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Do The Flamster

Not many Gooners were expecting to come away from Anfield with a stylish 3-1 victory.

So you can imagine the shock everywhere when the final whistle went, leaving the cup holders out of the competition.

Vital Arsenal member Wigston75 has come up with a piece worthy of challenging Tim Stillman's writing skills.

Tonight's result was awesome, great backs to the wall, display, and in contrast to our oft profligacy in front of goal, we were simply über clinical this evening - Tommy gun`s 2 goals were majestic, but the pool defending for the 2nd was woeful.

Watched the match round my mate Dave's place - he, and my other rmate pol are Liverpool fans, they were decidedly less than pleased with Riise's attempts at defending for the 1st goal. Pool bombarded us for much of the game, Almunia stood tall and did superbly well with the crosses swung in, quite a few of which could easily have become tricky situations.

I was slightly concerned by some of our defending tonight, Kolo (unusually for him) and Eboue seemed to be quite nervy with a man coming at them. Senderos had one spell in the 2nd half where he was repelling cross after cross, pol commented how dominant he was during this period. Swiss Tony even saved his seemingly-customary glitch moment until late in the game, and that went sailing over the bar.

I am beginning to think that Gerrard has a somewhat one dimensional game. I have been a great admirer in the past, but the more i see him these days, the more he seems to do the same thing - drive forward and unleash a long range effort. When they are on target, they look excellent, but more frequently, they become filed under 'speculative'.

I would like to give a special mention to the Flamster. He was not prominently involved in the game, but he seemed to be quietly going about his duties in the midfield alongside Gilberto, and even though 'pool were at some times seemingly camped in our half, i felt strangely at ease and confident about what they were doing in the midfield. The two of them seemed to be doing a good job of keeping things tidy in midfield.

The performance tonight was obviously designed to play out the way it did, with the lion's share of the game being given to 'pool, with the arse playing the breakaway game. And we did this to great effect. Our breaks, whilst not lightning fast, were excellent in their movement at times, the passing and running doing the job of pulling Liverpool open, creating space, instead of breakneck thrusts from defence being the implement used to separate the Liverpool defence, which, at home, is one tough barrier to breach.

I was disappointed not to see more of a threat from RVP tonight, but I have to say i did enjoy once again watching his greatly improved awareness and desire/ability to bring his team mates into play, keeping the ball moving and assuring we kept possession, which, in a game of the like which we were involved in, was a very important facet tonight, to lose the ball on those breaks would have possibly resulted in us enduring too much pressure, from which we could have succumbed to at some point during the tie.

All told, an immensely satisfying result - I really did have reservations as to whether we could come out of this game with our name in the hat, having cast my mind back to our woeful showing at Anfield last season in the league. So to go there and return with three goals tucked away, and a place secured in the fourth round was sweetness indeed.

Gooners, another great result, secured against a very good side, who have a formidable record at home of late.

See you all in the fourth round!

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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 7 2007

Time: 1:54AM

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liverpool should change their name to liverhoof
fran merida
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07/01/2007 02:09:00

I dont support either team but Arsenal had 3 shots and scored 3 times, they were poor but lucky. Liverpool dominated the game from start to finish.....good luck to Arsenal though, they took their chances
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07/01/2007 02:17:00

Liverpool is such a crap team. All they do are long balls and crosses. No creativity whatsoever. They prob haven't played any strong teams during that unbeaten spell. I thought we were goin to win 3-0 again. I agree with pretty much everything written in the artcle, but i think we could have done a bit better w Rosicky CM rather than flam. It seems Rosicky's best work comes from the middle of the park, and he is very creative, one thing the flamster lacks. Since we were playing a defensive game, we could have still employed flamini as a side mid.
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07/01/2007 07:28:00

personally i don't think luck came into it, there seemed to be a steel in defence, yet we missed fabregas in midfield to create and it was left to rosicky to take the helm the best way he knows how. RVP was quiet so was Hleb, and Henry was most of the game, until he decided he needed to put the result beyond doubt, ran 37metres in 4.5 secs at 19mph and score his second goal in as many games... nothing lucky about it, just a proffessional performance.
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07/01/2007 08:35:00

