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Two in two, that'll do nicely

I really should start betting shouldn’t I? That’s two in two for me, correctly predicting the score in our matches against Fulham and Sparta Prague.

Last night's affair was the patchy game that most predicted. Early-on we survived a few close scares, particularly when they hit the post but in truth Sparta were a team lacking in ability.

Once we’d weathered the early storm we dominated possession but yet again without any real cutting-edge. In the end, it was two moments of quality from our full-backs and two excellent finishes from Cesc Fabregas and Alex Hleb that punished Sparta. The two-goal cushion and clean sheet pretty much puts us into the Champions League proper – barring a catastrophe in the second leg.

While it wasn’t a great team performance, the result was all-important and it really is a case of job-done. There weren’t too many outstanding individual performances, apart from the two full-backs who really stood out again. Gael Clichy was awesome and continues to really impress, while the solid Bacary Sagna is a proper defender who looks like he’s been at Arsenal for years. I can’t pay him a better compliment.

It was also nice to see two midfielders get on the scoresheet, something that happened far too infrequently last season. On another note, it's good to see that Hleb has settled nicely into his new role behind the main striker and looks like he could achieve his target of ten goals this season. Who would have thought it, eh?

Did you see last night’s game? What did you make of the performance and who was your man-of-the-match? Leave your thoughts below.

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Posted by Marco Bilello on August 16, 2007 in Match Report | Permalink

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