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Team News: Valencia v. Arsenal

For the last preseason match before the 09/10 Barclay's Premier League, Arsenal travels south to the sunny and beautiful Spain to take on Valencia at the Mestalla

As far as preseason games go, this one is as important as they get. Arsene is expected to field the team he wants to start at Goodison Park. Of course this is barring any unexpected injuries tonight or in the absolutely ******* idiotic international games on Wednesday.

It is looking increasingly likely that we will be using a 4-3-3 in the new season to accomodate our wealth of attacking talent as well as our lack of a true defensive partner for Fabregas that is required in a 4-4-2 formation. This match will challenge that formation as much as a preseason match can. Valencia is a good attacking team that can pose a threat from all areas of the pitch. With Silva, Fernandes, and Joaquin in the midfield, they will press forward and severly test how our three midfielders will protect our back five. Also with one of the top 5 strikers in the world, David Villa, the partnership of Gallas and Djourou will also face a stern test.

Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs have been included in the squad for the first time this preseason. Nasri, Vermaelen, and Rosicky are all out.

Starting Lineup: Almunia, Eboue, Gallas, Djourou, Clichy, Song, Diaby, Fabregas, Arshavin, Bendtner, van Persie

Bench: Fabianski, Sagna, Silvestre, Merida, Walcott, Traore, Wilshere, Ramsey, Eduardo

The game is being shown live on Arsenal TV Online right now.

Arsenal's next match is in Liverpool against Everton on the 15th






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Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Saturday August 8 2009
Time: 8:10PM

Comments

0
No vermaelen or Deni.Sign of what to expect?
ajwb
08/08/2009 20:17:00
0
Not the lineup I expected. The club has failed to keep us informed about injuries this preseason. Oh well. Looking forward to the match.
gunnerkid107
08/08/2009 20:32:00
0
Now here's a challenge - Zigic is starting...
ArsenalRob
08/08/2009 20:35:00
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It's pouring now at kickoff. So much for the sunny Spain comment!
gunnerkid107
08/08/2009 20:36:00
0
Wow Diaby does have hair
ajwb
08/08/2009 20:37:00
0
Arsene said he wouldn't show all his cards in this game, but just 90% of who'd play again Everton. I'm hoping that 10% is Diaby and Eboue...
GoonerLou
08/08/2009 20:50:00
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I thought merida went on loan?
Dan_83
08/08/2009 20:54:00
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I don't think we've sent him off yet Dan. Maybe he'll take a cab after the game? He is going to Levante (of Valencia) after all.
ArsenalRob
08/08/2009 21:25:00
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That's true Rob lol, we're quite literally dropping him off there.
GoonerLou
08/08/2009 21:36:00
0
Could someone please do me a favour and let me know when the second half starts (if it hasn't already) coz i'm having some trouble watching it
ArsenalRob
08/08/2009 21:40:00
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