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Manchester United

Premier League

Emirates Stadium

8/11/08 12:45

Attendance: 60,106

Referee: Coward Webb

ArsenalManchester United
Nasri 22, 48Rafael 90
Almunia     78 van der Sar    
Sagna     Neville     64
Gallas     Ferdinand    
Silvestre     Vidic    
Clichy     Evra    
Walcott     78 Carrick    
Fabregas     Park ji-Sung    
Denilson     Berbatov    
Nasri     Ronaldo    
Diaby     86 Rooney     78
Bendtner     Anderson     72
Fabianski     78 Kusczak    
Toure     86 O'Shea    
Vela     Evans    
Ramsey     Rafael     64
Song     78 Giggs     72
Wilshere     Tevez     78
Djourou     Nani    
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
What value are statistics eh? ManU dominated pretty well all the stats. Greater possession, passing success, tackle success, territorial advantage, goal attempts yet we won a pulsating game. What stats can't tell you is the value of the pattern of the game. Both managers would tell you that the first goal in these contests is a significant statistic in itself. That could have gone to either side but we got it. If you manage to go in in front at half time then you would wish to keep it tight for the first 20 minutes or so at the beginning of the 2nd half but your greatest wish would be to get an early second goal. Again we got it. The goals ensured that Nasri got man of the match though Denilson put in another sterling performance in midfield winning tackles and passing swiftly and efficiently (65 passes, 92% success, 4 balls won). But there aren't any stats that will tell you the contribution that Gallas made today. Many would rather chew on broken glass than acknowledge the man of the match contribution of this big player in a big game and there aren't any stats to show you that his contribution was all about making decisions. Making the right decision at the right time - which he did with almost total perfection today. Much of the failing in our young side is that they haven't mastered that decision making ability as yet. As important and telling as Cescs contribution was (56 passes, 77% success, 1 assist, 4 assist attempts, 2 balls won) it was one where his decisions let him down at times. He wasn't alone. It is a price that you can expect to pay with young players but that the talent and ability is there in great abundance is beyond doubt. ManU might feel a little disappointed with the result because by and large their players made the right decisions but in that frustrating way that we are all too familiar with key moments in the game just didn't go their way.

Date:Saturday November 8 2008
Time: 6:40PM


There is only one stat that matters today. And I couldn't be happier. I'm not going to kid myself or lie to others that I think we have what it takes to win the league, because we don't, but what we did prove today is that we still have the foundations to build a team that CAN win a title in the future. Now if we can just play like that against the "smaller" teams.
08/11/2008 19:53:00
Chim chimeney, chim chimeney chim chim cher-ee, Who needs Ronaldo wen we've got Nasri? Awful, I know, but it makes me smile.
08/11/2008 20:12:00
I was really tempted to vote for Den and even Gallas. But I've followed the majority and voted for Nasri. This boy came to a new country, adapted quickly to the new team, took just a few mins to score his first goal, I thought all we needed to see was whether he'd perform well against big teams. He did, with no fear whatsoever, very emphatically. This is the type of game he joined us from France for and he didn't only promise but has started to deliver straightaway. So my MotM is SAMIR!!!
08/11/2008 20:22:00
Gunnerblood that is truly awful you should be shamed of your self, but then again it makes me smile too.
08/11/2008 20:31:00
Am I the only one to notice the name of the ref?
08/11/2008 20:32:00
No I saw that one too!! A little nickname we've given him here at Vital since the Carling Cup final!
08/11/2008 20:34:00
awesome game today .. perhaps one of the best i have seen in a long time .. congratulations to arsenal and nasri for a job well done.
08/11/2008 20:38:00
AK I did not see the game but from what I hear it was a fantastic game, end to end stuff, if only we can start playing like that against the smaller teams.
08/11/2008 20:42:00
We need a Willie-O, you need a Willie-O, lets cheer for Willie-O, sing for my Willie-O, Ashley Cole has a phone, stuck up his arse hole, he needs a Willie-O, weve got a Willie-O. Now THAT, is a bad chant!
08/11/2008 21:16:00
Congrats!Great win and display.Today, I saw you the first time to play for the result and not only for the sake of playing.
German Blues Brother
08/11/2008 21:22:00
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