsey, gotze as well as trying to find games for frimpong and the coq. This in my opinion will be an excellent problem to have and with our history of injuries it may not be such a bad thing considering the amount of games we play every year.

  12. Vote -1 Vote +1Cliffy

    Picturesque…!!

    This was the game that we needed the Russian to come in as a sub and score the fourth goal..

    On another note..

    While I am loving the praise that Ox is getting…I am getting pissed off with the hype machine..and pushing him into being a regular starter for first team..and gatecrashing into Euro squad.

    Its his first season and we are seeing how much succeptible to injury he is…Walcott was hyped twice over when he came in…thanks to England Qualifiers and Friendlies..he never got to the big stage..

    Ramsey, Jack, Walcott, Diaby…dont we have enough names to show of super development hampered by injuries

    We need to be more careful with Ox and even Ryo…
    Hell with hype…play these bunch wisely and not push them to the alligators way too early

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