When Eduardo da Silva had his leg smashed to pieces at St. Andrews several years back, one of the lasting images of that day was seeing then captain William Gallas sulk on the Birmingham turf at fulltime in an incident which went on to signify the mental weakness of the Gunners at that time.
On Saturday at the Britannia Stadium, Arsenal were faced with an almost identical situation as Aaron Ramsey has his leg horribly shattered by Ryan Shawcross. But under the captaincy of the fabulous Fabregas, the north Londoners refused to let match slip away from them as the Spaniard lead his troppos to a potential season defining victory.
Cesc had started the match in top form, testing Sorensen after 25 minutes with a neat chest and volley from 20 yards as the number four began to find his range. Fabregas was then involved in the equaliser, sending over a pin-point cross from right wing that picked out Nicklas Bendtner in the box who scored with a fine header into the far corner.
After Ramsey’s injury, Cesc showed his cool temperament from the penalty spot as he kept his nerve and slipped home Arsneal’s vital second goal. And to cap off a man-of-the-match performance, Cesc then reacted quickest to Sorensen’s spill from Rosicky’s shot, to provide assist for Thomas Vermaelen to notch the Gunners’ third.
Highlights of Cesc Fabregas’ performance can be seen here.
As a bonus, Arsene Wenger’s post match interview from the Stoke match can be seen here.
Like Groundhog Day, once again this Monday we ask how much longer can Dunga avoid picking Ronaldinho for the Brazil team.
Against Atalanta on Sunday the bucked-tooth genius again put on a show as his terrific season continued. After showing off his usually tricks and flicks down the left hand side, Dinho almost broke the deadlock with an overhead-kick in the first half, before his tidy backheel to Ambrosini lead the Milan’s opener scored by Alexandre Pato.
The only blot on Ronaldinho’s performance arrived when the number 80 saw his second half spot-kick saved, but Marco Borriello was on hand to score the rebound and add the Rossoneri’s third.
Ronaldinho’s match highlights can be seen here.