Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Arsenal 2007-2008 EPL Kick-off

For those of you that haven't noticed, the English Premiere League started up last weekend. Between work and vacation, it even surprised me a little.

After driving home from the beach on Saturday, I was up early on Sunday to tend to my dog's needs. I sit down in front of the TV and realize that Arsenal is playing Fulham.

Arsenal isn't picked to do well relative to their past success. They've been predicted to finish 5th in the EPL behind Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspurs.

Anyway, when I tuned into the Arsenal game, they were down 1-0 in the 76th minute. Fulham's only goal was scored in the 1st minute when idiot-old bag Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann got lazy with a pass back to him, made a mistake, that put the ball right into a Fulham attacker's foot 15 yards from goal. Arsenal had a a bunch of great efforts that just never seemed to go into the goal. Eventually, during a drive into the penalty area in the 83rd minute, U.S. Men's National Team starter Carlos Bocanegra body-checked Kolo Toure, causing a penalty kick and a new found confidence. The game was mostly dominated by Arsenal, they just couldn't finish. Now that they tied the game up, their control and crisp passing eventually led to another goal scored by Hleb in the 89th minute.

A late second half sub to follow this year: Nicklas Bendtner. He's a 19 year-old forward from Denmark that helped Birmingham get promoted last year while on loan from Arsenal. I doubt he'll start the next game, but he'll get there by season's end. I never heard of him before this past Sunday, but he looked good.

U.S. Men's National Team man-crush WATCH: Benny Feilhaber signed with Derby County Football Club at the end of last week. This newly-promoted EPL squad has an uphill battle, but I'm going to try and follow them just to watch Feilhaber do his thing.

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