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Arsenal 4 - FC Porto 0

Champions League

Emirates Stadium

30/9/08 7:45 pm

Attendance: 59,623

Referee:

Arsenal
4 - 0
FC Porto
van Persie 31,48 Adebayor 40, 71 (pen)
 
 
Venue: Emirates Stadium
 
Attendance: 59,623
The Teams
Almunia
 
 
 
Helton
 
 
Sagna
 
 
 
Benitez
 
 
Toure
 
 
 
Cristian Sapunaru
 
 
Gallas
 
 
 
Bruno Alves
 
 
Clichy
 
 
 
Rodriguez
 
 
79
Walcott
 
 
71
 
Raúl Meireles
 
 
64
Fabregas
 
 
 
Costa
 
 
Denilson
 
 
 
Guarin
 
 
Nasri
 
 
64
 
Lisandro
 
 
van Persie
 
 
64
 
Rolando
 
 
Adebayor
 
 
 
Fernando
 
 
46
Substitutes
Fabianski
 
 
 
Nuno
 
 
Silvestre
 
 
 
Pedro Emanuel
 
 
Djourou
 
 
 
González
 
 
46
Eboue
 
 
64
 
Candeias
 
 
79
Ramsey
 
 
 
Stepanov
 
 
Bendtner
 
 
64
 
Lino
 
 
Vela
 
 
71
 
Hulk
 
 
64
Game Statistics
24
Goal Attempts
13
10
On Target
4
15
Corners
4
7
Offside
1
9
Fouls
7
1
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
61.8
%
38.2
Comments...
Both Fabregas and Denilson saw a lot of the ball and notched up impressive stats making, respectively, 79 passes 87% completion and 72 passes 90% completion. What the stats can't tell you is just how much more subtlety and invention there was in Cesc's passing. Not only did he get through the work but it was much sharper and inventive than we have seen in other games this season. Statistically shots on target look ok but given that some of those off target seemed to be 'sitters' perhaps the figure should have been even better.




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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 1 2008

Time: 8:08AM

Your Comments

Stats don't lie Cesc had a better game last night, as did The Arsenal and us Fans!!
hackneyval
its an improved performance. bt porto were abysmal except for the first 25mins
gunnerchi
After reading some of the comments from supposed gunner supporters I am amazed. For what its worth we played out of our skins I was wrapped and long may we continue in this vein. Everyone in the team had a first class performance and provided we continue this way then we will win silver this year.
alwaysgunner
We were lucky to go in even at half time, should of been 2-2 minimum. second half, simply out classed them! I have no voice at work this morning, shouted and sung my head off last night, much better than that dross we served up against Hull, but it will take 10 more performances like this before I get that s**tty result out of my system and forgive them for being a bunch of prima donnas.
LondonGooner
LG, I think you need to lighten up a bit mate!
navydave
Good win and Fabregas seems to be improving.
Tiny T
No not at all navydave, we were all over the shop defensively last night and lucky to keep a clean sheet, going forwards we were irresistable. Did you attend the Hull game? Wel if you did then although we had no luck what so ever for the match we lost a to a nothing small time team who should be havng a nosebleed, yet our 80k per week players strolled around without a care in the world, like "we" owed them thanks for turning up. It isn't a case of getting worked up, i'm very calm, as always, but unless you were there, paying £50 for your seat and saw the arrogance of the players, telling someone to lighten up is a little disrespectful i would say mate!
LondonGooner
Yes I was at the Hull game, as well as every game. We were not that bad defensively last night (with the exception on 1 corner in the first half). I think you're being over critical. OK, we were bad on Saturday, but Hull will not be relegated this season. I didn't mean to be 'disrespectful' LG, but I obviously think things are in a better state than you!
navydave
Spot on ND, perhaps LG you need to take a chill pill.
alwaysgunner
evry1 is entitled to his opinion and LG isnt an exception
gunnerchi
wgere do you get these stats? Do you do it yourself?
Tom14
Navydave - I'm not fortunate enough to get to every game, probably 1 in every 3. I guess maybe im not as optimistic as yourself, but from were I was sitting last night in the first 30 minutes we were carved open on a few occasions and allowed some long range shots that no one closed them down on. Have we learned no lessons after Giovanni's rocket at the weekend? Always gunner - everyone had a first class performance after 30 minutes. We won and we won handsomely, but we should/could also of let in 2 goals easily and that was when the score was 0-0 and the same old problems flared up. I don't physcho analyse someones state of mind by their very rational posts, maybe you shouldn't either squire? Overall I guess we all see something different in each game and why should Arsenal fans be any dfifferent....be very boring otherwise eh?
LondonGooner
The 2nd paragraph of LD's match write up sums up exactly what I saw in the first half about our defensive frailties.
LondonGooner
LG, all teams concede chances you know. There are many occasions where Man Utd escape a counter attack. It happens in football. We do it all the time to the other team. I mean, the corner chance (their counter attack from our corner) was a well worked move with two men against Clichy. That happens.
Tom14
LG, am in total agreement with you. The same old problems were on view last night but Porto just weren't smart enuf to exploit them. I won't get Hull out of my system until I see the same commitment, focus and drive for 90+ mins. CONSISTENTLY, against every team, at home and away.
jaelle
we were probably defensivlely worse against porto than we were against hull....
fran merida
Was it just me or did anyone else notice that Cesc's passes got really lazy in the last 10 mins or so?
gunnerkid107
Gkid I noticed that too but I thought Cesc was really tired at that stage. And LD also said that. His passes were almost back to his best for the most part, that's why I'm not sure if he "made" those sloppy passes or he's just tired towards the end. In fact I think only know has he completing his "pre"season.
GoonerLou
Gkid I noticed that too but I thought Cesc was really tired at that stage. And LD also said that. His passes were almost back to his best for the most part, that's why I'm not sure if he "made" those sloppy passes or he's just tired towards the end. In fact I think only now is he completing his "pre"season.
GoonerLou
Jaelle, it appears one win and everyone can nearly forget all that's gone on before mate! As for Cesc, can someone explain why Wenger didn't take the lad off and give him a breather, RVP and Nasri I understand. One is made of glass the opther just back from injury, surely poor old Cesc needed a bit of a breather also though?
LondonGooner
LG one loss and you forget all the good that we have done.
Tom14
Tom14 - It doesn't matter if it is one loss or one win. My mind has the ability to cope with looking further a field than our last result. A trait some people, especially Arsenal fans, seem to have a great deal of trouble doing recently. I am not commenting on the results mate, I was reflecting on the performance of the team and the perceived weaknesses and strengths that we displayed. I tried to state that just because we won 4-0 it doesn't mean that the problems we experienced all season so far have disappeared. Far from it, we were lucky to get in at half time against Porto 2-0 when it could well have been 2-2, only this time we weren't punished for the exact same errors that we made against Hull.
LondonGooner
I agree with you. Im just telling you that you cannot simply say that Arsenal fans are basing their opinion that we are still a very very good team on one performance.
Tom14
 

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