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Preview: Arsenal v. Chelsea (h)

For a devout pessimist, I've been uncharacteristically optimistic throughout the second half of last season and the beginning of this one. However, after hearing the sobering news Saturday morning about Robin van Persie's season ending injury, I no longer have the same buzz vibrating deep within. Sure, come kickoff, I'll be chewing at my nails like there's no tomorrow, but even with a win, I won't be looking favourly toward the rest of our season. I reckoned we could survive through the New Year without our flying Dutchman, but a whole season? Probably not. This is an indication of Robin`s quality rather than the squad's depth. Would United be the same with Owen leading the line or Chelsea with Anelka upfront by himself? The answer is an unequivocal, and undeniable no. Anyways, onto tomorrows match.

Not three weeks ago, I considered this match a huge step towards the title for whichever team emerged victorious, but now after an injury and a trip to the Stadium of Light, even an Arsenal win will do little to change the destination of the title in my opinion. Chelsea comes into the match with practically a clean bill of health after having many of their key players fake injuries to keep them out of the pointless friendlies. Fair play to them, because I wish Arsene had the stones to do the same. After his expletive interview this week, Wenger might not be so idealistic in the future. Instead he has a host of injuries to deal with. Besides van Persie, Bendtner, Wilshere, Clichy, Gibbs, and Djourou are also out injured, while Merida will miss this match and the next two with a suspension. Gallas is a serious doubt because he cannot put a contact lens in his swollen right eye.

There has been a lot of talk that Theo Walcott needs to start this match, but I disagree. Last November we beat a robust Manchester United at the Grove with our footballing know-how, and I suspect this is the best way to go at this Chelsea team. On their day, both Wigan and Villa can play some technically sound football, and that is how those two teams gunned down the West Londoners. For this reason, I would start Rosicky and Arshavin on either side of Eduardo. Against Sunderland, Rosicky was guilty of over complicating his play, and I hope the Boss had a good word with him. Tomas has always been an asset to this team because of his direct, forward style and he needs to get back to what makes him a world-class player today.

The other spot in Arsene`s eleven that is up for grabs is the left back position. I would give it too Eboue for the experience. Even though it`s not his natural side of the defence, I have this weird feeling of trust. Who would have thought that about Emmanuel Eboue last November? Everything that is wrong with players like Adebayor, is what's right with Eboue.

Also in the defence, there could be a question of who will start alongside Vermaelen if Gallas isn't fit. Maybe this is because I'm too afraid to imagine Silvestre lineup against Chelsea again, but I think Gallas is a big game player who would rather die than miss this match. Against Liege I had this strange moment where I realised I no longer consider him an ex-Chelsea player. I know he was very good after being stripped of the captaincy last season, but in the back of my mind, he was always a blue. However, the way he has gelled with Vermaelen and the joy in his face when he scores a goal, has most likely changed my subconscious view of his loyalties.

Alright, moving on. Here is my predicted starting XI: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Eboue, Song, Denilson, Fabregas, Rosicky, Arshavin, Eduardo

I believe we can win this match, even though I don't think we can challenge for the league anymore. These aren't the matches that will win the title. I'm interested to see how Vermaelen and Gallas do against Drogba. The Ivorian was poor in midweek, but he is always up for the big ones. For that, and only that, I respect him. Still, I can't imagine an Arsenal-Chelsea game where he doesn't score, but we have our own big game maestro in Andrey Arshavin. The Russian said that he doesn't believe he's played a good game all season, but I think he`ll break that streak today. 2-1 to the Arsenal!

This game will be on SKY in England, and FSC in the States. Our next match is at the MiddleEastlands on Wednesday in Manchester, and then we host an always improving Stoke City next Saturday.

Have a good Sunday everyone and come on Arsenal!




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Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 29 2009

Time: 3:55AM

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Sorry this is so late, I've been without a computer for a couple of days.
gunnerkid107
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29/11/2009 03:57:00

By the way, here's a good interview with Vermaelen. He talks about tomorrows match against Drogba. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/arsenal/article6936202.ece
gunnerkid107
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29/11/2009 04:06:00

I reckon the Didier Drogba show is coming. He will score...
centrelink1
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29/11/2009 06:25:00

Totally agree with your predicted lineup brice. Eduardo rosicky & arshavin up front instead of theo. Eboue ahead of traore or silvestre. If gallas still is one eyed by kickoff, maybe senderos to partner verminator. Surely he will want revenge agagainst drogba from their last encounter. Im very nervous about this match. Could go either way.
supersof
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29/11/2009 06:27:00

High pressing game required, Denilson needs to get in and around the Chelsea midfield when we havent got the ball, Song needs to protect the back 4 from the Chelsea long ball to Drogba. Going forward We need to get the ball to Arshavin at every opportunity, get him running at Ivanovic.....Id also play 1 of Vela or Walcott (our 2 quickest players) as pace is 1 of the assets we have that Chelsea do not.
iceman10
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29/11/2009 10:55:00

