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Arsenal 2-Blackburn 0

2 - 0

Emirates Stadium



In what was to be a game which would have a dramatic effect on both teams ambitions, Blackburn and Arsenal unfortunately had to field depleted line ups. With both teams missing several stars, it was always to be a sloppy encounter.

Arsenal got of to a blistering start, with a early corner whipped in, Senderos blasting a header into the net. It was poor marking by Blackburns makeshift defence, however it looked to be Benni McCarthy who should of picked up the runner.

Arsenal dominated the next 15 minutes of play, pushing on for a second which would not come by. Blackburns first chance of the half came after a whipped in cross. Benni McCarthy could only deflect his header, which Roque Santa Cruz could not do much about. 5 minutes later, Cruz had a difficult chance of his own, stretching out to reach a Warnock cross. However, the shot went over the bar.

1-0 at the break, however things did not look too bright for Rovers. Brad Friedel was forced into some fantastic saves of Adebayor and Fabregas. Hleb went close for Arsenal, striking the post.

Rovers did have their share of corners and set pieces, however Bentley was not on song today, wasting several opportunities. As Blackburn pushed forward, it was only a matter of time, as Adebayor, who had been well marked all game, scored in the deep end of injury time, maintaining his run of goals.

2-0 it finished to Arsenal.

Star Player

Brad Friedel: Big Brad was as solid as ever. He produced severral fine saves which kept us into the game. The score could of been much worse, he was our shining light.

Player Ratings

Brad Fridel 8.5

Fantastic Saves, Kept us alive

Andre Ooijer 7

Contained Adebayor, picked up a slight knock

Zurab Khishinishvilli 6.5

Quiet game, did his job

Brett Emerton 7

Looked dangerous at times, pushing up and overlapping an unsetteled Bentley

Tugay 6

Tuggers age is getting to him, not one of his best display, but did manage to maintain the shape of the midfiled

Steven Warnock 7

Worked well without much support from Berner. Pushed up, tried to make chances and was solid in defence.

Benni McCarthy 6.5

Worked tirelessly in the middle, he really needs a goal to get his confidence

David Bentley 5

Poor display from one of our most consistent players. Wasted several set pieces, lost the ball too many times, it just was not David Bentley

Bruno Berner 4

This guy is the reason Morten Gamst Pederson plays every game. Shocking performance. Warnock pushed up more then he did. Did not look comfortable at all. Time to get rid of the deadwood Sparky

Steven Reid 5.5

Sloppy performance, lost the ball just too many times

Roque Santa Cruz 6.5

Really quite game, did not get much delivery, however he did make his runs and drop back when needed.

Jason Roberts

No time to make an impact

Aaron Mokoena

No time to make an impact

Maceo Rigters

No time to make an Impact

Sasmans Thoughts

At times it did appear that we could get the equaliser. However, this was all down to Emerton and Warnock pushing on forward, rather then Berner or Bentley. Benni Mc couldnt do much in the middle, with Reidy losing the ball just too many times. Thank God for Friedel.

Date:Monday February 11 2008
Time: 10:24PM

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We really needed to pick up some points with teams around us getting wins, time for a break, and some new energy
11/02/2008 22:27:00
I thought Warnock deserved higher than 7. He's great without any support at all.
Lou the Gunneress
11/02/2008 22:36:00
I do agree with you matey, Warnock was solid tonight, but he did not really stand out to deserve any more then a 7. Friedel was just at a different level all together.
11/02/2008 22:46:00
Errr Reid 5.5? Maybe Sas is starting to see the light that is the "******ness" of Steven Reid LOL
11/02/2008 23:01:00
rofl lol, i gave 5.5 and i was being nice, dont think he deserved a 4 though, i could of done better then berner....
11/02/2008 23:07:00
reidy had his head firmly up his arse as did bentley who not just lost the ball on numerous occassions his touch was woeful and his set pieces were god awful however i wont judge our players on one bad performance. agree re berner sas he was dismal absolutely brutal he is too slow a bad passer just a bad player ship him out and be done with it. however our one good player was brad and for me the most worrying thing is the fact we couldnt string more than three passes together which was ultimately the reason why we had 0 shots on goal second half
durks de rover
11/02/2008 23:36:00
good game lads but the better team won,good luck for the rest of the season
the arsenal
11/02/2008 23:38:00
We were a lot better than the report suggests matey. Bents was a danger everytime he came forward, even Wenger acknowledged that as did the Setanta crew... 5 is a very low mark in my eyes for a guy who on the night was Rovers best player (bar Brad obviously). I agree Berner was a joke but the team put in a good effort as a whole and could of scored ourselves if we were a bit more lucky. We were a lot better than some people are suggesting on here guys.
11/02/2008 23:42:00
Bents was a danger? Mikey which game where u watching matey, bents was shocking, ive never seen him play so bad. As for Berner, he was lucky to get a 4.
11/02/2008 23:45:00
mikey i thought we were brutal tonight arsenal just sat back and let us have the ball but we werent able to do anything with it. BTW has anyone else got sick of the long ball all the time why do we do it? we constantly give the ball away doing this. i dont think bents was good at all maybe i exoect too much but at least twice he miscontrolled the ball and it went out and every time he got the ball he gave it away as sas says not davod bentley. strangely enough i thought Brett had a good game (bar his little mishap in the midfield that nearly let arsenal in). he defended really well (a first?) and looked threatening on the break as did Stevie W.
durks de rover
11/02/2008 23:48:00
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