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The worst team to grace The Emirates?

Tonight we witnessed what was probably the worst premiership team to grace The Emirates: Manchester City. This is a team that Arsenal should have beaten by at least 10. but in the end  only managing 3 to their 1.

The first 12 minutes saw The Gunners dominate possession, passing the ball around at will, and eventually resulting in an Eboue cross with Super Tom getting on the end again, pretty much a carbon copy of Saturday’s goal. Its the next 30 minutes that really saw Arsenal waste their golden opportunity to put this game out of site, the game turned into a training day knock around, it was all too easy. Once again we proved our frailty in defence which resulted in Lehmann miss cuing a clearance, and giving it straight back to Man City, a couple of half hearted tackle attempts later, we witnessed day light robbery, with Beasley making it 1-1.

Its not until, play came down to the North end that I was able to witness for myself, just how weak we are down the right side. Eboue and Hleb don’t link up well and simply down look classy enough for Arsenal. Eboue constantly being caught out of position, and for one so young, really struggles to get back and defend, relying on Gallas and Toure to cover for him. OK against a weak side, but a position that will be surely punished by the top teams. As for Hleb, he’s a one trick pony with only a left foot, his only offering is to cut inside, into the middle of the pitch and either waste an opportunity or pass backwards. The ONLY time I have ever seen him use his right foot was tonight putting in a weak cross only for Adebayor to make Isaksson pull off a good save.

We were saved by a Cesc wonder strike from out side the box curling it a way from the diving Swede into the top right corner, 2 goals, 2 games – good on ya Cesc! A consolation goal for The Beast 10 minutes from time settled the game, and allowed us to all breathe easier.

If we are to compete for the title next season, we need to show a more ruthless streak, and make far less mistakes. On a more positive note both Rosicky and Clichy look better with every game and most of tonights most threatening play came from the left side, both these players made telling tackles, got stuck in and really looked like they were fighting, if this passion could be replicated on the right, we’d look a far more threatening team, i now just think, apart from a great goal scorer (Henry aside) we just need some maturity and strength down the right, and also for Lehmann not to be quite such a knob – he had a bit of a mare tonight, apart from one decent save.

Were now upto 3rd as Liverpool didn’t play tonight, but we’ve lost our game in hand, only stupidity now stands in the way of Champions League football next season. Let’s now look forward to beating the Scum at the Lane!!!!


April 17, 2007 - Posted by | Matches


  1. before you start slagging off Hleb i think you should check hia profile b4 he joined. And here is are few,

    “Belarus international midfielder who joined the Gunners from VfB Stuttgart in June 2005. Hleb made 137 appearances for the Bundesliga club during his five years in Germany, scoring 13 goals. Started his career with FC Bate Borisov in his native country, who he helped lift the league title in 1999. Made his international debut in a 1-0 defeat against Wales in Cardiff in 2001, and then scored on his first international start – a 5-2 victory over Hungary in April 2002. The creative midfielder – voted Belarus sportsman of the year in 2002 – possesses the crucial gift of being able to unlock opposition defences.

    i am sure they knew about this b4 he was brought in. if you listened to Arsene on saturday, he talked about goals from midfield i can bet his name was not included

    Comment by gaya | April 18, 2007 | Reply

  2. City have been undefeated in the last month and have conceded one goal, so requiring the boys to put 10 past them might be a bit of a stretch 🙂

    Comment by ey | April 18, 2007 | Reply

  3. You’re the no trick pony, moaning with other brain dead fans when hleb doesn’t shoot, he was our best player again tonight, set up players in good positions throughout, made baptistas goal which you managed not to mention in your report, get some original ideas. Eboue was dreadful, every time hleb gave him the ball wide he passed it back to him, you try working with that!

    Comment by hboy | April 18, 2007 | Reply

  4. I agree with hboy. Cesc and Rosick were great tonight (love to see those goals from the MF!)… but Hleb was the key tonight. He did “unlock the opposition defense” of Citeh. He was man of the match.

    Comment by devvil | April 18, 2007 | Reply

  5. This is a strange report. For a start, Man City aren’t even close to being the worst team I’ve seen at the Emirates this season; Blackburn, West Ham, Watford and Charlton were all far less offensively minded, and far more defensively pourous, and Vassell and Beasley gave us problems with their pace.

    I didn’t think we took our foot off the gas at all after Rosicky’s goal; we continued to push forward but the second just didn’t come, and although Hleb did plenty wrong, he also constantly wanted the ball and made things happen – certainly one of his better recent performances.

    Eboue had a pretty good first half, but totally lost the plot – and his man on more than one occasion – in the second. He also offered almost nothing going forward other than that cross.

    Comment by flamlove | April 18, 2007 | Reply

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