Sp*rs 0 – 0 Arsenal: Match Review and Eboue Criticism

Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 Arsenal
Barclays Premier League, White Hart Lane
Sunday, February 08, 2009, 13:30

It was a 0 -0 scoreline yesterday, but not your usual 0-0. We were, of course, down to 10 men for about an hour, thanks totally and wholehearted to one player. One player who in a world of his own, a player who’s mind is not focused. A player who acts like a kid, who disrespects his manager and his team mates. A player whose petulance costs us points after points after points. A player to whom has lost all respect from the fans – to the point where his own fans boo him. A player who I can longer accept in or around our team. The “beautiful” Arsenal has a sore thumb the size of an apple. Thanks Emmanuel Eboue for throwing away two points.

You can understand if a player gets sent off because of a bad challenge or a series of bad challenges. You can understand if he’s the last man and the opposition player is through on goal. You can understand these things. But to talk yourself into a yellow card by sheer chatback and then kick out at a player when you’re on the floor is not excusable. When you think you’ve got away with it scott free – to go up to another player and “pat him on the back” is just plain embarrassing.

Eboue – you are the worst player I can remember to grace the Emirates and I wish you would just leave. Just leave and take your bags, take your diving, sarcastic clapping and patting on the back with you. Take it all. Please. The Ivorian will now be suspended for the Cardiff game – and with Arshavin illegible, it leaves us dearly short on options.

The worst thing of all of this, is that Eboue looked like the most penetrating player on the pitch prior to his dismissal.

And again, the other stupid thing is that the little idiot has tried to defend himself. Just admit you were wrong.

“The referee sent me off. For the first yellow card I did not say anything bad. I was in front of the ball and I was talking with Almunia [following a foul]. After that I said [to the referee] you have to whistle before and he said OK. I came back to take my place and then he called me and gave me a yellow card. I don’t really understand why. For the second one, I touched him. I put my leg up because [Modric] had touched me before in front of the referee and he did not say anything. He kicked me when I tried to go forward and I put my leg up. The second card is normal, I accept it. But for me the referee was not good today. It was a goal [in the first half]. I don’t know why he did not give it. The referee said I touched Woodgate but I did not. I know have to control myself [on the pitch] but I did not want to let Tottenham win. I just wanted to give my best.”

Pack of lies of course. A PR stunt no doubt. Eboue, Modric wasn’t on a yellow – by reacting you were both going to get carded. Yes, you were on a card. A yellow + a yellow = a red. And you deserved it.

Yes, who thinks he didn’t deserve it?

Onto another controversial point yesterday and we had a goal disallowed – however, the ref blew before we scored, so in reality, we don’t have anything to shout about. We scored after play had stopped. Yes, play shouldn’t have been stopped, but the following statement by Arsene just baffles me!


“The goal we scored is completely normal, how can you cancel a goal like that? It’s just not acceptable, this kind of decision. He must have seen a clear-cut foul to cancel a goal like that. I would like our opponents to have goals cancelled like that when they play at the Emirates.”

The pressure is mounting, no doubt, we’re 5 points behind Chelsea and 7 behind Villa. Painful times and for the first time in a long time, you can suddenly see the possibility of us not finishing in the top four becoming a reality.

Just to top it all off, Adebayor is out for a while with a hamstring:

“Adebayor is out for three weeks with a hamstring. ”We have Carlos Vela, we have Nicklas Bendtner, we have Eduardo we have Andrey Arshavin and we have Robin van Persie. We have plenty of strikers.”

And I for one wasn’t too disappointed. With Eduardo and Vela around, we have two exciting players who can really make a difference. Their time is now and if they play well, will Adebayor get back into the team? Interesting stuff…

Okay, over to you guys – point gained or two dropped?


Tottenham: Cudicini, Corluka (Chimbonda 74), Dawson, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon (Taarabt 87), Jenas, Palacios, Modric, Pavlyuchenko (Bent 64), Keane.

Subs Not Used: Gomes, Bale, Zokora, Huddlestone.

Booked: Modric.

Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy (Gibbs 87), Eboue, Song Billong, Denilson, Nasri, Adebayor (Bendtner 38), Van Persie.
Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Eduardo, Ramsey, Djourou, Arshavin.

Sent Off: Eboue (37).

Booked: Eboue, Clichy.

Att: 36,021

Ref: Mike Dean (Wirral).]]>

  • Narion

    < ![CDATA[Can anyone explain to me why have Eduardo and Arshavin on the bench, and bring Bendtner on for Ade?

    Baffled me completely even not fully fit those two would do a better job.

