Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Bendy Is As Good As He Thinks He Is

Tony Cascarino
(picture courtesy Roman Schmitz)

Last night's match was one of the most enjoyable I've watched in ages.

Having read Arsenal-hating retired journeyman forward Tony Cascarino's comment on Nicklas Bendtner before the match, saying that he is "definitely not as good as he thinks he is", I was hoping that Bendy would score a hattrick and make Cascarino look like a complete nob. Luckily, he didn't disappoint me. The only downside is that I found out I could have got 40-1 on Bendtner scoring a hattrick and I didn't put any money on it. Damn!

It is interesting to note that Tony Cascarino scored 19 goals in 88 international appearances (1 goal for every 4.6 caps) while Nicky B. has 11 international goals in 32 (1 in 2.9).Given that most of Cascarino's caps were achieved while he was at the peak of his career and Bendy's were all achieved by the age of 22, I know which player I think wasn't as good as he thought he was.

It was also pleasing to see Samir Nasri play a blinder after all the paper talk about whether we would miss Cesc Fabregas. In fact, as pointed out on Arsenal Mania, Samir did a pretty good impression of our captain and was in stunning form. And his goal was absolutely sublime --- one minute has was dribbling around near the corner flag having a little game of his own but not really going anywhere; the next he had dribbled past three opponents and the ball was in the back of the net.

We shouldn't get too carried away. Porto are not a particularly good side and we will have to be much more solid at the back to beat the likes of Man Utd, Chelsea or Barcelona, but it was an enjoyable match to watch just the same.

Arsene Wenger said that he would quite like us to play either ManUre or Chelski next so that we can prove we can beat them. I'd prefer us to get an easier ride and then beat either Man Utd or Chelsea in the final, but as long as we win it, I'll be happy.

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