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Adebayor takes advantage in the game with no defending

227 comments September 14th, 2008


Blackburn 0 – 4 Arsenal (Van Persie 9, Adebayor 45, 78 (pen), 89)

Match of the Day Highlights courtesy of 101greatgoals

Before the start of the season, I had a bet on Blackburn to be relegated.  After this result, I’m feeling I could be on to a winner.

This match should probably have been 8-4 to Arsenal: both sides defended terribly, but we’re just that much better going forward.

Our first two goals were excellent.  Theo Walcott, forced to start by an injury Samir Nasri, skipped past three players and slid in Robin van Persie for a neat finish with the outside of his left foot.  Then an extended passing move ended with Denilson clipping a cross to the far post which Adebayor powered past the hapless Paul Robinson.  It was a good ball from Denilson, and a reminder that for all his faults, he is capable of a level of technical excellence that Flamini wasn’t.

The second goal arrived right on half-time, and it was probably needed, as Roque Santa Cruz and Jason Roberts were causing plenty of problems.  The second half was more one-sided, and the contest essentially ended when Emmanuel Eboue was felled in the area and Adebayor tucked away the penalty.  It looked (unsurprisingly) like a dive, but Eboue was bizarrely stretchered off.  I hope he isn’t injured – he’s in his richest vein of form for two years.

The fourth goal arrived late on, from an Arsenal side that included teenagers Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, who at 16 became our youngest ever league performer.  Ramsey slipped the ball through to Adebayor, unusually onside, who somehow rounded the gigantic frame of Robinson and netted his hatrick.

Good way to start this tricky week – I’m going to be abroad as of today, and don’t know what my internet situation will be.  I’ll try to update here and there.

Have a good week.

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