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Arsenal 1 - Portsmouth 0 - Stats

Arsenal
1 - 0
Portsmouth

Premier League

Emirates Stadium

28/12/08 14:00

Attendance: 60,092

Referee:

ArsenalPortsmouth
Gallas 81
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
Date:Sunday December 28 2008
Time: 7:12PM

Comments

0
We are as flat at the moment as yeasterday's can of coke.
Armory
28/12/2008 21:59:00
0
17 attempts, 2 on targer .... who was our striker? Mr Magoo?
Rocky7
29/12/2008 01:22:00
0
It was 3 on target - but also 9 of the shots were blocked.
Amos.
29/12/2008 01:31:00
0
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
29/12/2008 01:44:00
0
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
29/12/2008 06:29:00
0
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.
29/12/2008 10:04:00
0
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
29/12/2008 14:13:00
0
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
29/12/2008 14:50:00
0
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
29/12/2008 19:32:00
0
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.
30/12/2008 09:29:00
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