Archive for January 17th, 2009


Hull 0-1 Arsenal; Liveblogging the second half.


Has anyone else noticed that if you’re a football manager and you wear a headset, you’re probably a failure? At the very least a huge dork. Anyway, second half about ready to kickoff but first these messages from Free Credit Report dot com and Notorious….

Jay Simpson had another good game for W.B.A. in their rout of Boro today. I love this kid, I have to say and can’t wait for him to get a chance with the Arsenal first team. Maybe when AC Milan use the money from the Kaka sale to buy Clichy and Adebayor (that’s the rumor) Simpson will get a run out!

45′ — and we’re off!
49′ — lawl… van Persie tosses the Hull defender to the ground and gets called for a foul for his efforts.
51′ — whoa, Arsenal really putting some pressure on Hull as Adebayor has a powerful left footed shot saved. Good stuff here from all the midfielders — except Eboue!
55′ — Hull sub in a striker, huh, they’ve decided to go for the one point.
57′ — thanks for your patronage H! Inevitably, if I get on Eboue, I’ll get someone complaining about me complaining about Eboue. For those people I have made this


58′ — yeah yeah yeah, Djourou is lucky to get away with that challenge in the box (that was totally a foul).
64′ — Hull are attacking a little more, giving Arsenal more space to work and they are strating to strut a little. Unfortunately, nothing comes from it as van Persie…
65′ — craaaap. Who was marking there? God damnit, this makes me so angry.
68′ — Mendy gets a free kick by fouling both Clichy and Denilson, huh…
69′ — YOU LEAVE EBOUE ALONE is replaced with Bendtner, because what this team needs IS MORE OFFENSE
72′ — Hull earn a free kick in a good place, which we are now referring to as “Pattern 2” if you remember.
73′ — who was it that wanted Arsenal to play 2 holding midfielders? Looks like you got your wish now that Nasri is moved to the center and Arsenal are playing a three striker system.
78′ — Ugh, Diaby with a terrible shot.
80′ — I can see the press conference now “We were in the game, up, holding the ball, and there was a real chance to score the goal and we lost concentration and didn’t apply pressure at a crucial moment. This is a young team and they will have to learn from this. They are still learning, this is a young team, they are young, we have a lot of injuries, getting Song back will be like a new signing…”
82′ — Nice shot by Nasri. He’s not Jesus, but so far he’s been our savior.
84′ — France surrenders…
84′ — By the way, have I mentioned that defense wins championships?
86′ — Ok, I take the whole “defense” thing back, after some terribly shaky defense where they are blaming each other, shrugging their shoulders, and yelling at each other, Arsenal get a counter attack where van Persie plays in a great ball which finds Bentner’s boot and he scores a goal.  OFFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!
91′ — Man, if Hull had any players worth their salt that would have been a goal. Arsenal really look shaky at the back.
93′ — poor fella, Bendtner had his shot saved by the post and on the Hull counter, Djourou marks his man properly and puts the cross out. Good spell there.

Final whistle, thank God.

Arsenal don’t move at all in the table since all the top teams won. Clearly there’s some work to be done defensively to shore this team up and ensure a top four finish. I have to say, Nasri looks like 10x the player Hleb ever was or will be. Sure he could dribble and stuff but Hleb never won Arsenal a game, Nasri won Arsenal that game. Anyway, more on all that tomorrow. We got a win and that’s all that really matters, right?


Hull v. Arsenal; Liveblogging the first half

Good morning all! I’m going to skip any introductions or media roundups because if you wanted that stuff you could follow me on Twitter. Let’s just say that Chelsea and Villa overcame tough opposition and a red card to claim 3 points so, that means 3 points here against Hull is critical.

For Arsenal, there are no changes from the lineup of last week except you could say Nasri is moved back out left. On the other side, Hull are lining up with a 4-5-1 as expected — the bus is parked in front of the goal and we should see a real stinker from the Tigers.

Kickoff any second now, COME ON YOU REDS!

The FSC folks are claiming Hull is playing a 4-4-2 but Giovanni is a midfielder not a striker. That’s a 4-5-1 if I ever saw one. Irregardless, it’s no 4-3-3 which they played at Emirates.

1′ — Corner to Hull — a lucky escape for the Arsenal
2′ — raise a pint for me Matt!
3′ — they are calling for a yellow on Clichy, uhhh, right, that’s a yellow. Arsenal look really shaky to start they need to get their heads in the game.
7′ — Adebayor wastes a good chance deep in the Hull box. He’s really struggling at the moment, and we really need him to come on.
11′ — Ok, Hull has settled into the shape that they will keep for the rest of the game, I told you it’s a 4-5-1.
13′ — Ade drops deep and traipses through the Hull midfield, earns a free kick which is deflected for a corner.
17′ — Adebayor drops deep into the Arsenal half to claim the ball, makes a good run, passes to Eboue, who passes the ball to Hull. This has happened at least three times now, so we will call this “Pattern 1” from here on out.
20′ — Giovanni to take a free kick from a stupid foul this has happened three times now so we will call this “pattern 2.”
23′ — Arsenal have lots of possession and move the ball side to side with aplomb. Maybe we could get Hull to set up a goal on the side line?
26′ — uhhhh, they are blaming Djourou for some shaky stuff at the back, but that was all Aluminum’s fault for me.
28′ — HOLY CRAP! van Persie’s rocket is pushed off the crossbar by the Hull keeper. That was a hell of a shot and great save to the Hull keeper. Arsenal are putting a ton of pressure on Hull right now.
30′ — Adebayor scores!  Woo hoo! That will get him off the snide. What do you want to bet he scores a hat-trick today? The fans are singing the Adebayor song.
36′ — Eboue with a wide open shot and elects to take it with the outside of his boot, it was such a poor shot that it knocked out satellite out for a few seconds. I have no clue where these guys are calling this from, Matt.
41′ — Yawn… come on Arsenal, let’s get a second. This Hull team looks like utter crap. How did we lose to these guys?
44′ — Man, Hull can’t even string together two passes. It’s almost as if their entire game plan was to play a 4-5-1 and counter attack, now that they are down a goal, they don’t know what to do. Arsenal too don’t seem to know what to do with the lead, should they hang on or get more or just kind of play around?

Well, kickers, we have a lead going in to the second half despite some rather lacklustre play on both ends of the pitch. That said, I’d rather win a boring 1-0 game than a 3-2 heart attack inducing game. Anyway, check out the second half over here.

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