Saturday, August 22, 2009

Review: Arsenal 4 Pompey 1

10 goals in 2 games, that is definitely a great start for Arsene and his boys after most pundits were writing them off even before the season started.

Arsenal started slowly and the Emirates seemed slightly subdued until Eduardo's brilliant run and pass set Diaby up for the team's 1st goal. Arsenal's free flowing soccer quickly produced the 2nd. Arsenal fans will be hoping Diaby, branded the new Viera by Arsene, have a massive season this time round after having a promising season the last time round.

Many pundits predicted Arsenal's weak link could be the goalkeepers and that was vindicated when Almunia was out jumped easily by Kaboul as Pompey pulled a goal back against the run of play before half time.

The second half continued to in the same way as the 1st, more free flowing soccer from Arsene's predators and they managed to add 2 more goals from Gallas and Ramsey to round off a convincing victory to take the team top of the table.

The scoreline certainly did not flatter the Gunners and the scoreline could have been much wider if not for the heroics of David James in the Pompey goal.

For M. Al Fahim, the man reported on the brink of the Pompey takeover, time could be running out. With the expected takeover to be completed soon, time is running out now before the transfer window closes on the 31st and Pompey definitely needs some reinforcements after losing many key players from last season's team.

Pompey fans will be praying that they will not be dragged into a relegation dogfight this season as that seems to be the case now that they have lost 3 out of 3 this season.

As for the Gunners, they will face a test of their credentials this season in the next 2 weeks, with visits to both Man Utd and Man City. That will show us the real mettle the team has.

Denilson's goal v Everton on the opening day

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