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The Boys Are Back In Town

As the final whistle blew, the Emirates Stadium was serenaded by Thin Lizzy's 1976 hit 'The Boys are back in Town' thanks to the stadiums loud speaker. The songs title and chorus accurately describes how the afternoon went for the Gunners. Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Theo Walcott all returned to the starting lineup and their impact on the team could not have been more evident. Adebayor grabbed the two goals, and Arsenal's young Spanish captain provided both assists, in which one was especially brilliant. Although Walcott was unfortunately on his arse for most of the game, his pace and determination was enjoyable to watch. I talked earlier in the week about the importance of regaining our momentum in this match, and we did exactly that.

Tim will do his full match report later this weekend, but I wanted to point out one positive about today's preformance that has stayed in my mind. It has to do with Adebayor, but its not his two goals that has recieved my attention. The effort in Adebayor's play was back today. Even though the Togolese striker has had a decent goal haul for this campaign, for me his passion up front has been lacking for most of the season. In previous years he missed chances, but he made up for it with his world class effort. I haven't seen that same commitment out of Ade this season. Today, though, it was a different story. On one occasion this afternoon, Ade lost the ball up front and instead of being frustrated with himself, he raced back to cover Robinho and effectively halted a quick Man City break. That's the Adebayor I know and love. I expect him to be the crucial player in our quest for silverware over this next month.

Enjoy today's result and have a brilliant weekend. I can't wait for Tuesday!




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Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 4 2009

Time: 5:14PM

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haha, I heard that too GK, so funny yet so appropriate.
TPowell
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04/04/2009 17:25:00

haha, I heard that too GK, so funny yet so appropriate.
TPowell
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04/04/2009 17:25:00

Yeah it's very obvious what a difference Ade could make when he played with the work rate in the right mentality. THIS was the Ade of 2007-08!
GoonerLou
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04/04/2009 17:27:00

Yeah it's very obvious what a difference Ade could make when he played with the work rate in the right mentality. THIS was the Ade of 2007-08!
GoonerLou
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04/04/2009 17:27:00

Spot on and may I ad that I belive Adebayor is getting back to his best becouse he knows that we now have good cover for him, Vela, Nicky, Eduardo and Andrei, there is nothing like the fear of losing your place to fire players up.
Armory
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04/04/2009 17:45:00

Spot on and may I ad that I belive Adebayor is getting back to his best becouse he knows that we now have good cover for him, Vela, Nicky, Eduardo and Andrei, there is nothing like the fear of losing your place to fire players up.
Armory
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04/04/2009 17:45:00

Also, new tattoo there on Cesc's right arm?
GoonerLou
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04/04/2009 18:04:00

Also, new tattoo there on Cesc's right arm?
GoonerLou
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04/04/2009 18:04:00

Anybody watching the Liverpool Fulham game? Haha Pool must have hit the bar at least 4 or 5 times in the first half alone!
gunnerkid107
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04/04/2009 18:08:00

Anybody watching the Liverpool Fulham game? Haha Pool must have hit the bar at least 4 or 5 times in the first half alone!
gunnerkid107
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04/04/2009 18:08:00

Although his quality has enabled him to stand out, Arshavin hasn't quite settled in yet in my opinion. At the moment, he isn't quite on the same wavelength as his team-mates for a lot of the time in terms of finding space off the ball. When he recieves it he knows what he's doing and is brilliant, but he isn't managing to move into positions where the ball can be worked to him frequently enough. It should come with a bit of time though.
ArsenalRob
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04/04/2009 18:19:00

Nice classic tunes by stadium DJ, whose ever selection those were. Adebayor indeed produced positive vibes in this one. Along with Capitano Fabs, slipped right into roles without fuss. Now towards lil' Mozart's warm up vs junior spuds. Then we can play that song again :)
goon case
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04/04/2009 18:19:00

Although his quality has enabled him to stand out, Arshavin hasn't quite settled in yet in my opinion. At the moment, he isn't quite on the same wavelength as his team-mates for a lot of the time in terms of finding space off the ball. When he recieves it he knows what he's doing and is brilliant, but he isn't managing to move into positions where the ball can be worked to him frequently enough. It should come with a bit of time though.
ArsenalRob
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04/04/2009 18:19:00

Nice classic tunes by stadium DJ, whose ever selection those were. Adebayor indeed produced positive vibes in this one. Along with Capitano Fabs, slipped right into roles without fuss. Now towards lil' Mozart's warm up vs junior spuds. Then we can play that song again :)
goon case
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04/04/2009 18:19:00

But they still continue to play "The Wonder of You" at the beginning... Surely Roger Daltrey would allow us to play one of their classics?
Tom14
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04/04/2009 18:27:00

But they still continue to play "The Wonder of You" at the beginning... Surely Roger Daltrey would allow us to play one of their classics?
Tom14
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04/04/2009 18:27:00

