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Arsenal 1 - West Brom 0

Premier League

Emirates Stadium

16 August 2008 12:45

Attendance: 60,071

Referee: Howard Webb

1 - 0
West Brom
Nasri (4)
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 60,071
The Teams
Do-heon Kim
Van Persie
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On Target
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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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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 16 2008

Time: 6:55PM

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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 ;))
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16/08/2008 19:26:00

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.
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16/08/2008 19:36:00

love wengers comment "it is more important to finish fourth than to finish 12th and win the Carling Cup" (spuds any1)
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16/08/2008 19:38:00

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
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16/08/2008 19:39:00

Thats Gallas style, he takes charge. I dont think anyone should read too much into that.
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16/08/2008 19:40:00

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.
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16/08/2008 19:45:00

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.
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16/08/2008 19:46:00

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
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16/08/2008 20:03:00

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?
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16/08/2008 20:12:00

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!
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16/08/2008 21:21:00

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
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16/08/2008 21:33:00

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.
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16/08/2008 22:38:00

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.
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16/08/2008 22:50:00

AW, knows how to get spurs!
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17/08/2008 01:34:00

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?
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17/08/2008 05:24:00

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.
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17/08/2008 05:37:00

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!!!
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17/08/2008 05:50:00

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.
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17/08/2008 06:46:00

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.
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17/08/2008 11:01:00

Could have been 1-1.
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17/08/2008 19:01:00

If both sides put away the chances they had, it could have been 6-1 to Arsenal.
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18/08/2008 02:16:00


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