Arsenal beat Reading 2-0 at the Emirates thanks to goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Gilberto Silva.
Arsenal started the game a bit shakily, but had two early chances that should have been scored. First Hleb brilliantly sent through Fabregas, but he was immediately surrounded by defenders and could only weakly shoot straight at the keeper. Then Adebayor had a free header but mistimed his jump and it went well wide. Then the goals came after Toure sent a cross to Adebayor who controlled it brilliantly, and finished it with a problem for his 21st League goal of the season. Shortly after, on 38 minutes, we saw Gilberto get his first goal of the season when he finished from the top of box, taking a deflection on the way through. Van Persie then began to wiggle his way into the game with a low free kick that went just wide, and then shot it right at the keeper after Adebayor squared it.
The second half began quietly, but on the 70 minute mark we saw van Persie hit the bar/post after a blazing freekick, and then Theo Walcott also hit the woodword with a left footed shot. After that Fabregas had a shot cleared off the line, and the match was finally brought to a close.
In defense the man who stood out was Alexandre Song, who looks a lot more comfortable on the ball, and just very much improved in general. Just another example of Wenger’s magic. Think about the improvement since he joined us on loan in 2005/06. Unbelievable. Meanwhile, Theo Walcott was once again impressive in attack, and unlucky not to get o the scoresheet, while van Persie is still edging his way back to fitness, and Fabregas was back to his normal self, pulling the strings. I’m very happy for Gilberto to get a goal, and he really deserves one for his attitude this season. Meanwhile we also saw a welcome return for the long lost Denilson, who hasn’t been seen for some number of months.
So we are finally back to winning ways, after 4 games without a victory. It looks like the boys are going to finish the season strongly, and I really hope we thrash Derby, Everton and Sunderland.
Lehmann: Brilliant home farewell. Didn’t have very much to do but when he did he saved it well. 7/10
Toure: Did well before he went off injured. Great assist to Adebayor. 7/10
Gallas: Solid. Not much to do. 6/10
Song: See article, improvement of this kid is incredible. 7/10
Clichy: Commitment is brilliant, always has been, never stops running. 8/10
Walcott: Very promising some good runs, he hit the bar, really should be starting more, especially next season 7/10
Fabregas: Was back to his normal self, pulling the strings and almost scoring on several occasions. 8/10
Gilberto: Solid, his performance of the season, and great to see him get a goal, possibly his last at the club. 7/10
Hleb: Got in a scrap with Murty, but was creative, but didn’t really do anything special. 6/10
van Persie: He’s about one game away from full fitness and scoring. He was involved in most of the attacks, and also most scored 3 or 4 times. He will score against Derby or Everton. 8/10 Man of the Match
Adebayor: Great finish, besides that, nothing special 6/10
Eboue: Didn’t really do anything, and same with Bendtner
Denilson: Good shot after coming on, but other than that was quiet.