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1 - 0

Champions League

Emirates Stadium


Attendance: 60,003

Referee: Claus Larsen

van Persie (pen) 37
Almunia     Doni    
Sagna     Motta    
Toure     Mexes    
Gallas     Loria     71
Clichy     Riise    
Eboue     82 Perrotta    
Diaby     62 Taddei    
Denilson     Brighi     56
Bendtner     67 De Rossi    
Nasri     Totti    
van Persie     Baptista     82
Fabianski     Arthur    
Vela     67 Pizzaro     56
Ramsey     82 Vucinic     82
Djourou     Gomez    
Song     62 Diamoutene     71
Gibbs     Tonetto    
Merida     Montella    
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
I have checked the stats and we should have scored more than once! Still - we didn't concede and though I haven't checked any stats I reckon that is probably as significant in these contests. Everyone performed well tonight but just lacked that little extra composure that might have made the scoreline a little more impressive. What Eboue does well is good. Strong running, accurate and quick passing all let down by a lack of composure and intelligence at the critical point. He'd win over some fans if it weren't for that, at this level, serious flaw. Denilson, who must surely be beginning to win support, put in another really strong performance 73 passes, 85% and 6 ball winning tackles. I saw a stat as Diaby came off after an hour which showed that he had covered more than 8 km. That's Flamini territory. He also passed quickly and accurately, won the ball well on occassions and got off a couple of shots at goal. It'll be slow turning support in his favour but if he remains fit and can get enough games in the centre he might just do that. Roma struggled to match our tempo and their centre backs in particular found it hard going against RvP and Nasri. That's a combination we have seen a few times in the latter part of this season. It has yet to disappoint me. Unlike Baptista - the air in Islington just doesn't seem to suit him.

Date:Tuesday February 24 2009
Time: 10:41PM


It seems to be that the difference between an effective Diaby and an ineffective one lies in his work rate. To cover 8km+ is impressive stuff. It was one of the chances he could take to stake a better claim in the middle and he did well. Was he injured though? Great summary there, Amos, agreed on everything. The Roma keeper's last name is Doni I believe.
24/02/2009 23:09:00
Typo: -be +me
24/02/2009 23:10:00
Yes - Doni it was indeed. Thanks for pointing that out.
24/02/2009 23:33:00
I have to put in a word for Denilson again, AWsaid he would be a massiveplayer and he was tonight. When oh when are people going to see how gifted this boy is? You don't have to run around like a headless chicken a la Flamini to be a good DM, intelligent positioning will see you excelall day long. Unfortunately,most fans only notice the phoney, bulgy veined chest beaters. I also have to say Eboue was terrific, fullof verve and confidence and Diaby, a player I have little time for was excellent too. The extent to which the game changed when he came off was enormous. I also have to say that Gallas is a man I really want to dislike, but when he defends like he did tonight-and has done for the last couple of months, you just can't.
Little Dutch
24/02/2009 23:37:00
What Little Dutch said (minus the wantibg to dislike Gallas part) but I'd also add Nasri. He was great. But Denilson, if he does that game in game out in the prem I'd choose him over most PL players in that position. The only guy who I'd criticise is Nik, poor poor finishing.
But at 1-0 we have to be confident for the 2nd leg right
25/02/2009 00:12:00
We had the chances to kill the tie right there and then but we didn't do it. This team need to be more ruthless. I don't know where Bendtner gets his often publicised overconfidence from but it ain't from his finishing. Denilson, Diaby, Nasri all had a good game, which begs the question: If they can turn it on against MU, Chelsea and in the CL why don't they do in against Sunderland? Do they just pick their matches?
25/02/2009 00:33:00
walcott on the left, nasri on the right ,fabregas in the middle, and eduardo up front.....we wouldve smashed Roma out of sight...silver lining.....i can see eboue or bendtner getting the last minute winner in the final...if we ever get there again
fran merida
25/02/2009 00:37:00
actually that should be walcott on the right and nasri on the left...but you should know where i am coming from, inregards to our inability to score in open play again
fran merida
25/02/2009 00:38:00
I have to say Ramsey looked electric for the very short time he was on
the yza
25/02/2009 01:22:00
Amos how much ground did Nik travel? It seem on three occasions his failure to score was due to control the pass given, but for all his missed efforts his overall attack, pass and defense became evident once he was substituted. He is young, and as the boss said strikers need more time to mature. IMO, I'll take the missed goals because I feel he will become a very good player for us. Agree with your comments LD.
25/02/2009 01:38:00
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