Arsenal 0-0 Fulham, 28th February 2009.
1st half : Fulham were in charge early on. Andy Johnson fired the first shot across Arsenal’s bows with just 53 seconds on the clock and five minutes later Simon Davies fired over on the turn after Danny Murphy’s dinked pass. Johnson screwed a good chance wide after spinning William Gallas on the edge of the box and only a fine block from Bacary Sagna denied Clint Dempsey. Arsenal were taken aback. Vela and Arshavin had been stationed on the flanks to try and unlock negative opponents. Instead, those attacking players were forced onto the back foot. The home side eventually found their stride and should have taken the lead in the 10th minute. Arshavin wriggled free on the right and picked out Van Persie with his cross but Schwarzer tipped his point-blank header over the bar. Arshavin himself was next to go close. A slick move from left to right ended with Nasri sliding a first-time pass into the Russian’s path. With the angle narrowing, Arshavin slashed his effort high and wide.
2nd half : On the half-hour Nasri found space inside the area but over-elaborated and was eventually crowded out.
Then Van Persie raced through only to hit his venomous right-foot effort straight at Schwarzer. The Dutchman was first to the loose ball but Aaron Hughes deflected his second shot wide.
Back came Fulham. Zamora shot straight at Manuel Almunia and then Murphy, busy pulling the strings from midfield, fizzed a long-range effort just over. Johnson also went close as the visitors continued to defy their pre-match doubters. Arsenal, with Nasri and Arshavin on the periphery, were in a real battle. Wenger responded by switching his two playmakers at the break with the Russian moving into the centre. It was a subtle switch but it galvanised the Gunners. Arshavin was immediately more influential. One driving run from the new boy forced a vital intervention from Brede Hangeland. Then the Russian saw his low shot inadvertently blocked by Vela. Arsenal were well on top now and came within inches breaking the deadlock in the 58th minute. Sagna planted a cross onto Van Persie’s head but the Dutchman’s effort flicked off the outside of the post with Schwarzer well beaten. On came Bendtner as Wenger added ballast to his front line.
But Fulham weren’t finished and a dangerous break, led by Davies, ended with Johnson’s shot cannoning off Gallas and looping onto the top of the net.
With 20 minutes left Bendtner’s clever backheel found Van Persie inside the box but he couldn’t keep his effort down. Then Schwarzer scrambled to his left to keep out Diaby’s near-post header from Van Persie’s corner. Arshavin found the side-netting with seven minutes remaining as Arsenal threw everything at their London rivals. But this was no siege. Fulham had moments of their own and could have snatched a late winner themselves. A draw was probably a fair result but a point won't win prizes. For Arsenal, the margin of error just got narrower.
Full Time : Draw. Arsenal 0, Fulham 0.
Arsenal 1-0 Roma, 24th February 2009.
Beyond Your Imagination at 5:28 PM
1st half : Wenger’s side were certainly up for it. With Samir Nasri given the freedom to roam centrally and both full-backs bombing on, Arsenal looked fluid and threatening in the opening stages. After four minutes, Nasri was released down the right.
He cut the ball back for the unmarked Bendtner 12 yards out but the Dane’s first touch was far too heavy and the chance went begging. Nasri was next to go close, nodding Clichy’s pinpoint cross wide after a well-timed run into the box. Then William Gallas just failed to convert Kolo Toure’s downward header after Van Persie’s clipped free-kick. Arsenal had the ‘handbrake’ off while Roma had stalled. But the visitors reminded all and sundry of their latent threat when Marco Motta fizzed a long-range effort inches wide. Arsenal were still making most of the running. Nasri was the catalyst, linking play superbly in the space behind Van Persie while Bendtner dropped to the left. Nasri and Diaby both tried their luck from distance and Roma needed all their cunning to snuff out Arsenal’s clever interplay in and around the box. Eventually, it took an illegal challenge to stop the hosts. On 35 minutes Van Persie collected Bendtner's pass and snaked into the box before Mexes - already on a yellow card - brought him down. The Dutchman picked himself up, dusted himself off and slammed home the spot kick. It was a thoroughly-deserved lead.
It could have been two a minute later. Once again Van Persie got round the side of the Roma central pair but his cut-back was just behind Bendtner and Roma escaped. Another boost came four minutes before the break when De Rossi was booked for a scything challenge on Nasri. It was further evidence that Arsenal were winning the middle tussle - and it ruled De Rossi out of the second leg.