Can I quickly flag up for congratulations our under 18's who have won their league, and also say, having watched a few of their games, how impressed I've been with the two strikers: Benik Afobe, and Luke Freeman, they're record is quite prolific for the Arsenal and England youth teams. I know it's not a high level, but it's nice to see we have such talent rising through the ranks. Several other players of that age-group look promising too, Roarie Deacon, Cedric Evina and, even younger, Chuks Aneke. By the way, Arsene has just nicked another Barcelona acadamy product, Ignasi Miguel Pons.
ArsenalRob
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04/04/2009 18:32:00

Can I quickly flag up for congratulations our under 18's who have won their league, and also say, having watched a few of their games, how impressed I've been with the two strikers: Benik Afobe, and Luke Freeman, they're record is quite prolific for the Arsenal and England youth teams. I know it's not a high level, but it's nice to see we have such talent rising through the ranks. Several other players of that age-group look promising too, Roarie Deacon, Cedric Evina and, even younger, Chuks Aneke. By the way, Arsene has just nicked another Barcelona acadamy product, Ignasi Miguel Pons.
ArsenalRob
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04/04/2009 18:32:00

I also want to mention that Den was again excellent in his own no-fuss way. How many times did he win the ball back? I lost count. How many simple balls did he pass forward to the front 4? I lost count too. But that said, Song was also very good and kept going with his improvement. Long may it continue!
GoonerLou
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04/04/2009 18:33:00

I also want to mention that Den was again excellent in his own no-fuss way. How many times did he win the ball back? I lost count. How many simple balls did he pass forward to the front 4? I lost count too. But that said, Song was also very good and kept going with his improvement. Long may it continue!
GoonerLou
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04/04/2009 18:33:00

We signed him a while ago to be fair AR
Tom14
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04/04/2009 18:38:00

We signed him a while ago to be fair AR
Tom14
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04/04/2009 18:38:00

I don't think he came straight from barca, they had released him and when Arsenal started to show interest they tried to get him back.
Armory
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04/04/2009 18:42:00

I don't think he came straight from barca, they had released him and when Arsenal started to show interest they tried to get him back.
Armory
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04/04/2009 18:42:00

well done to you lads today,you were a different class and the scoreline flattered us because if we had been beaten 6 nil i would have said that was a fair reflection of the game. good luck for the rest of the season lads.
bluemooner_mcfc
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04/04/2009 18:43:00

well done to you lads today,you were a different class and the scoreline flattered us because if we had been beaten 6 nil i would have said that was a fair reflection of the game. good luck for the rest of the season lads.
bluemooner_mcfc
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04/04/2009 18:43:00

Great quote from Fab in his program notes. I am very happy at Arsenal and have said it many times - but I cannot control what the papers say," Fabregas said. "When they speak for me, I cannot understand it because only my friends, family and the boss know what I think. "It is just a story which will go on and on - even if I was to say that I would retire here. "I am proud to be captain of this club and see my future at Arsenal."
Armory
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04/04/2009 18:46:00

Great quote from Fab in his program notes. I am very happy at Arsenal and have said it many times - but I cannot control what the papers say," Fabregas said. "When they speak for me, I cannot understand it because only my friends, family and the boss know what I think. "It is just a story which will go on and on - even if I was to say that I would retire here. "I am proud to be captain of this club and see my future at Arsenal."
Armory
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04/04/2009 18:46:00

Cheers.
Tom14
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04/04/2009 18:49:00

Cheers.
Tom14
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04/04/2009 18:49:00

Indeed Rob, our boys are 23 points clear, having played 1 more game than most of the teams in the youth league, still with 6 games left. They're also going very well in the FA Youth Cup, having beat Man City away in the 1st leg of the semis. Really hope they'll win the Kids Double! And Gooners in London, do go to the 2nd leg! Surely the cheap tickets + seeing our stars of the future get through to the Cup Final would be fantsatic.
GoonerLou
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04/04/2009 18:50:00

Indeed Rob, our boys are 23 points clear, having played 1 more game than most of the teams in the youth league, still with 6 games left. They're also going very well in the FA Youth Cup, having beat Man City away in the 1st leg of the semis. Really hope they'll win the Kids Double! And Gooners in London, do go to the 2nd leg! Surely the cheap tickets + seeing our stars of the future get through to the Cup Final would be fantsatic.
GoonerLou
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04/04/2009 18:50:00

Yeah, about 2 or 3 months ago.
ArsenalRob
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04/04/2009 18:51:00

Yeah, about 2 or 3 months ago.
ArsenalRob
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04/04/2009 18:51:00

sorry for that late, out of place comment! yeah, like Lou says make sure you go to the Emirates for the 2nd leg of FA youth cup!
ArsenalRob
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04/04/2009 18:54:00

sorry for that late, out of place comment! yeah, like Lou says make sure you go to the Emirates for the 2nd leg of FA youth cup!
ArsenalRob
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04/04/2009 18:54:00

