Sunday, August 23, 2009

English Premier League: Arsenal 4-1 Portsmouth

The Gunners continued on their fine start to their English Premier League season with a brace from Abou Diaby and one goal each from William Gallas and Aaron Ramsey at the Emirates Stadium.

With a different starting line up to the previous games, the Arsenal featured Eboue, Diaby, Kieron Gibbs, Eduardo, Almunia, Denilson, van Persie, Vermaelen, Gallas, Fabregas & Arshavin.

Johann Djourou, Tomas Rosicky, Samir Nasri are still unavailable due to injury. Fabregas was taken off at the break today (substituted by Aaron Ramsey) after suffering a knock.

The game was open and Portsmouth allowed Arsenal to play their regular free flowing style of football. Rather enjoyable if you're a gooner, or even a neutral. Not so much if you're a Portsmouth fan.

Next up is the 2nd leg of the Champions League qualifier vs. Celtic at home, followed by a big crunch match against Manchester United, who won 0-5 away at Wigan tonight. We'll see if they really do miss Cristiano Ronaldo.

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