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3 - 1

Premier League

Emirates Stadium

18/10/08 3:00 pm

Attendance: 60,064

Referee: Peter Walton

Nasri 48, van Persie 70, Walcott 90Osman 9
Almunia     Howard    
Song     Hibbert     80
Toure     46 Jagielka    
Silvestre     Lescott    
Clichy     Baines    
Eboue     Osman    
Fabregas     Arteta    
Denilson     Pienaar    
Nasri     83 Rodwell    
van Persie     Fellaini     74
Adebayor     Yakubu     80
Fabianski     Nash    
Diaby     83 Valente    
Hoyte     Neville     80
Gibbs     Gosling    
Ramsey     Wallace    
Walcott     46 Saha     74
Vela     Vaughan     80
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
It's a pity that the stats can't be seperated for each half such was the difference in performance. Despite playing full back in the 2nd half Eboue was more of an attacking threat than he was playing wide midfield in the 1st half while looking more defensively sound than Song did occupying the same position. Of the 25 goal attempts 9 came from RvP with 4 on target, 6 from Cesc 2 on target, 2 from Nasri with 2 on target, 2 from Walcott with 2 on target and Adebayor 3 with 1 on target. Denilson and Cesc got through as much work in number of passes as they usually manage but at 76% completion Cesc's accuracy is operating someway below the level we saw for most of last season. Interesting to see in the match programme that Arsenal top the list of teams for shots on and off target, corners won and times we hit the woodwork this season. The effort is there but not yet quite the composure in most areas of the pitch.

Date:Saturday October 18 2008
Time: 8:03PM


In the second half Denilson and Cesc separated and Denny played solely as a defensive midfielder. Big factor in Arsenal taking control of the game in my eyes.
18/10/2008 20:46:00
I noticed that about Cesc's passing too - maybe his broken nose was bothering him
18/10/2008 20:49:00
Hey Amos, are there any special numbers about headers? I was under the impression that Silvestre won quite a few of them. And also overall we tried harder in defending set-pieces in the air but of course maybe the topline stats don't tell us in detail that we committed more players trying to win the ball. On the attacking end, we tried more long balls in the 1st half which I thought weren't very effective against the strong Everton in this respect. What do you think?
18/10/2008 21:08:00
The long balls are an effective tactic, Lou, even if they dont always work. I thought it was the right thing to do in the 1st half, coz we were abysmal in terms of creativity, fluidity, passing range, everything that defines the Arsenal of today. The 2nd half righted the wrongs.
18/10/2008 21:21:00
I can't find any detailed stats but Silvestre seemed to deal with Yakubu pretty well. His positioning for high balls into the box always seemed sound. The long balls we played in the first half were overdone but I had the impression that there was little else on as the movement, particularly down the flanks, was poor. It was a tactic borne out of frustration as much as anything.
18/10/2008 21:48:00
On the bright side, atleast the Arsenal side used the long balls when nothing else worked, which was in marked contrast to the Sunderland game.
18/10/2008 22:41:00
The problem was that they didn't try very much else in the first half. Nasri struggled to get into the game and Eboue and Song down the right had no idea how to play together. The result was a pretty pointless 45 minutes of trying to find a woefully off form Adebayor with balls down the middle. Only RvP's forward running carried any threat at all.
18/10/2008 22:47:00
I could very easily see you winning the title next season, it's almost impossible to play Arsenal when Walcott is in the team. You can't defend most of the Arsenal team on the edge of your area, or you'll got slaughtered by the likes of Fabregas, Nasri and RVP. But when Walcott's on you can't play high up the pitch, or you get slaughtered for pace. So just what can you do? Panic. We coped easily with most of your play first half, with only the long ball over the top causing any kind of problem. But with Walcott on we sunk deep, and you just can't do that against you lot. Our 4-5-1, pretty much changed to 9-0-1 second half, If you keep Walcott fit, and buy a more clinical centre forward, your easily better than Chelsea and United IMO.
18/10/2008 23:00:00
The shots on target statistics are annoying me. 1 goal to the 2 shots they had on target. Whereas we had 11 and scored 3. Still keeps questions unanswered about the clinicity of our team.
18/10/2008 23:49:00
25 goal attempts against 7 goal attempts and 64% of the possession tells the whole story. The Toffees just weren't chewy enough...
18/10/2008 23:59:00
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