Ref Denies Arsenal Three Points

There were some plus points to take from this afternoon’s game, namely the return of Eduardo to the first team, another clean sheet for our “weak” defence and another spirited performance.

Arsenal were hard done by when Eboue scored a goal against a shaky Spurs defence.  The referee adjudged the Eboue had pushed Woodgate, but replays showed the referee gave Spurs a “homer” decision. 

Spurs started well with Lennon doing his normal impression of a kangaroo skippy around aimlessly and Keane was up to his normal diving all over the place.  Arsenal’s best player in the first twenty minutes was Eboue he played a free role, popping up on the left and right at will, causing the Spurs defence all sorts of trouble.

Unfortunately, once again the Ivorian got into trouble needlessly.  He refused to retreat after the over officious referee asked him three times, this meant he got a yellow.  Later, in an off the ball incident, Eboue tripped Modric to receive his second yellow and Arsenal were down to ten men.  This came at the same time as Adebayor limped off injured.

 The second half was always going to be a backs to the wall display, Arsenal coped well with everything that Spurs threw at them and were not afraid to come forward.  Arsenal’s forays were the one’s more likely to create chances and Spurs escaped several narrow misses.

Te game ended nil-nil, which means we have a difficult fight to claim a Champions League spot.  We find ourselves 5 points behind Chelsea, and the way things are going this season nobody is sure of a Champions League spot.

Adebayor had a very poor game today, unable to control the ball or link up with any of  our players.  It was good to see Eduardo on the bench and hopefully we will see him play against Cardiff, he will be the perfect link man.

Song, when he gets his head down and focuses plays very well, he broke up attack after attack, and came close to opening the scoring.

Denilson had a fair game, but is either looking tired or is not the player to command a midfield.

Nasri is looking tired, too much is expected from him, Arshavin’s arrival will give him a rest and the burden will be shared.

Our defence was awesome, strong, solid and Gallas covered for the few errors made by others.

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Posted on February 8, 2009, in Match Reports and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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