Arsenal forced to defend deep after Eboue red card

Emmanuel Eboue’s sending off in the first half ultimately denied Arsenal from making a better challenge for the match as the Gunners were forced to defend deep. Luka Modric had a great chance in injury time but the lack of overall quality upfront meant Spurs could not capitalise on the numerical advantage.

Tottenham 0-0 Arsenal

It was a compelling match without real conviction and one which was unfortunately decided by the red card to Emmanuel Eboue on 37 minutes. He had already been booked for dissent, a decision which bemused the Ivorian but when the second yellow was shown after an incident with Modric, no one quite knew what for.

Those watching the match on TV will have seen the stat on the bottom of the screen read Mike Dean had sent off the most players this season and it seemed fate had been tempted once again. But the sending off was justified; Eboue inexplicably swinging his leg out at Luka Modric. These were the two best players on the pitch at that moment, the Croatian roaming inside from the left and weaving his magic. Eboue on the other hand was doing the same from the right without the magic. He had a goal disallowed for a slight nudge on Corluka and was also involved in Arsenal’s best moves in the first half.

In fact Arsenal started the nervier of the two sides, giving the ball away on a number of occasions. Spurs were hassling and harrying the Gunners, typified by the all action display from Palacios. It was predicted neither side would be able to dictate the match from central midfield which was the case today. However the red card changed everything even if Tottenham were the better team though not in terms of quality upfront. Pavlyuchnko was wasteful and Keane showed good movement though usually drifting out wide.

After the red card Wenger decided to keep the two upfront in Bendtner and Van Persie, the former coming on for Adebayor. The reason was to attack on the counter but in the centre Arsenal were outnumbered, stretched and giving more work for the full backs. However the Gunners showed everything required of them in answer to the numerical disadvantage, Gallas and Toure immense at the back.

Pat Rice was screaming at the defence to push up while upfront Arsenal’s touch was too heavy. Alex Song had the best chance from the corner as he scuffed wide, Bendtner forced a tip from Cudicini but it was Tottenham through all their possession but no thrust, had the best chance as Modric was denied by Almunia. The celebration from the keeper and Toure at the end of the match said it all; the Gunners were the happier of the two while Spurs felt it was an opportunity missed. But as Arsenal slip further behind, it may also be an opportunity missed for them too.

Arsenal: Almunia (8), Sagna (7), Toure (8), Gallas (8), Clichy (7) [Gibbs (6)], Eboue (6), Song (6), Denilson (5), Nasri (6), Adebayor (5) [Bendtner (5)], Van Persie (6).

Subs not used: Fabianski, Eduardo, Ramsey, Djourou, Arshavin.

Booked: Eboue 17, Clichy 43

Tottenham: Cudicini, Corluka (Chimbonda 74), Dawson, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon (Taarabt 87), Jenas, Palacios, Modric, Pavlyuchenko (Bent 64), Keane.
Subs Not Used: Gomes, Bale, Zokora, Huddlestone.

Booked: Modric.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

56.2% Possession 43.8%
17 Shots 6
5 Shots on target 2
2 Saves 2
6 Corners 4
14 Fouls 14
4 Offsides 2
1 Yellow cards 1
0 Red cards 1
33 Tackles 36
320 Accurate passes 233
69 Bad passes 45

10 thoughts on “Arsenal forced to defend deep after Eboue red card

  1. I believe this match is the turning point of our season.
    Ade will be out for one month nearly because of hamstring injury therefore we will see Bendtner or Eduardo more in front of the goal. Let’s just hope they will find a good form. The abscence of Eboue is also good, we won’t have a clown as winger, maybe Arshavin or Vela or Ramsey get a run.

    In Arsene we trust!

  2. Hallelujah, adebayor is gone!! Am sick and tired of adebayor and eboue…these two have cost us so many games because of their studity..Ade has not been working hard as we expect him to, on the other hand, eboue’s studity has cost dearly…He is always in the of trouble….the guys is a clown.

  3. i have to agree with jj , but i dont blame eboue i blame wenger for playing someone who has serious mental problems , we will he see that eboue just cant control himself , and has let his team mates down and all the arsenal fans, i dont want to see him in an arsenal shirt ever again. on a better note i am very excited arshavin cant wait to see him play , i think it was a good move by wenger not to play him to today , and give him a bit more time to get fitness back

  4. TOure and Clichy should be rated at a 5 imo.

    Clichy is awful at the moment and Toure looks overweight and blunders around.

    I like both of them but Djourou and Gallas should be the CD partnering. Wenger is paying the price of bowing to Toure and giving him the captaincy, RVP should have it.

  5. But that is the point
    Before Eboue got sent off, he was our best and most threatening player.
    He did make a couple of stray passes but on two occassions he made great runs.
    The first one was fired across the goal and if Adebayor had have shown any hunger whatsoever, it would have been 1-0. The second run resulted in a legitimate goal, with it being disallowed for Adebayor’s ‘trip’ on Woodgate. To me, Woodgate fell over Adebayor, but to be fair – why the fuck did Adebayor have his feet up there – Eboue was going to get the ball anyway.

    I sincerely hope that Eboue’s sending off will be like RvP’s against Stoke, with him coming back in devastating form – or as devastating as Eboue can be.

  6. Dont agree with Song’s rating.. Broke up a lot of Sp*rs attack, was solid and passing was good.. One of the few good standout players..

  7. I thought Gallas was amazing in the second half. He covered Clichy well especially because Clichy was getting a lot of attacks down the left. Bendtner cant really fit in as a direct replacement for Adebayor. Adebayors injury will hurt us more than anything else. The strikers ,all of whom actually are second strikers,including Bendtner will have to step up their game. I hope someone steps up .

    I really dont understand why we always have 2 of Denilson-Diaby-Song always on the pitch. Song was actually good today and he should be the only defensive midfielder on the pitch. I would love to see Nasri playing in the center more often.

    Palacios was very rough today. Many of his tackles could easily have earned him a card. But Song could handle him well.

    I Would love to see the Djorou-Gallas combination more often. They are the best defensive pairing we have .

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