News From The Grove

Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton

Posted in Arsenal by Our Correspondent on October 19, 2008

After a long hiatus, the news from the grove are back. So we played our first league game after a long international break yesterday. Although the scoreline suggests that we had an easy victory over Everton, the fact is that it wasn’t a convincing victory for us. With Gallas and Djourou missing due to injuries, Silvestre got his first start since joining Arsenal, but it wasn’t a great debut for him. Leon Osman played Pienaar wide on the left and kept running into the box. Alex Song, who inexplicably played as right back, was easily dodged by the South African and he laid a pass for Osman to slot home. 0-1 to Arsenal in the first half and it was a nervous Grove. With Kolo Toure substituted after sustaining a shoulder injury, it was the introduction of Theo Walcott that changed the game for us. He brought that extra pace into the game and helped us to stretch Everton. Although we did manage to win, we have to work a lot harder if we are to win the league.

Points to be noted from the game are:

1) We are not taking the chances that are coming our way

2) We seriously lack defensively. We need a solid central defender who can head the ball. Everton’s Fellini time and again won the aerial battles with Toure and Silvestre.

3) Central midfield. Dennilson is a good player, so is Ramsey. Diaby is back and we have Alex Song. None of them are Mathieu Flamini.

4) Killer instinct. The boss talks about hunger and the desire to win. I agree, the team has the desire to win. But how many of them want to go that extra bit to make it really happen?

5) Adebayor’s run. Last season, he was first in the list of players with most offside decisions against them. Arsenal has played 8 games so far and the Togo star is already number one in that list.

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Arsenal 4 – 0 Porto

Posted in Arsenal by Our Correspondent on October 1, 2008

Arsenal easily beat Porto in the UEFA Champions League tie yesterday. Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor scored a brace each. Watch the videos of the goals here. Robin van Persie’s opener, Adebayor’s header, Robin van Persie’s toe-poke and Adebayor’s penalty.