I think last night was one of the worse Arsenal matches I have ever seen! Obviously qualification was vital to both teams but the display was a non-existant. I feel sorry for the Arsenal fans who actually travelled over to Porto!
The good was qualification, the bad was effort from the players and the watching the whole 90 minutes was god damn ugly!
But the main thing is we qualified and finished top of the group.
The match reminded me of the Villarreal match were if we conceded we would have been in real trouble, since we had no attacking momentum whatsoever and it would have been impossible to equalise if Porto actually scored.
Luckily for us Christiano Ronaldo clone Ricardo Quaresma only succeeded in hitting the post. Twice.
The man of the match was surely the referee who blew the whistle at full time!
Luckily Hamburg beat CSKA Moscow 3-2 in Germany anyway so the Arsenal ‘match’ was academic anyway.
But as far as I understand if CSKA actually won then they would have been equal on points as us – so why wouldn’t they qualify ahead of us if they had a better record (a draw and a win) over Arsenal?
Maybe someone can explain that one to me!
Anyway, enough about that now – the sooner I forget about it the better. The possible teams we could face in the last 16 are:
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Roma, PSV Eindhoven, Celtic and Lille.
Looks like finishing first wasn’t that much of an advantage after all!