Who else is drinking the Mascherano Koo-laid?

After this moment, I will be forever groveling at his feet. Maybe.

As for this goal (courtesy of FCB Hero allas), I get chills every time I see it. We didn’t need to celebrate. No, we were ready to get knee deep in that Arsenal arse. Pun is crap, but the goal is all that matters anyway.

*wipes off drool*

And finally, my MOTM:

And yes, I can finally embed now. All hell will break loose. With this Dani gif, Goo found and jordi has kept alive. Re-sign this man NOW. Kthnx.

http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lhrlhfCUtD1qad9dvo1_500.gif

I promise this will be the VERY last time I embed so much at once, because of our bandwidth, but I’m very curious and I don’t want to make another post just for this… So:

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  1. March 9, 2011

    I won’t be posting as many videos as this one any time soon (probably never). Just had to show off my new and improved mod powers! And yes, I can edit ALL your comments now, regardless if it’s my post or not.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  2. soccermomof4
    March 9, 2011

    Ooooooh Kari can embed. Only use your powers for good, girl! I drank the koolaid a couple of games ago, but boy does Pep have headaches now. Busi is better for us, but how can you leave such a player as sMasche on the bench. The answer is NOT a double pivot! I don’t know the answer 🙁

    • March 9, 2011

      A headache to add to his backache?

      Just smile and nod, folks. Puns have never been my strong suit.

    • Miguel
      March 9, 2011

      it’s ok. your gravatar more than makes up for it. 😉

  3. March 9, 2011

    And let me just say:

    HAHA to Ibra! Milan are O.U.T and he was a peripheral figure~! Bet they regret buying him for 25 milli—Oh.

    Sh*t.

    • Vj
      March 9, 2011

      I hope Citeh takes him off our hands in that scenario..

  4. Lev
    March 9, 2011

    Forget kool-aid we should be drinking maté in honor of el jefecito

    • soccermomof4
      March 9, 2011

      That whole tea in a gourd thing sounds weird to me.

    • soccermomof4
      March 9, 2011

      I am NOT correcting any more typos. Ever!

    • March 9, 2011

      Then I’ll just do it for you, if you ask 😉

    • soccermomof4
      March 9, 2011

      ooooh Kari please fix my typos and delete my fixes please moc moc

    • March 9, 2011

      Done and done. And you’re welcome. 🙂

    • soccermomof4
      March 9, 2011

      I and the English language thank you, Kari!

    • Miguel
      March 9, 2011

      proof reading is for chumps. is that one word?

    • March 9, 2011

      Yes, but I don’t proofreed so it’s aite.

    • soccermomof4
      March 9, 2011

      UR in S. America now Lev, Right? Have you ever tried it? I’m too much of a coffee person.

    • Lev
      March 9, 2011

      Maté is only drunk in Argentina and Uruguay. Here people drink rum. And beer. Lots of beer. From very early…until very late…with their sound system at its loudest…in front of your window…and once they run out of beer they start shooting each other, lol

  5. March 9, 2011

    And everyone go to 1:37 in the Messi video.

    It’s van Persie who made that tackle. Just sayin’.

  6. Nav
    March 9, 2011

    Kari, posting videos will not use up BFB’s bandwidth as they are being streamed from Youtube to the viewer directly (i.e. using the users’ and youtubes’ bandwidth). So keep posting videos. 🙂

    • March 9, 2011

      Is that so? Cool! Are you a tech guru like Tarun, except with more Nav and less Tarun? Awesome sauce!

    • Nav
      March 9, 2011

      Haha, well, not a guru, but I like tech stuff I guess. I work in the Software industry so I kind of have to. 😀

  7. soccermomof4
    March 9, 2011

    That Dani gif…. He must be a blast to have in the locker room. Give da man whatever he wants; we can’t lose him!

  8. outerspacedout
    March 9, 2011

    Didn’t wake up at 3am again for the CL games, but as I opened Soccernet today I just KNEW that both matches would have gone as I didn’t want.

