FA Cup: Arsenal 2 – Chelsea 2

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Football
March 9th, 2003 • 7:09 pm

Exciting stuff at Highbury yesterday, with a frustrating, yet justified outcome.

Early goal by the visitors. Doubtful penalty, superb save by the Chelsea keeper. Henry then hits the post at the conclusion of a superb movement. Domination increases, and the Jeffers goal is the logical, if unpretty, outcome.

Then magnificent move by Henry and Arsenal takes the lead just before the half. Arsenal clearly dominates the first part of the second half, but the domination fails to materialize. And Arsenal pay dearly for it in the end, after a short spell of Chelsea combativeness.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst could have scored twice in free kicks, including the one at the very end.

All in all, very entertaining game, even if the outcome and the necessity of a replay in 10 days is frustrating. I don’t think the home vs. away thing matters too much. We were able to win 2-0 at Old Trafford in the previous round, after all.

It looks like Thierry should take a break from taking the penalty kicks for a while. He’s a bit too “stylish” for a penalty taker. We need someone who can bonk them in.

Robert still doesn’t look his best — which admittedly is a pretty high standard. Still looking for that magic form of last season where every pass was inch-perfect. On the other hand, he’s already the second-highest scorer for the team this season, even though he only started playing back in mid-October!

Looking forward to the replay — which I hope our Pay-Per-View service will carry as well.

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