Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can breathe a big sigh of relief tonight after his penniless Arsenal team effectively put one foot into the group stages of the champions league with a win over Celtic at the imaginatively named Celtic Park.
The win was particularly important for Arsene as his players had been given strict instructions prior to the game to ‘strip the dressing room of anything of value‘ in the event they lost, with former plumber Robin Van Persie being directed to ‘nick the taps an’ all.’
Arsenal, who beat Everton at the weekend like a ginger step kid, found Celtic to be a far more challenging proposition than their Merseyside counterparts. The Gunners finding it nearly impossible to find their feet in a bruising first half as the majority of their players spent it either being dumped on their arse by their opposite numbers or looking plaintively at referee Massimo Busacca with sad, hopeful eyes.
It was only in the 43 minute that proceedings were finally punctuated with something even vaguely resembling entertainment, with Arsenal defender William Gallas – whilst trying to duck a Cesc Fabregas shot – managing to deflect the ball into the Celtic goal for the opener.
The game improved a little in the second half as Celtic struggled to maintain their high pressure game, however it still needed a Stephen Caldwell own goal from Gael Clichy’s low cross to give Arsenal a vital second.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said after the game that he was ‘relieved’ that his players came through an ‘interesting battle’ before warning against complacency in the next game.
‘Celtic could totally score three at the Emirates,’ said the Professor, struggling to be sincere, ‘Samaras is a force to be reckoned with. Ohhhhhhhhh we’re not out of the woods yet. I won’t sleep a wink this week.’
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