Good article mate. I agree that the tactics were spot on. Liverpool had no pace in attack so we knew where the treat would come from, dealt with it and destroyed them with 3 goals the simply could not have scored. We were playing at fortress Anfield and how many saves did Manuel have to make? a truly proffesional performance.
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07/01/2007 09:11:00

great game.. a perfect way to play against a good team away from home.. almunia could as well have been reading a newspaper for most of the game.. called into play very less.. as for the result.. i think some woeful defending and good technique were the causes that lead to it.. see the pools in 3 days time.. now our young guns are gonna beat the **** out of them.. at their so-called fortress..
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07/01/2007 10:01:00

mornign all - in teresting, what do4it_adi writes in his first sentence there... 'a perfect way to play against a good team away from home'. That kinda how a lot of teams play against us at the grove. Except we continued to couter and look for opportunities when they arose, whereas at hometeams look to nick the goal then sit back the rest of the game. OPne thing i neglected to also mention was the liverpool support - ialthough i could not hear it on the tv, apparently they rose to a man, and applauded Arsenal off the pitch. That is quality, and utmost respect to them for that. I like playing liverpool, there's a great deal of mutual rspect there between the two o us, two fine clubs with proud traditions.
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07/01/2007 10:39:00

also, further to the article, Crouch, the longer the game went on, really began to start annoying me as well. He seemed to be equally interested in whinging as he was in playng the ball in the 2nd half. I liked the look of Kuyt though - in contract to the shot-shy bumbler that i witnessed in the world cup, he looked good, and a possible threat. I reckon give him a few more months in the prem and you could see him banging them in. Oh, and thenry - Flamini doesnt have the finesses and trickery of Rosicky, very true, but i do love his 'good old fashioned honest grit' and his willingness for the team, allied to the goals he gets. He's popped up with a few crucial ones this year. Could the Flamster be the French Ray Parlour? »»Arsene Knows««
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07/01/2007 10:47:00

Liverpool fans are first class...even towards the end of the game with the result no longer in doubt, they were still signing away. That's why I love watching games played at Anfield, their fans are first rate. I live in Toronto and caught the game in a bar that's home to the Liverpool Canada supporters club, and the fans there were the same way (though to be fair fans of pretty much all the EPL clubs here generally get on pretty well). It's just a shame this game was a third round tie instead of a semi final. Having said that, fantastic result for the Gooners...Rosicky got his just reward after being so unlucky for months, and the third goal was vintage Henry.
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07/01/2007 11:23:00

Can I point out that Liverpool registered two shots on target, so how can they have been that dominant?
Little Dutch
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07/01/2007 11:24:00

in terms of pressure and possession they were LD, though that means nada if you do not make the most of it, as we know ourselves only too well from this season. But 'pool began the league game at the grove in the same vein, and had us hemmed back a few times at the start of that game too, before we came out and began to exercise a stranglehold on that game. »»Arsene Knows««
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07/01/2007 11:29:00

trader-you are just a sore scouser.You are a Liverpool fan.
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07/01/2007 12:00:00

Liverppol fans were good at the beginning. But they went very quiet after the first fifteen minutes.
Little Dutch
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07/01/2007 12:35:00

3 very very good goals with 2 solo effort from Henry & Rosicky and the other one requiring just Hleb & rosicky to split the entire pool defense. Excellent effort and we need to see more of this in our away games.
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07/01/2007 12:48:00

a great game....great solo goals too
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07/01/2007 13:33:00

Lookin forward to Tuesday, be interesting as the Pool will in all probability play their first team, Will the Arsenal? Will Theo get a start and look to make Gerrards criticisms of him redundant? Yet again they have to come for us - bring it on!
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07/01/2007 19:24:00

On another note, I'd like to say that I uploaded some personal pics from my Arsenal experience - check them out!
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07/01/2007 19:38:00

theo ramming stevie g's words down his throat - that would be pretty sweet :D i reckon he's every chance of doing just that, we know the kid's got an assassin's eye for a killer ball already, maybe tuesday will throw up another example of this. Let's hope so :) »»Arsene Knows««
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07/01/2007 20:33:00

Hey Wingston, i also love flams grit & heart. That's why i said we could still have played him side mid. Basically just switch him & rosicky. I just feel Arsenal struggle offensively when we don't have a creative CM on the pitch. Maybe we could have gotten Henry & RVP more involved in the game if rosicky was there. And ofcourse that gol w hleb came from the center.
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07/01/2007 22:46:00


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