    And is it wrong i already want to start taking offers on both Bendtner and Eboue? I say sell em both and alot of Arsenal fans would be happy to see them go, yes occasionally Bendtner scores an important goal but its not enough to play in a "top 4" team]]>

  • Narion

    I forgot to mention i’m not even the hugest fan of Arshavin and I’d have still prefered him on instead of Bendtner

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

    < ![CDATA[

    Can anyone explain to me why have Eduardo and Arshavin on the bench, and bring Bendtner on for Ade?
    Because neither of them have played competitive football since at least November, one hasn’t played in the premier league and the other is still coming back from a broken leg. Ideal candidates for 60 minutes of high tempo 10 v 11 premier league derby football? Doubt it.

    As it is, regardless of the timing of the whistle, the goal was perfectly legitimate as no fould occured. I think that’s Wengers angle and I support him 100%.

    Anyway, if not already sealed this must have signed Eboue’s leaving the club. He’s in an untenable position now.

    I thought Toure and Gallas were exceptional and Song played very well. Denilson played too many safe passes for me – but then I guess he didn’t give the ball away either which must have been a priority.]]>

  • Fabrez

    Bendtner didn’t play badly at all actually…we lacked a bit of penetration, yes…but if support AW leaving Arshavin & Eduardo on the bench given the states of their fitness. I’ve not quite seen a better game for us in those CB positions for a very long time… Toure made a bad mistake once…just once so i won’t take anything away from him…and Gallas was absolutely on point…very confident & made is presence felt. Song did his DM job very well…was very efficient & mobile…credit to him. Denilson was not bad…Nasri looked ok…given the Eboue sending off. If we had 11 on the field we would have won i believe…but I’m quite satisfied with our performance as we gave our all…1 point never enough tho. Eboue looked good until he made a series of stupid decisions…so me thinks with our wingers coming back and Arshavin coming in, it’s bye bye Eboue!

  • Fabrez

    *but i support AW

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

    < ![CDATA[yeah definitely, we lacked penetration against a packed midfield with one less player. the thing that is overshadowed by Eboue being a dick is the fact that or defence was brilliant. Sure we gave a few opportunities, but there weren't many and we were playing with 2 upfront and one less player for most of the match!!

    I really can't exclaim how happy I was with the CB's.]]>

  • Fabrez

    Same here kieran! I was gingerly going on to SSN’s website to find out Scolari is axed! I’m very suprised to be honest…that’s crazy! I feel for Mr. Arsenal, Tony Adams…but i wasn’t suprised about him going tho. Ah well…makes u realise how powerful AW is at Arsenal even when results aren’t going our way!

  • debs

    oh my word, Scolari’s left?! Wow! I felt sorry for Tony too, but yeah, it sort of had that air of inevitability about it. and true, Fabrez, it’s times like this that you appreciate how much backing Wenger’s got from the board! Can’t imagine worrying about whether Wenger’s gonna be sacked or not at this point- got too many things to worry about already!

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

    < ![CDATA[Wow. Heard about Scholari on the way home. That wasn't about results though, anybody who heard John Terry after the Hull game knew Scholari was a marked man - he'd completely lost the dressing room.

    I feel really bad for Tony Adams - I hope whoever takes over gets relegated. Such a shit position to be in. But he knew that before he took over.]]>

  • AJ

    < ![CDATA[Eboue is a disgrace and I had the unfortunate task of watching the game with two chelsea fans (I know, what is the world coming too?) And they agree he's a disgrace not just to Arsenal but to football as a whole, know even though I think the respect campain is a load of rubbish as it's not going to be taken seriously, Eboue really needs to be put on a crash course, the guy is a wreckless idiot, I have a distinct dislike of him, but as you said, he was the most attacking player before getting sent off and he was doing the one thing that teams can't handle, running at them at pace with the ball, so for him to get sent off because of his loud mouth and his temper is no suprise because he isn't a footballer, he's a little drama queen who think's he's god's gift to us. We had a offer for him in January supposedly, why the hell we didn't take it I don't know, but I wish we had.

    As for the actual score, well done to the lads for holding on a man down.

    As for Scolari getting the sack, I'm not too suprised, but I feel quite bad for Tony Adams getting the boot at portsmouth.]]>

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

    Arsenal didn’t just hold on, they looked comfortable, and I’m convinced with an extra man they’d have won easily.

  • JDD

    < ![CDATA[people need to leave eboue alone.he was are best player before he unfairly got sent off (mike dean is a twat).he is not playin in his prefered position and less than 2 months ago he was booed by people who call themselves arsenal fans.he is not are worst player if someone like toure or nasri was sent off people woudnt be calling them a disgrace.

    also i think it shows how we differ from the arsenal side of 2003-04 back then if we went down to ten men we would have still tryed to win the game yesterday we defended for the draw.]]>

  • Fabrez

    < ![CDATA[Yeah,,,i'm pretty sure the dressing room wasn't with Scolari... who they will get to replace him will b the big question...

