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Arsenal
1 - 1
Liverpool

Premier League

Emirates Stadium

21/12/08 16:00

Attendance: 60,094

Referee: Coward Webb

ArsenalLiverpool
Robin van Persie 24Keane 42
Almunia     Reina    
Sagna     Arbeloa    
Gallas     Carragher    
Djourou     Agger    
Clichy     Insua    
Denilson     Riera     71
Fabregas     46 Gerrard    
Song     Lucas     88
Nasri     90 Alonso    
Adebayor     62 Keane     81
van Persie     Kuyt    
Substitutes
Fabianski     Cavalieri    
Diaby     46 Hyppia    
Vela     Plessis    
Ramsey     El Zhar     81
Silvestre     N'Gog     88
Wlishere     Benayoun    
Eboue     90 Babel     71
Game Statistics
6
Goal Attempts
13
3
On Target
5
2
Corners
2
0
Offside
5
15
Fouls
18
3
Yellow Cards
3
1
Red Cards
0
42.2
%
57.8
Comments...
Liverpool passed quicker more frequently, more accurately, created more and better chances than we did. We tackled almost as often and more successfully than Liverpool and also dominated territorial advantage (54.4% to 45.6%). We were able to show that we have determination and spirit but not yet the confidence and experience to win games that are winnable. Much will focus on the refereeing decisions. Maybe one simple stat will add some more perspective to this issue. Adebayor committed two fouls for which he received a yellow card for each. Moments after Webb had booked Adebayor for his first foul he awarded a foul against Lucas. He spoke to Lucas at the time and theatrically indicated 3 or 4 other areas of the pitch in which Lucas had committed fouls and demonstrably insisted he would allow no more. Lucas went on to commit 3 more fouls before he was finally booked after the 80th minute of the match. Lucas committed 8 fouls in total, almost half of Liverpool's total for the whole game. If this point, won somewhat against the odds against a good side, helps restore some much needed belief and confidence it will be a valuable one.

Writer:Amos
Date:Sunday December 21 2008
Time: 9:29PM

Comments

0
It's not about the number of fouls a player commits, it's about the type. Adebayor stamped on Insua's foot for his first yellow card, deservedly given in my opinion, while Lucas fouls were more of the niggling verayity.
JohnDoe
21/12/2008 21:43:00
0
Webb had given Lucas a warning about his fouls, some of which were more than niggling, early enough in the first half. He then allowed him to commit as many again before he finally booked him. There was no intent on Ade's part in either tackle. You couldn't honestly claim the same for Lucas in all of his 8 fouls some of which were quite cynical.
Amos.
21/12/2008 21:50:00
0
One has to be suspicious about the previous here. Webb wrongly sent Adebayor off instead of Eboue in the 2007 Craling Cup Final and then pointedly and demonstratably lied about Adebayor throwing a punch, which television evidence shows was thrown by Eboue. Webb's integrity has been in tatters ever since but I can only deduce Adebayor's over the top fury at being sent off in Cardiff planted a seed in Webb's mind. I can't honestly think of another explanation for what was a disgusting decision. Particularly as Gerrard was allowed to get away with an appalling dive some three minuteslater.
Little Dutch
21/12/2008 22:05:00
0
How would the ref know the intent of a player? He can only go with what he see's in front of him. He saw Adebayor stamp on Insua's foot for the first yellow, and he saw him going over the ball, with studs showing, for the second. I know that the replays show that Adebayor made little contact with Arbeloa and was harshly sent off, but the ref doesn't have that luxury. I agree that Lucas should've been yellow carded earlier than he did however.
JohnDoe
21/12/2008 22:05:00
0
There was no contact. Adebayor put his foot behind the ball and there was no danger to Arbeloa at all. If this were the other way around and had a defender shielded the ball in the same way as Adebayor did would Webb have given a penalty? Not a chance.
Amos.
21/12/2008 22:15:00
0
JD, you touch on a decent point, The fact is, Webb has obviously not played the game of football. If you play it, you understand entirely that there was no malice whatsoever in either of Adebayor's challenges.
Little Dutch
21/12/2008 22:18:00
0
the sending off got you back into the game, you lot sj=hould be grateful in a way!
EZLFC
21/12/2008 22:19:00
0
I know Arbeloa's made the most of it but there was contact, and Adebayor did come over the ball with his studs showing. That's what the ref saw and I understand why he sent him off even if it was the wrong decision.
JohnDoe
21/12/2008 22:20:00
0
I wouldn't grumble too much about the result but that doesn't make Webb's actions any more tolerable. Maybe the sending off did inspire greater comitment maybe we would have done so anyway. Liverpool played well and are an efficient effective side. That little bit of good fortune is what makes the difference when it comes to winning titles.
Amos.
21/12/2008 22:24:00
0
Adebayors foot was on the ground behind the ball before Arbeloa got to him the only contact was when Adebayor got his body across Arbeloa. He had a pretty good view of it and that was what he saw. Even if he gave the foul which he needn't have carded him. he could have treated him with the same leniency he gave Lucas. Once agin had it been the other way round and a defender shielding the ball from a forward the referee wouldn't have given anything.
Amos.
21/12/2008 22:30:00
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