Arsenal (1-0) Roma: Taming The Wolf

27-robin-van-persieTwo clubs with very similar styles of playing football took to the pitch at the Emirates Stadium, which plays home to Arsenal. Both teams enjoy a free flowing fluid form of football with a healthy dose of the passing game. But the only thing that has prevented both clubs from doing well in their respective leagues is their long list of injuries and the inability to consistently grind out the required results.

Another interesting fact is that both the teams are struggling to secure a spot in Europe next season. So it comes as no surprise when managers of the two sides give a lot of emphasis to this game.

From the moment the referee blew his whistle to signal the start of the match, the Gunners dominated and it appeared that the club from the capital of Italy was in for a drubbing. However, missed chances and inexperience in the youthful line-up showed, and Arsenal were not able to translate their authority into a goal as the Wolves were beginning to grope their way into the game.

Fortune favours the brave, and it was a mistake by Mexes that cost the Italians the match, when he took down Van Persie in the penalty area. The referee had no choice but to point to the spot. The Dutchman stepped into the hotspot and sent the visiting keeper the wrong way.

After the halftime talk, la Magica reappeared with renewed vigour and played a much better game, but the equaliser never came. They will now return to Italy and await the arrival of the English club to turn their fortunes around at the Stadio Olimpico.

Arsenal 1-0 Roma
Van Persie pen 37 (A)

Arsenal: Almunia; Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy; Eboue’ (Ramsey 82), Denilson, Diaby (Song 62), Nasri; Van Persie, Bendtner (Vela 68)

Roma: Doni; Motta, Mexes, Loria (Diamoutene 70), Riise; De Rossi, Brighi (Pizarro 57), Taddei; Perrotta; Julio Baptista (Vucinic 83), Totti

Ref: Bo Larsen (Den)

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