FC Porto 2-0 Arsenal: Match Analysis

Photo 1 - Arsenal FC's French Abou Diaby (3L) heads the ball next to FC Po... AFP/Getty ImagesArsenal dropped to second in Group G after a poor display in Portugal. Bruno Alves headed the first in the 39th minute after Diaby had left the defender unmarked and powered past Almunia. The second effectively killed off the game as Lisandro Lopez (54) angled in shot into the top corner.

Arsenal had the majority of the possession early on and played some good football outside the area but didn’t have the dynamism or the cutting edge to break open the defence. Denilson, Ramsey and Vela looked the only real players that could threaten an opening but it never materialised. Giving the ball away soon became a common occurance and Arsenal never looked back soon after.

Porto then took the game up a gear and had a few good chances but Alves made sure of what was a deserved lead after rising clear unmarked to head home. The home side looked particularly threatening on the break attacking with speed on the break.

The second half started the way the first ended and Lisandro made sure of another devastating counter attack while Eboue played the striker onside and he lashed home emphatically. Song went back to his former ways by drifting out of position and ignoring his defensive duties and commitment to defence which exposed the defence on a number of times.

Arsene Wenger surprisingly took off Ramsey though Wilshere provided a few signs of his danger but ran into trouble. Gibbs and Randall came off the bench too and the former played the game at walking pace though he had pace to burn and stretch the game. Randall showed some nice touches but couldn’t force a goal while Bendtner was poor once again. A disappointing performance where the young ones must learn and improve quickly if they want to win the trophy this season.

Arsenal: Almunia, Eboue, Gallas, Silvestre, Djourou, Ramsey (Wilshere 59), Diaby (Gibbs 59), Song Billong (Randall 78), Denilson, Vela, Bendtner.
Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Hoyte, Merida, Simpson.

Booked: Eboue.

FC Porto: Helton, Fucile, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Pedro Emanuel, Lucho Gonzalez (Costa 77), Fernando, Raul Meireles, Lopez, Hulk (Guarin 88), Rodriguez (Mariano Gonzalez 78).
Subs Not Used: Nuno, Stepanov, Lino, Sektioui.

Booked: Lucho Gonzalez.

Goals: Bruno Alves 39, Lopez 54.

Att: 37,602.
Ref: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)

42.3% Possession 57.7%
13 Shots 6
5 Shots on target 3
1 Saves 1
2 Corners 4
18 Fouls 14
3 Offsides 0
1 Yellow cards 1
0 Red cards 0
35 Tackles 26
283 Accurate passes 429
35 Bad passes 103
110663 Distance Covered 112370
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4 thoughts on “FC Porto 2-0 Arsenal: Match Analysis

  1. poor performance again. i like to make note on a stat..the accurate vs bad passes stat. we made 146 more passes than porto. that is about half of porto’s total passes. yet at the same time we made 4:1 which is accurate to bad pass ratio compared to portos which looks like 8:1 accurate to bad pass ratio. arsenal are making 2 times the amount of bad passes, while only making about 1.5 times the amount of passes. that is not too good. we should be making a lot less passes, but make them quality passes (fabregas like).

    i mean the football looks nice, sexy, fast, flowing, but if we are making more mistakes than the other team is, it is useless. lots of energy and quality is being wasted. we are not being efficient. we are wasting lots of chances and opportunities. wenger is a smart, economical business man. he should understand when something is efficient or not. arsneal are not efficient.

    look at chelsea. they play decent football.but they make these quality passes that turn other teams on their heels while creating glorious scoring chances. and they score lots,hence the high scores.
    arsenal make tons of passes..lots of them horizontal from flank to flank (courtesy denilson). these passes are useless.yes it switches the sides and we start from there..and even then, we dont penetrate unless fabregas or nari make an amazing pass sending van p or ade, or walcott on a run..besides that.we get to the top of the 18 and we are stuck! we do not have that deadly counter attack anymore.. all these passes are for nothing.just easy on the eyes..

  2. i have back checked all the games until novemeber and this is what i got for passing ratios..

    accurate passes : bad passes
    ars v 4:1—bad
    porto l 8:1

    ars v 10:1
    wgian w 7:1

    ars v 4:1—bad
    che w 7:1

    ars v 5:1—-bad
    kiev d 4:1

    ars v 5:1—bad
    man city l 8:1

    ars v 8:1
    av l 4:1

    ars v 4:1—-bad
    manu w 5:1

    i would think that anything under worst than a 6:1 (ie 5:1 4:1, 3:1..) is bad, in my opinion. why make more passes if your gonna make more mistakes in proportion…
    just an observation..

  3. i have back checked all the games until novemeber and this is what i got for passing ratios..

    accurate passes : bad passes
    ars v porto losss
    4:1 8:1
    bad

    ars v wgian win
    10:1 7:1

    ars v che
    4:1 7:1 win
    bad

    ars v kiev
    5:1 4:1 draw
    bad

    ars v man city
    5:1 8:1 loss
    bad

    ars v av
    8:1 4:1 loss

    ars v manu
    4:1 5:1 win
    bad

    i would think that anything under worst than a 6:1 (ie 5:1 4:1, 3:1..) is bad, in my opinion. why make more passes if your gonna make more mistakes in proportion…
    just an observation..

  4. Good work. That is evident watching the team also especially in the final third where Arsenal are penetrative enough or dynamic enough to open the defence. I’m starting to feel another two players may need to be signed though lets see where we are at the end of December.

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