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Arsenal 1 - Bolton 0

Premier League

Emirates Stadium

10/1/2009 15:00

Attendance: 60,068

Referee: Chris Foy

Arsenal
1 - 0
Bolton
Bendtner 84
 
 
Venue: Emirates Stadium
 
Attendance: 60,068
The Teams
Almunia
 
 
 
Jaaskalainen
 
 
Sagna
 
 
 
O'Brien
 
 
Toure
 
 
 
Samuel
 
 
Djourou
 
 
 
Basham
 
 
Clichy
 
 
 
Shittu
 
 
Eboue
 
 
74
 
Taylor
 
 
Diaby
 
 
64
 
Muamba
 
 
Denilson
 
 
 
McCann
 
 
Nasri
 
 
 
Gardner
 
 
Adebayor
 
 
88
 
Davies
 
 
van Persie
 
 
 
Elmander
 
 
39
Substitutes
Fabianski
 
 
 
Obadeyi
 
 
77
Vela
 
 
64
 
Riga
 
 
39 off77
Ramsey
 
 
88
 
Fojut
 
 
Wilshere
 
 
 
Bogdan
 
 
Bendtner
 
 
74
 
 
 
Bischoff
 
 
 
 
 
Gibbs
 
 
 
 
 
Game Statistics
19
Goal Attempts
2
5
On Target
2
5
Corners
0
3
Offside
3
16
Fouls
16
2
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
76.5
%
23.5
Comments...
Some of the talk before this game had focussed on the central defensive pairing - it didn't matter. With almost 80% possession and 70% of the game spent in Boltons half it is amazing that Bolton managed any attempts at all though the two they did have were both on target. Even with those stats the 108 passes Denilson made - 89% accurate was impressive. Not far behind him was Nasri with 98 passes with the same degree of accuracy but also chipping in with 4 assist attempts. For the 64 minutes he was on Diaby's passing rate of 61 passes 92% complete was also up there. Robin van Persie was busy and his efforts were rewarded with an assist for Bendtners goal though having hit the woodwork for the 13th time this season he must be wondering whether he has now used up his quota of bad luck. Maybe 13 will be a lucky number for him. With such a late single goal, echoing the last game against Portsmouth, it looks as though we are just getting by at the moment - but it can be surprising how such hard won results add to confidence and lead to less fear and more comprehensive wins. Hopefully the last two painstakingly won results can herald such belief and just such a run.




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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 10 2009

Time: 7:38PM

Your Comments

I don't think I've ever seen such a difference in amount of possession between two sides in the same division and both with 11 men.
TPowell
Diaby's pass rating for this game, shows that sometimes stats lie.
gunnerkid107
Or that, occasionally, those who collect stats look away when the wife calls... ;-)
Tom14
Even if they don't give a full picture the stats don't lie. A bad pass from an unfavoured player will always stick in the mind more than one from a favoured one.
Amos.
A series of bad passes is what makes a player unfavoured though. Diaby gave the ball away, on simple passes, multiple times. I don't mind a player miss placing a positive forward ball, but Diaby today had trouble playing the ball back to defenders.
gunnerkid107
I think these hard fought and frustrating games are key to getting back on track, it might grate the nerves, but coming straight back and hammering a team or two 4-0 will only provide false confidence. There are still ovious deficiencies in the side but scrapping away and earning points whilst working on the probems is the only way to go, there are no quick fixies. 7 games unbeaten in the league go to show we're getting better and if we can add a bit more quality then we can put in a really good run. It's truly vital that we get some points on the board, and lots of them, because our run in at the end of the season is horrendous!
Rocky7
Whilst Diaby's passing success was 92%, I dont see any assist attempts, which is a telling statistic, and a disappointment. He was supposed to be the creative force in mid field and he has disappointed for the 2 game in a row in that position. He cannot ONLY play behind the striker in a 4-4-1-1, but also learn to play other positions. Rocky makes a good point though - hard fought victories are much better in this context. Earlier in the season, when we easily beat Porto, we assumed our problems were all over and everyone (including the team) was lulled into a false sense of security.
prits
Diaby recorded one assist attempt in this match.
Amos.
One stat I'd like to see is how many times a player loses the ball while dribbling. I think the problem with Diaby is he just runs with the ball until he loses it, and he usually does lose it. People always get on Bendtner (the old veteran, 21 next week, he should know better!) and if you look at his stats you'd think he had a bad game. 5/11 passes were successful, but he had three attempts at goal and scored with one of them- that pretty much sums up Michael Owen's career, so people should cut him some slack. Yes, stats tell a story, but not the whole story and can be manipulated (not that I think anybody is doing that here, just saying). As the old saying goes, the only stat that matters is the final score.
elbondo
Stats can be interpreted differently or used selectively but not usually manipulated - they are what they are. They just lend a lttle objectivity to subjective assessments. Often when we claim that so and so's passing was poor it is based on one or two horrendous passes that stick in the mind. The other perhaps more perfunctory passes that found their target are overlooked. I am sure that Wenger has stats on the number of times a player is dispossessed. This analysis in an important part of managing in the modern game. The final score is the only stat that really matters but the discussion about the game afterwards sometimes benefits from a little objectivity.
Amos.
It just goes to show how wrongly we perceive things sometimes. I had it in my head that Diaby's pass completion rate was poor when in fact it wasn't but he still seemed to have a fairly ineffectual game to me.
norfolk dumpling
 

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