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Fulham
1 - 0
Arsenal

Premier League

Craven Cottage

23/8/08 5:30pm

Attendance: 27000

Referee: Martin Atkinson

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Hangeland (21)
Shwarzer     Almunia    
Pantsil     Sagna    
Hughes     Toure     77
Hangeland     Gallas    
Kallio     74 Clichy    
Davies     Walcott     65
Bullard     Denilson    
Murphy     81 Eboue    
Gera     Nasri    
Zamora     Van Persie    
Seol Ki-hyeon     71 Adebayor    
Substitutes
Stockdale     Fabianski    
Stoor     Djourou    
Baird     74 Song     77
Milsom     Gibbs    
Teymourian
 
  81 Ramsey    
Nevland     Wilshere    
Dempsey     77 Bendtner     65
Game Statistics
5
Goal Attempts
20
2
On Target
1
1
Corners
5
8
Offside
2
16
Fouls
6
2
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
43.2
%
56.8
Comments...
The number of goal attempts and possession tell a misleading story. We created little with the possession we had with a midfield underperforming badly. While Eboue and Denilson tried to look busy Eboue's 53 passes 81% completed and Denilsons 67 with 76% completed were way below the average for last seasons with Cesc and Flamini regularly recording upwards of 80 plus passes with completion from 85% and often more than 90%. Least productive of all was Walcott with just 16 passes (81% completion) in 65 minutes during which he found it difficult to retain and use the ball. Only Nasri 53 passes (81%) got near the sort of levels that we saw from wide midfield last season. There is little doubt that Eboue would have been far more productive employed on the right than Walcott was able to be.
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Writer:Amos
Date:Saturday August 23 2008
Time: 8:19PM

Comments

0
Rocky you wrote it for Amos? :D
Lou the Gunneress
23/08/2008 20:23:00
0
The pass completion rate for the team as a whole must be *****. Nobody could hold onto the ball and there were countless misplaced passes from a lot of players - Denilson, Eboue, Clichy, Walcott, Nasri, RvP - I could end up listing the whole bloody team.
prits
23/08/2008 20:27:00
0
Tee-hee, saw this one coming!
merlin
23/08/2008 20:33:00
0
Most of the team performed ok in terms of number of passes and completion rates. There is little difference other than in the central midfield and wide right areas. That's where we fell short today. Lack of tempo and lack of accuracy in those areas.
Amos.
23/08/2008 20:34:00
0
Amos tbh the individual player passing rates surprise me a little bit. I felt Eboue and Denilson looked worse than 81% and 76% completion rates respectively. I don't know, just a feeling that they gave away the ball really MANY times. I seem to recall the "usual" range is like 75-90% for our midfielders, roughly. I just thought Eboue and Denilson were way off today. Stats don't tell you the whole story eh?
Lou the Gunneress
23/08/2008 20:39:00
0
Meh it's not problem. Simple case of picking up the pieces and starting again. I don't like people bashing on the team, **** happens in a game today wasn't to be, this year may not be it, in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter. What I would like though is for this act as a slap on the back, water in the face wake up call.
Gunners
23/08/2008 20:41:00
0
No stats don't tell all but you are talking about 16 bad passes from Denilson in what was a low output anyway. Same with Eboue 53 passes is just too low a level that's why, though the completion rate at 81% is not too bad he simply didn't produce enough passes to disguise the poor ones. If the midfield dropped below 75 passes and 80% completion rate it would have been a relatively poor performance. Cesc has put in a couple of games where he has produced in excess of 100 completed passes. Usually he and Flamini were up around 80+ passes and 85% completion. Eboue's figures today would have been ok from wide midfield which is the sort of numbers that he produced last season. Walcott was the biggest selection mistake today.
Amos.
23/08/2008 20:48:00
0
2 players short of our 1st 11 and we produced that? Djourou was better than Gallas last week and he is inexplicably dropped? Great desire by our captain to stop the goal enit? Arsene did very well last year to get us challenging and he has not built on it, he tells us theres money to spend and has Eboue playing central midfield. This is possibly the most confusing period in the Wenger era, I hope its not unravelling Clough style.
iceman10
23/08/2008 20:55:00
0
Ah that makes more sense now, cheers for that Amos. Our midfielders didn't get into the game enough, hence low numbers of passes. I'm actually surprised we got slightly more than half of the possession too. I thought we lost the ball and spent a lot of time chasing it (in vein). I would've thought they kept the ball more in terms of possession. Maybe it's just my frustration speaking. But it doesn't matter now. Do we know from the stats that who was/were the most below-par? I felt Theo didn't get into it at all. Don't mean to single him out, I'm just curious how stats reflect these things.
Lou the Gunneress
23/08/2008 21:50:00
0
As I said Nasri's level was ok. The central midfield pair were on a par if slightly better even than Murphy and Bullard. Statistically Walcott was the weakest link.
Amos.
23/08/2008 22:09:00
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