    Too depressed about Valencia being out right now.

    • Lev
      March 9, 2011

      idk…i wanted valencia to win, but only Barça losses can depress me in sports.

      Congrats to Schalke and Tottenham (is it the first time for both that they qualify for the QF?)

    • March 9, 2011

      First for Spurs, I know that for sure, but dunno about Schalke. Think it’s a first for them too.

      I kinda like Tottenham this season, and I would like to avoid them in the next round, although at this stage I say bring on anyone, but if we’re playing the “I don’t want so-and-so game”… A team with pace would be a bad idea IMO

      Also, the Txignasty reunion is still alive, and while Pep says he wants to avoid them because they know us, I personally want to avoid them so I don’t have to remember how we screwed him over..

    • Nav
      March 9, 2011

      I’d love us to play Man U in the next round.

    • Cule
      March 9, 2011

      First for tottenham, not the first for Schalke. We played them in the quarterfinals back in 08.

    • March 9, 2011

      And Bojangles scored the away goal in the game. /face-palm. Thanks for that, Cule!

    • March 9, 2011

      […]but asI opened Soccernet today I just KNEW that both matches would have gone as I didn’t want.

      Yeah, too bad about Valenci—wait, both?! Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, outerspacedout?

    • blitzen
      March 9, 2011

      I’m sorry Valencia is out, but with Schalke through I will laugh my ass off if Real Madrid gets knocked out. And so will Raul, I bet. 😛

      And I guess I’m happy Tottenham is through, even though I hate Crouchie so much.

    • soccermomof4
      March 10, 2011

      Nope, only a Barca loss depresses me. Would have loved to see a La Liga team in and another EPL team out though!

  9. Olufestus
    March 9, 2011

    Plz palz,how do i download on youtube,i only get to watch videos,not knowing how to go about downloading it,and live-streaming,just got a PC

    • culeZim
      March 10, 2011

      download Freecorder 4 if you use IE or Firefox.

  10. ciaran
    March 9, 2011

    *http://www.football365.com/story/0,17033,8750_6803766,00.html
    great info there

    • ooga aga
      March 9, 2011

      wowowhoa! ciaran back! missed ya mate, always loved your posts

    • Eklavya
      March 10, 2011

      OMG Ciaran is alive!

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      March 9, 2011

      Yes, I just love Sid Lowe! 😀

  11. BarcaGirl_Indo
    March 9, 2011

    what Jose said in previous thread is true.
    about ridiculous Arsenal fans who blame the crowd in Camp Nou for that second yellow card.

    in Indonesian forum they said Camp Nou was too noisy.
    LOL, if you wanna play in a quiet and a peace place,
    play football in your training ground, cemetery, or a library.
    welcome to Camp Nou!!

    and Ibra, another year without UCL.
    can you imagine how his feeling if Barça win the treble after Inter won it last year without him?

    • blitzen
      March 9, 2011

      LOL, I was just thinking about this today! He wants to win the CL so bad and it just will never happen for him! He was with Inter a year too early, with Barca a year too late, and is already out of this year’s competition when it is quite possible that Barca will win again! if I didn’t dislike him so much I would feel sorry for him! 😛

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      March 9, 2011

      my friend said,
      when a club sign Ibra, they officially get a league title, but dismiss a UCL trophy… 😛

    • Jose
      March 9, 2011

      I know, right? Now I just got told that the RVP’s horror plancha on Messi’s ankle was just a “mistimed tackle” undeserving of a card.

      The homerism, it’s thick… I won’t pretend be capable of always being above it, but at least I can admit when our players make nasty tackles or dive.

  12. Lev
    March 9, 2011

    Kari, we did not screw over Chiggy.

    Did he have potential? Sure.
    Is he a class act? Most definitely.
    Did he convince us sufficiently for us not to sell him back to Shaktar? Eeeerrr no, the dude looked like a liability in our system.
    Imo.

