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Sevilla v Arsenal

Sevilla v Arsenal

Last night Arsenal put themselves in prime position to win the Amsterdam tournament with a dazzling second half comeback against host AFC Ajax. Today a totally new Arsenal starting eleven will take on Sevilla, who tied 0-0 against Inter Milan in the early game yesterday. Arsenal are 4 points clear from the second place team Ajax in the tournament standings, so a win is not a necessity but the young players will be looking to continue building on the success the first team started yesterday.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene still has concerns over Arsenal`s midfield. 'We missed Nasri tonight who has a little knock. We missed Diaby and we missed Song who's at the Olympics. I don't know if our midfield tonight was ideal but it's certainly not far from the midfield we'll play on Wednesday night.

'I'm not concerned about that. But I would have been very concerned tonight if we had one or two injuries in midfield. We can't afford that at the moment with Nasri and Diaby out. It's very positive for us that we have no injuries tonight.'

Still looks like we need to add one more body to our midfield.

Sevilla Team News:

Sevilla played a very entertaining 0-0 draw yesterday with Jose Mourinho`s Inter Milan. They probably should have won the game but Inter can thank Julio Cesar for keeping the score blank. They also played their first choice team, so it will likely be their reserve team on show today too.

Player to watch: Arouna Kone

The Ivory Coast international came on as a sub in the second half of the Inter game and looked very impressive with his touch and speed. He will most likely get a chance to start today, so the Arsenal defense will need to be aware of his speed.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsene will make many changes to the team today. I don`t expect anybody who started yesterday to be kept in the lineup. The defense will most likely be made up of Hoyte- Senderos- Djourou-Gibbs. While the midfield will probably contain Wilshere- Ramsey- Randall- Thomas, with Bendtner and Vela leading the attack

Player to watch: Phil Senderos

The Swiss international will be the most experienced player for Arsenal today, so it will be his job to keep the youngsters focused and calm.

Match Prediction:

I`m not feeling too confident about this game because I`m not sure what kind of team Sevilla will put out. If it contains some of their starters I can see us losing 1-2, but if its reserves v. reserves than our young guns could win 1-0 or 2-1.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Saturday August 9 2008
Time: 6:20PM


Chat away dudes. Love Wilkins' comment on Sky about how our foreign youngsters will need time when a) the side tonight is predominantly British and b) Vela scored. How do you like them apples Wilkins you ****?
Little Dutch
09/08/2008 18:23:00
Thanks LD. lol and the foreigners are doing well - Fabianki's looking confident so far. If we look at British and not just English players, the lineup is exactly 6+5 now.
Lou the Gunneress
09/08/2008 18:32:00
Well taken goal by Vela to fight off the challenge the whole way. After being on the back foot for most of the game we are starting to get more possession here at the hour mark. And Fabianski has been great.
09/08/2008 19:20:00
Fabianski play very well tonight..doing lots of save..wilshire also play guite well againts much more experience player.
09/08/2008 19:20:00
Fab is the MotM for me!
Lou the Gunneress
09/08/2008 19:32:00
Fabianski did have a very good game. Made some good saves, dealt largely well with crosses. Gibbs at LB has caught my eye in pre-season - his defensive work can improve, but he has slot right in overall. I wonder if its time for him to graduate into the 1st team squad. Ramsey looked average today.
09/08/2008 19:57:00
Fabianski looked the real thing. Djourou, Senderos, Vela & Bendtner are all good solid members of the first team squad. The rest look 2 or 3 years away from any meaningful contribution at this level.
09/08/2008 19:59:00
There's no question in my mind for man of the match. Fabianski was stellar!
09/08/2008 20:04:00
It's amusing to see that the such is VitalSpuds obsession with all things Arsenal these days that they have even opened a thread to discuss our performance in the Amsterdam Tournament!!!! I can't imagine any other site in the VitalNetwork being so interested in a preseason contest they do not have any part in !!!!
09/08/2008 20:11:00
Its embarrassing really. Nobody else but Spurs.
09/08/2008 20:17:00
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