Arsenal 1-0 Portsmouth
A cold dreary December Sunday saw the Arsenal faithful come to the Emirates in the hope of seeing a change in our fortunes, in the hope of seeing some free flowing attacking Wengerball football. Oh how disappointed were we.
Bendtner replaced the injured the van Persie and he was poor for most of the game, Eboue playing on the right-wing produced nothing, offered little and never tracked back to help Sagna. Denilson was poor, too lightweight and uncreative. The crowd was groaning with frustration for the first half. We did not have any chances of note in the first half. The best chance fell to Adebayor who found himself one-on-one with James, he round the keeper but was too slow to slot the ball home, and Portsmouth cleared the danger. The team left the field to a chorus of boos.
The second half saw a more purposeful Arsenal. Nasri had moved into the centre and was pulling the strings, but as long as Eboue and Bendtner were on the pitch, our creativity was limited. Wenger eventually took Eboue off for Vela and straight away the Mexican striker gave us some hope. He ran at players, linked up with Nasri and there was hope. Despite James making several clangers we were unable to break Portsmouth down. Silvestre and Adebayor missed glorious chances. But with James in goal there is always hope and a free-kick from Denilson saw James come and miss the ball, leaving Gallas to head into an empty goal.
Tony Adams was given a rapturous reception by the Arsenal fans, and he milked it up at the end with a wave and bow to all the faithful.
The game epitomised our season, lack of chances, plenty of possession, poor creativity and a scraping ending. Thankfully the transfer window is just around the corner.