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Pompey 1 - Arsenal 4

League

Fratton

30-12-09, 7.45pm

Attendance: 20404

Referee: Alan Wiley

Pompey
1 - 4
Arsenal
Belhadj 74
 
Eduardo 28, Nasri 42, Ramsey 69, Song 81
 
Venue: Fratton
 
Attendance: 20404
The Teams
31 Begovic
 
 
 
01 Almunia
 
 
03 Kaboul
 
 
 
03 Sagna
 
 
07 Hreidarsson
 
 
 
05 Vermaelen
 
 
16 Finnan
 
 
 
10 Gallas
 
 
26 Ben-Haim
 
 
 
30 Traore
 
 
39 Belhadj
 
 
 
02 Diaby
 
 
04 Mokoena
 
 
58
 
08 Nasri
 
 
85
22 Hughes
 
 
90
 
16 Ramsey
 
 
23 Boateng
 
 
71
 
17 Song
 
 
32 Yebda
 
 
 
23 Arshavin
 
 
82
09 Piquionne
 
 
 
09 Eduardo
 
 
71
Substitutes
21 Ashdown
 
 
 
21 Fabianski
 
 
18 Vanden Borre
 
 
58
 
18 Silvestre
 
 
08 Diop
 
 
 
37 Eastmond
 
 
85
11 Brown
 
 
90
 
07 Rosicky
 
 
71
17 Utaka
 
 
 
19 Wilshere
 
 
35 Wilson
 
 
 
32 Merida
 
 
27 Kanu
 
 
71
 
12 Vela
 
 
82
Game Statistics
9
Goal Attempts
11
4
On Target
6
2
Corners
10
5
Offside
4
16
Fouls
3
2
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
34
%
66
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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 31 2009

Time: 8:37AM

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Sorry to say, but both Mokoena and Hughes are not Premier League quality. They cannot hold the ball, they cannot pass it, they don't know how to hit the target and they rarely score! How on earth can you play against Arsenal with these players on the team... A poor decision by Grant, which I cannot understand. Having Diop and Brown on the bench does not make any sense to me, or perhaps, Grant was sure we were there to honor the fixture with no hopes at all.
Pompey Malta
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31/12/2009 08:44:00

sometimes you can get away with one of them (probably best hughes) but against sides like arsenal who will pass the midfield to death you need a bit more mobility. trouble was we did break down the play in spells but when we needed a bit of quality like a connecting pass to take a few seconds out the game, it was lacking and the ball came straight back at us, resulting in constant pressure
Super Bock 1898
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31/12/2009 09:23:00

I not really sure what to say, that won't be repeated elsewhere. Except to say; it was abject from top to bottom...
pentonpompey
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31/12/2009 09:24:00

also theres no doubting boatengs class but he tries to do far too much which results in usually giving away possession
Super Bock 1898
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31/12/2009 09:26:00

I was suprised at that team selection as well. Its the first time I've heard the fans calling for the ref to send off one of their own players (Mokoena). We were never going to win this, but the performance in the main part was poor. Begovic, Belhadj and Kaboul played well and with spirit.
tracyc
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31/12/2009 09:28:00

Oh and Boateng.
tracyc
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31/12/2009 09:29:00

It was a farce, having the worst 2 players as captains! Both Mokoena and Hughes can't guide themselves let alone a whole team. I hope Hart come back to take that idiot Mokoena away. The greatest signing we have done in a decade! Jesus, that is why no one wanted him. I am also sure that he won't even be called up by SA for the world cup. Even in Malta we have more than a dozen better players than him, and we have very poor players usually.
Pompey Malta
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31/12/2009 11:15:00

Just as bad signings over the last few years:- Valéry Mézague (Redknapp) Collins Mbesuma (Perrin)
Super Bock 1898
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31/12/2009 13:12:00

 

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