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Saturday, February 23, 2008

EPL 23/02/08 : BIRMINGHAM CITY VS ARSENAL

EPL 23/02/08 BIRMINGHAM CITY 2 - 2 ARSENAL

Goals Clip : EPL BIRMINGHAM CITY 2 - 2 ARSENAL
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1 - 0 : James McFadden (28')
1 - 1 : Theo Walcott (49')
1 - 2 : Theo Walcott (55')
2 - 2 : James McFadden (pen.) (90')

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Bendtner backheel
Kapo dribble
Adebayor flick
Adebayor flick again



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Match Stats : EPL BIRMINGHAM CITY 2 - 2 ARSENAL
TEAM
Arsenal
Manuel Almunia, Philippe Senderos, Gael Clichy, William Gallas, Bacary Sagna, Cesc Fabregas, Mathieu Flamini, Alexander Hleb, Theo Walcott, Eduardo, Emmanuel Adebayor
Sub - Gilberto, Denilson, Nicklas Bendtner, Jens Lehmann, Justin Hoyte

BIRMINGHAM CITY
Maik Taylor, Martin Taylor , Stephen Kelly, David Murphy, Liam Ridgewell, Damien Johnson, James McFadden, Sebastian Larsson, Fabrice Muamba, Olivier Kapo, Mikael Forssell
Sub - Mehdi Nafti, Mauro Zarate, Stuart Parnaby, Colin Doyle, Cameron Jerome

Referee : Mike Dean (Wirral)

Match Highlights Photos

Arsenal's Eduardo lies on the ground in pain with a broken leg
Arsenal's Eduardo lies on the ground in pain with a broken leg following a challenge from Birmingham City's Martin Taylor during their Premier League match at St Andrews, Birmingham, England on February 23, 2008.
(PA/Nick Potts/Associated Press)

Eduardo da Silva of Arsenal is stretchered off after breaking his leg
Eduardo da Silva of Arsenal is stretchered off after having his leg broken in a tackle by Martin Taylor at the start of the Premier League match against Birmingham City at St Andrews on February 23, 2008 in Birmingham, England. Play was stopped for some eight minutes as Eduardo was attended to. Taylor was red-carded for the challenge.
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Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia fails to stop a free-kick from James McFadden of Birmingham
Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia fails to stop a free-kick from James McFadden of Birmingham, giving the hosts the lead in the first half.
(Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Alexander Hleb of Arsenal skips past a challenge from Damien Johnson of Birmingham City
Alexander Hleb of Arsenal skips past a challenge from Damien Johnson of Birmingham City
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Theo Walcott of Arsenal skips past a challenge from Damien Johnson of Birmingham City
Theo Walcott of Arsenal skips past a challenge from Damien Johnson of Birmingham City
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Emmanuel Adebayor of Arsenal barges into Maik Taylor of Birmingham City
Emmanuel Adebayor of Arsenal barges into Maik Taylor of Birmingham City
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Theo Walcott of Arsenal scores against Birmingham City.
Theo Walcott of Arsenal scores against Birmingham City.
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Theo Walcott of Arsenal celebrates scoring
Theo Walcott of Arsenal celebrates scoring
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

UCL 20/02/2008 : ARSENAL VS AC MILAN

UCL 20/02/2008 : ARSENAL 0 - 0 AC MILAN

Goals Clip : UCL ARSENAL 0 - 0 AC MILAN
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Highlights Video : UCL ARSENAL 0 - 0 AC MILAN
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Match Stats : UCL ARSENAL 0 - 0 AC MILAN
TEAM
ARSENAL
Jens Lehmann, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Eboue, Kolo Toure, William Gallas, Bacary Sagna, Cesc Fabregas, Mathieu Flamini, Alexander Hleb, Eduardo, Emmanuel Adebayor
Sub - Philippe Senderos, Nicklas Bendtner, Lukasz Fabianski, Justin Hoyte, Denilson, Gilberto, Theo Walcott

