David Healy: Arsenal woefully misfired
There has been much said about Porto’s controversial winner against Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The referee Martin Hansson has taken a bit of stick for his part in the controversy, but while he didn’t help Arsenal’s cause, he wasn’t to blame for Falcao’s goal from the quickly taken free-kick.
At fault were the Arsenal defenders and goalkeeper.
When the free-kick was given Sol Campbell or Lukasz Fabianski should have kicked the ball downfield and taken a booking, if need be, to prevent Porto from taking advantage of the situation.
Arsenal needed to be professional in that crucial moment — and the bottom line is they weren’t.