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Line Up For Blackburn Clash

The squad for tonight's Vital clash at the Grove has been named

As Wenger patches up his squad, it appears at least one player will play out of position. And whilst the first 11 is strong, the bench has a distinct lack of creativity should things go tits up.

Adebayoooor (Give him the ball, and he will score)


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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 11 2008

Time: 7:24PM

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This will be a good place to discuss the match seen as that lazy ******** Simmo hasn't published a match
I think its: Lehmann; Sagna Senderos Gallas Clichy; Hleb Fabregas Gilberto Flamini Eduardo; Adebayor.
Me too, very nervous, don't know why. I don't recall seeing Flamini in LM before, have you?
Lou the Gunneress
Me too man!!! Gunna have to sink a few Stella's to sort me out!!
no ...
Who said he was at left midfield? Wait for the formation to come out. He is more likely to be on the right with Hleb on the left when you put into account that Bentley is on the left.
If he does play there....which I don't think he will, I think Cesc will play out right, he'll be fine, he played at left back for a long time and was excellent. He will help nulify the threat of Bentley!!
Maybe Simmo's got too many butterflies to write a preview...? It's better than I thought. Senderos in CB instead of Gilberto already makes me feel so much better - yes Senderos gives me more confidence, considering... and despite facing Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy. Alongside Gallas he should do well, injury permitting. That's how far he's come on. Here's to 5 points clear at the top!
Lou the Gunneress
The midfield of Blackburn is:Brett Emerton Steven Reid Tugay Bentley, surely that means he is on the left? Therefore Flamini on the right would make sense? Putting in the crosses? Scoring all the goals?
Flamini that is.
Goofle you're right, I just thought that's what you meant looking at the order of their names. Duh of course it's Hleb on the left, Flamini on the right. Having Cesc and Gilberto in the middle would make it more balanced. I can imagine how Clichy would contain Bentley, just the way he did Ronaldo. I'm incredibly optimistic but also terribly nervous...
Lou the Gunneress
Its like having Christmas day in a minefield!
Not bad that they put Bentley on the left, Mattuso/Sagna can do a job there.
Lou the Gunneress
Huh, the formations are all over the place, the TV keeps showing different names in positions.
Lou the Gunneress
What happened to Walcott? Is he injured?
Woh Senderos!!! Humble pie time again, anyone?!
Lou the Gunneress
And as I say that Senderos scores!!! Woohoo!!
humble pie....YUM !
Yeah IU4GN, I was wondering too. He was lively in the U21 game. We're down to bare bones so it indeed is curious.
Lou the Gunneress
What's with Ade's new hairstyle...?
Lou the Gunneress
Don't want to put a downer on things, but have we actually won a game when Gilberto has started this season?
Professor Calculus
COME ON YOU REDS! Senderos, all is forgiven you big bald lump
Prof, well we have 10 other players... :P
Lou the Gunneress
What a goal from old 50pence head. We could really issue a statement of intent if we keep the pressure up!!!
Jens is acting funny again...
Lou the Gunneress
a very average first half performance by us....
Everything has gone flat. The play is flat, the tempo is flat, the supporters are flat. We need a good kick up the arse or we will end up drawing this game. But I must say Sagna has been ******** excellent!!
Rocky I think that's precisely what's gonna happen - get a good kick up the arse and the guys will come back stronger. But for me the bottomline is 3 points.
Lou the Gunneress
i don like how the game is petering out.. our passes are a little astray n i hope wenger addresses the issue
blackburn are up for the second half, but its Arsenal who broke free and hit the post on the counter
Lou the Gunneress
Adebayorrrr, Adebayorrrrrrr, give him the ball, and he will scorrrre!
Lou the Gunneress
gr8 performances from sanga n hleb....
Yeah Henry, Sagna and Hleb had a superb game! Hleb's my MotM
Lou the Gunneress
WHEW...almost had a heart attack...there was always a possibility of them nicking in a goal..WHEW....ADEBAYOOOOR
5 points clear, 5 points clear, we're 5 points clear!!!
Lou the Gunneress
26 DOWN....12 MORE...
Great second half performance from Arsenal, i'm so proud they came out after a flat 1st half and totally dominated should have been more than 2-0 but who cares 5 point lead and we are now also even on goal difference after being i think 7 behind only a month ago.
Do you guys care much about the ManU game now? I honestly want this title so much more and we're getting REAL CLOSE!!
Lou the Gunneress
