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Stoke City 2 - Arsenal 1 - Stats

Stoke City
2 - 1

Premier League

Britannia Stadium

1/11/08 15:00

Attendance: 26,704

Referee: Rob Styles

Stoke CityArsenal
Fuller 11, Olofinjana 73 Clichy 90+4
Sorensen     Almunia    
Griffin     Sagna     57
Faye     Silvestre    
Shawcross     Toure    
Higginbotham     Clichy    
Delap     Song    
Faye     Fabregas    
Olofinjana     Diaby    
Diao     78 Denilson     65
Fuller     86 Adebayor     72
Sidibe     91 Bendtner    
Simonsen     Fabianski    
Wilkinson     Djourou    
Sonko     Ramsey    
Whelan     78 van Persie     65
Soares     Walcott     57
  86 Vela     72
Kitson     91 Nasri    
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
I didn't get to see any part of this game so commenting on blind statistics alone risks being even more misleading than usual without the help of some visual support. On the other hand, scoreline and red card excepted, maybe the statistics are the more attractive way to view this contest. Along with possession, passing and tackle success, territorial advantage etc., we dominated the game in every area except the only ones that matter. Perhaps persuaded by the argument that our central midfield needed strengthening Wenger decided to go for quantity - at the expense of the very limited wide options we have. Midfield dominated possession, we won the ball plenty of times and tackle success rate was up at 85% - stratospheric numbers by recent standards. But we created fewer chances than usual. Statistically Cesc was the stand out midfielder with 96 passes 84% completion, 4 shots, 1 assist, 6 assist attempts and 1 ball won. Statistically midfields weakest link was Song with 62 passes 82% completion and 1 ball won. Both Diaby and Denilson contributed more offensively and defensively than he managed. An entirely different picture of the game may well emerge from seeing what really went on and as usual I'll trust Tim Stillman's match report to add the real colour and sense of place to the days events but we can at least celebrate one statistic worth noting - Gael notched his first goal for the club. Though maybe the statistic that will live longest in the memory is that we set our starting team selection based on what we were afraid Stoke could do to us rather than on what we might be able to do to them.

Date:Saturday November 1 2008
Time: 6:21PM


That last sentence says it all for me Amos, "afraid of what Stoke could do to us" How depressing is that!
01/11/2008 18:34:00
The starting 11 said a lot about the mindset of Wenger & Arsenal. Of the 4 shots on target, 2 were tame shots straight at the goalie, and should not count as real chances. Pretty poor stats where it really mattered.
01/11/2008 18:36:00
Arsenal is a football club. We are not estate agents nor a football school. We are here to win trophies. Somebody tell Wenger that. All summer we all knew we needed steel and height in defensive midfield and centre-back. He said it himself. And What does he do? He says we are fine and goes out on the last day to get a finished player like Silvestre. Would MU sell us a Ronaldo or a Rooney? Look at our type midfield: Cesc, Nasri, Theo, Denilson... all less than 21 or 22 and all short and all small... what a joke....
01/11/2008 19:09:00
Today was a good day, wouldn't you say? Ooooh, don't be bitter! I'm so happy, don't spoil it. Before you try and put me down, don't bother. NOTHING will upset me today. Spurs beat the 'pool and Ar5ena1 lost to Stoke.... I am Laughing My Frikkin' Ar5e Off!!!
Yid Singer
01/11/2008 20:01:00
For once I don't begrudge you the win. It keeps us within 6 points of the leaders and you're still in the bottom three. That's not so bad.
01/11/2008 20:11:00
We're moving up, and you're moving down. You've lost RvP for a few games, Theo for a few more, Adeboyer, Clichy and Sanga maybe for 1-2 and Stoke beat you. And you have Man U next. Yup, things aren't so bad. Oh, and we won. Did I mention that already? :D
Yid Singer
01/11/2008 20:21:00
Maybe but we are still a lot closer to the leaders than you are to us. I can take that. Good luck with the rest of the relegation battle.
01/11/2008 20:26:00
Enjoy it while you can, it'll be 9 points off the top after the Man U game and we will be at most, 7 points off a Uefa place after our Man City game. We have 5 points from 9 against three of the top 4 - two of those points away draws. I'll take that - for now.
Yid Singer
01/11/2008 20:43:00
Well we'll see. Man City can be trickier than you think. Don't count your chickens too soon. You did that before the season started remember. But well done today. As I said before I don't begrudge you that win at all.
01/11/2008 21:03:00
Stats mean ****** all when you lose, its our time to take the *****s,just beaten the league leaders,i dont know football eh!!!!!
01/11/2008 21:04:00
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