I think we should play Theo, not Rosicky.
Tom14
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29/11/2009 12:17:00

im sure denilson and more will strike the ball with their brilliance like last week
leeimp95
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29/11/2009 12:57:00

I had a dream that in the 17th minute Drogba and Lampard clashed as drogba trying to control a high ball kicked lampards head and Droba fell awkwardly. After lengthy treatment both were subbed off and we went to win the game 3-0. I hope it was a vision from god and not wishful dreaming
paul_ownz
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29/11/2009 13:04:00

Alright, forget the title, can they make us forget the 1-4 humiliation?
Sajit
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29/11/2009 13:43:00

I was nervous the whole day but now I'm getting more relaxed and positive, strange. We can up our game against Chelsea. Midfield is vital now with a depleted back 4 and an unfamiliar front 3. Den-Cesc-Song is our best trio and I have faith in them!
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 15:16:00

I think we should play Rosicky, not Theo.
gunnerkid107
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29/11/2009 15:24:00

come on the red , win this one please .
kimbo
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29/11/2009 15:26:00

Also agree with Brice on a couple of things: now I also identify with Gallas as a Gunner much better now that he's proved time and again he's committed to the cause here; what's wrong with Adebayor is what's right with Eboue. Er, 3 things actually, that we CAN beat Chelsea if we apply our ourselves properly. We can't match them for physicality, but we also have a chance by playing a technical game at our best of course. Their defence isn't entirely faultness. We have plenty of trickery and pace to test them in guys like Cesc, AA, Nasri and Eduardo. The team have also had more time to practise whatever the boss thinks it takes to play without Robin by now. We just have to stay confident and put on a good show. Another point to note: we're showing our class as a club off the pitch by dedicating this match to GOSH, our charity of the season. Let's show it on the pitch as well!
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 15:31:00

Here's the starting XI: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Traore, Song, Denilson, Fabregas, Nasri, Arshavin, Eduardo
gunnerkid107
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29/11/2009 15:40:00

LINEUP: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Traore, Song, Denilson, Fabregas, Nasri, Arshavin, Eduardo. SUBS: Fabianski, Silvestre, Eboue, Ramsey, Rosicky, Walcott, Vela
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 15:45:00

I'm hoping Denilson and Arshavin have been instructed to help out Traore as much as possible.
bowiecokemirror
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29/11/2009 15:59:00

Really don't like Traore starting instead of Eboue.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 16:05:00

Off topic: we get West Ham (a) in the FA Cup.
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 16:05:00

Nasri should play on the left to protect Traore, something that AA wouldn't do enough of I'm afraid.
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 16:07:00

cant see the game please keep me up to date!!!
Armory
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29/11/2009 16:39:00

oh dear
arseneknows
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29/11/2009 16:44:00

Er Armoury, the commentators said 'Arsenal claim the football, Chelsea have the goal' after Drogba headed it in from Cashley's cross...
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 16:45:00

******** ***** is all I can say
Dberg
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29/11/2009 16:47:00

We have ZERO luck
ajwb
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29/11/2009 16:47:00

2-0 Chelsea (own goal off of Vermaelen), that's it for me, game over
jaelle
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29/11/2009 16:48:00

damn...
arseneknows
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29/11/2009 16:48:00

Trust me armory you don't wanna know
Dberg
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29/11/2009 16:48:00

ARRRRGGGHHH I want to cry!!
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 16:48:00

We need the spirit we showed at Liege but Chelsea are no Liege. I feel for the Verminator, he's playing so well, so so unlucky.
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 16:50:00

Damn after playing so well 1st goal a lucky goal 2nd goal another lucky goal, I hope we do not drop our heads.
phreddy
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29/11/2009 16:51:00

Both goals came from the right side, crosses from Cashley. I was more worried about the left side with Traore there. It's not over yet, but our attack looks a bit toothless at the moment without RvP.
bowiecokemirror
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29/11/2009 16:51:00

Really pathetic stuff from us - we dominate possession as usual and are down 2-0 - they're direct and powerful and totally outclass us. We dither around and are just clueless in front of goal.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 16:52:00

There have been a few lapses in concentration in our defending, leaving players unmarked, and you can't afford that against Chelsea.
bowiecokemirror
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29/11/2009 16:56:00

What the frig was Almunia doing for that second goal? He's stooped to collect the ball behind three frigging players about 5 yards off his line. If he says he saves it. He's babba.
Rocky7
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29/11/2009 17:01:00

Theo on - his pace would be very useful! - for whom?
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 17:05:00

Did you guys hear anything about Song? So it's a tactical change to have Theo for him, yes? We can't afford any more injuries!!
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 17:07:00