    And JDD, i disagree with u...Eboue was rightly sent off... Dean told him to go away twice and he came back to argue a 3rd time... that was poor poor decision making on Eboue's part. Then kicking out has made players see straight red this season. So the 2nd yellow was not that bad...could have been straight red. Even if i were to be biased as an Arsenal supporter, i still can't defend Eboue... I don't hate the guy...i felt bad for what fans did to him a few weeks ago. And no we would not have been as critical on Nasri or Toure bcuz they don't have the same history Eboue has... Eboue has done some stupid things disciplinary-wise in the past. So m8...that is fair critisism.]]>

  • Sam

    eboue is simply stupid, and a liar to top it off. who does he think he’s fooling with so many cameras catching every move? it hurt when AW tried to justify his antics.

  • Debs

    I personally would be very critical of Nasri or Toure if they got sent off for mouthing off to the ref and kicking out at a player, cos that’s just plain stupidity, especially doing such in the first half in a derby match even, and they’d deserve to be labelled disgraces! The difference between Eboue and the rest of the squad is that he’s already on a thin leash with most people anyways! That was absolutely ridiculous behaviour, I say! He started the match brightly and I think he just had a massive rush of blood to the head as a result and it effectively cost us 2 valuable points. I actually like Eboue, but more antics like that will turn the few fans still on his side away. He needs to sort himself out asap!

  • Fabrez

    In the 1st place, Toure & Nasri wouldn’t even do what Eboue did…he’s in a world of his own, clearly. I would be so extremely disappointed if they did but wouldn’t label them a disgrace. To me, Eboue has just disappointed the team and the fans way too often. His being labelled a disgrace wouldn’t be from that isolated game vs Sp*rs…it’s just added frustration to the already existing disappointment that Eboue has given us. I try 2 b fair 2 him but my patience is running thin.

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[I've said all along, Eboue doesn't deserve to be part of Arsenal. But him aside, what disappointed me before he got sent off was, 11 against 11, Spurs were the better side. They were winning all the 50-50s, they were getting to the ball first, keeping possession, making wave after wave of attacks. On the other hand, we just couldn't keep the ball. Their midfield was closing everything down lightning quick, whereas we just weren't capable of doing the same. Palacios and Modric were seeing a lot of the ball and looked dangerous. Palacios was deservedly man of the match. He was the one man out of the 8 midfielders (of both teams) who was controlling the midfield. Why we didn't sign him, I'll never understand. He was on trial with us before we recommended him to Steve Bruce.
    As much as it pains me to say, Eboue was the most penetrating player on the pitch before his sending off. But I also happened to notice that Nasri was nowhere to be seen. I don't remember seeing him until after Eboue got sent off, when he had to multi-task. Maybe he was trying to help Clichy out by marking Lennon or something. I don't think he saw the ball till after 30 or so minutes, though.
    Eboue aside, our team played quite a shit first half as usual ! Our first half performances have to improve. We are continuously playing garbage football in the first half.
    I think the problem lies in the central midfield partnership, apart from obviously not having a strong right midfielder in Eboue. Song + Denilson is just not strong enough or efficient enough in attack or defence.
    I was surprised that Spurs weren't able to nick a goal after we went down to 10, and get the win. They had so many chances. Keane's header was one of the clearest chances. I wonder where our CB's were for that one. Some people have said their performance today was great and the best they'd seen for a while from our CBs. I can't understand how. Just because Spurs didn't take their chances doesn't mean our CBs did a great job. They weren't there for the Keane header among other mistakes. We were definitely lucky to get a point in the end. But that's just not good enough. There are still a lot of games to go till the end. But Aston Villa don't look like they're going to drop points soon. Chelsea have just lost a manager I heard. Shocked ! Maybe this means they're going to face a tough run, but they have the players to win every game. Liverpool are faltering thanks to Benitez himself. So, it's us against either one of these teams. At least it doesn't look as impossible as us beating ManUtd to the title.]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA["But I feel it is two points dropped because we had the best chances and we scored a regular goal that was ruled out by an illusionary foul seen by only the referee.

    "I watched it three times on television and I still don't see what was wrong." That was Wenger. I like the word illusionary for some reason.