    • March 9, 2011

      Nah. I think he’d have definitely been better this season. He knew the language, the system and was ready to kick some ass. Pep counted on him, but he left more for political reasons than sporting ones IMO. I’d take him over Milito any day and methinks we have a CB issue because we sold him.

      And while he fudged up by giving away that pen against Sevilla, it wasn’t his fault we played like crap that game (not saying it wasn’t a bad tackle or anything, just that the defeat isn’t solely at his feet…)

      A class act he is, and I think he should have at least got a chance, but yeah, football is a cruel game sometimes and at Barca it can be hellish…

  13. blitzen
    March 9, 2011

    Oh, and those who are saying Mascherano’s passing isn’t up to snuff should go to 0:50 in that Messi video above. Even Xavi couldn’t have done that better. No, he’s not ever going to be Xavi, but neither are Puyol or Pique.

    • Jackieboy
      March 10, 2011

      No, but most of his lofted passes didn’t hit their targets, and he still doesn’t have the chemistry with Xavi that Busquets does, but those tackles! Pure class. Oh boy, what a dilemma it’s gonna be for Pep, Masche or Busi? Gives me a headache even thinking about it.

  14. ooga aga
    March 9, 2011

    from soccernet’s gamed summary:

    “Could do better: Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Milan needed one of their three world-class forwards to step up to the plate, but Ibrahimovic was a particularly anonymous figure. The Swedish superstar, who netted two goals in England when he played for Barcelona against Arsenal last season, was frustrated time and again on his return to North London, finding that offside decisions against him were easier to come by than chances at White Hart Lane.”

  15. jaymin
    March 9, 2011

    care of me comes to you an apt phrase of a (demographically safely presumed) gentleman by the AVATAR of PleaseTryAgain:

    to sum it up:
    – journalists are a bunch of idiots who write any old crap
    – internet comment boards are full of spiteful trolls

    it bears repeating.

  16. Lev
    March 9, 2011

    this just cracked me up.

    from the Guardian:

    “We have got great mental strength,” said Wilshere. “There is disappointment in the dressing room, yes, but we have got to pick ourselves up and go to Manchester United to get the win.

    ….and then:

    “We know United are a great team, but they have a European game next week, so they might play a weakened side, then we can go there and take advantage of that”

    Guys, if hoping that your opponent will field a weakened side isn’t mental strength, then I don’t know what is. LMAO

    • Helge
      March 10, 2011

      haha, nice catch 🙂

  17. Jnice
    March 9, 2011

    Anyone interested in listening to a 20 minute Graham Hunter interview about Barça on World Football Daily?

    He really knows his stuff when it comes to Barça and La Liga.

    I can upload the interview to hotfile or something.

    • blitzen
      March 9, 2011

      OH! I completely forgot about Crackovia! You rock. 😀

    • Miguel
      March 9, 2011

      no, ali syed rocks.

    • Miguel
      March 9, 2011

      the wenger/guardiola pre game presser is pretty good, too.

    • blitzen
      March 9, 2011

      I like the Casa dels Mourinhos bit.

      “No es culpa mia!”

    • Miguel
      March 9, 2011

      “¡penalti!” yea, mourinho’s wife is hot.

  18. Jose
    March 9, 2011

    Before we start playing “So who do you want to get in the Champions League quarterfinals?”, let’s remember that we play the second, decisive leg of the CL quarterfinals, the Bernabeu Clasico and the Copa del Rey Final all within 7-8 days.

    • Miguel
      March 9, 2011

      abidal ya ha dicho.

    • Lev
      March 9, 2011

      coño es verdad, que vaina

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      March 9, 2011

      unbloodylievable! may God be with us.

      so it will be like this for Barça :
      Almeria (H) – ¼ final UCL (2nd leg) – Madrid (A) – Madrid (CdR) – Osasuna (H)

      and let say EE goes to ¼ final too (which I believe they will) :
      Bilbao (A) – ¼ final UCL (2nd leg) – Barcelona (H) – Barcelona (CdR) – Valencia (A)

      how about that? It’s even worse for them.

