Derby 2 – 6 Arsenal, Adebayor gets his 30th of the season…

30 Goals For The Big Man A great game saw Ade score 30 goals in all competitions this season… let me take you back to a certain conversation young Ade and legend Thierry had all that time ago… when Thierry suggested Ade could score 30 goals… Ade said no… but Thierry had the belief…

“No, you don’t believe in yourself. With your quality, what I’ve seen in training with you this year, you can even beat the record.” I was like “Thierry, don’t tell me that.” He gave me his Spain number and he is always sending me texts, when I score, I know when I scored my 7th, he said, you can score more than 30. And when I scored by 22nd, he said “see only 8 more to go.”
Congratulations to Ade for his performances this season and scoring 30 goals is no mean feat… Ade’s hair is starting to grow back, but surely this has nothing to do with his goals today…

Derby 2 – 6 Arsenal

The home side started well in a game which saw already relegated Arsenal take on almost guaranteed 3rd spot Arsenal. It was a game in which many people predicted goals and it duly delivered. Early chances fell to Derby, with Emanuel Villa failing to connect with an Mears cross, which saw Fabianski – starting his first Premiership game – punch the ball clear. Moments later a good burst from Sterjovski saw a shot from about 20 yards take a deflection from Alex Song and just wide. However, the early pressure self combusted and Darren Moore dangerously played the ball square which Bendtner. A poorish ball from Bendtner to VP meant that VP was unable to shoot, so setup the Dane. A good finish saw Arsenal go one nil up with our first shot of the game. Derby 0 – 1 Arsenal The next chance came to Van Persie who interlinking play was very good and something we missed for large parts of the season. Talking about missing… Van Persie blazed his shot over the bar. It was to be one of many chances for VP. Moments after this, Robbie Savage swing in a decent cross and a bit of indecision in the box saw McEveley challenge and then prod in from four yards. Derby 1 – 1 Arsenal The goal for Derby signalled their intent of “going down with pride”, but we wanted the game and good play saw VP have another chance, but again failed to convert. It wasn’t long until VP got his goal. A sublime chip by Kolo Toure and an excellent run and chest from Van Persie before his dispatched a fierce shot from 8 yards out. Advantage restored. Derby 1 – 2 Arsenal Van Persie seems to get injured when he scores, cite Arsenal vs United at the Emirates last season and after his goal, he pulled up with a thigh strain. Half time: Derby 1 – 2 Arsenal Adebayor replaced Van Persie at the break and the second half started with Arsenal looking to take advantage of poor defending from Derby. Kolo Toure had played like a man with a purpose in his new right back role and he had his chances. Two in quick sucession, both high over the bar, but Cesc’s influence in the build up player was a sign of why he was voted PFA Young Player of the Year earlier. Chances fell to Bendtner and Ade soon after, but it wasn’t long until Ade goal his first of three. A good run from Theo Walcott ont he right who again played well and a miss hit from Eboue set up Ade at the far post who duly tucked the ball in the net on the net passed the stranded Carroll. Derby 1 – 3 Arsenal The chances came thick and fast and at one point, it became embarassing that we hadn’t scored more. Walcott with a glaring miss after Bendtner had played an awesome through ball. Young Theo elected to take it early with an Henryesque curler on the floor, but the ball rolled just wide. Alex Song is definitely a talent, but also defnitely a play who has to learn a bit more. He often found himself attracted to the ball and out of position and on the 77th minute, Robert Earnshaw punished him and ran through on goal to slot past Fabianski. Derby 2 – 3 Arsenal Could this be the start of a Derby comeback? Not as far as Theo was concerned. Good play from the left side saw Theo on the left, as he ran in the box. Seemingly covered by two defenders, he found about 3 inches of space and dispatched the ball into the top right hand side with venom to restore the 2 goal advantage. Derby 2 – 4 Arsenal But the team wasn’t finished there and with the majority of Arsenal’s goals coming in the last ten minutes, moments later, Clichy ran through a tired Derby defence and squared for Ade who made it 5 for the Gunners and scored his 29th of the season Derby 2 – 5 Arsenal But Ade had chances to get another and in injury time he did just that. A good pass from Eboue saw Ade through on goal, who rolled the ball past the advancing Carroll and slid it into an empty net from an acute angle. Derby 2 – 6 Arsenal An excellent performance and thoroughly deserved. It was a game in which we had chances and the score didn’t flatter us at all. Full time: Derby 2 – 6 Arsenal An 8 goal thriller and a performance to go with it. Promising signs for next season and Arsene had a wry smile.

Stats & Details:

Derby: Carroll, Todd, Moore, Stubbs, McEveley, Mears, Savage, Ghaly (Feilhaber 60), Lewis, Villa, Sterjovski (Earnshaw 69). Subs Not Used: Price, Edworthy, Beardsley. Goals: McEveley 31, Earnshaw 77. Arsenal: Fabianski, Toure (Djourou 78), Gallas, Song Billong, Clichy, Eboue, Fabregas, Denilson (Silva 64), Walcott, Van Persie (Adebayor 46), Bendtner. Subs Not Used: Almunia, Senderos. Goals: Bendtner 25, Van Persie 39, Adebayor 59, Walcott 78, Adebayor 81, 90. Att: 33,003. Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands). Here’s to a great Monday evening and let’s see if a Thierry Henry inspired Barcelona can knock out Man U tomorrow…]]>

  • Fo

    < ![CDATA[Excellent match report... what a display!! If we had beaten one of United or Chelsea we'd be 1 point behind... but today was a demostration of life without Flamini and Hleb and thoroughly enjoyable!]]>

  • devday

    Thanks Fo, really enjoyable game…!

  • jat85

    < ![CDATA[Ah the if's and but's. If only we had beaten Brum (twice!) and merely drawn vs either Chelsea or Man utd we'd be champs! Also reading today that Benitez has called for a strong referee for tomorrow night. Maybe he needs to fly Dirk's uncle into London again...? Flamini to this space!]]>