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Arsenal 1 - Wolves 1

Premier League

Emirates Stadium

27th December

Attendance: 59,686

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Arsenal
1 - 1
Wolves
Yao Gervinho 8
 
Steven Fletcher 38
 
Venue: Emirates Stadium
 
Attendance: 59,686
The Teams
Wojciech Szczesny
 
 
 
Wayne Hennessey
 
 
Johan Djourou
 
 
85
 
Ronald Zubar
 
 
50
Per Mertesacker
 
 
 
Roger Johnson
 
 
Laurent Koscielny
 
 
 
Christophe Berra
 
 
Thomas Vermaelen
 
 
 
Stephen Ward
 
 
Alex Song
 
 
71
 
Matthew Jarvis
 
 
Mikel Arteta
 
 
 
Karl Henry
 
 
Tomas Rosicky
 
 
 
Anthony Forde
 
 
71
Yossi Benayoun
 
 
63
 
Stephen Hunt
 
 
86
Yao Gervinho
 
 
 
Nenad Milijas
 
 
Robin van Persie
 
 
 
Steven Fletcher
 
 
Substitutes
Manuel Almunia
 
 
 
Dorus De Vries
 
 
Oxlade-Chamberlain
 
 
 
George Elokobi
 
 
Aaron Ramsey
 
 
71
 
Richard Stearman
 
 
50
Andrey Arshavin
 
 
63
 
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
 
 
Marouane Chamakh
 
 
85
 
Adam Hammill
 
 
Francis Coquelin
 
 
 
Kevin Doyle
 
 
86
Ignasi Miquel
 
 
 
Adlene Guedioura
 
 
71
Game Statistics
23
Goal Attempts
6
17
On Target
4
13
Corners
3
3
Fouls
12
2
Yellow Cards
3
0
Red Cards
1
68
%
32




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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 27 2011