    I saw the 'foul' in real-time and once in a replay. And it looked to me like Woodgate fell over because Adebayor was on the ground and Woodgate tripped over him. I don't think the nudge he may have got from Eboue would be strong enough to make him fall over and I doubt Woodgate's the sort of player to exaggerate. Eboue definitely touched him but I don't think it was a push. So, although I don't think its fair to call it a foul against us, I can understand what the ref might have though in real-time.

    And about Tony getting the sack at Portsmouth. I can see many good things coming out of this move. For one, we should get Mr. Arsenal to his home = Arsenal. We could do with a defensive coach. We know we need one. We need Tony. Get Tony !
    And maybe we could get some of the players at Portsmouth. A swap of Distin for Silvestre would be great. If one of Toure or Gallas is leaving in the summer, then maybe we could swap Eboue for Glenn Johnson, for RB and move Sagna to CB if required. That way we'd have a proper replacement for RB instead of Eboue. And we'd have a proper defender who knows how to defend in the air in Sagna. Him and Djourou would be lethal in the air ! lol.

    I wonder what the new signings are thinking at Portsmouth. What an absolute shite time to sack the manager. Just after the transfer window has closed. What a bunch of lunatics on the Portsmouth board. They've just signed new players and some of the old ones have just signed new contracts like Johnson, who was being linked with other big clubs. And now they find out that the reason they were there in the first place, Tony Adams, is no longer there. What a terrible position to put them in. If they go down, I think Johnson and Kranjcar and Crouch and Nugent and Utaka and Belhadj and Distin and a few others might move to other premiership clubs.]]>

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[Interesting 'rant' (for lack of another word to think of! lol) from you Zohaib, as usual! Was beginning to wonder where you were!

    I wish I watched the match, cos I don't think the highlights did that much justice, and it's quite interesting how different views about how the CBs played have emerged, although the fact that we were able to keep a clean sheet, given the circumstances, suggests they did a decent enough job, so credit should go to them. You can't really expect them to deal with every situation without mistakes, and great for us that Sp*rs couldn't take advantage.

    As to Tony coming to Arsenal as a defensive coach, I'm a bit wary for some reason, especially as Portsmouth's undoing was really their defence, although that's not to say he was a bad defensive coach to be honest, as it was really individual errors that was the problem, not necessarily the defence as a whole.
    But thinking about it though, coming to Arsenal may as a defensice coach might actually be to both of our benefits, but I guess we'll see...]]>

  • Yemi

    < ![CDATA[The problem i have now is fighting for fourth spot against chelsea. That won't be a very easy task. We need to take advantage of their present situation. I also hope that there is no further injury damage for our team. This period players are coming back should be a boost for us if there is no further injury. I am sure ade will come back better because he will have ti fight for dear life for his shirt if edu and vela do a perfect replacement job.
    I am still trying to come to terms what has gone wrong with eboue. He used to be an admired player, now he is a total flop, booed by his own fans, trying to win their heart back then putting on such a silly show of shame (real kids stuff). knowing you were already on a card. The back four was very OK. and more comforting is the fact that djourou is a worthy sub this season. i can't wait for theo, cesc to return. with edu and arshavin on the bench.
    Song has also been quite impressive. it shows that with a run of games, players can adapt to any postion. The only time i think he was not up to the task was when sagna was injured and song was deployed to rigtback position. Nasri has been a bit quiet, ade has been nowhere to be found(probably because he does not get the usual delivery).
    What else can you say about VP!
    We need to find our goal scoring form.

    Mr arsenal, back in unemployement market, scolari needed more time.
    All in all, asides Zola, all player coaches (recent) have lost their jobs. Keene, Ince, Adams...]]>

  • Yemi

    < ![CDATA[VP has been speaking
    “We are working hard but we know we are not there yet. We are not scoring enough goals and we are not playing well enough. But everyone is staying positive and we are trying to help each other. The basics are there, it’s just up to us to finish it off now."
    I hope they get that finishing off form now than later.]]>

  • ny

    eboue was outstanding in last 2 games.I am not trying to defend him.But we need some players who try to penetrate in that manner in which the chance of loosing the ball is high.If we are to critizise such players and praise the other safe players we can always expect the the score 0-0.

  • Yemi

    Eboue has always been outstanding (until recently). For instance When he was in right back (before sagna came) he had a high number of pull outs from the right flank, when he is finally deployed right, he doesn’t pull out any longer. He used to be very good on the dribble, he longer can win a on – on – one situation. Without soundinh too harsh on eboue, he is not in form. maybe a dark patch for him. He used to combine well with whoever was upfront in right. these days i wonder if he has a personal beef with sagna, even when sagna makes a run on the right flank and is free, eboue does not feed him., rather he prefers to cut in to the middle.