2nd half : Roma had to gamble in the second half and they duly emerged with attacking intentions. But after weathering a brief storm Arsenal took command again. After 52 minutes a slick break from Eboue ended with Van Persie picking out the unmarked Bendtner but the Dane scooped his shot over from six yards. Seconds later Bendtner raced down the left but just failed to find Nasri as the Frenchman charged into the six-yard box. Then Diaby forced a fine diving stop from Doni. You sensed Roma were there for the taking but Arsenal could not find the killer punch. Eboue was next to go so, so close, latching onto a loose back-pass but finding the side-netting. Arsenal almost paid for their profligacy when John Arne Riise lashed a low shot inches wide. And Roma, no doubt relieved to be let off the hook, pressed on in search of an equaliser. Predictably, nerves jangled among the home fans. But for all their possession, Roma failed to open up the hosts’ back four. Arsenal can expect a sterner examination in a fortnight but, for now, they have the edge. This was a satisfying way to bring up a double century of games in the European Cup.
Full Time : Arsenal won. Arsenal 1, Roma 0.
Beyond Your Imagination at 4:42 AM
Alhamdulillah~ saya bersyukur kehadrat Illahi kerana Brunei Darussalam sudah mencapai hari kemerdekaan yang ke 25 yang bertemakan "Kedewasaan Bernegara" logo nya tu nah di atas ah.. :D tetapi.. tahu kah kamu? apa kah maksud disebalik logo tersebut? chewah.. terlampau standard melayu ku atu.. hehe :P ni nah maksudnya, satu-satu ah.. awal2..
Payung tunggal berwarna kuning melambangkan sistem kepimpinan beraja. Raja adalah payung mahkota tempat rakyat bernaung dan berlindung.
Latar belakang dari bawah warna biru yang semakin cerah ke atas melambangkan alam semesta ciptaan Allah Subhanahu Wataala di mana Negara Brunei Darussalam ditadirkan-Nya tergolong dalam "community of nations" dan para pemimpin memikul umanah mentadbir negara pada lunas-lunas yang diredai-Nya dengan penuh bertawakal untuk mewujudkan masa depan yang cerah.
Empat payung bersusun warna perak melambangkan kesatuan empat daerah yang dihuni oleh tujuh (7) puak jati yang selama-lamanya mendukung padu sistem kepimpinan beraja secara istiqamah demi melahirkan kemakmuran, keselamatan dan ketenteraman negara. Warna perak melambangkan tempoh 25 tahun keempat-empat daerah menikmati rahmat kemerdekaan.
Panji-panji melambangkan identiti negara yang disanjung dengan semangat patriotik yang tinggi.
Tangkai berlengkar warna putih pada tiang payung yang mendukung panji-panji melambangkan toleransi berjiran tetangga dalam lengkungan "community of nations". Warna putih melambangkan kemurnian nilai-nilai dalam kehidupan dan kesucian berugama.
Tema dalam tulisan jawi melambangkan bangsa Brunei yang mendukung kesucian ugama, menghormati warisan budaya, mengamalkan budaya bangsa yang berteraskan "Melayu Islam Beraja".
Tema dalam tulisan rumi warna merah melambangkan kedewasaan bangsa Brunei dengan semangat cekal bersaing di arena antarabangsa dalam pelbagai sumber kehidupan demi survival bangsa dan negara.
Logo berbentuk empat segi tidak bersempadan pada sebelah kanan melambangkan negara terdedah kepada globalisasi dan kedewasaan bangsa Brunei menghadapinya bersandarkan pada tafsiran-tafsiran pada keseluruhan logo.
So atu saja maksud di sebalik logo.. please take *note* i did not photoshop the logo ah.. i got this logo from click here
so thats it.. BRUNEI MERDEKA!!! "1984-2009" 25 tahun.. alhamdulillah~ :D
Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland, 21st February 2009.
Beyond Your Imagination at 6:43 PM
1st half : Still, that game was a wonderful fillip for a side in need of a boost. And Arshavin nearly started this game the same way. The midfield opened up for him after precisely four minutes and 40 seconds into his Emirates Stadium career. He dragged his shot inches wide. In all honesty that shot had been a little tentative. But his angled drive towards the top corner on the quarter-hour was anything but. It took all the strength and skill of keeper Marton Fulop to cope with its ferocity. In between those efforts, Denilson’s clever ball had sent Van Persie clear.
