Now we’re old and grey, Fernando

Oh Fernando! If only you had finished that golden second half chance, we’d be writing this blog about another comical Arsenal defeat. As it is, you very much deserve the football world’s ridicule this Monday morning.

Now we’re old and grey, Fernando

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September 19th, 2011

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After apparently complaining that his Chelsea teammates played more like the pensioners from down the road, Torres actually put in a credible performance at Old Trafford yesterday. Aided by an improved Chelsea performance, the Spanish striker man took his goal well and demonstrated many attributes that would go some way to justifying his price tag. Unfortunately, all of the talk will be about that miss in the 84th minute.

The Spanish striker was hardly full of confidence before the game, having netted just once in 18 appearances for Chelsea, and the derision of the Stretford End will do little to help him on that front.

His manager, unsurprisingly, isn’t kicking a £50m man whilst he’s down, saying: “You have to be fair. We have seen two of the world’s best strikers miss crazy opportunities, Fernando with his miss and Wayne Rooney with his penalty. This is nothing dramatic but sometimes it becomes something.”

Andre Villas-Boas added: “I thought everybody was fantastic with the effort they put in and in being able to mentally react to what happened.

“We were 3-0 down at half-time, which was unfair, and if it had gone the wrong way it could have been 5-0. It was good the way the team was able to assume responsibility for things not going their way. It takes some courage for the players to assume this.”

The question is whether Villas-Boas will actually keep the faith in his number nine, with both Nicolas Anelka and Romelu Lukaku waiting in the wings. With Chelsea likely to chop and change for Wednesday’s Carling Cup clash with Fulham, we’re on the hunt for a bookie offering odds on whether Torres will start against Swansea on Saturday.

While we’re at it, we’re also looking for a bookie that hasn’t made Manchester United odds-on to win the Premier League this morning. Before yesterday’s results, you could have got even money on Fergie’s gang picking up title number 20. This morning, the best you’ll get is 4/5 with Ladbrokes.

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