Like most people I was without Setanta, but a two nil win away from home in harsh conditions is an excellent in anyones language. And luckily the second leg is on ITV.
Although I missed the game, I did manage to see the goals.
From what I have heard Sparta had some opportunities early on Arsenal were second best, particularly in the second half. But if we play badly and still managing to win by 2 goals then that’s got to be a good thing.
The first goal came from Cesc in the 73rd minute after a fantastic run from Gael Clichy. The young Frenchman robbed the ball just passed the halfway line, beat two defenders and laid it on a plate for Fabregas – who finished smartly in the bottom corner.
It was a stunning and direct goal. More of that please!
It was touching to see the togetherness in the squad once Cesc scored the opener. Every single player congratulated Fabregas and it was nice to see the props the little Spaniard gave Clichy for his part in the goal. He paid respect to Gael here.
The second goal came from Hleb, who has a thing for scoring in the last minute. Sagna made a smart run down the left and fizzed the ball to Alex who smartly finished passed the Sparta keeper.
Overall, a great week for the Arse.
A win on the opening day of the Premiership season and one foot in the Champions League proper. I know it’s early on in the season but we have to build and enjoy these moments!
In the Premiership it was eventful too, with United only managing to draw at Pompy. Chelsea beat Reading, but don’t look so water-tight at the back without John Terry or Carvalho, and Spurs lost against Everton at home.
Hopefully Arsenal can cap off a great week by getting a result at Ewood Park on Sunday, which is another game I won’t be able to watch.