the game was hyped up with the obvious, i wont talk about it because it doesnt need to be mentioned. its in the past now, whats done is done, etc. so there was a certain hostility in the air today, and it was fuel to the fire of a great atmosphere at st. andrews.
in the first half arsenal showed their class; their silky one-two's and their superb movement showed the great divide between the two teams. but blues coped with it: they defended, cleared, and even had a few shots themselves. in short; it wasnt just arsenal that were showing their class.
it was a heated game being played at a very fast pace. the tackles were flying in, and a lot of you will be surprised when i say it was the arsenal players, not the 'dirty brummies,' that were doing the tackling. something which aggrieved mr. wenger, especially when blues got a freekick after craig gardner was floored in front of both the linesman and the referee. but of corse, aresne 'did not see it' and flailed his arms about it the manner he normally does when things dont go his way - queue the birmingham fans.. 'lets all do the wenger...'
half time: birmingham 0-0 arsenal
the second half began and blues were on the attack. blues had the majority of the possession, they were working it well to feed the ball through to jerome and mcfadden, and they were keeping arsenal out of the game. however, about 10 minutes and 5 offsides for mcfadden later, arsenal were very much on top and continued to be for the majority of the second half.