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Arsenal 4 - 1 Portsmouth

by wavydavy123 (U2019499) 22 August 2009
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(I hope Paul doesn't read this..)

Another stunning win for Arsenal, but, while it may seem glorious right now, it will not and can not last for very long.

Arsenal fans can enjoy their day. But how long will this form last for? Even if it lasts the next couple of months, it won't be enough. It doesn't matter how many big wins they get at this point of the season, and I think experienced Arsenal fans will appreciate this. They have done similar things in recent years, and have never actually won a thing.

Portsmouth have real problems. They hardly showed up, and with the two defeats against Fulham and Birmingham already, things do not look good. Their bad form will continue I believe for a long time and they face a struggle for survival, while Arsenal will fade in goals and wins, their poor play will be all season long.

This may depict a depressing picture for Portsmouth fans, but I believe it is true, as they have no real quality, experienced players anymore, with the exception of Sylvain Distin. They are not the force they once were under Harry Redknapp.

While I talk about how Arsenal will fade, they could, I suppose, prove me wrong. With players like Aaron Ramsey playing as well as he did today, and Jack Wilshere is looking sharp, perhaps finally their youngsters will succeed. In the bottom of my heart I do not believe this will happen, and instead I think only when, or perhaps if, Arsene Wenger is willing to splash cash on quality players, they will not win a thing.

Okay, maybe the Carling Cup?

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comment by Scrappy (U2653895)

posted Aug 22, 2009

The BBC is a joke. I've just read the write up for this game and having watched it live over the internet I'd like to know what game the BBC are reporting on.

As if it's not hard enough to go to the Emirates as it is, if you go there and can't get a decent refereeing performance which is unbias and fair than to be honest you've got no chance.

Arsenals second goal was easily a yard off side whilst their third was scored by Gallas who should have been sent of 30 seconds before for bringing Utaka down who was clear through on goal...and that's without even mentioning Pompey's nailed on pen that was turned down.....Why isn't there any mention of this in the match report BBC?

No doubt Arsenal are immense when it comes to the beautiful game, but if this match was refereed correctly the outcome could've and most probably would've been completely different.

How would Arsenal have faired at 1-1 with 10 men to play out the whole of the second half? All if, buts and maybes I agree, but all the same the BBC's report is shamefully bias.

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comment by Rick (U11214640)

posted Aug 22, 2009

d'manisblue, its not just the BBC being biased in regards to the match report, but in terms of Portsmouth fate in the Premiership. Every pundit they have hired believes there doomed because they choose to turn a blind eye the the game, and only look at the result.

Portsmouth lost to Fulham due to a deflected goal, Fulham had little other chances, lost to Birmingham due to a controversial penalty, and lost to Arsenal, influenced by a awful ref.

Not saying Portsmouth defintly would have gotten something if the ref played it role correctly, but there would have been a decent chance.

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comment by Scrappy (U2653895)

posted Aug 22, 2009

I can put my hand up if I'm wrong..Just watched match of the day and prob not a sending off but all the same.....if it was at the other end you know a Portsmouth player is going.

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posted Aug 23, 2009

It wasn't a foul by Gallas as has been proved, I still think Arsenal would have turned Portsmouth over with 10 men, they are a pale reflection of the FA cup winning team.

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comment by AFCBee (U13722034)

posted Aug 23, 2009

Erm... I'm no Arsenal fan but I was at the Emirates and I watched MotD. The second goal was not offside, not by a long shot. And Gallas did not bring the man down, he tripped over himself. The only contact Gallas made was a slight hand on his back, not enough to knock him over.

The decision by the referee was spot on.

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posted Aug 23, 2009

maybe so, but there were enough decisions that didn't go Portsmouths way to influence the game and the reporting of what was actually a fairly close match makes it sound as if we were awful when we had a go. I was pleased to see Pompey take on arsenal and feel the 4-3-3 worked ok - better than 4-5-1.
As for Gallas -had it been anyone outside of the top four teams it wouldn't have been a pen, anyone in the top four a nailed on pen - gallas tangled his legs with Utaka and was the last man. Just cos match of the day declare it not, specifically Shearer - ex scummer! AND hansen and Lauro - incredibly biased to the top four doesn;t make it so.

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posted Aug 23, 2009

Wah wah waaaah.

Portsmouth weren't good enough and deserved to get beaten. End of story. Doesn't matter how much whining you make about refs, pundits, etc...

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comment by pomglen (U1551456)

posted Aug 23, 2009

comment by Captain-Bee (U13722034)
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Erm... I'm no Arsenal fan but I was at the Emirates and I watched MotD. The second goal was not offside, not by a long shot. And Gallas did not bring the man down, he tripped over himself. The only contact Gallas made was a slight hand on his back, not enough to knock him over.

The decision by the referee was spot on.


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Are you blind? Watch it again. The second goal WAS offside, however you look at it. There is just no debate on that one, surely?

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posted Aug 24, 2009

Portsmouth have real problems. They hardly showed up, and with the two defeats against Fulham and Birmingham already, things do not look good. Their bad form will continue I believe for a long time and they face a struggle for survival

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Isn't it funny how everyone is suddenly an expert on Pompey, and knows we'll struggle. But no one is saying anything about Everton - who you thumped 6-1 and lost to Burnley 1-0.

If you say either of our 1-0 losses, you'd know that we were dreadfully unlucky. One was a crazty deflection off Zamora's side, and the other was a controversial 92nd minute penalty (although I personally feel the ref may have made the right choice).

As for the Arsenal game, the ref was spot on with the Utaka/Gallas decision - Utaka tripped over his own back leg.

However the 2nd goal WAS offside - but it was very close, and sometimes you get those decisions, other times you don't. I can see why the linesman didn't give it, but that doesn't mean it was the right decision. There is no point complaining about it now, though, and as Hart says we just need to get on with it.

ok

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posted Aug 24, 2009

@FortressFratton:

"Utaka tripped over his own back leg."

You make him sound like some beast of burden...

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