i care lou.. its not the champions attitude to let go any competition we are competing.. if that was the case we might as well not participated in the first instance.. we hv rosicky, van persie, kolo toure coming back for the next game and i'd expect a very strong team in old trafford next week.. if man city can put one over united, we sure as well can.. gr8 result today, i'm convinced adebayor is gonna win the golden boot, even when things weren't lookin good, he comes up with a goal.. that was the best hleb has played since back from injury, and his shots at goal were vicious and on that rate, its not too far the goals start coming.. MOTM SAGNA
Mc, that's the thing, we don't even know who's coming back when. That's the only thing I'm worried about. Otherwise we're really strong, quite possibly the strongest in England. The performance wasn't great, but then I wasn't expecting it to be, with the guys just back from internationals and so many injuries. I enjoyed seeing the fight and occasional brilliance though. Sagna and Hleb were great throughout. Happy for Senderos, Edu and Ade too. We need Rosicky to be back in MF!
Lou the Gunneress
little bit depressed...
Suck it up Kev!!! Another important aspect over the past few weeks is goal difference. United had a massive lead as far as that was concerned, but we've completely wiped it out. Not a great performance by any means, but ***** it.........WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE, SAY WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE!!!
K you guys have a great chance in FAC...
Lou the Gunneress
PS. I gotta agree with McGooner, Sagna was fantastic tonight!!!
In the words of Helloween's Andy Deris, 'I belieeeeeeeve oh! Love the Arsenal, love the dodgy German heavy metallers, love the world! What a wonderful weekend! Here's to a few more like that before the end of the season.
BBC match report's crap. Said we won 'unconvincingly' and MotM was Ade. Those idiots didn't watch it at all.
Lou the Gunneress
Well, either way, congratulations on your title. This could end up as a virtue, Chelsea will focus on the Champions league.A cup tremble doesn't sound bad.Maybe try to snatch the 2nd place off united and kill Ronaldo's hope of being FIFA world player of the year.
When oh when oh when will RvP be back? Saw him in the stand with Ryan Babel. But we should be fine up front, just need a few more bodies back in the team with so many games coming up. If Rosicky can be back, I'm pretty confident about the ManU game.
Lou the Gunneress
Lou, the BBC crew are in South Africa at the mo, lurking somewhere in purple noses rectum, eating their full of whiskey Snickers lol. If we're lucky and we don't disturb them, they might just stay there.
kev, i hope u don mind if we join in ur aspirations for a treble, would u?
That is very very premature Kev. Talking of premature, should Arsenal win all their games between now and Old Trafford, if Chelsea take points off them the week after we would be champions!!
Jees-rrard, don't be greedy McGooner, we need trophies too.Now tottenwho's chance of winning the carling cup went from 0% to -1.
So another little hurdle cleared then. At the beginning of the year everyone was forecasting that the ACN would take its toll on our Premiership hopes. We wouldn't be able to cope without Toure and Senderos wouldn't be up to the job. What happens? 5 League games,13 points won, 3 clean sheets and just 2 goals conceded.
I do feel like greedy now that we've proven we can grind out results like that, even with great goals. We've ticked many boxes: youth/experience not a problem, scoring goals post-Thierry, defensive record (especially against set-pieces) vastly improved, physical games ok, going away to tough places in ***** weather ok, unbeaten against top teams, even winning all London derbies, injuries coped, ACN coped, new players fitting in well, grinding out numerous results when not at the top of our game, slip-up in the league we coped and climbed back up, etc etc. Are all of you convinced? I am. Very much so.
Lou the Gunneress
Lol, 0% to -1. Hope you do win that. today was nervy but the boys have resillence. Im hoping for a plesant surprise with toure, eboue, rosicky and van persie all playing against united. yeah amos, proving EVERYBODY wrong
Looking good
Lou, all that should be enough to convince those so called 'experts', but it doubt it is.
just what i ordered,ade is definately the best striker in the league at the moment,he cant stop scoring and we closed the gap on goal difference,i trully beleive the title is there for the taking now,what a week it has been for us gooners!!am gonna get my drink on eventhough its monday lol!
the arsenal
Ian, I wasn't wrong cos I said (a) if Arsene trusts Senderos, he should be able to do something, (b) he showed his ability before, it's a just question of confidence and run of games required to build it up, (c) the fixture list in this period wasn't terribly tough. My only potential concern was for Gallas to stay fit alongside him. But for all my optimism, I couldn't have predicted 3 clean sheets and 2 goals conceded in 5 league games. Well done Big Phil!
