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Emirates Stadium

21/2/2009 15:00

Attendance: 60,104

Referee: Alan Wiley

Almunia     Fulop    
Sagna     McCartney    
Toure     Ben-Haim    
Gallas     Ferdinand    
Clichy     85 Collins    
Arshavin     63 Tainio     76
Denilson     Malbranque    
Song     78 Whitehead    
Nasri     Reid     78
van Persie     Richardson    
Bendtner     Jones     88
Fabianski     Gordon    
Djourou     Davenport    
Gibbs     85 McShane    
Eboue     78 Edwards     88
Merida     Leadbitter     76
Ramsey     Murphy     78
Vela     63 Healy    
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When the defenders have more combined attempts on goal than the midfielders or the forwards then I guess that tells it's own tale of frustration. In fact of our back four only Gallas spent less time in midfield than in the defensive third. Chances were created but not taken bringing the 3rd goalless draw in succession - a feat apparently not achieved since 1998. Arshavin had a promising hour and while his passing frequency and completion rates were below those of the other midfielders he was the only midfielder (save for 2 by Vela in the last half hour) to have any shots on goal. But then it was only nominally a midfield role as both he and Vela spent virtually 70% of their playing time in the attacking third. We are more solid defensively than in the early part of the season but while at one time you would have always backed us to score, that for the time being, is a quality that seems to have deserted us.

Date:Saturday February 21 2009
Time: 10:52PM


Lets have a look at another statistic. It will be the lowest we have finished since Wenger has been here, the 1st time we have not gone in to the chaampions league ....etc
22/02/2009 00:44:00
I still think you'll finish 4th guys, ahead of Villa.
22/02/2009 00:56:00
Could be worse you could have Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand in your coaching staff.
22/02/2009 01:23:00
The time has come to accept that this is what we are now,the 5th or 6th best side in England. There really is no more room for us tokid ourselves or for the manager or the board to kid any of us. This is what we are and what we will be for the forseeable future. How ironic, on the day the club announce frozen ticket prices as if it's a massive favour.
Little Dutch
22/02/2009 01:39:00
with 12 games to go i think we need 28 points at the very least which means 8 or 9 wins. I cant see Villa or Chelsea not picking up at least 21 points. Time will tell, but id imagine we need a hell of a run to pull it off, which i dont think we are capable of, especially when we cant beat teams like west ham and sunderland at home.
22/02/2009 02:01:00
This is just mypoint Paul, people have been going on about Villa dropping points as if we're somehow not going to drop any. It's just quite clear that Villa are a much better side than us and as such, we will drop more points than they do. We're not waiting to explode or about to go on a big run. The fact is, our players, every one of them, are clearly trying their hardest. This is just all that we are capable of. Period.
Little Dutch
22/02/2009 02:07:00
I think now is the time to look at the future. Playing with Ramsey, Wilshere and giving Vela more starts can only have a positive impact. Today is all gloom and I believe we will be playing the new UEFA League competition, come next September. Let's go for it then. We we'll be without some of our stars who will find their way out of the club. We should offload the players that are not CL material: Silvestre, Diaby, Bendtner, Eboue, Adebayor, Rosicky, Song and Denilson. Gallas, Arshavin and Van Persie will move themselves away from the club. I can't even imagine what will happen to Cesc, but I can't see him staying for more than next season. So the Wenger system comes full circle and we'll have to develop young players to replace these that will go. Maybe the money saved on the players leaving will allow us to buy some others that are not just brilliant in the training field but found wanting on the real pitch.
22/02/2009 08:25:00
I think you are spot on LD. PT, that is a far too pessimistic a view. I think the reason we are now more solid at the back is because we now play much deeper and players seem reluctant to get forward. How many times was the ball played into the opponents penalty area and either no Arsenal player was there to receive it or only one or two - and then not in the right place to connect? The team are also playing at far too low a tempo, the build up is slow, tentative and lacking in confidence which gives the opposition time to get everyone back to defend. We are also giving the ball away far too often with poor passing which is another sign of a lack of confidence. If you look at the best and most successful team in the pl (Man U - ouch that hurts) they attack in numbers and at pace, they also defend in numbers. They also have the biggest and best squad of players by far but that fact alone doesn't excuse our apparent lack of ambition and timid play. I also wonder about the preparation, why is it that for the 'big' games we seem to be able to produce but for games against clubs lower in the league - games we should be winning - we seem unable to get ourselves up for it? Players such as Bendtner and Vela are just not ready yet and nor are Ramsey, Wilshere and Gibbs. Song is not mobile enough for anything other than a simple holding role and Denilson's tackling and lack of pace let him down at the moment although in time experience may over come these deficits. On a brighter note Kolo seems to be continuing his return to form and has settled in next to Gallas and Almunia looks pretty solid in goal. Nasri will be OK and Arshavin is class as is RVP but he needs support from midfield and the other strike partners.
norfolk dumpling
22/02/2009 09:03:00
Bye bye 4th place.
22/02/2009 09:22:00
ND, I know that was a very pessimistic view and I agree with you on most of what you've written. I also think that Denilson hasn't found out what his purpose is. He is not a holding midfielder, and whenever the ball comes to him, our attack slows down. Most of the time his passes are backards. That only shows what fragile a player he is. He is not responding well to the pressure of carrying the ball from defence to the strikers. Maybe that is not his fault, but AW needs to take a look into it. He already admitted to it by ststing that we don't play "vertically" enough. That come down to Denilson who I don't think made a pass forward in any of the games we drew.
22/02/2009 09:49:00
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