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13/12/08 12:45 pm

Attendance: 27,320

Referee: Peter Walton

Aliadiere 29Adebayor 17
Turnbull     Almunia    
Huth     Sagna    
McMahon     Gallas    
Riggott     Djourou    
Pogatetz     Clichy    
Johnson     Denilson    
Digard     92 Fabregas    
Arca     90 Song    
Downing     Diaby     82
Sanli     van Persie    
Aliadiere     Adebayor    
Jones     Fabianski    
Emnes     Vela    
Alves     Ramsey    
Shawky     Silvestre    
Bates     Wlishere    
Hines     Bendtner     82
Grounds     Eboue    
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
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Not quite happening for the present. Some passages of good play but not sustained. There is a hesitancy and uncertainty about much of our play at the moment. We are retaining possession and passing pretty accurately but without the conviction that greater belief would give us. The fact that we made more tackles (21) and with greater success (90.5%) is just one indicator that should help belie the accusations of lack of effort and commitment that some have and will level at us. Our problem at present is the lack of belief that a run of good results gives us. All the players put a good stint in, at least in terms of effort, but often lacking that extra degree of confidence that allows them to make the same pass a little quicker and better weighted. The talent is there but for the present the belief isn't.

Date:Saturday December 13 2008
Time: 4:09PM


I've come to the conclusion (and I hope Wenger has as well) that while you can put a square peg in a round hole to cover one position, you cannot do it for three of your four midfielders. Whoda thunk?
13/12/2008 20:48:00
It strikes me that even when we are on top in a game we look pretty average.
13/12/2008 21:06:00
The truth is we are not the best team,we dont have the best players,the balance is wrong,the chemistry is wrong so why should we believe or expect that we can be champions at the end of the season. If we beat Livpool then everyone says we are back in the race but the fact is we fell out of the title race when we lost back to back to A.Villa and My fellow Arsenal fans,forget this season,hope and pray we get a CL place and keep some of our better players and MAYBE,JUST MAYBE AW will get some decent players in the summer. Dats all.
13/12/2008 21:26:00
I must of missed about 15 of those 22 shots
13/12/2008 22:08:00
lots of possession, but no end result. we seem to be struggling to turn midfield possession to genuine chances in front of goal. i think ade should concentrate on being more of an aerial threat. he doesnt get beaten in the air very often, he should make more use of that fact. we also lacked width against boro, mainly becos we missed nasri and theo, but i think perhaps vela would have served us a bit better instead of bendtner as a sub. this is a rollercoaster of a season, who knows where we will end up. lucky for us, the top teams dropped points too.
14/12/2008 00:37:00
we would kill to have Young and Agbonlahor in our team right team. These 2 players make a real difference and are just as young as our squad. We use our wings to educate central mdf and strikers when we need a good orthodox winger that is ready to take people on. Since Reyes and Pires we have had no wingers. Nasri will become world class but still not an out and out winger.
14/12/2008 01:21:00
I still rate our players highly (individually), save for Den, Diaby, Theo who just aren't ready yet. But like D'arassin said, poor chemistry and poor balance. These could actually be remedied with a couple of strategic purchases however.
14/12/2008 01:22:00
It was a decent performance from Arsenal, but not quite good enough to take all 3 points. We got what we deserved, and thats fair enough. My heart sank as soon as I read the team sheet and I saw Denilson & Diaby out wide. The mid field did create some chances, but some better decision making from Diaby or Bendtner could have seen us score more goals. That will come with more maturity and confidence.
14/12/2008 04:04:00
all that possession and all those attempts......something lacking I think...!!!
14/12/2008 07:56:00
Aliadiere: the immutable law of the ex. He was bound to score against us.
14/12/2008 08:07:00
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