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"It was the winter holiday and I was back in Togo having a kickabout with friends when my phone rang.One of the boys answered it and said, 'Manu, it's Arsene for you'. 'Arsene who?' I said. 'Arsene Wenger', he said. 'Get out of it', I said, and grabbed the phone off him. But then I heard the voice. 'Allo'. F*****g hell. It is Arsene Wenger!"
-Emmanuel Adebayor

Arsenal 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb...Walcott impresses again

Ahh...a good 2-1 win. My prediction was right but I didnt like the way we were caught on the break so often. Dinamo Zagreb could have had a 3-0 lead by the 60th minute if they took their chances. Like against Aston Villa, we failed to get past the opponents back four. To be fair to our players, Zagreb did the exact same thing Villa did and put 11 players behind the ball.

We didnt really look like we were going to score before Henry and Walcott came on. Van Persie had a few chances, one hit the bar and the other(after some magic footwork) saved by the keeper. Adebayor looked OK but didnt get the crosses that he would have wanted.

Anyway, some bad defending lead to Zagreb taking the lead after just 12 minutes. That goals means that Arsenal have yet to score first in any match at Emirates Stadium(Ajax, Villa, Zagreb). Arsenal dominated the match and scored from a set-piece when Freddie Ljungberg(our captain for the day because Henry and Gilberto didnt start) headed Arsenal's first European goal at Emirates Stadium. Unfortunately, most of us missed the goal cause there were some technical problems that caused us to miss the goal on TV. In injury time Henry held the ball up for a long time before passing it to Theo on the right-wing, Theo crosses the ball and Flamini scores to give Arsenal their first competitive win at Emirates Stadium. That goal was Flamini's first goal since you beat Everton 7-0 two seasons ago.

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