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      March 9, 2011

      from the quarter-finals onwards, the draw is entirely random, with country protection no longer in force.

      and may God forbid we get EE in the quarter final, cause that will be too much for me…

    • Lev
      March 9, 2011

      i thought it was from the semi finals onwards? I don’t remember any QF match up of two teams from the same country…anyone?

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      March 9, 2011

      I don’t know, that’s what I read from Wikipedia… hehe…

      “from the quarter-finals onwards”

    • outerspacedout
      March 9, 2011

      Liverpool vs Arsenal, where Liverpool won 4-2. They then went on to meet Chelsea in the semis, I think that was in 2008.

      From quarters on there is no country can’t meet country rule.

    • ooga aga
      March 10, 2011

      we played EE in quarterfinals in 2001-2. actually let me check on that (…)

      damn i was wrong, it the semifinals. we lost. i remember cos i was in nicaragua and befriended dude in small town with cable, but he was madridista. not the smartest guy. still, we were friends.

    • ooga aga
      March 10, 2011

      but yeah you are right about the rule, we could get EE in the quarters this year

      BTW deportive la coruna went out to man u in the quarters in 2001-2, and madrid beat leverkusen in the final

    • Miguel
      March 9, 2011

      yeah, which one is it? we don’t have to worry about playing valencia anymore.

  19. jordi™
    March 9, 2011

    The tackle by Masch on wilshere at 53 seconds of the 1st vid is Homer Simpson drool worthy.Imagine how hesitance must creep in the opposition’s mind knowing that if they dare control the football, a laser with perfect sliding tackle ability is coming for them.

    • blitzen
      March 9, 2011

      Not to take anything away from Masch, because that was a perfectly executed and impeccably clean slide tackle, but I don’t think Wilshere actually had control of the ball there and Valdes would have scooped it up in any case.

      Still, I give an A+++ for effort. I wish we could somehow play both Masch and Busquets in every game, they are both so brilliant.

    • jordi™
      March 9, 2011

      Oh my bad I thought the 1st video up was this one I had been watching at the time:

      *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4gOAy270Ng.

      at 0.50 Wilshere is in midfield.Trying a little side step and Mascherano puts an end to that.Although maybe Im just pleased someone was tackling him.Words could not express my frustration/fury in the last game at the Emirates as he waltzed through our pressure.

    • blitzen
      March 9, 2011

      OMFG!!!!!!! On YouTube that video has captions with some kind of voice-recognition software. Turn them on! It is hilarious! Messi is “placemats”. Busquets is “with sticks”. Fabregas is “rubber gasket”. I was howling! 😀

      oh, and I see the tackle you mean, and yes, it was great. Just another day in the life of sMasch!

    • Miguel
      March 9, 2011

      iniesta is “any aspect.”

    • Ryan
      March 9, 2011

      Dani Alves = Violas
      Mourinho = Radios
      Fabregas = Fiberglass (among others, hehe)

      This is awesome. 😀

    • outerspacedout
      March 10, 2011

      2:07

      ‘substance that i was the party was to try to get with the four hundred outfits’

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHAHA

    • outerspacedout
      March 10, 2011

      3:04 on

      ‘side-stepped the messages that wanted to go after i went to the police clean-shaven sindu like two different locations’

    • outerspacedout
      March 10, 2011

      In other videos:

      ‘Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight’ is translated as ‘Stephanie Mas Swallow’

      ‘Cover to cover’ as ‘cub scout pack’

      ‘Beiber’ as ‘beaver’ or ‘Eva’

  20. Lev
    March 9, 2011

    real madrid is the only team i dont want to face in the CL. Can’t be good to play the same team over and over again. Impossible to win all of them. Especially if they are well coached. If we must play them I would prefer it to be in the Quarter Finals before we meet them in the Liga and the Cup Final.

