Archive for August, 2005

Arsenal defeat Newcastle in Premiership opener

August 15th, 2005

Arsenal kicked off their 2005/2006 Premiership campaign with a 2 – 0 victory over Newcastle at Highbury on Sunday. The match was shown on Sky Sports and was the first of their two live matches. Newcastle came to defend, which is relatively easy to do at Highbury given the small size of the pitch. The pitch itself had been mown in certain places in the “Highbury 1913 – 2006″ logo, which is set to appear throughout this last season at Highbury, before the move to the Emirates Stadium in Ashburton Grove for next season.

Most of the action was in Newcastle’s half, with the occaisonal foray into the Gunner’s half. Arsenal played their usual game, probing the Magpies’ defence. The game changed, however, when Jermaine Jenas was sent off for a tackle on Gilberto. Replays later showed that the referee could not have seen the incident clearly, and that the tackle was not intentionally dangerous. In fact, the referee has since requested that the red card be downgraded to a yellow, and this has been agreed by the F.A.. With Newcastle down to ten men, they were naturally going to defend even deeper, and Shearer spent much of the remainder of the match as a lone striker up front.

The stalemate continued until 70 minutes, when Wenger brought on Hleb and van Persie for Fabregas and Bergkamp. While Arsenal adjusted to the new arrivals, Newcastle had a period of pressure in Arsenal’s box. However, this was shortly followed by a penalty to Arsenal, as Ljungberg was bundled over in the box by N’Zogbia. Shea Given got a hand to Henry’s spot kick, but the power was too much, and it was 1 – 0 to the Arsenal.

A short while later the match was sewn up in typical Arsenal style. Newcastle had ventured out of their own half again and won a corner. Arsenal easily defeneded it, and then started a flowing move which saw Freddie Ljungberg take the ball to the byline and cut it back for van Persie to cooly steer it home from close range through a tiny gap between Given and the post. 2 – 0, game over.

So, though they left it late, the Gunners made sure that Newcastle’s last visit to Highbury would be one they would like to forget. Arsenal.com has a full match report here.

Arsenal beaten by Chelsea 2 – 1 in the Community Shield

August 11th, 2005

The 2005/2006 Premiership season is almost under way, and in what seems to be a regular occurrence, Arsenal featured in the Community Shield, playing last season’s champions Chelsea. As the match was shown live on Sky Sports, I was able to watch the full match. It was a good game, with Chelsea continuing where they left off last season and defending very well. Arsenal also stated their intention to continue their flowing style of attacking football.

Chelsea scored early on when Drogba controlled a high ball with his chest, and held off Senderos to finish well. He added a second later on when he persevered in the box despite attention from Senderos, Toure, and Lehmann. In fairness, they were both excellent personal goals. Arsenal rallied and Cesc Fabregas slid home from short range following a cross from Ljungberg. However, it was not enough, and Chelsea won the first silverware of the season. That could be a mixed blessing, since the history of the trophy is that the winners rarely, if ever, go on to win the Premiership!

There’s a full match report over on Arsenal.com.

Arsenal: 6, Boreham Wood: 2

August 11th, 2005

Arsenal rounded off their pre-season lineup with a 6 – 2 win over Boreham Wood. Robin van Persie had his first appearance in pre-season, and scored two goals, while Reyes scored three, including two penalties. Robert Pires completed the line up of goal scorers. A full match report is here on Arsenal.com.

Xbox 360 could cost €349

August 11th, 2005

Eurogamer are reporting that the XBox 360 could cost €349 when it is released later this year. There also seems to be confusion around whether there will be more than one version of the XBox 360 at launch, and whether it will ship with the hard drive or not. Shipping it without one would cause problems for backwards compatibility, so I don’t see that as likely. However, it may well be that there will be versions with larger capacity drives available.

November 25th European launch for Xbox 360?

August 11th, 2005

Eurogamer are quoting UK sources and reporting that the XBox 360 could launch in Europe on November 25th. That would give it a good four or five week period leading up to Christmas, and seems a likely date. Whether Microsoft can produce enough units to match demand seems unlikely, as it is looking like it will be this Christmas’s must-have gadget.

Red Vs Blue Season 4 on its way

August 11th, 2005

According to burnie over at Red Vs Blue, Season 4 of the award-winning machinima series will debut on the 29th of August. They are adding new features to the website, and hope to have sponsorship details available soon. One enhancement they hope to add is the ability for sponsors to roll their sponsorships into the next season. Presumably this means that sponsors for Season 4 will be able to roll it on to Season 5, rather than for current sponsors, but I could be wrong. I can’t wait for the new season, and I really should get around to ordering the Season 3 DVD!

Focus vs. Mass

August 11th, 2005

Seth Godin has another interesting post over on his blog. He talks about the affect of the “new media”. It seems to boil down to:

“Focus is no longer expensive. Mass is.”

Bungie Weekly What’s Update

August 11th, 2005

Frankie teases us in this week’s Weekly What’s Update. He promises info on their new project, only to give this tiny nugget:

“Teaser: Work is proceeding apace on our next project, whatever that may be.”

I’m glad to see they’re busy, but a bit more info would be appreciated :(

Changing Minds

August 5th, 2005

Seth Godin is a marketing author who talks a lot of sense (in my opinion!). In this post on his blog he talks about the challenges of changing people’s minds:

Being right isn’t the point. Being right and being persuasive don’t seem to matter much either. Being right, being persuasive and being with the right person when that person is pre-disposed to change their mind… that’s when things happen.

Wenger to buy keeper by Friday

August 4th, 2005

Arsène Wenger has revealed on Arsenal.com that he will purchase a new goalkeeper by Friday. It is likely that this will be Uruguayan Sebastian Viera, especially since Dean Kiely – who was linked with Arsenal earlier this summer – has broken a finger (like Almunia), and thus would not solve Wenger’s problem that he has no keeper for the early Champion’s League matches, since Lehmann is suspended, Almunia is injured, and Taylor and Stack have left the club. Apparently the new keeper will not just be a benchwarmer, and that the keepers will all compete for first choice.