AC MILAN
Zeljko Kalac, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta, Massimo Oddo, Kakha Kaladze, Kaka, Clarence Seedorf, Massimo Ambrosini, Ivan Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Alexandre Pato
Sub - Marek Jankulovski, Emerson, Alberto Gilarbino, Valerio Fiori, Daniele Bonera, Christian Brocchi, Filippo Inzaghi

Referee : Claus Bo Larsen

Match Highlights Photos

UCL 20/02/2008 : ARSENAL 0 - 0 AC MILAN
Feet first
Gennaro Gattuso of AC Milan is challenged by Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal during their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg match at the Emirates Stadium on February 20, 2008 in London, England.
(Clive Mason/Getty Images)

UCL 20/02/2008 : ARSENAL 0 - 0 AC MILAN
Sky's the limit
Emmanuel Adebayor of Arsenal wins a header against Alessandro Nesta of AC Milan.
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UCL 20/02/2008 : ARSENAL 0 - 0 AC MILAN
Grounded
Pato of AC Milan is challenged by Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal.
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UCL 20/02/2008 : ARSENAL 0 - 0 AC MILAN
Slide area
Kaka of AC Milan challenges Mathieu Flamini of Arsenal.
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UCL 20/02/2008 : ARSENAL 0 - 0 AC MILAN
Backing a buddy
Jens Lehmann of Arsenal shouts at Pato of AC Milan after his challenge on Bacary Sagna.
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UCL 20/02/2008 : ARSENAL 0 - 0 AC MILAN
Slimmest of margins
Emmanuel Adebayor of Arsenal heads the ball onto the crossbar during the final seconds of their match against AC Milan. The Rossoneri held the Gunners to a 0-0 draw in London ahead of the return leg in two weeks.
(Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

FA Cup 16/02/08 : Manchester United vs Arsenal

FA Cup 16/02/08 : Manchester United 4 - 0 Arsenal

Manchester United vs Arsenal Wayne Rooney goal FA Cup

Goals Clip : FA Cup Manchester United 4 - 0 Arsenal
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1 - 0 : Wayne Rooney (17')
2 - 0 : Darren Fletcher (19')
3 - 0 : Luis Nani (38')
4 - 0 : Darren Fletcher (75')

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Highlights Video : FA Cup Manchester United 4 - 0 Arsenal
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Match Stats : FA Cup Manchester United 4 - 0 Arsenal
TEAM
Arsenal
Jens Lehmann, Emmanuel Eboue, Kolo Toure, Justin Hoyte, William Gallas, Gilberto, Cesc Fabregas, Alexander Hleb, Nicklas Bendtner, Eduardo
Sub - Lukasz Fabianski, Philippe Senderos, Gael Clichy, Mathieu Flamini, Emmanuel Adebayor

Manchester United
Edwin Van der Sar, Wes Brown, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Darren Fletcher, Ji-sung Park, Michael Carrick, Luis Nani, Anderson, Wayne Rooney
Sub - Tomasz Kuszczak, John O`Shea, Paul Scholes, Louis Saha, Carlos Tevez

Referee : Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)

Match Report
Arsenal.com by Richard Clarke

Monday, February 11, 2008

EPL 11/02/08 : Arsenal vs Blackburn Rovers

EPL Arsenal 2 - 0 Blackburn Rovers

Philippe Senderos rises high above the Blackburn Rovers defence to head the ball past Brad Friedel in Arsenal vs Blackburn Rovers 11/02/08

Goals Clip : EPL Arsenal 2 - 0 Blackburn Rovers
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1 - 0 : Philippe Senderos (4')
2 - 0 : Emmanuel Adebayor (90')

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Sagna Skill
Flamini Shot
Hleb Shot Hits The Post
Fabregas Shot
All Friedel Saves VS Arsenal



Highlights Video : EPL Arsenal 2 - 0 Blackburn Rovers
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Match Stats : EPL Arsenal 2 - 0 Blackburn Rovers
TEAM
Arsenal
Jens Lehmann, Philippe Senderos, Gael Clichy, William Gallas, Bacary Sagna, Cesc Fabregas, Mathieu Flamini, Gilberto, Alexander Hleb, Eduardo, Emmanuel Adebayor
Subs - Lukasz Fabianski, Armand Traore, Justin Hoyte, Kerrea Gilbert, Nicklas Bendtner

