Saturday, September 24, 2005

Arsenal lacked luster

The best passing team in the Premiership were reduced to long range efforts today as West Ham United, playing at home, continued to surprise the doubters with a gritty defensive display and just enough chances on goal to claim themselves a fair result.

Well, a draw might have been a fair result but 0-0 forced me to keep flipping over to Man UBlackburn where there was drama to be played out.

Teddy Sheringham continues to play above his age. Old Man River provided the Hammers their best chance of the game with a first half free kick that just missed wide.

While the game was open and has some flow, bad passing in front of goal and some stingy defending preserved the feeling that there would be no breakthrough goal.

Bobby Zamora, a West Ham substitute could have won the game with a late header but the chance went begging wide.

While the likes of Freddie Ljungberg, Robin Van Persie and Jose Reyes were industrious there was a distinct lack of snap in Arsenal’s play. Compared to the form of the unbeaten run that ended last season, the Gunners play was a far cry. Having Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry injured didn’t help. But, dare I say it, Arsenal can’t seem to capture the midfield the same way they could when Patrick Vieira was in charge.

As for West Ham, I’m impressed; this is a good team and the clear surprise of the young Premiership season. I said before the season that they have questions to answer in midfield but from what I have seen Nigel Rio-Coker, Matthew Etherington and Yossi Benayoun are up to the job.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

At some point we have to move on from talking about Viera but it worries me that we arent beating these teams 3-0

9/24/2005 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

F*in Chelski have a perfect record

We're already out of the hunt and f*in West Ham might even finish above us

9/24/2005 7:58 PM  
Blogger Sriskandhs said...

WE made a huge misatke by not signing more players.I just hope that we do not end up playing the first season at ashburton grove without any champions league.
Abt west ham, bolton, man city and co.. their mettle will be tested over the season.
We shud finish in the top3.lets see...

9/27/2005 11:16 AM  
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