  21. March 9, 2011

    I also sent Sid Lowe a response, as I think that his Sports Illustrated piece is bollocks. He, like so many other members of the press, suggest that the referee had a say in the outcome of that match. Yet like so many others, he doesn’t mention that Van Persie could have been sent off before the play in question, along with Koscielny, and that a dead-nuts penalty was ignored.

    If Busacca had been perfect, Arsenal would have been down a man, and 2-0 at the half. He’s usually better than that, and is the one journalist who doesn’t usually toe the party line.

    • mardia
      March 9, 2011

      Kxevin, I admit I’m surprised by your comment, so much so that for a second I wondered if we had read the same article, and from what I can tell, Sid Lowe DOES mention the very things you say he didn’t, or at least nearly all of them:

      It’s also worth noting that Van Persie had earned his first yellow card by grabbing at Alves’ face. He had also launched into an ugly tackle on Messi, studs going up the Argentine’s Achilles. Barcelona supporters also noted that there was a clear penalty on Messi, ignored by Busacca. There was another penalty in the second half that wasn’t given — mainly because Pedro did not go down despite being fouled. Laurent Koscielny had, they said, been fortunate to stay on. In the first leg, Alex Song had walked a fine line. As for Messi, he had a goal wrongly ruled out at the Emirates. There had been a shout for a penalty there, too.

    • El Tel
      March 10, 2011

      Looking forward to the day when Sid Lowe cites Kxevin.

  22. March 9, 2011

    Did I miss something?

    • March 9, 2011

      Just me realizing that this space is becoming increasingly message board-like, and sighing.

    • March 9, 2011

      Oh. Maybe Tarun can help you with that like he helped Luke…Yeah.

      Don’t you worry, I’m sure the long rants will come back soon. We just need to mention big clubs pillaging youth talent and Lev will write a book 😉 (Jk, Lev! I agree with you 95% of the time 😀 )

      Maybe people should go on about how awesome we were instead of focusing on the ref? There hasn’t been enough of that…

    • blitzen
      March 9, 2011

      Hmph. Should I be insulted?

  23. Nikolo
    March 9, 2011

    The 2-1 video: Love how Iniesta steals the ball from Koscielny even in the goal.

  24. blitzen
    March 9, 2011

    Anyway, I’m off to bed, so no more frivolous posts from me tonight. Sorry if I offended anyone.

  25. jordi™
    March 9, 2011

    Someone made a MAsch vs. Arsenal compilation:

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4gOAy270Ng

    “The man” disabled the audio though 🙁

    • jordi™
      March 9, 2011

      Well thats the wrong link again, I meant this one:

      *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOb-KGrLz10

  26. Cule
    March 9, 2011

    Does anyone know where I can download the match? Thanks in advance

  27. Lou
    March 9, 2011

    Kxevin, I think Sid Lowe’s point was that you can’t know for sure what would have happened in the match if Van Persie had not been sent off. If Van Persie had that chance in the 92nd minute that Bentdner dithered on would he have missed? Who can know for sure?

    Personally, I think Van Persie would have been sent off eventually anyway. He was becoming increasingly frustrated and out of control. After the tackle on Alves (which could have been a red) I had the feeling that he was on his last chance with Busacca, and I wasn’t at all suprised that he was sent of for that display of petulance in the 2nd half. (I’m pretty sure he knew he was offside, and even if the sending off was harsh he should know better than to do that when already carrying a yellow card).

    Another thing Sid Lowe mentions, and I’ve heard a lot about this from Arsenal fans was that Abidal could have been sent off for having his hand around Van Persie’s throat. That was during the stand-off just before the Alves foul, when Wilshere went down. I’m really curious to know what happened there. I just remember lots of shoving from Abidial, Van Persie and Valdes.

    Too bad there isn’t a program like Depor Cuatro covering the Champions League with their army of lip readers to tell us what was going on!