Song has gone off Lou
bowiecokemirror
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29/11/2009 17:07:00

What the hell happened there/?!?! Cech foulED? Edu's the one who went down in the challenge!
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 17:11:00

Dudu has been poor today!!
phreddy
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29/11/2009 17:14:00

Good start to the 2nd half
ajwb
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29/11/2009 17:16:00

Our crossing has been awful so far, glad Eduardo has been taken off as well.
bowiecokemirror
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29/11/2009 17:18:00

Where's our pen?!?!? Theo please run at Ferreira now.
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 17:34:00

Ashley Cole ...oh dear, oh dear.....
cockeril
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29/11/2009 17:34:00

Anelka looks good too;>O
cockeril
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29/11/2009 17:35:00

We can't cross, we can't shoot, this is so frustrating, we have no chance of scoring.
bowiecokemirror
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29/11/2009 17:36:00

Arsene whinge whinge whinge, where was Chavs Peno?
cockeril
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29/11/2009 17:37:00

lol am i lad im not watching but it could be worse I could be a spud...... to reach those hights only to come tumpling down again.
Armory
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29/11/2009 17:37:00

Who's this ref? Carlos Vela was clearly brought down.
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 17:40:00

The ref is the guy who was joking around with Terry, books Traore after one foul and refuses to book Joe Cole after repeated fouls.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 17:41:00

blaming the ref now hahahahhaa such bad losers!!
cockeril
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29/11/2009 17:44:00

One for the Charity of the Season indeed, this game.
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 17:45:00

We simply aren't good enough, for a home team we've had very few attempts on goal.
bowiecokemirror
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29/11/2009 17:46:00

Great strike from Drogba you have to say. But who organised the wall? Clearly a whole there. This hurts.
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 17:48:00

Played of the pitch in your own back yard oh dear oh dear...Tile is over girls.
cockeril
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29/11/2009 17:50:00

Our bad old habits are all back - defending lapses, bad luck, lack of a cutting edge despite the pretty passes. Chelsea are only accumulating points to drop some in Jan but it's looking like they're the team the beat. But I can't see our title credentials either.
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 17:51:00

Chelsea beat us hands down, we hv no hope for the Premiership. I do agree with all this buy buy buy as i think we could have played better. The forward line has been very poor. Mid field and defense fair.
phreddy
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29/11/2009 17:51:00

HOW WAS THAT DROG’S SECOND GOAL,BOYS……..UR LILY LIVERED FANS HAVE ALREADY LEFT THE STADIUM….VERY FICKLE FANS…….LOL
CHELSEAGEE
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29/11/2009 17:52:00

chelsea were by far the superior team today and they probably are.. defense was mean, attack was ruthless.. our defense porous and attack toothless.. we're in a fight foe 2nd place but no more.. with a favourable draw, we may go far in the cup competitions.. with some luck, we may win of em
McGooner
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29/11/2009 17:54:00

I told you we would have your place and we got it well finish higher come season end and might see you in Europe thats if you make it.
Uskok
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29/11/2009 17:55:00

Charity of the Seaon game indeed. Gutted.
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 17:56:00

vermalen scores again hes on fire lol hahahahahahahahahahahaha
jljyid
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29/11/2009 17:56:00

Nothing to do with bad luck or bad refereeing, we were outclassed. We had nothing upfront to hurt them, Eduardo was very poor. Arshavin and Nasri were not much better.
bowiecokemirror
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29/11/2009 17:56:00

"VERY FICKLE FANS…….LOL " - you're kidding right? A chav calling gooners fickle and laughing at us for leaving that stadium early? Hilarious!
jaelle
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29/11/2009 17:57:00

i cant wait to see you at the lane with a full strength squad you will get spanked
jljyid
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29/11/2009 17:58:00

GAME OVER,BOYS….U CAN PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT.HA…….HA…….HA….11 POINTS CLEAR OF THE ARSE KIDS…LOL
CHELSEAGEE
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29/11/2009 17:58:00

We're good enough for a Top 3 finish, but not good enough for the title. Let's see how Chelsea cope without 4 Africans in Jan. Interesting times ahead.
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 17:58:00

bowiecoke, of course we were outclassed - totally. This result does not surprise me in the slightest, I hoped for a draw and hoped we wouldn't be thrashed. I do not fear MUtd when we play against them but since Abramovich arrived, Wenger simply has had no answer to Chelsea - we only had luck against them last year when Drogba, Essien were not playing and they had a clueless manager. And we do not have an Iniesta to come up with a moment of magic. Really *****-poor performance from us, all the usual frailties came out today. I dread having to listen to Wenger's press conference.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 18:01:00

the english beating the french again im loving this
jljyid
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29/11/2009 18:03:00