Blackburn Rovers
Brad Friedel, Andre Ooijer, Zurab Khizanishvili, Bruno Berner, Stephen Warnock, Brett Emerton, Steven Reid, Kerimoglu Tugay, David Bentley, Roque Santa Cruz, Benni McCarthy
Subs - Maceo Rigters, Aron Mokoena, Jason Roberts, Jason Brown, Tony Kane

Referee : Steve Bennett (Kent)

Match Report
By Richard Clarke

Arsenal moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a fraught and frantic 2-0 win over Blackburn at Emirates Stadium on Monday night.
From the fourth to the 92nd minute, only a Philippe Senderos header divided the sides.

Arsenal created the better of the chances - most notably when Alex Hleb thumped a shot against the base of the post - but they never quite killed off a resilient Blackburn side until Emmanuel Adebayor cracked home a close-range shot just before the final whistle.

As Manchester United and Chelsea will testify, title victories are build on performances such as this - when, with the pressure mounting, you respond in the most positive way.

Make no mistake, despite Blackburn's endeavour, tonight Arsenal fully deserved their three points. It was not comfortable but games such as these never are. And, remember, it won't get any easier from here on in.

But this evening Arsenal proved to their fans, the Premier League and themselves that they have the stuff of champions.

In the build-up to this game, Wenger had suggested he might be without as many as 11 first-team players. In the end, Senderos (knee) and Mathieu Flamini (hamstring) recovered in time to make it.

However the absentee list was still lengthy: Emmanuel Eboue, Alex Song (both international duty), Johan Djourou (groin), Robin van Persie (thigh), Abou Diaby (calf), Manuel Almunia (sick), Denilson (hamstring) and Tomas Rosicky (hamstring). Yet despite all that, there was actually only one change in the starting XI - Gilberto returning in place of Diaby.

This was always going to be one of the toughest of Arsenal's remaining home fixtures. But all of a sudden it had become massive.

Since Arsenal had won at Eastlands last Saturday lunchtime, Manchester United had come within a 94th-minute equaliser of dropping six points. In fact they had dropped five. Meanwhile third-place Chelsea had let two slip at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

For the first time since that trip to Newcastle just before Christmas, Arsenal had the chance to lead the Premier League table by more than a nose.

And they were certainly the quicker out of the stalls this evening.

They simply deluged Blackburn in the opening stages. In the second minute, Bacary Sagna skipped past a couple of challenges on the right and crossed for the unmarked Fabregas, whose chest control let him down at the crucial moment.

Then Eduardo went through only but was clipped just before he reached the area and his stumble allowed the Blackburn defence to sweep the ball behind for a corner. Fabregas fired it over to the edge of the six-yard box where it was met by a firm header from Senderos.

The Swiss defender was engulfed by his team-mates after the ball went in. In the circumstances you sensed it might a crucial goal in the season not just the game.

Arsenal did not sit back and admire their work. They swarmed all over the visitors in the minutes that followed. Adebayor and Eduardo received the ball in dangerous positions as the Blackburn defence creaked under the weight of mounting Arsenal pressure. Steven Reid flicked a header wide from Bentley's free-kick but when Flamini skied a lay-off from Sagna yards over the bar in the 19th minute it was pretty much the first thing the home side had done wrong all evening.

Midway through the half the French midfielder should have made amends when he went raced onto Fabregas' header. However his bobbling drive bounced away off Brad Friedel's legs.

The tempo dropped markedly after that and Blackburn finally emerged from their own half and won a couple of corners. However the excellent Sagna inspired Arsenal into further forays forward.

Blackburn gave the home side their first genuine scare in the 36th minute when Brett Emerton curled over a cross from the right that Benni McCarthy and Roque Santa Cruz got a touch on. Both had too much space and had either made a solid connection the scores would have been level.

The Paraguayan nearly slid in a goal late in the half from Andre Ooijer's raking cross. Arsenal had been dominant team in the opening period but, at the break, the visitors had suggested they would be the test many had predicted.

