Sunday, August 10, 2008

Gunners Beat Host

The Gunners kicked off their bid for success in the tournament with a handy six points, but my, did they do it the hard way! It seems almost a time honoured tradition that Arsenal should fall a goal behind in a game, and that was exactly what happened. After a very bright start from Arsenal, they fell a goal behind after 34 minutes following a swift strike from Ajax man Luis Suarez which crashed in via the underside of the crossbar. However within 90 seconds of the restart, Ajax had doubled their advantage. A similar build to the first, saw Klaas Jan Huntelaar, an Arsenal target over the summer, fire a crisp shot across the goal beating Almunia all ends up. And this on the back of some great Arsenal pressure, easily being the better side up until that point.

Arsenal went into the break with a two goal deficit, and would need to turn up some serious heat to be in contention in the second half, along with actually putting chances away, a knock on from last season that cost the side so dearly. However the Amsterdam outfit came out strongly in the second half, and themselves could have added another half way through. It was fairly much at this point Arsenal finally started to show something of real promise. A wonderful move rounded off with an Eboue cross headed home by Emmanuel Adebayor. Arsenal were back at the races! The equaliser owed lady luck some debt, when an underhit backpass was intercepted by Adebayor, who sprinted to the byline, appeared to allow the ball to go out, not spotted by the officials, before whipping the ball across for Bendtner to tap in. The Gunners were now in complete control, and the winner was more inevitable than predictable. Denilson with some great work to find Adebayor who slipped the ball home for his second and Arsenals third.

Arsenal top the table at the half way mark with six points, three for the win, and a further three for each goal scored, Ajax will be second having scored twice, with the other game ending goalless meaning Seville and Inter have a single point each.

Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Denilson (Wilshere, 84) Fabregas (Ramsey, 84) Eboue, Walcott (Bendtner, 67) Adebayor, Van Persie (Senderos, 84)

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