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Arsenal 1 - West Brom 0

Premier League

Emirates Stadium

16 August 2008 12:45

Attendance: 60,071

Referee: Howard Webb

Arsenal
1 - 0
West Brom
Nasri (4)
 
 
Venue: Emirates Stadium
 
Attendance: 60,071
The Teams
Almunia
 
 
 
Carson
 
 
Sagna
 
 
 
Hoefkens
 
 
Gallas
 
 
 
Robinson
 
 
Djourou
 
 
 
Cech
 
 
68
Clichy
 
 
 
Barnett
 
 
Walcott
 
 
73
 
Greening
 
 
Eboue
 
 
 
Brunt
 
 
81
Denilson
 
 
 
Do-heon Kim
 
 
Nasri
 
 
 
Meite
 
 
Bendtner
 
 
69
 
Morrison
 
 
Adebayor
 
 
 
Miller
 
 
74
Substitutes
Toure
 
 
73
 
Kiely
 
 
Van Persie
 
 
69
 
Bednar
 
 
74
Vela
 
 
 
Beattie
 
 
81
Ramsey
 
 
 
McDonald
 
 
68
Wilshere
 
 
 
Dorrans
 
 
Fabianski
 
 
 
Pele
 
 
Ramsey
 
 
 
Martis
 
 
Game Statistics
28
Goal Attempts
5
6
On Target
2
7
Corners
5
8
Offside
7
11
Fouls
9
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
61.8
%
38.2
Comments...
Much better possession with a modified midfield playing at home than in the midweek CL qualifier. Territorial advantage also impressive at 59.7% as it should be in a home game. Our passing success rate at 88.6% compared to 73.2% for the away side along with our possession explains a low tackle rate of 11 with 72.7% success compared to the Baggies 22 tackles but with only 59.2% success. We had so much of the ball we didn't have to fight to win it back. With all that possession the one statistic that sticks out is that we had 28 attempts at goal with only 6 on target. We won't be allowed to get away with such profligacy in too many games.




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Date:Saturday August 16 2008

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Your Comments

It will come with match sharpness. While the statistic of only 6 shots on target maybe some miniscule cause for concern, the fact that we had 28 shot should quell the "shoot brigade". Overall, a satisfying start to the season (especially with other results going the way they did ;))
Rocky7
What do you all make of the Djourou-Gallas argument? I thought Gallas was right out of line. He made the mistake of playing the offside trap when it wasn't necessary; the rest of our back four didnt move up too. Then Johan made a fantastic block and Gallas still gave him crap. Even Almunia and Sagna had to get on Gallas to shut up and defend the corner.
gunnerkid107
love wengers comment "it is more important to finish fourth than to finish 12th and win the Carling Cup" (spuds any1)
gunner24
missed almost the whole first half due the game being shown at 5:30AM(in western Canada). I'm jus glad we got the 3 pts and didnt concede any of these weak goals we always seem to concede ( almost happened but Djourou bailed us out). Nasri already doing better then hleb. i just we get that DM and have everyone back healthy.
Youngest in Charge
Thats Gallas style, he takes charge. I dont think anyone should read too much into that.
prits
I understand that prits but I thought it was so unnecessary. Firstly it was his fault that WBA had a scoring opportunity then Djourou bailed him out and gave Gallas still gave him crap about it. He should of done what Almunia did and praise Djourou.
gunnerkid107
I thought everyone moved up apart from Djourou. He did well with the clearence but it wasn't a big deal. Gallas job is to lead and to command, let's not make something out of nothing.
Rocky7
I know it's too early to wax lyrical about Nasri, but he's shown a lot of qualities in 90 mins (a bit surprising that he lasted the whole game too). He's got lots of skills like Hleb, but he's more direct with good end product and much more willingness to shoot. At this rate it's not difficult to score more than 2 league goals in a season I suppose..?
Lou the Gunneress
At last back to business! Thought we played well, and I was stoked Nasri scored on his debut, and on the whole thought we played well as a unit, although Ade was a bit selfish taking shots when there were better options available... Looking at news-now many of the reports seen to suggest we were lucky to come away with all 3 points - what game were they watching?
KaoTeK
And fellow Gooners, how satisfying is that that the Spuds go and lose on the first day too...go onto their site and read the doom and gloom already!
Gooner_Vin
Hey I've just seen one nice stat in the papers: Samir's match-winning goal was the fastest goal on debut by an Arsenal player in the PL history. :)
Lou the Gunneress
i thought our performance was quite poor against WBA. but after i saw the spuds result, my mood is much better now. obviously, we didn't play well. when everybody is back, i hope we can play fluent football that we all know Arsenal are capable of.
fcdematthew
Obviously we didnt play well? I thought we did play well except our finishing left alot to be desired. They only had one real scoring opportunity and in this league thats good.
gunnerkid107
AW, knows how to get spurs!
korodon
Youngest in Charge, I live in w.canada too and watched the game from the start..I know it serks to be up 5:30am on Saturday!!!!..LOL AW, he just gave it to spuds straight up!..I was frustrated with the game for lack of not getting more goals..this time the race will be close again and goal differences are very important. I know up being harsh but come on we had a chance to nail in more goals after the history goal by Nasir (fastest EPL goal for debutant). Also my other question is...WHY WASN'T VELA BROUGHT IN AS A SUB?
CoastarianGooner
Great to win our 1st 3pts, Nasri played very well, Brilliant to see his 1st goalEPL at The Grove. Well Done to him But we were luckly that we were playing WBA, as better team would have got a draw or even a win as the overall game from The Arsenal was poor.
hackneyval
hackneyval,I don't think so. Arsenal have this habit of reacting to the state of the opponent i.e. if the opponent was among the "top 10" then they would have stepped it up. In addition, they lacked the service of Fabregas which does provide goals. All in all..3pts in the bag and its just the 1st game of the season. Let's see how the team will shape up when Fabregas, Toure and possibly the new signing show up in the first eleven. On the side note, I have a feeling Denilson will continue to step up like we have seen of lately in the recent performances from him. Good job DENILSON!!!
CoastarianGooner
Not the best victory, but could be worst, we could have a terrible start like the spuds. :P Anyway, great debut for Nasri. Not only for the goal but he made great passes like the one he fed Adebayor which Ade messed up. I would say it was a nice try by him but this is the Adebayor who demanded Henry-like wages. Anyway, Nasri looks like a type of midfielder who likes to come into the box and not afraid to shoot, as well as having pace and technical skills. This is a type of midfielder we need, not like Hleb.
BMF
I also like the fact that the fans booed Ade after he didn't pass to Nasri. I noticed that after the game he went straight of the pitch and we also didn't see that team huddle that was evident last season at the end of games.
Gooner_Vin
Could have been 1-1.
Sam_Imp
If both sides put away the chances they had, it could have been 6-1 to Arsenal.
BMF
 

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