The Dutchman clipped the ball over the Sunderland stopper but it drifted wide. Wenger had been somewhat critical of Sunderland’s defensive tactics in the game at the Stadium of Light. However since then Ricky Sbragia had replaced Roy Keane and, in fairness, the visitors were not sitting back this afternoon. As a result, they created a flurry of chances in the middle portion of the first half. Anton Ferdinand stung Almunia’s hands from distance then the keeper had to slide out and deny Dean Whitehead. After that the same player saw a drive batted away and Andy Reid blazed over the bar from distance. However Arshavin was still catching the eye. After 30 minutes, he wrapped his foot around a ball on the right-hand touchline and sent a pin-point cross to Nicklas Bendtner, whose head was scrambled around the post by Fulop. By now, Arshavin and Nasri had swapped flanks. Seven minutes before break the Frenchman sent Bendtner scampering down the right. His cross was deflected dangerously towards Fulop at the near post but the keeper snaffled to ball at the second attempt. Arsenal seemed to fancy their chances of a breakthrough as the interval approached. First Sagna saw a shot deflected over then, from Van Persie’s corner, Toure’s powerful header was booted off the line by Reid at the far post. However the visitors nearly provided a suckerpunch. In injury time they broke quickly and only the backtracking Sagna prevented Kenwyne Jones giving the visitors the advantage. Although Toure nearly squeezed a shot under Fulop at the death it had been a frustrating half. That Villa defeat made this game gigantic for Arsenal – three points, via whatever means, was a must this afternoon.
2nd half : For the first 15 minutes of the second period they had the ball but did little with it. Arshavin was a now a fading force and it was no surprise to see him replaced by Vela in the 64th minute. The Mexican has been used to add urgency in tight matches and that was clearly his job this afternoon. His introduction pushed Nasri to the right and gave the rest of the side a dig in the ribs.
They needed it. Although Van Persie’s free-kick was punched away by Fulop midway through the half Arsenal were still in charge but not in front. The Dutchman had half a shout for a penalty when he was hauled down with 18 minutes left. Straight after that Clichy chased a lost cause of a ball and managed to claw back a cross from the byline. It found Sagna whose shot deflected wide for a corner. Vela had made a difference but he would spurn two decent chances and, as a result, desperation started to set in. First he pulled an effort past one post after a hanging cross had unexpectedly fallen to him. With 10 minutes left he sliced an effort horribly wide from a similar position. As the seconds ticked by, Sunderland started to go forward in search an unlikely win. But in fact Arsenal would fashion two chances themselves in injury time. First Gallas slashed a shot wide then,
in a last act of the game, Van Persie raced onto a flick from substitute Emmanuel Eboue but could only drive straight at Fulop.
Full Time : Draw. Arsenal 0, Sunderland 0.
Happy Birthday to Bro Khai!
Beyond Your Imagination at 8:32 PM
Ucapan hari jadi ini diucapkan kepada Bro Khairi yang tinggal di Kg Mulaut.. di harap sihat2 selalu... chewahh! macam dj eh.. hahah apaan.. okay, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRO!! sorry nada hadiah.. hanya sekalung doa.. semoga bro panjang umur, murah rezeki, sentiasa bahagia disamping keluarga tersayang and lastly, semoga berjaya dalam apa jua bidang yang diceburi.. :D atu saja.. once again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRO!! :D
Arsenal 4-0 Cardiff City, 16th February 2009.
Beyond Your Imagination at 8:25 AM
1st half : In the opening two minutes, Bacary Sagna crossed deep to the far post and Bendtner steered his header back across goal but wide of the near post. Shortly afterwards Vela sent a rasping shot towards goal from 25 yards that Cardiff No 1 Tom Heaton could only parry into the path of Bendtner. But the on-loan Manchester United keeper would redeem himself by turning aside the Dane’s follow-up. Heaton seemed to be taking on Arsenal all on his own. In the seventh minute, William Gallas met Vela’s curling cross with a firm downward header at the far post. The keeper saved with his right knee. For his part, Eduardo was looking sharp and confident. Around the 10-minute mark he sidefooted a low shot wide and then tried to beat Heaton from the halfway line. Now that would have been a comeback. This was the swarming, overwhelming, relentless Arsenal of old and it was a pleasure to see them back. Cardiff were the best the Championship could offer on current form and had thoroughly deserved their draw in the first game – but they were being taken apart this evening. When it came, the goal was typical Eduardo – all about placement not power. Vela did wonderfully well to put the ball on the Croatian’s head from the left flank but the striker’s body position meant he could not put pace on his effort.
