Arsenal 6-2 Derby Match Report
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Arsenal travelled to Pride park knowing only a win would keep them in the title race mathematicaly, and Derby already relegated were playing for pride, Arsenal started like this
-Toure- -Song- -Gallas- -Clichy-
-Eboue- -Fabregas- -Denilson- -Walcott-
-Van Persie- -Bendtner- .
Arsenal started brightly on the zippy Pride park surface due to the earlier rain, with neat slick passing into feet, In the 3rd minute Bendtner swung in a cross with his left foot and it fell to Eboue in mid air and he tried a scissors kick that went over the bar, but a few minutes later Derby’s Sterjovski fired in a shot the ball took a heavy deflection of Song which nearly went into the net but trickled wide, Then what was almost a formality Arsenal scored a bad mistake by veteran Darren Moore past it straight to our featured player Nicklas Bendtner and he played a beautiful one two with Van Persie then the Dane finished expertly for his 8th of the season, 1-0 to the Arsenal the Arsenal fans sang.
Derby were now feeling the pressure, and Arsenal were looking for that second, but against all odds in the 30th minute Derby equalised Robbie Savage swung in a dangerous cross, and Arsenal failed to clear the ball fell to Mclevely and he stabbed it in, it was 1-1, Arsenal now was again taking the game to Derby and in the 39th minute got their rewards again Toure playing a lovely lofted pass into Dutchman Robin Van Persie and he chested down wonderfully and powered home a goal into the roof of the net to give the gooners a 2-1 lead, that was to be Van Persie last action of the game he was substituted at half time due to an injury.
Arsenal started the second half well, and was looking for that killer 3rd goal, after a few chances Toure firing over a rokcet from the edge of the area, and Adebayor forcing a save from Roy Carroll at his near post, the third goal came in the 59th min Walcott showing great pace and skill to get to the byline and cross it back for Eboue who seemed 2 lose his balance and get no connection onto the ball the ball fell to Adebayor who was 4 yards out who tapped home, 3-1 to Arsenal now surely it was game over.
Benny Feilhaber then tested Fabianski but the Pole made a good low stop and showed good reflexes to get up and smother the second ball, in the 76th minute Earnshaw was put through he took it in his stride and opened up his body to make it 3-2 Derby fans sensed a way back in the game, Arsenal thought overwise! less than a minute and a half later Theo Walcott ran into the area cut inside and curled a beautiful shot into the corner of the net it was 4-2 and Derby’s hopes of some points were dashed.
On the 80th minute, Bendtner played a defence splitting pass through to Clichy and he played it in for Emmanuel Adebayor who slotted home hes 2nd of the night and Arsenal’s 5th goal of the night , 2-5 to the gunners, then in the last few minutes Cesc Fabregas doing what he does best playing a perfect defence splitting through ball to Adebayor who finished expertly after rounding Carroll, it was 6-2 in the end a very comfortable win for the gunners.
Our featured player Nicklas Bendtner was amazing tonight playing a part in a goal and scoring, and put in a man of the match performance, like i said if he starts more he can prove his worth he done it against Liverpool and done it again tonight. great performance great win come on you gunners !!