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Arsenal 0 Middlesbrough 0

October 23, 2016

The following article was written by my 15 year old Son. It is his wish to go into Journalism as a career and he has taken over this blog  as a learning curve. Should you have any comments please do feel free to leave constructive criticism and maybe even a bit of advice that may assist him going forward.

Many thanks


Arsenal 0-0 Middlesbrough

After a relatively comfortable win last Wednesday against Ludogorets, Wenger kept faith in the same team, only making one enforced change as Elneny replaced Santi Cazorla.  With Arsenal having been in reasonably good form of late and Middlesbrough stuttering after a good start, it seemed like Arsenal would extend their winning run in the Premier League to an impressive seven games.

First Half

In the first ten minutes of the game, Arsenal had almost all of the ball in and around the Middlesbrough penalty area. Arsenal, and in particular Coquelin, were also closing down the Middlesbrough players very quickly after surrendering possession and winning the ball back, but unfortunately Arsenal couldn’t quite create any chances of note. Then, completely out of the blue, Koscielny’s miss control deep in Arsenal’s half gifted Middlesbrough a chance to take the lead; but Adama had his shot saved at close range by Cech, and then the follow up from Negredo was also impressively kept out by Cech.

This error from Arsenal looked like a carbon copy of the error by Xhaka last week against Swansea, and similarly like Swansea last week, Monreal struggled against a rapid Adama throughout the game, maybe highlighting to Alex Iwobi that he needs to provide more cover for the Spaniard. The last key chance of the first half fell to Ramirez as his header was saved well again from Petr Cech, after a Negredo flick on left him in acres of space at the back post.

Second Half

With many fans no doubt expecting Arsenal to come out for the restart playing a much higher tempo, the team rather did the opposite and, as the game went on, simply ran out of ideas on how to break down an inspired ‘Boro team. With Arsenal’s opposition gaining more confidence as the half went on, they began to play more counter-attacking football and the next best chance of the game also fell to ‘Boro, when Cech again saved well after Adama beat Monreal and was left one on one with the Arsenal keeper.

‘Boro came forward again and Negredo was put through but only a superb tackle from Koscielny stopped him from putting ‘Boro into the lead. Late on in the game Arsenal increased the tempo a little and a Mesut Ozil chip was disallowed for offside. The draw though did take Arsenal top of the league for at least twenty-four hours after Liverpool had failed to beat WBA by two clear goals.

Overall, it was probably a decent point in the end as Middlesbrough arguably had the better of the chances in the game. Also when you consider Tottenham’s slip up at Bournemouth and that fact the Manchester City may face a difficult challenge against Southampton on Sunday.

Who knows, the weekend could end nicely with Arsenal being top of the league?

Thanks for reading.






2 Comments leave one →
  1. Greg permalink
    October 23, 2016 09:22

    Excellent article and a good future beckons. Stick with your desire to be a journo, it was mine too when I was younger but gave up on it.

    The only constructive criticism is watch the long sentences like the one that starts “with the opposition”, that could be broken into two or even three shorter sentences.

  2. Stephen Wales permalink
    October 23, 2016 09:39

    A good, honest review of the game without the historyonics and anger of other blogs etc keep up the good work

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