Saturday, 4 October 2008

sunderland vs Arsenal 1-1, EPL 2008, week 7

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Fabregas Save Arsenal In Last Minutes

It is almost a year ago to the day when Arsenal and Sunderland met for their first league meeting in 2007-08. The venue though was Emirates, and in a similar vein to the summer humdrum and falsely fruited predictions of this year, the Gunners were supposedly going to lose their top four position to hated neighbours Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal though marched on to a 3-2 victory that day, and the three points signified their tenth win (in all competitions), on the spin. What they would do for that consistency now.

Arsenal are erratic. Losing 1-0 to Fulham at the Craven Cottage: looking forlorn; disjointed; and uninterested. Then beating teams like Newcastle; Bolton; and Blackburn by a convincing margin, only to get turned over by Hull at home.

Even Clichy confirmed that Arsenal were guilty of not taking their opponent seriously; an arrogance that could prove costly.

Roy Keane's mackems are a bolstered prospect one year on, and have the comfort of playing in front of a home crowd. Depending on the Arsenal that turn up, the Black Cats could strut away, roaring into the distance, ecstatic with all three points... or they could limp off the pitch, defeated, dejected, with their tails between their legs.


It was a typical northern encounter on Wearside as wet and windy conditions had a direct effect on the afternoon's play as both teams took a while feeling each other out and there were a few scrappy exchanges throughout the first ten minutes, but nothing penetrative.

Roy Keane would have been the more contented of managers with the early manner of his side's play and Djibril Cisse was unfortunate not to have taken the lead.

A poor Theo Walcott back pass was pounced on by Cisse but alert Manuel Almunia was quick to foil the threat. Two minutes later Cisse was again on the attack and lashed a ball goalward but Arsenal's Spanish stopper beat the ball over the bar.

When Arsenal were in possession Sunderland sat back and soaked up the pressure, standing off their man but snuffing out any potential threat. Roy Keane has clearly taken heed of Phil Brown's successful tactic last weekend when the Tigers left the Emirates with all three points.

The chances Arsenal do make though were spoilt by either wayward shooting, or poor decision making, and Theo Walcott was at the heart of both mistakes.

The visitors went into the break with the greater share of possession, and a late strike from Denilson that skipped inches wide of the post could have stolen a lead for the Gunners, but as half-time crept closer the scoreline remained deadlocked.


The first 15 minutes of the second half maintained the motif of the first half as Arsenal's passing play was frustratingly spoiled by misplaced final balls.

Theo Walcott, who was largely ineffective all game, was replaced by big Danish centre forward Nicklas Bendtner as Arsene Wenger tried to force the game.

Arsenal had the ball in the net on the hour mark as Theo Walcott sent a ball into the six yard box that Van Persie finished off, but the goal was struck off the record as Walcott was deemed to have taken the ball into touch prior to his cross.

Inside the final 20 minutes though a goal seemed increasingly likely as both sides threw more forward when attacking. Samir Nasri could have broken the stalemate after some sound combining play from Emmanuel Adebayor and Cesc Fabregas fed through the former Marseille midfielder, but the Frenchman's shot was too weak to trouble Craig Gordon.

Against all the predictions Sunderland took the lead from a powerful Grant Leadbitter shot and Arsenal conceded a second wonder-strike for the second week running.

The Gunners saved face though, and ensure the points were shared, when a Van Persie corner was headed home by a delighted Cesc Fabregas three minutes deep into stoppage time.

Line Ups

Sunderland: Gordon - McCartney; Ferdinand; Collins; Chimbonda - Yorke - Malbranque; Richardson; Reid; Whitehead - Cisse.

Arsenal: Almunia - Clichy; Gallas; Toure; Sagna - Fabregas; Denilson; Song; Walcott - Adebayor; van Persie.

Arsenal kembali menelan hasil mengecewakan setelah cuma bermain imbang dengan Sunderland 1-1. Cesc Fabregas menjadi pahlawan The Gunners dengan golnya di masa injury time.

Hasil imbang atas Sunderland ini melanjutkan penampilan buruk Arsenal di Premiership dalam dua pekan terakhir. Di laga sebelumnya mereka bahkan takluk oleh tim promosi Hull City dengan skor 1-2 saat berlaga di kandang sendiri.

Hasil imbang ini tak mengubah posisi Arsenal di urutan tiga klasemen sementara dengan poin 13 dari tujuh laga yang sudah dilalui. Namun karena sebagaian besar tim lain belum bertanding posisi skuad besutan Arsene Wenger bisa turun ke urutan enam.

Buat Sunderland tambahan satu poin tak mendongkrak posisi mereka dari urutan 14 klasemen dengan poin delapan.

Jalannya Pertandingan

Di awal laga Sunderland memang mampu memberikan perlawanan yang cukup ketat. Kiper Arsenal Manuel Almunia sudah harus berkerja keras di babak pertama untuk menggagalkan usaha Djibril Cisse.

Sementara tekanan terus dilakukan oleh skuad besutan Roy Keane ini. Di menit ke-7, sebuah usaha Dean Whitehead dengan memberikan passing kepada Steed Malbranque. Namun Kolo Toure lebih dulu menggagalkannya dengan melakukan tekel.

Cisse kembali mengancam gawang Arsenal namun Almunia masih dapat menggagalkannya di menit ke-15. Ancaman masih terus dilakukan oleh striker asal Prancis ini namun lagi Almunia masih dapat menepis bola tersebut ke atas gawang.

Meski demikian hingga turun minum tetap belum ada gol tercipta. Di babak kedua tekanan mulai dilancarkan oleh Arsenal. Pada menit ke-56 Robin van Persie mampu mencetak gol namun asisten wasit menganulir gol tersebut.

Tekanan terus dilancarkan Arsenal. Bendtner memberikan bola kepada Van Persie dan diteruskan langsung dengan tendangan volleynya. Namun kiper Craig Gordon mampu melakukan penyelamatan gemilang menggagalkan peluang tersebut.

Namun, justru Sunderland yang berhasil unggul lebih dulu di menit ke-86 lewat tendangan keras Grant Leadbitter. Tentu aja Arsenal yang sempat mendominasi pertandingan segera menambah tekanannya.

Hasilnya di akhir pertandingan Fabregas berhasil menyelamatkan Arsenal dari kekalahan. Gol tersebut berawal dari sepak pojok Van Persie dan diteruskan oleh Fabregas dengan sundulan kepalanya.

Susunan Pemain :

Sunderland: Gordon, Chimbonda, Ferdinand, Collins, McCartney, Malbranque (Chopra 87), Whitehead, Yorke (Leadbitter 84), Reid, Richardson, Cisse (Murphy 88).

Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Walcott (Bendtner 66), Denilson (Nasri 73), Fabregas, Song Billong (Vela 87), Van Persie, Adebayor.

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