Arsenal 1 – 0 West Brom: Nasri shines…

I had the privilege of going to the game today and normally when I go to the game, my match report kind of sucks, but here goes...

We went with a 4-4-2 and as expected except for Eboue in defensive midfield instead of Ramsey. Eboue has played in this position in pre season but wasn't too convincing.

The game started well with some slick passing. Despite the media debates and the continual speculation, the players seemed to be focused and ready to go. For the first couple of minutes it was all Arsenal. It was fitting that we hit the back early on. Nasri and Clichy really combining well down the left with Bendtner too. One touch passing and overlapping runs, cut backs and all. On the fourth minute, Nasri put the ball in the back after an excellent move.

Arsenal 1 – 0 West Brom

It was a goal that we all thought would open the floodlights, but West Brom were resilient in defence and our finishing left much to be desired.

We continued in a good vein for a while after the goal. Gallas going mighty close with an effort from 35 yeards.

Almunia saved well from Kim, a good shot and fingertip save.

The half ended with West Brom coming into the game more, but with Arsenal the stronger side.

The second half started a litte nervy, with a goal line clearance to start the half.

Chances soon fell Arsenal’s way with Adebayor slotting just wide, and soon after Eboue shooting wide. A good break saw Ade free, but he failed to square to Nasri and was subsequently booed. He’s not exactly a fan’s favourite and he seemed to be off the boil. He was actually worse than Eboue, who also missed another two long range efforts. You’d think at this level, professional footballers would be able to get the ball on target. Bendtner was replaced by Van Persie and so good play from VP brought some life back into the Arsenal attack.

Van Persie had a good chance despite being marshalled by two defenders. But it looked like the game would petter out and end 1-0. And Arsene probably thought the same thing when he brought on Kolo Toure for Theo Walcott on the right wing.

The last 15 mins were definitely nervy, but it always looked like we had enough to win the game and with Spurs losing, it was a good day for us…

But the highlight of the day was the impressive debut by Samir Nasri. Good passing, good ball rentention, good creativity and a goal to top it off; there is still more to come, but he looks like a very accomplished player…!]]>

  • http://kierandelaney.net/blog Kieran Delaney

    < ![CDATA[I'm not sure I agree with the assessment on Eboue. I'm the mans harshest critic and was gutted when he stayed at Arsenal - I just didn't think I could take any more of his headless chicken runs. However he had one of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt yesterday. He tackled well and didn't try to overcomplicate anything. He did have 3 wild shots from considerable distance, but credit where credit is due, at least he shot.

    Adebayor however had a stinker. Its hard to see how he is worth the extra money to be honest this season, and so far since he signed again its hard to see an offer of £30m coming in again. If the noise coming out of the club is correct and that he was willing to sign 6 weeks earlier than he did because Arsenal were shopping around for his sale, it seems the rest of football regained their senses.

    Walcott didn't have a great match but he was man marked throughout. Sagna got the best out of that though because it left the wing clear for him.

    Nasri however - its early days, but could he be the Pires that Arsenal need?]]>