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FC Twente

CL Qualifier 2nd leg

Emirates Stadium

27/8/08 8:00 pm

Attendance: 59,583

Referee: T. Hauge (Norway)

ArsenalFC Twente
Nasri (27), Gallas (52), Walcott (66), Bendtner (89)
Almunia     Mihaylov    
Sagna     Wielaert    
Gallas     Tiote    
Djourou     Douglas Franco    
Clichy     Braafheid     87
Walcott     Denneboom    
Fabregas     68 Heubach     45
Denilson     Brama    
Nasri     45 Janssen    
van Persie     65 Elia    
Bendtner     Huysegems    
Fabianski     Pauwe    
Toure     Zomer    
Vela     Rajkovic     87
Ramsey     Wellenberg     45
Song     68 Gerritsen    
Adebayor     65 Chery    
Eboue     45 Reimerink    
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
While the away team dominated possession when read in conjunction with stats that show Arsenal having 60.6% of territorial advantage you can appreciate just how much of that possession was in their own half. In fact the FC Twente back four made more passes between them than the other 6 outfield players combined. Cesc's return had him contributing as much work as Denilson but at 72% someway below his normal pass completion rate though more of Cesc's passes (78%) were attacking forward zone passes than Denilson (55%). Still someway below the fluency standards set last season but a better work rate all round.

Date:Thursday August 28 2008
Time: 8:16AM


Great moral boosting win. While undoubtably we should have scored more, I think this will be the springboard to launch our season. It shows the importance of Cesc to our team. While he was nowhere near full fitness, he just seems to give every teammate extra belief in themselves. My only concern / query is that of the superb Nasri being taken off at half time. Does anyone know if there is an injury?
Bradys Chips
28/08/2008 08:47:00
Nasri had a stomach bug and puked at half time, to answer my own question.
Bradys Chips
28/08/2008 09:17:00
Job done. In a weird way it's actually beneficial to the team that we had this qualifier, to excercise some of the ghosts of Fulham. Still though, nothing to read into.
28/08/2008 10:02:00
I was glad to see that we scored 4 goals out of the 7 on target shoots, also we did that with only 36.4% of Possession. And like Bradys Chips says it was a "Great moral boosting win" hopefully now we can push on in the EPL, starting with Newcastle on Saturday. Come on The Arsenal!!!
28/08/2008 10:28:00
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