Bentley nearly proved that in the opening seconds when he bent a low free-kick towards the near post and the stooping Lehmann shovelled the ball wide.

But Arsenal might have made the game safe seconds later when Eduardo appeared on the right and eschewed his team-mates in the middle to drill a pass to Hleb on the far side of the area. The Belarus midfielder took a touch and hammered his drive against the base of the post.

To this point Adebayor had being having a quiet game compared to his imperious form of late. That changed in the 53rd minute when he collected Eduardo's chip forward, cruised past his marker and thumped an angled shot against the legs of Friedel.

The game was opening up now. Arsenal looked the team more likely to score but Blackburn were having an ominous amount of pressure. Emirates Stadium was as nervy as it was passionate.

The greatest soothing influence from a home perspective was now Adebayor. Fifteen minutes from time, he tricked his way past a couple of defenders in the area and fired low at Friedel. The American half-saved it and the ball was cleared. The Togolese striker did something similar a couple of minutes later but this time the ball went out for a corner.

Hleb stung Friedel's hands with 10 minutes left as Arsenal began to look like the end of the game would see them as dominant as the start.

Fabregas had a couple of effort in the dying minutes. The better of them was a flashing shot just wide.

Two minutes into added time, the second finally arrived. Hleb waltzed into space inside the area and squared to Adebayor who slammed home his shot from the edge of the six-yard box.

Arsenal had taken full advantage of their rivals' faltering form.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

EPL 02/02/08 : Manchester City vs Arsenal

EPL Manchester City 1 - 3 Arsenal

Emmanuel Adebayor EPL 02/02/08 Manchester City vs Arsenal

Goals Clip : EPL Manchester City 1 - 3 Arsenal
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0- 1 : Emmanuel Adebayor (9')
0- 2 : Eduardo Da Silva (26')
1- 2 : Gelson Fernandes (28')
1- 3 : Emmanuel Adebayor (88')

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Player Skill

Eduardo backheel

Diaby flick
Fabregas flick
Adebayor skill
Elano panna and turn
Adebayor stepovers
Sterridge stepovers and turn
Fabregas skill

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Highlights Video : EPL Manchester City 1 - 3 Arsenal
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Match Stats : EPL Manchester City 1 - 3 Arsenal
TEAM
Arsenal
Jens Lehmann, Philippe Senderos, Gael Clichy, William Gallas, Bacary Sagna, Abou Diaby, Cesc Fabregas, Mathieu Flamini, Alexander Hleb, Emmanuel Adebayor, Eduardo
Sub - Justin Hoyte, Lukasz Fabianski, Armand Traore, Theo Walcott, Nicklas Bendtner

Manchester City
Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Michael Ball, Richard Dunne, Dietmar Hamann, Gelson Fernandes, Vedran Corluka, Elano, Stephen Ireland, Martin Petrov, Daniel Sturridge
Sub - Kasper Schmeichel, Jihai Sun, Geovanni, Emile Mpenza, Darius Vassell

Referee : Andre Marriner

Match Report
Emmanuel Adebayor scored two goals and made another as Arsenal secured a crucial victory at Manchester City on Saturday.

The Togolese striker clipped home Bacary Sagna's cross in the ninth minute and Alex Hleb's cut back three minutes from time to give him 11 strikes in his last eight games.

Inbetween those efforts he also nodded down Gael Clichy's swirling cross for Eduardo to hook home Arsenal's second goal midway through the first half.

Manchester City responded immediately when Gelson Fernandes fired in after Verdan Corluka robbed Clichy. And the home side did threaten periodically after the interval.

But Arsenal always had the game under control and, in Adebayor, they have undoubtedly the best forward in the country right now.

His second at death secured the points and the final stages of the game were played out with the visiting fans singing his name.

At full time we did not know the full significance of this result as Manchester United and Chelsea were still to play.

But Arsenal - and particularly Adebayor - had done their part in style.

The 14 outfield players used at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday were, according to Wenger, the only ones he had. In all nine players were out.