Instead he simply guided it into the space the keeper had just vacated. It was the headed version of passing the ball into the net. To be honest it could have gone in off Eduardo’s backside and Emirates would still have erupted. As it was, the 25-year-old slid on his knees towards to the touchline before being engulfed by his team-mates. Everybody knew what this goal meant. Despite the emotion of the moment, Arsenal were not going to sit back and admire their work this evening. They continued to flood forward and might have doubled their advantage in the 26th minute when Nasri’s shot squirmed under Heaton and dribbled wide. Cardiff were already looking a beaten side and the second goal only seemed to numerically confirm it. In the 34th minute, Nasri curled over a corner from the left and Bendtner raced to the near post and leapt highest to touch home a header into the far corner. Another goal of ruthless simplicity. It seemed to draw all the remaining confidence from the visitors and Arsenal should have added a third just before the half-time whistle. Sagna crossed from the right, Eduardo expertly controlled the ball but his shot on the turn was saved by Heaton. Again the effort came out to Bendtner at the far post. The Dane stuck his first shot against the woodwork and his second was saved by the sprawling keeper. An incredible moment.
2nd half : There was no let up after the interval. Vela waltzed through in the 53rd minute but his shot was blocked, a couple of minutes later Gibbs whipped a cross into the heart of the six-yard box and Darren Purse scooped the ball away from under his own bar. Despite Arsenal’s invention Cardiff had to chance their arm. Just before the hour, Fabianski was forced into his first serious action when he stretched to save a low drive from Jay Bothroyd. But the home side would be quick to respond. Cardiff failed to clear their lines after Heaton had saved Bendtner's shot with his legs and Purse felled Eduardo on the penalty spot. The Croatian got up and scored from exactly the same place. This time his celebration was more meaningful.
He brushed aside his team-mates to hug Tony Colbert, the fitness coach who had worked with him throughout the dark days of the past 12 months. Ross McCormack saw a free-kick deflected over but Eduardo would have a glimpse of a hat-trick when he tried to lift the ball over Heaton at the far post. It would be the final act of the game for the former Dinamo Zagreb striker. A couple of minutes later, Wenger replaced him with Van Persie and Nasri with Aaron Ramsey. Naturally he received a standing ovation. Amaury Bischoff came on for this first action outside the Carling Cup and, with 10 minutes left, nearly steered home a cross-shot from the narrowest of angles. In injury time, Van Persie did manage to slot home a fourth. In the final seconds he also nodded against the outside of the post.
This was just what Arsenal needed. A slick performance, lots of goals and the return of a major star. Hopefully the team – and Eduardo – can kick on from here.
Full Time : Arsenal won. Arsenal 4, Cardiff City 0.
p/s : That night belong to eduardo to be honest.. and welcome back Eduardo. :D and also i love the statement "Eduardo brings miracle!" :D Arsenal!~ Gunners!~
Tagged by hashfi.
Beyond Your Imagination at 1:55 AM
⌂⌂What do friends called you?
◊●◊ Zman, man..
⌂⌂When is your birthday?
◊●◊ May, 2, 1991
⌂⌂Are u a hard drinker?
◊●◊ I never drink.
◊●◊ banyak nyamu..
⌂⌂Provide some of your choice number.
◊●◊ 2,5,9,1. (:
⌂⌂Name some of your favorite hang outs.
◊●◊ The Mall, Gadong. (:
⌂⌂Are you a party girl/boy?
◊●◊ hmm sadang..
⌂⌂Is there someone mad at you?
◊●◊ idk, maybe ada, if ada, im sorry..
⌂⌂Name some of your friends.
◊●◊ .... eh karang mun ku taip nama durang kanya, curious karang.. macam "kenapa tulis nama diorang kanya? so yeah, aku inda mau buat.. :D
⌂⌂A friend is..
⌂⌂What is more important? Love one? Or your Friends?
⌂⌂Did a time come that you had 2 or more bf / gf?