    • barca96
      March 10, 2011

      Mods.Wake up sleeping beauties and approve it 🙂

  28. xavi
    March 10, 2011

    @those wondering if we could face EE in the QF

    No I don’t think so… Unless I’m completely mistaken, we are going to face one of Tottenham, Schalke & Shakthar.

    • Jnice
      March 10, 2011

      I’m almost 100% positive we can face anyone who qualifies for the quarterfinals.

      It’s a pure draw, no special rules.

    • ooga aga
      March 10, 2011

      true this

  29. xavi
    March 10, 2011

    About the English dismissing our passing as ‘ineffective, sideways, pointless & irrelevant’ as Sid Lowe put it, I have observed an interesting thing happening in the dying minutes of the 2nd leg… Our play was entirely happening on the right wing at a point of time, during the close minutes. Our players were really high up the bitch(Xavi, Pedro, Alves & Iniesta… I think, don’t remember for sure) and Arsenal players all came back to form the bus that they tried to do the whole match. So our players kept on doing the ‘ineffective, sideways, pointless & irrelevant’ passing just in front of their furthest player in the area and whole Arsenal side forming the bus in that area was stretched… The stretching happened in a matter of seconds, right in front of my eyes! I really can’t express the joy I felt watching that!! I mean I do know we stretch other teams by our short passing but that happening right in front of my eyes made my day really.

    Remember when we were kids and studying chemistry? We were taught some kind of beautiful color change would occur or a pleasant smell would emerge when we conduct an experiment. Later when we conduct the experiment practically, we already know that beautiful change is going to occur but witnessing that change happen in just a matter of seconds, right in front of our eyes….. never failed to bring a smile on my face!!

    Thank you F. C. Barcelona, thank you for all the little joys you provide us week in week out 🙂

    • Tom, Dick and Harry
      March 10, 2011

      “…but witnessing that change happen in just a matter of seconds, right in front of our eyes…never failed to bring a smile on my face!!”

      Very good.

    • Vj
      March 10, 2011

      ” Our players were really high up the bitch”

      Better.

  30. Miguel
    March 10, 2011

    http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/10/felix-magaths-failed-charm-offensive/
    “But after his side were held at home by resurgent Nuremberg, hardcore fans held up a banner at Gelsenkirchen’s Veltins Arena saying: ‘Felix: we don’t like you any more’ next to a large picture of a down-turned thumb.”

    poor guy. i saw that thing in the stands last week i think it was.

    • barca96
      March 10, 2011

      He always seemed unpopular with the fans wherever he goes.
      Poor guy. He is a great coach wherever he goes to.
      He always delivers and on a short time.

    • barca96
      March 10, 2011

      Why did my comment end up here instead of all the way at the bottom?
      A similar thing happened last week.

      Anyways, that guy talks about pace, it’s no use if you dont have the ball. And what tricks is he talking about? Our team plays simple football but fast.

    • Jnice
      March 10, 2011

      I believe it’s because a comment was deleted somewhere.

    • Jnice
      March 10, 2011

      Says, Mourinho gets another member for his club. Mouñeco is like a crying Mou doll?

      So basically Arsene Wenger is the newest member of the Mourinho crying doll fan club. Or something along those lines.

      Name: Arsene Wenger

      Alias: Crying Pinocchio.

    • barca96
      March 10, 2011

      Thanks a lot J.
      Do people call you J.Dub or J.Boogie?
      Afro Americans always make up such nick names.Im jsut wondering.

    • Jnice
      March 10, 2011

      Jneezy lol.

  31. K_legit
    March 10, 2011

    1. am on my way to a desert safari

    2. yaaay Sid Lowe..preach!

    3. When’s the weekend game?

    etc

    • Vj
      March 10, 2011

      How many vacations do you take in a month?

