Arsenal Thrash Reading Despite 2-0 Scoreline

Arsenal beat Reading 2-0 at the Emirates thanks to goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Gilberto Silva. 

Our goalscorers

Our Goalscorers


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. 


Match Ratings: 

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. 


5 Responses to Arsenal Thrash Reading Despite 2-0 Scoreline

  1. rico says:

    why oh why did cesc make his comment after the match – why is today special and why does he only ‘hope’ his future is with arsenal – what does he know, is he playing with the press, does he know who arsene has already signed, has flamster made his mind up today….

    someone, please help, i am going mad!!!

  2. rico says:

    Ok, i have got my last comment out of the way – the game was not bad…
    But we should have stamped our authority and took our chances…

    Song for me was pretty good, certainly much better than Big Phil

    the problem with today was that it was all to easy, and everyone wanted to score, instead of looking for the better option. we won, so not such a big deal today.

    I think Gilberto may stay….. he is steady Eddie and can fill in quite a few positions, and certainly be a good influence on the squad, his attitude and experience is top drawer – it depends on whether he wants to play regular football…

    I am already sick of reading the papers version of Cesc after match interview, these reporters are so so so clever to know what Cesc is going to do, and what he meant…..

    Its a long transfer window ahead… i hope not

    Come on Barca for CL

  3. rico says:

    Just realised, Cesc conirmed his TV programe today, thats why its special and wanted to score…….

  4. Gunner says:

    Song also should’ve scored with a free header as well as Adebayor in the first half. I think he played well but looked too relaxed on the ball at times and gave it away by trying to play his way out when he should’ve really cleared it (almost resulted in a goal once but Lehmann saved well).

    Eboue was the best of the subs for me. He defended well and showed some good skill and I think it was through his pass that opened up a shot for Cesc that was cleared off the line (he was majorly involved in the build up to that). I think he’s been getting too much criticism lately because he really is a RB and showed that today, although his attitude isn’t helping.

    Looks like Hleb will be banned for the next game so Diaby or Denilson may get a start.

  5. risinggunfire says:

    Win is alright, but really nothing to shout about when you realise that the team’s form has been up and down lately. Reading is a bottom club fighting for survival, so it’s no big deal. Remember that often times, the team has lost points when they should have won hands down. The true test is still to beat the top clubs, manure, lpool, chelski, etc.

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