I did mention in an earlier post that the Manchester United – Arsenal match would be a bloodbath. I was right. The words “carnage” and “massacre” also come to mind. Much has been said about the result (8-2, and it was every Gooner’s nightmare), and it fuels the “Spend, Wenger, spend!” cries. Apart from that, Arsenal would have to better organize themselves, put a system in place, and instill a winning mentality in their younger players. (Frimpong, I can’t wait for you to be back in action! Haha!) However, the question remains, as someone on my Twitter timeline posted, has this team already hit rock bottom or are they still on free fall?
That said, the two matches that I didn’t see live, but had to download instead were absolutely joyful to watch. Liverpool entertained at Anfield versus Bolton Wanderers, with goals from Jordan Henderson, Martin Skrtel, and Charlie Adam. I cannot wait to see the partnership between Steven Gerrard (when he gets back from injury) and Charlie Adam. These are Henderson’s and Adam’s first goals as Liverpool men—quality signings, indeed. This match also saw some solid performances from Luis Suarez, Stewart Downing, and Dirk Kuyt.
Now onto the other entertaining match (or to aptly put it, being on the right side of the bloodbath), Real Madrid demolished Real Zaragoza 6-0 at La Romareda. We got a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as goals from Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, and Kaká. Mad props also have to be given to the performances of Mesut Özil, Karim Benzema (finally showing signs of being a workhorse!), Fabio Coentrao, and Jose Callejon.
Look up Xabi’s goal, and you’ll know it’s reminiscent of his goals for Liverpool, the ones that are at least 30 yards out. Pure class, great technique from the Ginger Beard. Look at this photo of Marcelo celebrating the third goal of the match:
At first I thought, “Why is Marcelo hugging Steven Gerrard?” Oh, it’s Xabi. Cue in the “Xabi back to Liverpool” chants. Here’s another photo of Xabi’s goal celebration:
He rarely smiles that way, so it’s quite a treat. And if that’s not enough, here’s a screencap I took from t video I was watching. Sorry, Mesut, not the most flattering of your O_O eyes.
Now, please excuse me while my ovaries are exploding.