Manuel Almunia (thumb) and Gilberto (back) dropped out on Friday. Tomas Rosicky (hamstring), Denilson (hamstring) Johan Djourou (groin) and Robin van Persie (thigh) already had injuries while Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue and Alex Song were on international duty.

Apart from Almunia, Wenger's side was the same one that had beaten Newcastle in midweek. Jens Lehmann's appearance was his first in the Premier League since August 19.

There had been a snow overnight in Manchester and it was bitterly cold for this lunchtime kick-off. However, with Sir Alex Ferguson's side at Tottenham and Chelsea at Portsmouth, all three title contenders were facing tough games this afternoon.

An Arsenal victory in the early game would leave the others playing catch-up. It was no time for a cold start.
But that was so nearly how it turned out. In the sixth minute, Fernandes clipped a ball forward and Stephen Ireland beat the offside trap. Had the Manchester City midfielder shown a little more confidence he may have been able to touch the ball past the advancing Lehmann. However his indecision allowed the keeper time to gather the ball.

That was the closest the home side would come to leading this afternoon as, two minutes later, Arsenal went in front. Hleb won the ball in midfield and found Fabregas. He sent Sagna scampering into the area on the right side. The full back showed wonderful tenacity and strength to muscle past two defenders and cut the ball back to the near post. Adebayor's shot hit Micah Richards, looped over Joe Hart and dropped silently into the net.

The Arsenal fans were positioned at the other end and they did not register the goal for a couple of seconds. They soon made up for their hesitancy.

The strike was Arsenal's 50th in the Premier League this season, 17 of which had now been supplied by Adebayor.

Diaby made an important headed clearance from Martin Petrov's free-kick shortly afterwards but the visitors were starting to take control.

Midway through the half, Eduardo found space on the left but decided against a first-time shot. Instead he passed square to Adebayor who then found Hleb. Finally Fabregas saw his shot deflected out for a corner. A wasted opportunity but, overall, Arsenal were cutting through the home defence with ease and second was in the offing. It arrived in the 26th minute.

The excellent William Gallas won possession from Petrov and a sweeping move found Clichy whose high hanging cross was nodded down by Adebayor at the far post. The Togolese striker had drawn the attention of the Manchester City defence so when the ball came down Eduardo had time to chest it down and hook home. A superb team goal.

Arsenal were playing wonderfully and deserved their lead but they would not be allowed to cruise home this afternoon.

Three minutes later, Clichy tried to shepherd the ball away from Corluka on the byline but the Croat won possession. He cut the ball back to Fernandes who threaded his shot into the net through a crowded area.

However the home team failed to build on their goal. Before the break Adebayor forced a fine save from Joe Hart and Elano had to clear off the line - both from headers. Inbetween those chances, Gallas flashed an effort across the face of goal from a corner.

Petrov fired a shot wide just before the break. When the whistle blew Arsenal were in control of a disjointed Manchester City side but had yet to put them out sight.

The home side were better after the break but Lehmann was rarely troubled in the opening stages. Gradually Arsenal began to create pressure with a string of corners. Just before the hour, Hleb crossed from the right, Adebayor touched the ball on and Fabregas, leaning back, sidefooted the ball over the bar.

Five minutes later, the Spaniard sent the striker through with Richard Dunne and Richards in pursuit. All three ended up in a heap in the area but, despite protests from the away fans, referee Andre Marriner waved away penalty appeals from the crowd.

Substitute Darius Vassell then went clear, forcing the sliding Lehmann to hack clear and Elano drifted a shot over.

Manchester City had certainly made the second half a more even affair. However, when they got in promising positions they did not have the ingenuity to create a decent chance.

Arsenal might have killed game with a breakaway 15 minutes from time but Eduardo's ball was nudged off course by Michael Ball when Fabregas was waiting in anticipation at the far post.

Nine minutes from time the Spaniard did get a sight of goal but he crashed his effort a few feet wide.

But Arsenal had been threatening a second goal for some time. It arrived just before the end when Hleb broke up the right and squared the ball for Adebayor to tap a shot home.

By Richard Clarke