⌂⌂Who was the last person you dated?
◊●◊ date kah? haha aku alum pernah..
⌂⌂What is Love?
◊●◊ too many, love can be anything, love can hurts people, love can make people happy.. blabla
⌂⌂Is there any one of your exes and friends of yours whom you know are together now? who are they?
◊●◊ err antah eh..
⌂⌂How about a message for your ex?
◊●◊ you mean ex-friends? yes, imy all. :')
⌂⌂Say something to your bf/gf?
◊●◊ Im single.. but if i do have a gf, i will say, ily of course.
⌂⌂Tag 5 people.:
as usual, i dont tag people, really sorry, so its open, siapa yang kan buat, buat tah, just copy paste.. (:
Beyond Your Imagination at 1:24 AM
After having chinese new year tadi.. kami ke ICC, ku online then buat nick ku "Zman - icc." kali atutah ramai orang text aku tu the same questions "apa ada kan di icc?" i was like -___-" hahaha nadadeh.. its okay.. lurus jua tu.. macam apa ada kan di icc? ni nah yang ada, masa ku masuk with my family, ada UNI arcade! it was fun! ada futsal jua.. then ada belumba kereta control.. kami meliat lah jua.. handal lah durang main atu, sampai be drift2! kali lapas atu, kami bejalan2 kali teliat rumah hantu! kali nya my abang, karangtah kesana, so kami jalan2 dulu, kali ada bejual camera DSLR! iatah aku and my bro check it out.. then after that, masuk lagi tempat bejual2 barang ani lah.. after that.. nampak kami orang belatih untuk esuk punya performance.. maybe orang P2F kali yang belatih ah.. not sure lah.. kali barutah kami kan masuk rumah hantu! tiketnya $1 sorang.. haha kali masa kami kan masuk atu, ada this kanak2 panic ah! beteriak2! sampai antak2 pintu! i was like, gila merijap banar kali :S hahaha! takut jua ku.. kali my anak buah menangis ni sudah.. hahaha! kali bila masuk, awal2 nya kubur, gila merijab! hahaha kali ada tia hantu ani (which is actually orang) lol! hahaha mengajutkan! i dont even tekajut pasal andang ku nampak sudah orang atu disana wah! hahaha! kali tarus jalan2 background musicnya bini menangis kali tutup tia lampung nya ani, inda nampak apa2 kali ada tia kepala begarak terabang, ada kaki, tangan begantung2 with the blood.. kali background music nya guruh tia.. macam temparik banar ani wah! kali ada tia lagi orang ngajutkan, but still, aku inda tekajut, pasal nampak ku sudah wah.. so its funny, kali, jalan2 dark ni, nada nampak2 apa2.. kali ku macam rasa tesangkut kaki ku ani, kali, karas ani wah! kali macam ada tia lampung sikit2, kali rupanya patung gugur.. pasal orang panic tadi.. hahahah! kali then abis tia.. lol! anak buahku menangis2 inda branti.. lol hahaha! aku admit lah jua.. i was scared inside there.. gila kali.. merijab ah! i know its not real, tapi merijab kaliah! after that, kami tenangkan diri, LOL! then kami jalan2 ada tia ramai orang ani, so kami liat, rupanya ada orang shuffle, so meliat lah sekajap, coool lah jua orang shuffle atu.. hahaha bah thats it, and sorry about the pictures.. nada wah pictures tadi.. bah gtg, esuk kan school, so assalamualaikum. (:
Chinese New Year for the Kg. Sungai Akarians at the owner of Hua Ho
Beyond Your Imagination at 5:14 AM
well it was fun, before that.. aku ani liat dvd wah.. kali kana katok pintu ku ah.. kali kana beritau, bejalan ke rumah hua ho.. kali so aku apa lagi.. besiap2 lah.. then tarus tah kami kesana ni.. siok lah tadi.. rumahnya? wow! lawa lah.. macam apa ah.. basar lah.. biasalah kan.. orang empunya hua ho kaliah.. so kana bagi minuman, aku dapat minuman ice lemon tea yang pokka ^_^ nyaman kaliah.. hahaha! and also, nada green tea :'( hahahah labih aku ah.. it was fun lah tadi, ni nah some picture.. :D
masa di luar rumahnya ^_^
masa kan ke entrance nya masa di entrance
masa di bilik tamu
lastly, sorry about the quality of the picture.. pasal this was taken by HAZWAN's mobile phone which is my cousin.. his phone yang N96.. well ada some pictures yang blurr -__-" tapi inda apa lah.. asalkan ada gambar.. apa khutbah tadi? bersyukur.. okay? so syukur tah ada gambar.. tunggu ku ada camera nanti.. :D
Beyond Your Imagination at 4:46 AM
hahaha yeah.. i've just installed mine.. rugged!! want to see it? ni nah :
rugged kan? haha yatah ada ku invite kamu jua tu.. so, just join, and follow the instruction.. install something.. inda apa2 tu.. but untuk view, mesti pakai IE7 or Firefox 3 :D thats all.. enjoy!
