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Arsenal 3 - Newcastle 0

Premier League

Emirates Stadium

30/8/2008 5:30 pm

Attendance: 60,060

Referee: Rob Styles

3 - 0
van Persie (pen - 18), van Persie (41), Denilson (59)
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 60,060
The Teams
van Persie
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Unlike FC Twente Arsenal dominated both possession and territorial advantage and as our goal attempts testify used that to good purpose. Fabregas with 73 passes at 86% completion, 5 assist attempts, 2 shots, 3 balls won outperformed either of the two central midfielders last week. Statistically Denilsons contribution in terms of passing wasn't any better than the Fulham game at 47 with 77% completion but he did win the ball 4 times and scored. In fact in each of our three wins this season the young Brazilian has made telling contributions. Breaking into the box he has provided assists for Nasri and Adebayor in previous games and scored his first Premier League goal today. Not only was Cesc's extra productivity telling, Eboue's contribution on the right was a significant factor. In his 72 minutes on the pitch he made 39 passes with 82% completion, claimed 1 assist and 2 assist attempts. A marked improvement in contribution from the right wing which together with Cesc control put us in a level of midfield domination we just couldn't achieve with last weekends midfield selection.

The Journalist

Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 30 2008

Time: 11:10PM

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Good insight on the stats Amos. I am beginning to see the benefits of Eboue at RM, more than Theo. We are able to retain the ball better and buuild more moves as a result. But the return of Cesc has made a marked improvement to the quality of service that the mid field serves up. Denilson's passing efforts were quite average in the 1st half (too many misplaced passes) but he upped his game a bit in the 2nd, so that was good to see. The only negative from those stats is that we should have scored more than 3 goals with 12 shots on target (and some of them were pretty good too).
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30/08/2008 23:26:00

forget about that.....have you seen whos bottom of the league
fran merida
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30/08/2008 23:32:00

Haha, the most important stat of all eh, fran.
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30/08/2008 23:34:00

Hey Amos, how do they define an "assist attempt"? Is that a pass that set up a shot (whether it went on or off target)? It's also interesting how the passing stats don't tell you the whole Denilson story as he's made such significant improvement on Fulham and his stats don't look very different apart from the goal. Also nice to know he won the ball back a few times in the "DM" role (in a game that also allowed him to join the attack, in fairness). And yes I'm very happy for the boy!
Lou the Gunneress
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31/08/2008 00:20:00

joey barton should be banned from football. his cynical tackle on nasri followed by his smirk afterwards at our number 8 suggests that barton is not interested in football, just hooliganism. i feared for nasri in that tackle, thought his right leg was going to snap off. even the commentator was appalled. what was incredible was that barton didnt even get a talking to by the ref and when nasri clipped barton's heels afterwards, he received a yellow card. talk about double standards!! and kevin keagan is a b45t4rd for having a go at nasri at the end as the players were coming into the tunnel. he has the audacity to warn nasri when he fields a criminal in his team. its these kinds of things which****es me off about english football, its the double standards towards foreign players by english refs and coaches. but besides all that, it was one of the most beautiful arsenal game i have seen in months. our lads were absolutely fantastic. it if were not the good form of shay given in goals, we would have had a much bigger scoreline. my ratings (sorry if its in the wrong post but i cant wait): manu 7 (apart from the one brilliant save didnt have much to do), clichy 9 (best left back in the league without question), sagna 8 (very effective down the flanks), kolo 8 (not only covered the back well on the few occasions that NUF moved forward, but was goal hungry in this game, maybe arsene has given him a goal bonus?), billy 7 (missed an absolute sitter in the first 3 mins of the game, but had a relatively quiet game), eboue 8 (could be our flamini this season, i thought he was fast and threatening everytime he surged forward, his passing was good too, liked his game very much, well done eboue), denilson 7 (it is obvious that he has improved from the fulham game, but one feels that he is still finding his feet in the midfield, with time i think he will be absolutely awesome), cesc 9 (the maestro, 'nuff said!!!), nasri 9 (another arsene special buy, how good is this kid? our new pires for sure), rvp 8 (felt so sorry for robin, you can see he is trying his guts out, again with time he will be a 20+ goals player this season, ade 6 (what can i say, i find it hard to make sense of what he is trying to do when he gets the ball around the box, dont know why he keeps on drifting to the flanks when shooting or taking on a defender would be a much better option, apart from getting the penalty and freekicks just outside of the box, didnt do much else effectively IMO).
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31/08/2008 02:03:00

it was a good game, but fabregas stil lacks in match sharpness, he looks rather sloppy, and yeah keagan is a bit of a cock, i dont get it, just because theyre football players, why do they get special treatments in court, i bet if that was just a mere civilian, he would be so screwed for doing what barton did
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31/08/2008 04:42:00

