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Arsenal 3, Hoof 0

Arsenal records another win at the Grove against relegation favourites, Watford. However, unlike many of the other premiership no hopers, Watford did have a go, even if their only tactic was to hoof the ball up to Marlon King. I don’t remember seeing a team that managed to keep the ball in the air for so long, I don’t recall a single WFC pass that touched the hallowed Emirates turf, Ady Boothroyd may have performed miracles in the Championship, but this kind of football, really has no place in the Prem.

The gunners, with Theo making his first start after his two goal showing for the Under 21’s came out of the blocks fast and looking for an early goal. It should have been forthcoming, if it wasn’t for some Foster heroics, blocking shots from Rosicky, and Adebayor within 8 minutes. On 12 minutes, Theo cleverly put Cesc through on goal, only for him, from a tight angle to put it in the side netting. The Man U keeper was having a busy afternoon, saving again from Rosicky, however it was on 33 minutes that saw Cesc float in a free kick, a flick on from Adebayor, and Kolo putting enough pressure on Stewart to score an OG. Henry was springing the offside trap on a number of occasions, only to be thwarted by a lino that should have gone to Specsavers, Thiery, pointed this out to him on a number of times, but clearly he didn’t see Thiery’s gestures either. It took just another 10 minutes, for Thiery to get on the end of an Adebayor flick on to leave Demerit playing statues and slip it under Foster to make it 2-0.

Camera phone pics of The Cannon’s flag. from block 14, row 4 – well done Lasagne!!!!!

The 2nd half saw Theo, have a great effort from the left wing, and blasting the ball just over the bar, his first start was a good one and 63 minutes into the game he got his first Grove ovation as he was replaced by Hleb. 4 minutes later, Henry unselfishly, pulled the ball back infront of an open net to let Adebayor make it 3-0.

Ten minutes from time, saw the welcome return to the left wing of Gael Clichy, who looked sharp, making a couple of telling challenges, welcome back Gael.

At the death Watford had a couple of chances, but just weren’t good enough to make any impression on the Gunners, sorry boys, maybe well see you again in another 4 or 5 years?


October 14, 2006 Posted by | Matches | 1 Comment