Another great night

Wenger? Wilshere? Arshavin? Nah, Mourinho wins it for Arsenal…

God, he’s gorgeous


Well, that was pretty good wasn’t it? There may not have been any Brit awards or other such nonsense last night, but there was more than enough glitz and glamour and sexy stuff happening at the Emirates to make up for the lack of Justin Bieber.

Barcelona were their scary best at times, strung about half-a-million passes together and scored a bloody good goal, but Arsenal were more than a match for the Catalan giants.

There have been plenty of people saying the Gunners beat Barca at their own game, The Spoiler isn’t quite convinced of this theory, but there can be no arguing that Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny were brilliant, while Arsenal in general showed more vim, vigour and courage than many gave them credit for (especially after going a goal down so early).

However, There is one man who definitely deserves all the credit for the Gunners’ very nice win – Jose Mourinho.

The Catalan paper El Mundo Deportivo reckons Barca was robbed by referee Nicola Rizzoli. Their headline says:


While they then go on to say:

“The Italian made grave errors. Disallowing a goal from Messi and not calling a penalty for a foul on Pedro were two of the more decisive ones”

It all makes sense now! According to El Mundo Deportivo, the Italian is definitely best mates with Mourinho because he gave a contentious penalty to Inter against Roma in Serie A. Mourinho called Rizzoli “my friend” after the game and now, just TWO YEARS LATER this happens.

Mourinho is now Real Madrid manager, you see? He hates Barcelona? Geddit? It’s so clear when you think about it, isn’t it?


Messi’s goal was disallowed (wrongly) by the linesman and The Spoiler can’t even remember the penalty appeal – chill out, El Mundo Deportivo!

But sod all that – it was a totally excellent game to watch. Well done, Arsenal!

What did you make of it? Did Arsenal deserve it? Do they stand a chance at the Nou Camp? Let us know what you think with a well thought out comment below.

* Mourinho’s other ‘other friend’ is Olegário Benquerença who refereed Inter’s 3-1 win over Barca in the semi-final first leg last year. The B*stard.

11 responses so far
  • the gun // February 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm


  • V // February 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Lol, «the gun», you’re such a die hard fan of barça.

    Amazing game and I who never really cared for Wilshere, now absolutely think is super class; yesterday I understood.

    Besides him, and as you mentioned, Koscielny. Wow. The fact that he’s so thin and fast really helped chasing Messi all around. From Lorient to stopping Messi, who’d know.

    And then, RVP happens. As much as Valdes is to blame, RVP was creative and went for the unexpected.

    Do Arsenal stand a chance? I reckon a slim one, but they do.

  • brian // February 17, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I don’t know about Barca looking to be at their scary best. Maybe glimmers, but hardly. It took them 15+ minutes to settle into their game–well done to the Gooners for taking advantage of that and then piling on the pressure.

    Messi had an off day. I can’t believe he missed that earlier shot–it looked such an easy Messi chip. I suppose that’s the measure of his greatness–with any other player, we would be less surprised. Xavi did not seem to be quite his usual self as well. When you have the two drivers in the team not playing well, that can’t help. I say not playing well because they weren’t entirely shut down. But, that said, Koscielny did an excellent job.

    If you really want to talk about someone who was a bit off, what about Valdes? Had some great saves in the early first half, but that RVP goal? What was he doing, waving goodbye to the ball as it went into the net? An ugly scene indeed.

    Wilshere looked great out there. Realy shined against the biggest team in the world, which is not an easy feat. It’s going to be interesting to see how the new generation of England players perform. People have been holding on to the idea that Terry, Lampard, Gerrard et al. are going to win trophies for too long. Now it’s time to transition and change the guard for people like Wilshere.

    Do Arsenal have a snowball’s chance in hell in the return leg? Well, I just termed it a snowball’s chance in hell, right? No, I don’t think so. Barca are nearly unstoppable at home. They aren’t good enough defensively to shut down the game and park the bus a la Chelsea or Inter from previous years (and even then, Barca still managed to score against Inter). I think playing at home does a lot. As with last year, the momentum carried by the fans at the Emirates really propelled Arsenal. I can’t see anything but a result somewhat similar (maybe 3-1 this time?) to last year. But, who knows. Pique won’t be in the back 4 and Puyol may not be either. Arsenal’s passing looked great in front of goal, so this would definitely be to their advantage.

  • brian // February 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I should note that when I meant they are good enough defensively to park the bus, I meant Arsenal. Also, playing in front of nearly 100,000 screaming Catalans who are propelling Barca’s momentum is not going to help them either.

  • George // February 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Actually the linesman made the right call, it was very close but Messi was offside when pedro took the shot, meaning Messi was not allowed to touch the rebound. ITV sport froze on the wrong frame when they declared him to be onside.

  • R2Dad // February 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    CF really inspired his team in the second half at the Emirates. Will he be able to do it again in his old back yard? Pep will not let off the gas like he did this game, with his defensive substitution, since they will need a 2 goal differential. Wenger needs to draw at the Campnou to impress Barca management, as Barca is the only team Wenger wants to manage after Arsenal. Arshavin finally gets to play at Barca–will he uncork another winner? Almunia is still fighting to be #1. So many stories to follow.

  • C // February 17, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Pedro handballed it so fuk off u barca scumbags.

  • arn00b // February 18, 2011 at 4:17 am

    We’ll make sure Ovrebo refs the important Barca games, just to make sure no one gets any favours.

  • comoasconcebo // February 18, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Arsenal x Barcelona: It’s time for the Gunners.

  • Nick Sincere // February 18, 2011 at 6:40 am

    @C actually the arsie scumbag handled it so fuk off to you “mate”

  • just lopez // March 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    OOOOK! But remember who is in quarters of final! Barcelona will beat all your english football teams motherf*!!!

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