I have to agree with Lou on not knowing what an 'assist attempt' is. Seems a bit trivial to me. Maybe there should be a 'good intention' category as well? : )
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31/08/2008 05:50:00

Great performance against Newcastle. But DAMN, it's only been 4 games and Van Persie is already injured. This always seems to happen when he's found his scoring form.
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31/08/2008 06:31:00

I have a weird dream last my dream eboue was put as a winger to not be a my dream he was put there because wenger is training him like wenger is training diaby.....simply put ... in my dream...this is his breakout season...where he becomes a cracking box to box midfielder.....and in my dream on monday wenger tabled a 30million euro bid for david villa.....too wild maybe?
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31/08/2008 07:33:00

It was a fine performance from everyone collectively but I would like to underscore some glaring weakness yet to be rectified all along, our defending of high ball. We always seemed to be in the danger of conceeding when we were defending high ball, directly, from crosses and from set pieces. Look carefully the past few games & you guys will notice that Gallas & Toure had rarely able to head the ball away from the penalty box they reached it. The ball always fell in the dangerous area from their header or they missed the ball completely prior. We will have trouble as we always did, playing teams that depend on long balls, crossess or set pieces. The clownish hair style which perhaps adds another 3 inches to Toure height wouldn't help. I do not fault the performance of Toure and Gallas but I think we need a taller CD to complement either of them.
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31/08/2008 08:25:00

An assist attempt is a pass that creates a goal scoring opportunity but didn't lead to a goal. Trivial? Maybe but it is just a way of trying to measure contributions. A way of highlighting those who pass with incision.
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31/08/2008 08:30:00

Also Eboue is showing some sign he is back to the level when he played for us in his first full season and when he won the CL best right back award in 2006. I knows better when to attack and when to cover for Sagna compared with Walcott. I hope he maitains that level
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31/08/2008 08:34:00

the fantasy hleb pre assist is a trivial stat! Lol, good performance in all departments, even the subs looked good when they came on. We still need an extra player in central midfield, if wenger does good business in the next 24 hours we will go close again. Is RVP made of paper mâché or something?
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31/08/2008 08:46:00

The only difference in Denilsons performance (apart from the goal) in this game from the Fulham game Lou, was the context. We lost last weekend so he must have been crap then. We won this weekend so he must have been good. But the truth is (apart from the goal) he did no more or less in this game than he did against Fulham.
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31/08/2008 08:49:00

and keegan has lost the plot (again). How is nasris ankle tap a red card? Did he see his scumbag players scissor challenge on samir? Did he witness the evil smirk afterwards? You can see nothings changed for this disgusting player nice to see coward Webb having a joke and a smile with him though. Why was he even playing?
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31/08/2008 09:18:00

loved nasri's little trip.. bet it wiped that smirk of the stupid gits face... and love watching your boys play when they're on song.... thats how football should be played...
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31/08/2008 10:20:00

I want to see a slowed down video of Nasri's trip.
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31/08/2008 10:25:00

Thanks for the stats Amos! imo we would have scored another two goals at least if Mr Given wasn't up to his usual brilliant self. And RvP hit the crossbar as well. Eboue shown some good touches and seems to be growing in his new role. And like others i would like to say Well Done Eboue keep up for good work. Regarding Keegan's comments about the tap by Nasri, and the way he was pointing and shouting at Nasri after the match maybe Keegans should be up before the Football Assc, it was totally out of order a man of keegan's age shoutingat a teenager, he should be Shame of himself!!!
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31/08/2008 10:38:00

Adebayor will not score as he's in my fantasy team - along with Gerrard, Cahil and Sidwell all injured and now Torres injured - see, I'm a jinx :-) Should tell you I've got Fabregas as well :-)
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31/08/2008 19:25:00


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