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Arsenal 3 - Everton 1

Premier League

Emirates Stadium

18/10/08 3:00 pm

Attendance: 60,064

Referee: Peter Walton

Arsenal
3 - 1
Everton
Nasri 48, van Persie 70, Walcott 90
 
Osman 9
 
Venue: Emirates Stadium
 
Attendance: 60,064
The Teams
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
Substitutes
Fabianski
 
 
 
Nash
 
 
Diaby
 
 
83
 
Valente
 
 
Hoyte
 
 
 
Neville
 
 
80
Gibbs
 
 
 
Gosling
 
 
Ramsey
 
 
 
Wallace
 
 
Walcott
 
 
46
 
Saha
 
 
74
Vela
 
 
 
Vaughan
 
 
80
Game Statistics
25
Goal Attempts
7
11
On Target
2
7
Corners
4
5
Offside
5
9
Fouls
16
2
Yellow Cards
4
0
Red Cards
0
63.9
%
36.1
Comments...
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.






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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 18 2008

Time: 8:03PM

Your Comments

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.
gunnerkid107
I noticed that about Cesc's passing too - maybe his broken nose was bothering him
Passenal
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?
GoonerLou
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.
prits
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.
Amos.
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.
prits
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.
Amos.
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.
EvertonMike
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.
Thing
25 goal attempts against 7 goal attempts and 64% of the possession tells the whole story. The Toffees just weren't chewy enough...
Sindbad
Anyone has news on Nasri's injury? I am glad we have him instead of Hleb. I wonder what Hleb would have done if he was in the same position as Nasri where he scored yesterday.
Joe_@**
 

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