Lou the Gunneress
LOL first paragraph:
Lou the Gunneress
Birmingham, A.Villa, Wigan and 'brough after Saturday’s trip FA Cup.....then Chelsea...w e would have to be either extremely silly or unlucky to **** it up.
come on MAN UTD!!!!!!!
100% owl
That was a nail-biting second-half... is it right to feel this much relief?? It's obvious Hleb and Cesc have been telling each other (or betting even!) about shooting from the edge of the area though - thankfully!
i never said you were wrong lou. Im saying after all we have done so far, the football pundits on talk sport are still saying man utd are still the team to beat and arsenal would be nowhere without adebayor. But one of them was stan collymore so shouldn't really be taking any notice. Senderos has been playing really well of late, i agree
The point Amos makes is an important one... just when the odds 'seem' to be stacked against us, we deliver. It's natural to show resilience when faced with adversity. This is why I don't think we should ******-foot around with the ManU game, and just get our strongest team out with no hesitation, and keep the positive momentum going.
I know Ian, I just wanted to say not all Arsenal fans are Senderos doubters. :) And I actually don't mind if everyone else is still calling ManU the favourites. You know when we 'slipped up' (drew Portsmouth), the odds got updated straightaway to "reflect Arsenal's chances". But when ManU drew, or even lost, the bookies only made very minor adjustments to the odds. THAT is odd... But I agree with Andy, it's a good thing for the team.
Lou the Gunneress
congrats on the win lads, well deservedm good luck with the rest of the season
You wonder whether manutd/Arsenal had more players at the nations cup. Arsenal dropped fewer points during the nations cup, than manutd.
Excellent result last night. The tempo slowed after 25 mins, but we came back well in the 2nd half, should have really been more goals. Flamster missed a one on one, but Friedel did really well on the night. Hleb was very good and it was pleasing to see him take 2 shots from the edge of the box - he is a favourite of mine and its good to see him working on his game positively. Gilberto - not too happy with him, too many misplaced passes. I am desperate for him to have a few good games, coz I dont want to remember his last few games for Arsenal like this. The man deserves better. Ade was anonymous for large parts of the game, not his usual work rate, but he still scored a goal ! Amazing.
The game was odd, I was getting so pi.ssed off, we couldn't keep possession. But as well as blackburn were holding the ball, they created ONE chance in mcarthy's header. We still ended up with a lot more shots on/off and possession....That makes me laugh, man utd dropped more points during the ACN, they're not as great as the media make them. But they're (media) coming around slowly. we are definitely the best team in england, we just have to push on from here....NEXT 2 GAMES ARE MASSIVE, UTD AND MILAN
Great result despite the middle 60 mins when Blackburn had possession with no end product. I thought the back 4, especially Big Phil, were awesome, but the game proved that Gilberto can no longer cut it at the top. It's a shame that Diarra was so impatient and stupid 'cos he is the future for some team, whereas Gilbert needs a new challenge in a slower paced environment. Two great goals and Hleb coming back to his November form.
Good win guys and all the best for the rest of the season. I think if we had more creativity through the centre we would have caused you more probs. As some of you point out we had lots of possession but couldn't create much. Still I thought we played well and gave a good account of ourselves. Well done to the gooners for a thoroughly professional display.
Thanks Roversman, appreciate it. I thought you did play well and held the ball, but couldnt create chances, and Bentley, who was the player i feared the most was largely innefective and missing for parts of the game. Great result for us, 5 points clear. The title is ours to lose now. COME ON YOU GUNNERS!
Adebayors doing wonders for my dream team,keep it up.
Senderos Doubter here! I'm just scraping the egg off my face! he's been top drawer!
No one should get carried away, there is a long way to go. Great result even if not the greatest performance. Have to hand it to Adebayor, he was quiet for most of the game but he took his chance superbly when it arose.
Gilberto played against the green country I forgot the name, and he was very good. Maybe you're putting him in an uncomfortable tactical position.
it was a bit nervy during the secong half when we couldnt find the second goal, fabregas looked knackered with 20 minutes remaining he could hardly run,but im not surprised considering he spent 3 days in bed ill or tired.
fran merida

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