Beyond Your Imagination at 6:54 AM
okay people.. i know it is about pet society again.. but.. this is important for some users.. atu i found this forum about "CHEATING" arah official websitenya..click here for official website!
and this is the forum about the cheating..click here for the CHEATING forum
so aku baca and baca and i notice, siapa yang cheating atu kana delete wah dari pet society, i mean kana remove lah.. so iatah ku tadi kurangkan my points.. hahaha! :p im not scare kana delete.. its just mun kana delete, macam boring jua tu inda dapat main pet society lagi.. macam aii :'( hahaha! yatah i have done mine.. so kamu yang menhack atu, adangtah, baik tah turunkan points kamu ah.. kana delete karang inda pedah2.. nada cali tu.. :D and thats why my points turun sudah arah pet society.. and im no longer no. 1 in pet society its Amirol masa ani :p so Mirol, turunkan tah ah :p okay people.. thats all.. :D
Zman vs Hanif
Beyond Your Imagination at 9:07 PM
*NOTE* click the image for larger view!
okay people, ani saja ku buat.. pasal c hanif ari atu ada cakap pasal my house arah pet society ia cakap "banar2 jua kau valentine ani" kali kataku "ada competition wah arah pet society yatah ku buat lawa2 sikit".. then bila ia decorate his house.. ia cakap antah ah lupaku.. ia cakap maybe his house is better than me.. macam aku tarus.. "whoaaa :P" kali ia cakap "jangan marah" well aku inda marah.. its just rumahnya pun lawa jua kan.. so this is your own choice lah (whoever who view this blog) buat saja arah chat box ku atu which house is better bagi kamu.. if me, taip saja arah chatbox atu "zman better (:" if hanif, taip saja "hanif better (:" so thats it! macam af tah pulang main vote2.. tapi please lah.. vote saja tia.. hahaha! lagipun lama jua ku inda post wah.. so this is it.. jangan lupa vote! click the image ah.. then liat siapa better! (liat banar2 ah!) hahahaha :p
Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Arsenal, 8th February 2009.
Beyond Your Imagination at 2:37 AM
1st half : It is impossible for this game to be unimportant but this one was more important than most. Tottenham had the early pressure but Arsenal had the first sight of goal. Eboue exchanged passes with Van Persie and the Ivorian drove an exploratory shot across the face of goal. Any kind of touch would have given the visitors the lead. Aaron Lennon and Wilson Palacios forced Manuel Almunia into action in the moments that followed.
But Arsenal were looking sparky. In the 13th minute, Eboue, their brightest attacking influence, had the ball in the net but referee Mike Dean rightly adjudged the 25-year-old to have pushed Jonathan Woodgate in the build-up. Roman Pavlyuchenko provided an immediate riposte by sending a snap-shot over the bar. Then Michael Dawson nodded wide from Luka Modric’s left-wing free-kick. The little Croatian was starting to exert an influence from the flank. His raking ball sent Lennon clear but the former Leeds winger pulled his shot wide of the post. On the half-hour, Almunia dived full-length to turn away his shot. The game was starting to open up. Nasri robbed Corluka on the byline but Clichy’s dangerous ball towards Adebayor was cleared. Before all that Cudicini had spilled Toure’s low cross in the middle of the area. Despite their vastly different League positions, the sides seemed evenly matched this afternoon. They were both looking for openings where possible but their defences were hardly water-tight. However matters changed for Arsenal dramatically within three minutes just after the half-hour. In the 33rd minute, Adebayor pulled up with an injury, on the face of it a hamstring problem, and was stretchered off. The incident occurred on the far side of the pitch so the striker was carried off around the perimetre of the ground. Almost immediately, Eboue clashed with Modric. Both players received yellow cards however it was the second for the Arsenal midfielder. He had received his first booking in the 17th minute for dissent. Eboue and Adebayor went down the tunnel within seconds of one another. Arsenal were wounded and Tottenham went for the kill before half-time. Despite pressure, the closest they came was when Almunia tipped over a drive from Palacios injury time.