    • barca96
      March 10, 2011

      Oh yeah…desert safari.
      When I go back to Dubai one day, Im going to do it again.
      I sat in front the last time I went, it is crazier as you get the full view. It looks you’re going straight into the sand.
      Those drivers are mad.

      They will stop you at a hill where you can see SUV’s like Hummer going up a steep hill. It’s a crazy experience.

      Are you going to the one in Dubai?

    • K_legit
      March 10, 2011

      yeah the one in dubai..it was effing insane man!

  32. Eklavya
    March 10, 2011

    Am I missing something as well? The comments don’t make sense anymore. Were some comments deleted when I was sleeping?

    • blitzen
      March 10, 2011

      Yes.

  33. Lev
    March 10, 2011

    @Kari

    hold on….

    Big clubs?

    Pillaging youth academies??

    IT’S OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!!!

    (oh well, point taken 😉

  34. Eklavya
    March 10, 2011

    Oh-kay, something weird is going on O.o

  35. Whatever
    March 10, 2011

    Iniesta.

    I said before the game that Iniesta will be crucial, and he was. What a player we have!

  36. blitzen
    March 10, 2011

    Xavi running off his mouth again. Cue English outrage:

    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Barcelona-star-Xavi-has-stuck-the-boot-into-Arsenal-claiming-they-were-negative-and-outclassed-in-their-Champions-League-showdown-article712360.html

    Of course it’s nothing but the truth.

    In other news, Cesc Fabregas, or “Rubber Gasket” as I will now always think of him 😛 , is to no one’s surprise down with a hamstring injury again and will miss the Arsenal v. ManU game. He clearly was not fit to play in the Barcelona game and is now suffering the consequences of being rushed back. Or more likely, rushing himself back, as obviously he would have wanted to play, but Wenger should have known better and now Arsenal is without their captain again.

    And according to talkSPORT, Barcelona is desperate to sign Besiktas’ 16-year-old midfielder Muhammed Demirci. Because we just don’t have enough young midfield talent of our own. Uh huh.

  37. soccermomof4
    March 10, 2011

    Um…obviously I missed a party or something here last night. Might I suggest that someone start a new thread because chronologically, nothing is making sense.
    Party time is over, we’ve got some serious Barca-like discussions that need attending to:
    1. Road trip to Sevilla
    2. Both DMs on four yellows, do you want to see intentionals?
    3. Messi on 4, does he wish another family member Happy Birthday before the clasico?
    4. How does one give Mascherano more playing time when he is clearly awesome, but not as awesome as Busi is for the team?
    5. Did Tuesday help our chances of not seeing another Cesc-talk- filled silly season?

    • Jnice
      March 10, 2011

      1. You know me. I think it will be a tough match and one in which we’ll have to be fully focused for.

      2. Seeing as we’re playing Sevilla at home, Busquets or Mascherano will get a yellow w/o even trying. Their fans put incredible pressure on the referees and players like Negredo fall down at every opportunity.

      3. Nope.

      4. Not sure, but he’ll get his minutes. If Busi starts against Sevilla, Mascherano will play at home against Getafe.

      5. Not sure, but I hope so.

  38. Vj
    March 10, 2011

    Another attack of trolls? Comments don’t add up..

  39. ciaran
    March 10, 2011

    Yes I am still alive. Thanks for the comments. Big promotion at work costs me lots of time and I just got married also.
    I just about get time to read the articles here but these days there are like 200 comments every day so I never get the chance to read most.

    This match was brilliant and the comments are all interesting. Nice to see some of the more clever Arsenal fans entering in constructive debates.

    • ooga aga
      March 10, 2011

      damn you’re married already! i missed out.

    • barca96
      March 10, 2011

      Congrats on the marriage and the big promotion!

    • Eklavya
      March 10, 2011

      OMG You got married?! 😯 Haha congratulations!! You even got a promotion (even bigger surprise jk).

      I hope you keep commenting. It gets boring after a while if one only lurks and doesnt comment..I think.

    • Miguel
      March 10, 2011

      congrats!

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