Arsenal vs Portsmouth, 4-1: Four Stars Arsenal cruise past Pompey
Written by Hasmat on August 22, 2009 21:06
(Everton error in headline now corrected)
Arsenal continued their brilliant start to the season with a scintillating display against a depleted Portsmouth.
Abou Diaby marked his return from injury with a brace before Kaboul headed in a rare chance for the away side. Gallas restored the two goal lead with a header, and Ramsey steered clear of the defence to put Arsenal back on top of the table.
The Gunners’ first game of the season at the Emirates was greeted by a full crowd, all waving their free gifted Arsenal scarves. The home side came out the blocks right from the start. Eduardo was found on the left side, he skipped past his marker before driving into the box; squared to Diaby and the Frenchman placed his shot into the top corner to open the score. A blast that erupted the fans in North London.
20 minutes from time and Abou Diaby scored again. A Portsmouth corner cleared and the Gunners countered; Fabregas looped a ball over the defence onto the onrushing Eboue, he squared to the unmarked Diaby and he tapped home for his second goal of the game. Too easy!
Arsenal were on song and the away side were in danger of getting ripped apart. Arshavin casually mastered his way and cutting Portsmouth apart with his vision. The Russian found Fabregas in space in the box and the Arsenal captian look to find Eduardo for the third but somehow the away side cleared their lines. Fabregas and Diaby wasted more chances before a rare attack by Portsmouth saw Eboue tackle Utaka perfectly to deny a goal scoring opportunity.
Robin Van Persie was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet after seing all his efforts stopped by David James. The Dutchman first held his marker before turning swiftly onto his left foot unleashing a powerful drive, but James parried to safety. From a free kick, Van Persie look to curl the ball into the corner but David James flew to his right to push the ball away for a corner. The England keeper kept his team in it under the watchful eyes of Fabio Capello.
Paul Hart’s team were struggling to come back but had a chance from a free kick to unsettle the Arsenal back four. The towering Kabou headed in above Almunia to bring Porstmouth back into the game. 2-1!
In the second half, Pompey came out with renewed belief and attacked Arsenal. The on loan striker, Piquionne, proving to be a hassle for Arsenal, especially Kieran Gibbs. But any chance of a comeback was erased when Andrei Arshavin’s free kick was flicked by Van Persie, the ball rebounded off Vermaelen and hit Gallas in the face before finding its way into the corner via a deflection off the post.
Aaron Ramsey completed the rout when Van Persie thread a fine ball to cut the Pompey defence in half; the Welshman was onside and squeezed the ball into the corner much to the delight of Arsene Wenger. The Gunners have now scored 10 goals in two premier league games to show their ruthlessness in front of goals.