  • james

    < ![CDATA[Intresting post from onlinegooner: "Arsene uses the word "intelligent" to describe footballers he admires as frequently as Sven used the word "absolutely" when answering in the affirmative inane questions from the British media. But there was nothing intelligent in Eboue's latest antics. Of course he was frustrated at the injustices; Sagna should have conceded a throw-in, not a free-kick (again Sky's "experts" agreed), but an intelligent footballer would have walked away after his first or second jibe. Not Eboue, though, who got his first booking. The second yellow, as Arsene concurred, was inevitable. The man many Gooners hypothesise to be Arsene's illegitimate love-child is, shall we say, a loose cannon?

    A question. If Arsenal finish outside the top four (I still think we'll make it but it's looking less likely), would we fans prefer to also be outside the UEFA Cup places? May seem a silly question but think about it. We'll be forced to pay - through our season tickets - for matches we don't want to witness.

    On a positive note... Amongst all the doom and gloom, it's well to remember that this young, injury-ravaged team have not lost a meaningful game since the catastrophe that was Citeh away. I'm generously ignoring 2-0 reverses away at Burnley in the Carling Cup and Porto in the CL, when Arsene fielded a Carling Cup-type side as we'd already qualified. So the effective unbeaten run is 14 games. With 5 of our next 6 games at home (if we prevail against Cardiff, that is) and the other at WBA (whose best player will be ineligible!) that run could and should get into the 20s.

    The Cardiff game should be brought forward to 14th February, and to hell with complaints from supporters' WAGs and Setanta. Then the winners could play Burnley in round 5 on 17th or 18th February instead of being a round behind come 7th March (quarter final day) if Arsenal win through. But TV must come first in couch potato-land.

    Finally, with Cesc and Theo being touted for early returns, Eduardo already selected for Croatia and even Rosicky forecast to play within the next three years, I'm far less pessimistic than most Gooners. Our midfield may look formidable before too long, especially once Arshavin gains match fitness and acclimatises to the various demands of the Premier League. If middling sides such as West Ham and Bolton continue to demonstrate the lack of ambition witnessed against Arsenal of late, one centre back may be enough in the final half hour if we are still chasing the game, although getting Arsene to re-work his formulaic substitutions' policy may be asking too much."]]>

  • Richiebacardi

    < ![CDATA[Until Eboue got sent off it would have been two points lost...After his sinding off it was definitely a point gained. The defence looked strong and confident against a speedy sp*rs offfence. Remember the last meeting how much trouble Bent caused us...I think the defence was that good that sp*rs ran out of steam and ideas to get through. Bus as always can be better.

    Not too sure about Eboue and his state of mind though. He seems to be like that kid that made one big feck up and now nothing he does will be right...whether it was right or wrong.

    I wonder if he was panicing about his position now being in danger and that left him in a poor state of mind.

    As fare as Ade's Injury, I wish him a speedy recovery, but nt that must be a blessing in disguise. It will give AW no other choice now to pick his usual which was Any Striker + Ade when we all know his form was poor.

    Hey has anyone looked at the injury news?!?!?


  • zohaib

    What’s so special about the injury list ?

  • devday

    Oh my gosh Richiebacardi – I can’t believe they said that on the injury list – that’s so funny!!!

  • Steve

    I don’t get it.

  • debs

    Me neither! Lol

  • zohaib

    Hello ?! Please explain !

  • debs

    Seems it’s only Dev and Richiebacardi that understand what the joke’s about!

  • Fo

    < ![CDATA[Dev, Richiebacardi,

    I just figured it out, that's so funny. I can't believe they did that!

    Debs, Zohaib, take a look - I'm sure you'll figure it out.]]>

  • debs

    < ![CDATA[i've looked at it a couple of times now and still can't figure it out. maybe it's cos I'm checking it on my phone. will probably check when I get home, cos i'm starting to feel slightly stupid now! lol
    any luck with it Zohaib?]]>

  • Fabrez

    Ok…i really don’t get it myself…same boat as u Debs lol Sum1 explain! :)

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[Alright. Checked again, and I'm still clueless! (Good thing you don't get it too Fabrez, cos at least it's not just me! :D )
    I'm not gonna check again (lol) so pls explain guys!]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[No luck. Still no clue what's cracked these guys up.

    I give up. Help !]]>

  • zohaib

    It wouldn’t have anything to do with Tomas Rosicky would it ?

  • Debs

    lol. I was thinking Tomas too, but wasn’t really sure!

  • Yemi

    i didn’t see anything starnge in the injury list too!!! can someone help out ?

  • zohaib

    guys. please ?

  • Debs

    they seem perfectly happy to keep us in the dark! lol

  • Fabrez

    indeed they do! :P