Time: 5:11PM

Your Comments

Sorry for the delay in making a comment but I had to wait until my heart rate came down from the ceiling. What a great fighting performance, especially after the early goal and the unfair dismissal of Milijas. It sets us up nicely for the Bolton match and will make potential recruits more favourably disposed towards us ... Sorry ..... I have to go ... my wife ... is dragging ... me ... from the ............... keybo ......
Southbank60
Fighting performance, all very well, but make no illusions, this was a lucky point; a fair result would have been 1-3 or 1-4, and I am not sure about the 1. The defensive shortcomings were the same as ever.We have Wayne to thank. Monsieur Wenger is right: only about once in 50 games does a team play like this and fail to win due to bad luck. Reorganize that defence, for the next time it is almost certainly sure to be one of the remaining 49.
lovesW
Sorry......disagree!!! The result was what it was....1-1. Not due to luck. Just good old fashioned spirit. Was it lucky that Milijas got sent off. No, it was a bad ref decision. We went there expecting to get beat so a point is a great result. Arsenal will open up far better teams than us. Henna and RJ were immense today. We all know our failings but lets at least applaud our lads when they put a real shift in. It's far to easy to criticise. For once let's praise a real team effort. Up the Wolves!!!!
Rustmonkey
Sorry......disagree!!! The result was what it was....1-1. Not due to luck. Just good old fashioned spirit. Was it lucky that Milijas got sent off. No, it was a bad ref decision. We went there expecting to get beat so a point is a great result. Arsenal will open up far better teams than us. Henna and RJ were immense today. We all know our failings but lets at least applaud our lads when they put a real shift in. It's far to easy to criticise. For once let's praise a real team effort. Up the Wolves!!!!
Rustmonkey
Hey, lovesW, you may be right but let's enjoy the moment. It feels like a win to me ... and it will do wonders for the players' confidence (and mine).
Southbank60
... and was it lucky that we had such a good goalkeeper between the sticks?
Southbank60
I agree with lovesW, a great goalkeeping performance, rather than a good defensive one. If the defence and midfield had played well, WH wouldn't have had to look so good.I also agree, though, that a point at Arsenal is to be applauded. Our almost complete inability to keep possession of the ball (especially before we scored)is all too familiar and apparent.We kicked the game off, passed the ball all the way back to WH , who promptly hoofed it clean over his entire team and onto their keeper.That was our first contribution to the match; two passes and we'd conceded the ball. We won't get away with it (and haven't) too many times this season.The Milijas dismissal just confirms how ridiculous things have become. As with the RJ tackle against Stoke, that lead to their first goal,even winning the ball without injuring a player in the process can lead to these ludicrous decisions, based purely on the personal opinion of the ref on the day deciding how bad a challenge looks (or can be made to look).Even before that though, we were fighting a rearguard action, continually and cheaply losing control of the ball.We got away with it today but i'm with lovesW in feeling it doesn't bode well.Still, a point's a point and there are still three teams below us, with worse defensive records than ours.
all4divisions
Of course I am happy with the point, I am elated, but that's because I am a WW supporter. I will not allow the moment to obscure the facts, for it will be those facts that will reflected in the table in the end. It is not so much the defensive set-up that I see at fault, the back line that is, it is the defensive midfield. 7, 8 men waiting motionless in a line, crosses are allowed to float in by the dozen with no one challenging for the ball to prevent it. In the face of such an onslaught, and with the best defenders in the world at the back, it can be only a matter of time before the wall caves in. It is a wonder how we held out. Wayne, Ward, RJ were outstanding, true ,but a repeat performance with the same result is highly unlikely, to say the least. I am confident enough about the performance, they 'put a shift in', the result will be otherwise 98% of the time.
lovesW
Trying to give a good assessment is difficult as its such a hard place to go and get a point,I think what we must think about are the results against QPR, Newcastle,WBA,Swansea,Stoke and Norwich. Just by getting expected results and allowing for a unexpected 'defeat' I estimate that 8 points have gone,so minus the result yesterday that means we are 7 points adrift of where we should be. I agree with the comments about us having 'fortune' on our side,we could play that again and you would not find many people backing us to get a result second time around,that said,fighting spirit and I think luck and good goalkeeping all played their part. Having watched the game twice I am starting to think that maybe its a couple of good defensive midfielders we need when we go 4-5-1,I think teams are just playing 'straight through' us and giving little or no protection to our back four at all and this is exposing us to look worse at the back than we really are. Gardner and Diame maybe the answers that we need and afford more solid protection to our two centre backs in particular. Berra is improving and Johnston has'nt become a bad player overnight so a bit of steel in midfield with hopefully a little pace added would help us out a lot.Another concern for me is our wingers still seem to consistently beat their opposition only to be let down by the final ball,have you all noticed that nearly all the time its not the direction of the final ball but the pace on it?,its nearly allways overhit,this is something that has been going on for some time and is a concern and must be a cause of frustration to our strikers. Enough with the negatives, we must now go to Bolton and get a rws
Crete Wolf
After my euphoric comments penned shortly after the match, reality has to intrude. Here is my considered view of the match, written secretly and in haste before my wife drags me away from the keyboard and tells me off for not resting my neck. First of all, the good points. We may have been lucky but the players displayed great spirit and resolve to keep Arsenal out, especially in the final 20 minutes. In a sense, we may have benefited from going a man down because Arsenal forgot about their slick passing game and tried to bludgeon us into submission. As another bonus, we possess quality players at both ends of the pitch. WH kept us in the game with a string of remarkable saves, while in Fletcher we have a striker who can convert his chances. His header yesterday was perfectly placed. Unfortunately, both men are often poorly served by the players in between them. We possess able, tricky, fast-running wingers, who, unfortunately, have trouble weighting their crosses properly. With Fletcher in the middle, it's unforgivable. All over the pitch, we still give away the ball because of poor passing or being caught in possession. Henry is particularly bad. Whenever he does not pass immediately, I worry because he dithers and loses ball, often in a dangerous position. At the back, all four/five performed heroics yesterday but they are still prone to make mistakes, are easily turned and drawn out of position. It's not entirely their fault because our midfleld frequently goes AWOL for long stretches of the game, as it did yesterday. So, the opposition sweeps by to the byline or into or around the box, putting added pressure on the back four. Normally, such pressure leads to a goal, as Wenger remarked. Crete Wolf rightly highlights our shortcomimgs in this area and it is something that we have to address in January. Fortunately, Frimpong saw us at our battling best yesterday and might fancy his chances of making his mark and boosting his own profile.
Southbank60
A point is a point no matter how we got it good battleing display even when the ref was on ARSENALS SIDE .How can he send Milijas of but not song who near crippled to Wolves players once again decissions go against us. Read an article with Moxey saying there will be more new signings and they will be here sooner rather than later if Wolves get their way lets hope so.
kiawolves
I'm a Bolton fan and It's amazing how opposition supporters view other football team performances. I can't believe some Wolves fans are viewing that point at the Emirates as 'lucky' or 'defensively shambolic'. I watched every kick of that game and I knew 30 mins before the final whistle (from a completely unbiased view, obviously) you were going home with a point. If anything, you were UNLUCKY to be playing with only 10 men to keep out the best striker the Premiership. Don't forget, your 'keeper is part of your team too! When it boiled down to it, your players wanted the point more than theirs wanted the 3. It's points like that I would kill for at the moment and it's points like that that are goin' to keep you in this league! I know it must have felt like a lifetime to be defending against Arsenal, but trust me, they could have played another half and not scored! Yes, a lot of crosses came in, but your players were inviting the crosses rather than playing in-to-feet where RVP and co. would prefer. Now your going to come to The Reebok knowing you can take a point from the Gunners' back-yard and we can't take a home point from Norwich, Newcastle, Sunderland... the list goes on...
bwfc75
bwfc75 picks up on the aspect of Arsenal's play that I commented on. Instead of their normal slick, give and go passing game, which would have caused our CDs problems, they played to our strengths by lobbing balls in for them to head away.
Southbank60
I suspect the Bolton game will be completely different. We set out for a point yesterday if we are honest. it was a damage limitation exercise and we achieved it with a ballsey performance. At Bolton we'll be looking to get forward and take all 3 points the same as they will, therefore it will be a far more open game. A point against the gooners ain't worth anything if we don't back it up with 3 against Bolton. I am tending to change my mind about the defense too. I Think that the Midfield is probably more of a priority. We need a Midfielder with a Magnet in his boot. One that can hold a ball, spread it around and open up space for other players. This will take pressure off the back 4. Henry (as much as i like him) showed yesterday that he is out of his depth at times. He gave away about 3 balls yesterday that could have cost us big time. I still think we are only 3-4 players away from being a half decent side. The next couple of weeks will be the make or break of Wolves as a EPL side. The 3 M's have one chance to get this right. MAKE THE RIGHT MOVES GUYS!!!!!!
Rustmonkey
Rustmonkey i agreee i have said all along Gardener plus Diame and
kiawolves
Sorry computer *****ed up CH
kiawolves
As from comment above them two plus CH
kiawolves
Would do nicely if everybody gets this as computer doing want it wants
kiawolves
 

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