Joined: 31 Dec 06
what a WORLD CLASS performance today...
the finishing was
van persie is 1 of my fav. arsenal players, but he was awfully selfhish today.
arshavin is a football genius. those through balls he makes are outstanding. when he does eventually score his 1st, it's gonna start raining goals for him. what were the odds & eboue & song playing so well today? the only downside to this game was RVP.
Joined: 8 Jan 09
its not really easy for a player to come on as a substitute in the rain and straight away play like pele. but he should hav scored though.
we played brilliantly, but it was only burnley.
Eduardo Genius !!
Joined: 31 Dec 06
just left a comment on the man utd thread about them losing to Inter tomorrow... i can just imagine the hate messages i'm gonna get.
where are u arsenal supporters???
y'all disappoint me... don't come running back here when we knock out roma like everything is cool.
even if man utd fans are bandwagonists, at least they show their team love all the time.
Joined: 31 Dec 06
i'm hoping we score 2 goals today, 1 from adebayor & 1 from gallas from a corner.
Joined: 17 Feb 07
I think Villarreal started with full of energy and pace to get a goal and they got that but they didn't know that you can't play at that pace the whole 90 min against English opposition. I think the strategy was they would put us under pressure and get 2 goal lead and then they would defend the remaining minutes as we had no strikers while injuries took 2 subs. That is how they played against ManUtd play at a high pace and energy they first 30 minutes as they get tired defend deep with Senna in front of the back four. I think the fact that we have an away goal is a boost and we could win at home because they are not the best at defending set pieces with RVP back for 2nd leg we have a real chance to at least score goals and progress.
Almunia and Gallas will be out for some crucial games.....
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Scorer: Saha (90)
Scorer: Denilson (26)
Scorer: Vermaelen (36)
Scorer: Gallas (40)
Scorer: Fabregas (47, 69)
Scorer: Eduardo (88)
Attendance: 39,309 FT (19:31)
Arsenal produced a stunning opening-day performance to underline manager Arsene Wenger's belief his young stars can win the title.
The Gunners exposed Everton's frailties in defence and the hosts' lack of depth.
The last time Everton lost 6-1 at home was back in 1958, and Arsenal did the damage that time as well.
Their passing, movement and finishing left Everton in shreds, and the north Londoners were three up at the break through Denilson, debut defender Thomas Vermaelen and his centre-back colleague William Gallas. After the interval Cesc Fabregas struck with two fine goals.
Moyes had to sit and watch as his usually reliable rearguard, admittedly missing the excellent Phil Jagielka, fell apart before his eyes.
Arsenal were sharp from the start and their passing game was quickly on song. And when Phil Neville misplaced a ball in midfield, the Gunners flowed forward before Nicklas Bendtner drove a shot over the bar.
Then Bendtner headed down for Robin van Persie to see his shot on the turn deflected wide by Lescott.
Everton were having to work tremendously hard in midfield to contain the tempo of Arsenal's game and the Toffees barely created a chance in the opening half.
The goal Arsenal had been threatening arrived after 26 minutes. Bendtner surged in from the left before flicking a pass to Cesc Fabregas, who instantly turned the ball into Denilson's path.
The pace of the move left Everton floundering, and the fine strike from the Brazilian from just outside the area dipped and curled into the top corner.
Everton's response was predictably furious and they had Arsenal hemmed into their box for a spell.
Only a goal-line clearance from Denilson following Marouane Fellaini's header from a Leighton Baines corner stopped an equaliser.
Arsenal, though, were cutting through Everton with movement and accurate passing, and after 37 minutes they were two ahead.
Van Persie's free-kick from the right found Vermaelen beyond the far post, and the defender headed back into the bottom corner for a fine debut goal.
Everton's marking for that was dreadful, with Fellaini and Joseph Yobo seemingly at fault. But four minutes later when Gallas headed home another free-kick, this time from Fabregas, the defending was even worse.
The Frenchman had a free run into the six-yard box to guide his header home completely unmarked. Goalkeeper Tim Howard appealed for cover as colleagues stood motionless.
Everton were shell-shocked, and it got worse three minutes after the interval.
Everton were caught by a pitch-length move from Arsenal that ended with Fabregas cruising into the box to send his shot past Howard.
Denilson had started the surge deep on the left and found Van Persie before a neat pass left the Arsenal skipper to do the rest.
Moyes then made a triple substitution. Saha replaced Leon Osman, Dan Gosling came on for Tony Hibbert while Jack Rodwell took over from Jo.