2nd half : At least half-time gave Wenger time to settle his side and formulate a plan. He opted for a 4-3-1-1 with Van Persie playing a withdrawn role behind Bendtner, who had come on for Adebayor, and drifting in from the left-hand side. It was all Wenger could do but it did little to stymie Tottenham immediately after the interval. In the opening minutes, Pavlyuchenko profited from Toure’s slip but fired wildly over the bar. On 56 minutes, Lennon’s lovely ball in from the right was nodded over by Keane with Almunia beaten. Tottenham were ominously in control. Arsenal were on the back foot and just hoping to see out the storm. Van Persie fired wide from a corner in the 66th minute. It was a decent chance but their was little fanfare from the visitors, their main job was defending at the moment. That said, three minutes later an unmarked Song miscued a shot inches wide from Van Persie’s corner. It was perhaps the clearest chance of the game so far and, in the circumstances, one that Arsenal could not afford to miss. Keane volleyed wide from distance but Tottenham had lost their edge. Arsenal were scrapping and clawing their way to a point. The entire team were wearing long sleeves today but metaphorically they were rolled up. Tottenham steeled themselves for a frantic finale. Like they needed it, Arsenal received another blow, literally, when Clichy clashed heads with Darren Bent and went off with blood streaming from a wound.
A full time approached you sensed the drama was not over. It wasn’t. Bendtner’s fierce drive was tipped over by Cudicini at the near post and, from the corner, Tottenham broke.
Adel Taarabt fed Modric on the right but the Croatian was denied by a sprawling save from Almunia. As Emirates, this was a draw but honours were hardly even.
Full Time : Draw. Tottenham Hotspur 0, Arsenal 0.
Arshavin joins Arsenal
Beyond Your Imagination at 5:50 PM
Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that Russian international midfielder, Andrey Arshavin has joined the Gunners from Zenit St. Petersburg on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee. Arshavin, 27, who played a key part in Zenit’s UEFA Cup winning campaign last season, was also a member of the Russian EURO 2008 squad in which he scored two goals from his three appearances, earning him a place in the ‘Team of the Tournament’. Arshavin won the Russian Premier League with Zenit in 2007, making a total of 232 appearances for his previous club, scoring 51 goals. During his time with Zenit, he was also part of the winning team that picked up the Russian Super Cup in 2008, the Russian Premier League Cup in 2003 and featured in the UEFA Super Cup victory over Manchester United in Monaco last August. With 41 international caps for Russia, Arshavin has scored a total of 15 goals for his country. His versatility has allowed him to play in a variety of positions; the 2006 Russian Footballer of the Year started his career as a right midfielder, but has since played as an attacking midfielder and more recently has filled the ‘second striker’s’ role. Manager Arsène Wenger said: “We are delighted to have signed Andrey Arshavin, he is a player I have admired for a long time. He is a versatile player with great experience, who will add real quality to our squad. Andrey is an exciting impact player with a huge amount of ability and has been an influential force with both Zenit St Petersburg and the Russian national team in recent seasons.” After completing his move to the Gunners, Arshavin said: “I am so happy to be joining Arsenal. They are one of the leading football clubs in the world, with a group of fantastic young players and a great manager. I am looking forward to making the Arsenal supporters happy and helping this great Club win trophies.” Ivan Gazidis, Chief Executive of Arsenal Football Club added: “Andrey was identified by Arsène as a quality creative player that would add something special to this youthful but talented squad. The Board has always backed the manager with his transfer targets and we are delighted to welcome Andrey to the Club where he will help us to challenge for honours this season.” Due to his participation in the UEFA Champions League with Zenit St Petersburg this season, Andrey will not be available to play for Arsenal in this competition for the remainder of the 2008/09 season. Andrey will wear the number 23 shirt.
p/s : Welcome to Arsenal, Arshavin.. :D
Beyond Your Imagination at 6:20 AM