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Middlesbrough 1 - Arsenal 1

Premier League

Riverside Stadium

13/12/08 12:45 pm

Attendance: 27,320

Referee: Peter Walton

Middlesbrough
1 - 1
Arsenal
Aliadiere 29
 
Adebayor 17
 
Venue: Riverside Stadium
 
Attendance: 27,320
The Teams
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
 
 
Substitutes
Jones
 
 
 
Fabianski
 
 
Emnes
 
 
 
Vela
 
 
Alves
 
 
 
Ramsey
 
 
Shawky
 
 
 
Silvestre
 
 
Bates
 
 
 
Wlishere
 
 
Hines
 
 
 
Bendtner
 
 
82
Grounds
 
 
 
Eboue
 
 
Game Statistics
10
Goal Attempts
22
3
On Target
6
5
Corners
10
1
Offside
2
8
Fouls
11
0
Red Cards
0
41.9
%
58.1
Comments...
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.




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Date:Saturday December 13 2008

Time: 4:09PM

Your Comments

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?
smithdj74
It strikes me that even when we are on top in a game we look pretty average.
LondonGooner
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 Man.city. 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.
D'arsassin
I must of missed about 15 of those 22 shots
paul_ownz
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.
supersof
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.
Gael-Force
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.
TPowell
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.
prits
all that possession and all those attempts......something lacking I think...!!!
lincolnblue
Aliadiere: the immutable law of the ex. He was bound to score against us.
Gael-Force
How Wenger must regret saying that we didn't need to add anybody in the off-season. We have been cruelly exposed and it is glaringly obvious. We need at least 5 quality first team players. The team over-achieved last year, AW loved it but Wenger's magic is fading and his kids are not ready by a long shot. You can't keep on making bargain transfers or buying unproven players year after year and expect to remain in the top 4 when the rest of the league is spending money to close the gap. Sooner or later you get caught. Aston Villa will run us close for 4th. Wenger is still Mr Arsenal for me though.
Gael-Force
Listen guys , i say you give us the 3 points next week at the Emirates that way we do each other a favour as we stick it up to the Chavs and Man Utd. Dont come at us too hard playing your attractive style of football just stay in 2nd gear against us. Realistically guys its unlikely you will win the title this season so why not give us the 3 points next week? so we can both annoy those blue ****s and those manc *****s....what d`ya say guys?
I Bling Red
We must have the lowest 'half-chance' conversion rate in the league.
ArsenalRob
I Bling Red, with all due respect, ***** off, mate ;). We are in a battle for 4th spot and I couldnt care who won the League. Now way can we throw any points against anyone.
prits
Gael - I dont remember Wenger saying anything of that sort. He always maintained that this side lacks a little experience, and lacks in the mid field position. That he didnt add anyone to the squad is a valid criticism.
prits
Prits, Wenger did say he was happy with his squad, but would add to it if the right player came available.....seems very close to me.
LondonGooner
 

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