The reshuffle included Neville reverting to full-back from midfield, where he had struggled. Rodwell, Fellaini and Pienaar both had chances as Everton struggled to get some pride back.
Arsenal sent on Emmanuel Eboue for Bendtner after 63 minutes, the game long won.
But Fabregas was not finished. After 69 minutes he collected a throw from Manuel Almunia and ran from inside his own half without facing a tackle to drive home the fifth.
Their jobs done, Arsenal took off Fabregas and Van Persie, sending on Aaron Ramsey and Eduardo.
With the ground emptying fast, and the Gunners' fans in full song, Everton just wanted this embarrassment to end as quickly as possible.
But Eduardo still had time to score the sixth, netting from close in after Andrey Arshavin's shot had come back off a post with two minutes to go.
Everton finally got onto the score-sheet in injury time when Saha netted after Pienaar's shot had been blocked.
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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson
"One down at half-time it's always an uphill task against a team of Arsenal's capabilities. We had to dig deep and I think in fairness we really did perform well in the second half. Last season we lost four points to Arsenal...six to Liverpool. You have to try to correct these things as best you can."
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Scorer: Rooney (58 pen.)
Scorer: Diaby (63 o.g.)
Scorer: Arshavin (40)
Attendance: 75,095 FT (19:14)
Arsenal were denied a last-gasp equaliser in a thrilling encounter with Manchester United which they eventually lost 2-1.
Andrey Arshavin capped a brilliant first half by putting Arsenal ahead and if Ben Foster had not denied Robin van Persie with a brilliant feet-first save, Arsenal would probably have won.
Instead, Wayne Rooney won a penalty when he went down under Manuel Almunia's challenge, and scored it himself before Abou Diaby turned Ryan Giggs' free-kick into his own net to give the hosts their victory.
Van Persie thought he had equalised deep into stoppage time but his effort was ruled out for an offside against William Gallas, and Arsene Wenger's protest against the disallowed goal led to him being sent from the dug-out.
The Gunners were in front and on top through Arshavin's goal when Rooney went down under Manuel Almunia's challenge just before the hour mark.
Rooney sent Almunia the wrong way, ensuring the only blot on Diaby's fine performance turned out to be the own goal that sealed a win that wrecked Arsenal's 100 per cent start to the season.
It had all looked so unlikely at half-time, as Arshavin threatened to run riot.
The Russian might have scored earlier than he did too when Ben Foster flapped at a Van Persie corner.
The former Zenit St Petersburg man made a conscious effort to place a shot towards the top corner. Foster was not the only anxious face to watch it drift narrowly wide.
Then Darren Fletcher slid into Arshavin and despite winning the ball, Arsenal claimed for a penalty.
Referee Mike Dean was standing near enough to make the perfect decision and waved the shout away.
Arsenal maintained their offensive. The impressive Denilson slid a pass through to Arshavin, who had found space between United's defence and midfield which Ferguson's team selection was supposed to prevent.
Quickly Arshavin turned and let fly with a rasper of a drive.
Nemanja Vidic came close to levelling straight away for the hosts but, as they trooped into the tunnel for a dismal half-time debrief, the best they could actually reflect on was a Rooney free-kick that curled narrowly wide.
Strangely given how one-sided the opening half had been, Ferguson did not try to change things during the interval. And his team were almost out of the match before he had retaken his seat.
Arshavin sped past John O'Shea as though the Irishman was not there to reach the by-line and picked out Van Persie with a teasing low cross that looked certain to be number two until Foster stuck out a leg to make a magnificent save.
At that point, there seemed to be only one winner. How wrong those doubters were as Ferguson's team surged back, Ryan Giggs the architect behind the comeback just as Arshavin had sparked Arsenal earlier.
The difference was Dean said yes when United claimed their penalty as Rooney went crashing to the ground after Giggs had supplied the pass that sent him through one-on-on with Almunia.
Questions were asked when Rooney did not take the one Michael Carrick missed at Burnley. There was no need this time as Rooney went straight for the ball, put it on the spot and promptly sent Almunia the wrong way.
Any pretence at defence was now swept away amid the fervour of an occasion that threatened to become a classic.
When Diaby was hacked at by Rooney and Wes Brown, both men were booked and Van Persie was offered the chance to curl a free-kick at Foster's goal which thudded against the crossbar.
A minute later, from a very similar position, United got their second.
In truth, Giggs' free-kick would not have threatened Almunia if Diaby had not stuck his head on it and deflected it straight into the corner of his own goal.
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Go go, Arsenal. Shoot down Chelsea and kick JT.
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