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Spurs 0 - The Arsenal 0

Premier League

White Hart Lane

8/2/2009 1:30 pm

Attendance: 36,021

Referee: Mike Dean

0 - 0
The Arsenal
Venue: White Hart Lane
Attendance: 36,021
The Teams
van Persie
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
It is hard for a side to maintain the tempo and dominance that Spurs did in the early part of the game. In such games there usually comes a point around 25 minutes or so in when the tempo drops and provided the defending team hasn't conceded in that period there is a good chance to wrest some control back. It becomes exponentially more difficult to do so with 10 men on the field though. The first half ended with 60% possession in favour of the home side and the game ended with 56.2% in their favour. The possession stats for the 2nd half would have therefore been 52.4% in favour of the home side. We had 2 shots in the first half, both off target and 4 in the 2nd of which 2 were on target though the first of these wasn't until the 91st minute. We began to get some better control over our game, even with 10 men, as it went on but with pass completion stats of just 69.3% this was one of our poorer performances. A depleted midfield would have some impact on that but the introduction of Bendtner who does have trouble controlling his passing at times (down to 48% in this game) didn't help the cause too much. Sadly looking at the bench there was little there, ready to take part in a high pressure game, that could offer a guarantee of doing much better. One player who did deal with the pressure pretty well was Almunia whose 5 saves and a few decent claims may have gone a little way to dispel doubts about his temperament in such high profile contests.

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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 8 2009

Time: 4:46PM

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A bit disappointed that you couldn't hasten Spuds relegation today, but all in all it was an away point, and they couldn't beat you even though you were down to 10 men. North London bragging rights to the gooners again.
I think Nasri is better slightly more infield rather than being out on the wing, especially in a side without Cesc and other more creative players. It's a real shame that Eboue let his teammates down because I got the sense that van Persie may have produced another decisive moment today if we had 11 on the pitch. We were well capable of getting a vital win today against a Spurs side not brimming with confidence but sadly the knob that is Emanuel Eboue had to be his usual consistent 'add no value' self.
The players were shattered ikn the last 15 minutes, but we didn't have the right players on the bench. I'm not one of these people that has a pop at Eboue, but that was ridiculous today. I didn't see the second booking properly, we were watching Ade go off, but both were stupid. I'd be interested to see how many booking he's got for discent/diving, He needs to hae a word with himself, that nearly cost us today. Great to see Eddy on the bench though!
Well loved it.I thought you didn't deserve to get even a point.Anyhow I would love to see Sp*rs relegated but today I was hoping for a Sp*rs victory after all the way we are playing we need more Artesenal draws or loses.LOL Gunnerkid what's happen? So much jumping yesterday?5 ponits gap with 16 goal difference good
I hope that Clichy's head cut is not serious. It didn't look good, but hopefully he'll be ok. Well done today btw!
Fan of Blues
It's baffling how the 2 Blues' assessments differ eh!
GoonerLou - It's because I'm a Man City fan, not a Chelski fan, and don't have quite the same anti-arsenal feelings as Saimon_blues. Oh, I'm married to a gooner as well, and I live in Old Tr**ford, so more than a healthy respect for the gooners, as they ***** manyoo scum off more than most!
I am fed up with this team. It's there for all to see. For 5 years, we've been told the kids are growing, that we'll have a great team. Where are they? Have they stopped growing? As for Eboue, Wenger is far too soft on his players, where is the **** discipline? Wenger should fine him 2 weeks wages. hen you earn millions on the fans back, the least you can do is respect them. Arsenal players are privileged. No Man U players would have dared get sent off like that in fear of Fergie's rage except Roy Keane maybe.
Imagine this midfield: Arshavin - Denilson - Fabregas - Nasri! Fantastic! Oh well...
Hehe I actually meant the 2 'Blues' posts just above mine, not necessarily yours. I saw you guys' posts before and knew you're not the same 'Blues'. For the record, out of all the Blues, I personally respect Everton most. And a City fan and a Gooner living in OT, a bit 'challenging', isn't it?! :D
GoonerLou I am sure FOB also have the same feeling about Arsenal I know him better than you.By the way all the best wishes for Clichy
5 points is not all that much, mind you. Just this time last year we were leading the table by 5 and we both now how that worked out. There is still 39 points to be had for both of us, and you would be a fool to write off our chances of catching Chelsea. Plus we have key players missing that will be returning. Besides Essien, who were you missing against Hull that might be back to help you the rest of the season?
Ah, thank god it's a draw. Boy aren't we both *****ed?
Thought Arsenal was gonna steal the win, goal disallowed looked harsh. How serious is adebayors hamstring injury?
Hopefully serious because he has been gash for about 2 months. Ok maybe a bit harsh, but he needs to get his game back
Are you guys still playin for 4th spot? I watched the game today, i fort Tottenham Dominated it =]
Hehe Blitz and what exactly did Spuds create by 'dominating' the game? I couldn't see anything apart from 2 chances: Keane's and Modric's towards the end. They looked as though they were not sure whether to attack or go for safety first, despite playing against 10 men. It's obvious there's a fear factor in their heads.
Even though i thought he deserved both yellows, on Eboue thought he only deserved the second one. This shows how stupid he is. He knew he was on a yellow so he had to watch himself, why then get a second one so stupidly? He's selfish and he doesn't think of the fans who pay his wages. He then goes on to say that was a good point, away from home and 11v10. he has no right to talk about that point. We needed all 3.
Eboue don't deserve to wear the shirt again, if he does again, eff it, i'm gonna boo.
Although Eboue did argue with the ref, it seems like questioning te ref for a decision is worse than telling him to '***** off', which the likes of Rooney gets away with consistently. This is not the 1st time that Eboue is letting down the team (think back to the FA Cup against ManU). The passing stats are poor, although I could see many misplaced passes, I didnt think they'd be so bad. I thought we could nick a goal late on if it was goal less after 80 mins. A bit disappointed that Dudu didnt come on towards the end. I'm ok with a point and I hope luck goes our way. That disallowed goal was a ***** decision.
I'm a Chelsea fan so it's only normal that I might have anti-arsenal feelings like Saimon has pointed out. That said, I still believe that you did well yesterday given that you were playing with ten men from the 38th min and that Ade was taken off injured. You managed to last the whole 90 mins and even had several close chances wasted yourself. We didn't manage any of that at Anfield!
Fan of Blues
hammered you, lucky lucky arsenal
Hammered us? Wasn't it 0-0!!!!!!!!!!!!
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