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Arsenal 1 - Portsmouth 0

Premier League

Emirates Stadium

28/12/08 14:00

Attendance: 60,092

Referee:

Arsenal
1 - 0
Portsmouth
Gallas 81
 
 
Venue: Emirates Stadium
 
Attendance: 60,092
The Teams
Almunia
 
 
 
James
 
 
Sagna
 
 
 
Wilson
 
 
Gallas
 
 
 
Distin
 
 
Silvestre
 
 
 
Campbell
 
 
Clichy
 
 
 
Belhadj
 
 
Eboue
 
 
66
 
Nugent
 
 
88
Diaby
 
 
75
 
Diop
 
 
91
Denilson
 
 
 
Davis
 
 
Nasri
 
 
 
Hughes
 
 
50
Bendtner
 
 
 
Krancjar
 
 
Adebayor
 
 
 
Crouch
 
 
Substitutes
Fabianski
 
 
 
Ashdown
 
 
Toure
 
 
 
Hreidarsson
 
 
Gibbs
 
 
 
Pamarot
 
 
91
Ramsey
 
 
75
 
Little
 
 
Wilshere
 
 
 
Mvuemba
 
 
50
van Persie
 
 
 
Kanu
 
 
Vela
 
 
66
 
Defoe
 
 
88
Game Statistics
17
Goal Attempts
5
3
On Target
2
11
Corners
2
6
Offside
4
12
Fouls
9
0
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
59.7
%
40.3
Comments...
To steal a phrase from someone else, at times this game was like watching a game of chess played between two arthritic old men. It was a game played out in a freezing cold atmosphere of post-christmas anti-climax. Even the stadium announcer sounded as though he had been recruited from the job centre that morning. We dominated a game against a hugely unambitious side but played at a pace by both sides that was pretty tedious throughout. Diaby started in central midfield for the first time this season and passed well if slowly and also won a few tackles. Denilson played a subdued holding role and again passed very accurately but at a rate about 70-75% of the levels we normally expect to see from him. A well flighted free kick from Denilson claimed yet another assist for the central midfielder. The pace of the game suited Gallas and Silvestre who were rarely troubled and read the game well enough - in fact they probably had enough time to read the matchday programme if they hadn't already done so. Nasri tried hardest and was Arsenal most creative force. With Bendtner occupying the wide areas (mainly on the left switching to the right when Vela came on)the two made as much as they could of the pedestrian pace. Nasri, playing centrally, making more passes (68 - 82% completion) than any of the other midfielders while managing 5 assist attempts and 4 shots on goal. Even Bendtner managed to get through 52 passes 72% completion (a decent improvement on recent performances) along with a couple of assist attempts and 3 shots on goal.




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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 28 2008

Time: 7:12PM

Your Comments

We are as flat at the moment as yeasterday's can of coke.
Armory
17 attempts, 2 on targer .... who was our striker? Mr Magoo?
Rocky7
It was 3 on target - but also 9 of the shots were blocked.
Amos.
I meant to type 3 but I have been drinking all day .... lol .... I reckon I'll finish Christmas and New year a good half stone heavier than when I started !!!
Rocky7
im not sure what we played last nite. forget beautiful football, just football will do for now. players all looked alien to their respective positions (esp bendtner, diaby, and even ade). im not sure what needs to happen but one feels that SOMETHING needs to happen, and soon. maybe a shake up of the team, change things around, maybe new blood. but we are so flat and uninspiring at the moment, its worrying. we won, but against a side who have been thumped by lesser teams of late.
supersof
Pompey had only conceded 5 in their previous 6 away games in the PL before yesterdays match. They got thumped away in the opening games and have taken a pounding at home recently. But we aren't creating enough. There are signs that we have a better balance of late but not yet the confidence to create and defend with any belief.
Amos.
Hey do we know what the stats say about Vela's performance? I thought with him on the pitch, we created a bit more chances, just an impression.
GoonerLou
17 goal attempts?! Which ******** match was I watching? Didnt feel like there were so many chances, although we did create about 4-5 good chances. Statistically, Denilson may have only beeen at 75%, but I'm quite happy with his consistency. Puts in good solid shows, week in week out.
prits
Well done to you Gunners, i apologise for our policy of trying to bore the opposition to death!! Good luck to you and your team for the rest of the season, and i hope you get back into the title race. Another great day out for us at the Emirates, a proper ground.
Owenspompey
Statistically Vela coming on for Eboue didn't add much in terms of possession, passing rates or chances created but we appeared to be a little better balanced with a left footer out on the left. Ramsey coming on for Diaby upped the passing rate and passing success notably though measured over just 15 minutes or so that maybe isn't significant.
Amos.
Cool stuff, cheers Amos! I thought Ramsey did give the ball away a couple times with his ambitious passes, but I didn't know he's still better than Diaby with passing success. Can't wait to see Ramsey and the kids again in the FAC!
GoonerLou
A couple of times is right. Ramsey made 2 bad passes. It's not so unusual to see the passing rate go up with a fresh midfielder replacing a tiring one towards the end of the game. That's one of the reasons for bringing them on of course. You can't fairly compare Diaby's 75 minute stint (81% passing success) with Ramseys 15+ minutes (89% success).
Amos.
 

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