Posted on Saturday, 28th April 2012 by Tony Merakli
Fair to say the game started off in a frantic pace, with both sets of players getting stuck in and playing at a high tempo.
A goal almost seemed certain within the first 10-15 minutes of play and, unsurprisingly in my view anyway, the deadly was broke within the mentioned time span.
From a wide position, deep inside Arsenal’s half, Matthew Etherington picked up the ball and swung in a delightful cross into the Gunners penalty area where the lanky Peter Crouch rose above both Kieran Gibbs and Laurent Koscielny to guide the ball home into the back of the net in the 9th minute.
Despite going a goal behind, Arsene Wenger’s men kept probing away and were working hard to find the equalizer, and found it through Robin van Persie just six minutes after Crouchy put the home side in front.
Yossi Benayoun did brilliantly to hassle the ball off Ryan Shotton. The Israeli then found Tomas Rosicky on the overlap who then delivered an exquisite and deadly cross into the box which Van Persie converted from about five-yards.
The second 45 was lively which saw both teams produce some pretty decent chances overall. But despite the end to end action, the game ended 1-1, a result many Arsenal fans may perhaps be content with, especially after hearing Wigan thrashed fourth placed Newcastle 4-0!
The Gunners now sit four points in front of Newcastle, who have a game in hand, seven in front of Tottenham and eight ahead of Chelsea, who have two games on Arsene Wenger’s side.
So, what FIVE things did we learn from today’s game?
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Tags: Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Britannia Stadium, Kieran Gibbs, Laurent Koscielny, Matthew Etherington, Peter Crouch, Robin Van Persie, Ryan Shotton, Stoke, Tomas Rosicky, Yossi Benayoun
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