And yeah Gkid, I admit I do enjoy watching the Scousers in tough luck for a change heehee... Fulham and their woodwork are a truly tough nut to crack!
GoonerLou
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04/04/2009 18:59:00

And yeah Gkid, I admit I do enjoy watching the Scousers in tough luck for a change heehee... Fulham and their woodwork are a truly tough nut to crack!
GoonerLou
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04/04/2009 18:59:00

Yea Fulham's resiliency has made this a terribly exciting 0-0 so far. An quick injury update for Tuesday is that van Persie has the best chance at coming back and that itself is a small one. Nasri has a very small chance, while Eduardo and Diaby are definitely out. We will have to see on Walcott.
gunnerkid107
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04/04/2009 19:13:00

Yea Fulham's resiliency has made this a terribly exciting 0-0 so far. An quick injury update for Tuesday is that van Persie has the best chance at coming back and that itself is a small one. Nasri has a very small chance, while Eduardo and Diaby are definitely out. We will have to see on Walcott.
gunnerkid107
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04/04/2009 19:13:00

Damn scousers! if anyone had to score for them, though, I'm glad it was Benayoun. Probably the most underrated player in the league.
ArsenalRob
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04/04/2009 19:23:00

Damn scousers! if anyone had to score for them, though, I'm glad it was Benayoun. Probably the most underrated player in the league.
ArsenalRob
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04/04/2009 19:23:00

Actually, on second thoughts Song and Bendtner are the most underrated. I get so annoyed with my mates going on about how they're so ****. Can't stand it!
ArsenalRob
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04/04/2009 19:26:00

Actually, on second thoughts Song and Bendtner are the most underrated. I get so annoyed with my mates going on about how they're so ****. Can't stand it!
ArsenalRob
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04/04/2009 19:26:00

Villarreal are down 3-0 in the first half against Almeria. Without sounding too cocky, I don't think we could have got a better draw.
gunnerkid107
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04/04/2009 19:38:00

Villarreal are down 3-0 in the first half against Almeria. Without sounding too cocky, I don't think we could have got a better draw.
gunnerkid107
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04/04/2009 19:38:00

I've just turned it on Gkid and, amazingly, Bobby gets a second yellow and is off! 0_0
GoonerLou
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04/04/2009 20:17:00

I've just turned it on Gkid and, amazingly, Bobby gets a second yellow and is off! 0_0
GoonerLou
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04/04/2009 20:17:00

Well played guys you deserve the win ..we were never in the game and that seems to be our story away from home this season.
Doody
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05/04/2009 00:26:00

Well played guys you deserve the win ..we were never in the game and that seems to be our story away from home this season.
Doody
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05/04/2009 00:26:00

Ade showed hunger, a great work rate and commitment today as did Theo who also showed a willingness to tackle back, cover and defend. Cesc showed that he had lost non of his ability during his long lay off. I would also like to mention Song who I thought was terrific again. He broke up play, won the ball back and mostly used it well, he also has a physical presence and is a good header of the ball, two attributes most of our team are not exactly blessed with. I continue to be a little bit worried about Gael however who again made some careless defensive mistakes - as did Gallas.
norfolk dumpling
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05/04/2009 07:55:00

Ade showed hunger, a great work rate and commitment today as did Theo who also showed a willingness to tackle back, cover and defend. Cesc showed that he had lost non of his ability during his long lay off. I would also like to mention Song who I thought was terrific again. He broke up play, won the ball back and mostly used it well, he also has a physical presence and is a good header of the ball, two attributes most of our team are not exactly blessed with. I continue to be a little bit worried about Gael however who again made some careless defensive mistakes - as did Gallas.
norfolk dumpling
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05/04/2009 07:55:00

Definitely wanna go to the fa youth cup semi after watch them dispose of the spud's youth. Tickets were just 3 against spuds. I dont think a date has been set for the 2nd leg though.
I love how Van Persie, Diaby and Eduardo get injured, Theo, Cesc and Adebayor come in, and we hit even better form. Next week against Wigan we should have two of them back. The squad is taking shape nicely.
ian7
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05/04/2009 10:45:00

Definitely wanna go to the fa youth cup semi after watch them dispose of the spud's youth. Tickets were just 3 against spuds. I dont think a date has been set for the 2nd leg though.
I love how Van Persie, Diaby and Eduardo get injured, Theo, Cesc and Adebayor come in, and we hit even better form. Next week against Wigan we should have two of them back. The squad is taking shape nicely.
ian7
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05/04/2009 10:45:00

It was great having Ade, Cesc and Theo back and playing well very for us.
hackneyval
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05/04/2009 19:10:00

It was great having Ade, Cesc and Theo back and playing well very for us.
hackneyval
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05/04/2009 19:10:00

 

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