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Hansen On Villarreal v Arsenal

Hansen On Villarreal v Arsenal

Alan Hansen, pundit for the New Football Pools on Villarreal v Arsenal

'Arsenal are doing very well at the moment and with their big players all returning such as Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor they will fancy their chances against Villarreal. I think Arsene Wenger will be overjoyed to have avoided the fellow English clubs and of course Barcelona at this stage. If he could have handpicked any side to meet in the quarter-finals then it would have been the Villarreal.

I believe we will have three English sides in the semi-final so I would expect Arsenal to progress over two legs though I wouldn`t be surprised if they drew this one. The Spanish club are a strong defensive outfit and as they showed against Manchester United earlier in the competition are well capable of getting draws.

The Gunners will have to watch out for former United player Giuseppe Rossi who has proved a big hit in Spain with 23 goals in 49 league appearances for the club. However, the game is likely to be won in midfield where Fabregas will be up against his Spanish international team-mate Marcos Senna who is an excellent experienced player.

There will also be an ex-Arsenal star in the Villarreal squad in the shape of Robert Pires. At 35-years-old the Frenchman is not as quick as he once was and the days of regular goal scoring are gone but he is still a talent on the ball and will have to be watched as he has the ability to drift into dangerous positions.

Arsenal should go through to the semi`s but the away leg won`t be easy so I`d expect a tight low-scoring match which will suit Arsene as few teams get results at the Emirates.'

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Tuesday April 7 2009
Time: 3:09PM

Comments

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spot on. cygan is also there
gunnerchi
07/04/2009 15:29:00
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spot on. cygan is also there
gunnerchi
07/04/2009 15:29:00
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Oh dear, I'd posted and given my personal vote against having Tony Cascarino's articles here, now you're giving us Alan Hansen?!?! lol That said though, I don't disagree with the article itself (I'm amazed I've actually read the whole thing knowing it's Hansen).
GoonerLou
07/04/2009 15:38:00
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Oh dear, I'd posted and given my personal vote against having Tony Cascarino's articles here, now you're giving us Alan Hansen?!?! lol That said though, I don't disagree with the article itself (I'm amazed I've actually read the whole thing knowing it's Hansen).
GoonerLou
07/04/2009 15:38:00
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I'm surprised Hansen didn't manage to get the words 'passion, grit, and determination' in there. One or all of those words usually end up in any Hansen article. Mind you, he is talking about Arsenal, who he seems to take a very dim view of (could it be something to do with 89, Al?), so he was never likely to use those words, anyhow.
ChaosTeaCup
07/04/2009 15:50:00
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I'm surprised Hansen didn't manage to get the words 'passion, grit, and determination' in there. One or all of those words usually end up in any Hansen article. Mind you, he is talking about Arsenal, who he seems to take a very dim view of (could it be something to do with 89, Al?), so he was never likely to use those words, anyhow.
ChaosTeaCup
07/04/2009 15:50:00
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Who cares what the git has to say? That we should beat Villareal is a given and we don't need his like to lurk around pretending to wish us well when we know he'll rather we fall flat so that he can sermonize about how the lack of "English steel" is our problem. Pls spare us the ordeal of reading articles by the sanctimonous so and so on our site!
deledudu
07/04/2009 17:18:00
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Who cares what the git has to say? That we should beat Villareal is a given and we don't need his like to lurk around pretending to wish us well when we know he'll rather we fall flat so that he can sermonize about how the lack of "English steel" is our problem. Pls spare us the ordeal of reading articles by the sanctimonous so and so on our site!
deledudu
07/04/2009 17:18:00
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"I'm amazed I've actually read the whole thing knowing it's Hansen." -- LOL, I thought the same thing. Can't stand either him or Cascarino. BTW, Chaos, beating Villareal is NOT a "given" for us -- no English team has beaten them on their home ground and they proved very tough opponents for Man Utd, against whom they got a 0-0 draw.
jaelle
07/04/2009 17:49:00
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"I'm amazed I've actually read the whole thing knowing it's Hansen." -- LOL, I thought the same thing. Can't stand either him or Cascarino. BTW, Chaos, beating Villareal is NOT a "given" for us -- no English team has beaten them on their home ground and they proved very tough opponents for Man Utd, against whom they got a 0-0 draw.
jaelle
07/04/2009 17:49:00
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