I think we need Bendtner back asap, otherwise we lack any physical threat in our attack. No one to get on the end of crosses in the air. Although our crossing was rubbish, Sagna got into some good positions to put crosses in but they were pretty poor attempts.
bowiecokemirror
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29/11/2009 18:04:00

nice match,you guys just have to work on your finishing.i'm a chelsea fan and you guys held our midfield,but sincerely there was never any chance that you'd score.
alex6
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29/11/2009 18:04:00

I can live with the Chelsea fans gloating but Jaelle don't you find it funny when the little spuddies are the first to be here? Ignore the trolls please. They just won't stop no matter what you say. We were outclassed, outpowered, outmaneuvred. But like all derbies and top-of-table clashes, it could have taken an entirely complexion had the ref given AA's goal and Vela's pen claim. They're just ruthless and that much sharper in front of goal.
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 18:04:00

Hail Drogs the VERMINATOR!!! lol and there people were slating me for claiming Vermaleed's overhyped and not the great player everyone made him out to be. He clearly is'nt. And how does it feel to be foiled by Ashley, fellas? ;-) And cheers to Arshavin, whom I think is Blue in heart. He either never turns up or plays crap against us. Cheers! Enjoyed thrashing you, hope we make this a yearly affair. :-)
JT_daniel
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29/11/2009 18:05:00

I was also a bit surprised with the Theo substitution. Thought Arsene would send on Rosicky for Nasri/AA before that. Song's important in a physical battle although I do understand the pace and a bit of a fear factor that Theo could bring to the table. Can't believe I'm saying this: we missed Bendtner!
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 18:09:00

Hey, I find it funny the spuds are here too. Did'nt we trash them too? Did'nt you lot thrash them too? God, I think THEY're the vermin!
JT_daniel
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29/11/2009 18:10:00

He was terrible, your Russian that is. Walcott and Eduardo are shocking too, you looked so toothless without RvP. Thought you played Ok though, just not enough in the final 3rd. Nasri and Song were good suprised Nasri got subbed.
HuddersfieldYiddo
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29/11/2009 18:10:00

He was terrible, your Russian that is. Walcott and Eduardo are shocking too, you looked so toothless without RvP. Thought you played Ok though, just not enough in the final 3rd. Nasri and Song were good suprised Nasri got subbed.
HuddersfieldYiddo
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29/11/2009 18:10:00

GoonerLou chill out can you not take a bit over banter??? Bad bad losers or what. If you did not know we are your bitter rivals and even though there has been a big gap between us just take a glimpse to your right. Hahahahaha what excuses this season...too young?? bad refs?? shi t fans leaving early???
cockeril
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29/11/2009 18:10:00

Hahahahahahahahahha. You are the 2nd rate of English football with us. We know, we know... you beat us. But once again you have absolutely collapsed against a top team. You can't win the league, you're simply not good enough. OHHHHH and Eduardo is absolutely useless.
WhiteHartSpur
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29/11/2009 18:10:00

Lou, the spuddies are just pathetic little losers with a permanent loser mentality. As I keep saying, they are more interested in seeing Arsenal lose than their own team win. They're totally obsessed with us. They care more about Arsenal than they do their own team.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 18:11:00

Why did Arsene replace a defensive midfielder with a winger?! :-0?
JT_daniel
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29/11/2009 18:11:00

If we're losers why are we ahead of you?
WhiteHartSpur
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29/11/2009 18:12:00

Dont know whys thats posted twice. Im ok with it though.
HuddersfieldYiddo
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29/11/2009 18:13:00

I see your poll is still MOTM against us. Who was your man of the match against Sunderland?
WhiteHartSpur
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29/11/2009 18:14:00

I agree Jaelle, it's no surprise Chelsea have had the upper hand since they got Abramovich's money. It's perhaps a little naive for me to expect us to be able to compete with them. Nevertheless it's just frustrating to watch us play like this when we have so much posession and getting into good positions in the final third but then squandering it with a poor final ball. Also our reluctance to shoot from long range is perplexing when we have continously struggled to get in behind their defence.
bowiecokemirror
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29/11/2009 18:14:00

WHS, you're losers because -- unlike us -- you watch our results with total obsessive zeal and come running over to our blog asap to triumph -- a loss for us is a massive triumph for you. Whereas a loss for you means nothing to us.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 18:16:00

Hopeless, absolutely hopeless. So much possesion and we come away with nothing and 3 goals conceded. Tell me something though. Why the hell do we never close down to stop the crosses? Twice Sagna stood off Cashley and aloud him to cross the ball and twice they scored goals.
itsup4grabsnow
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29/11/2009 18:18:00

Yeah Lou, I'm relying on Bendtner to saver our season as well, desperate times perhaps :)
bowiecokemirror
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29/11/2009 18:18:00

Don`t talk wet Jaelle if we win we stay ahead of you and you don`t want that who you trying to kid!
cockeril
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29/11/2009 18:20:00

No JT you don't understand my question. My question was why replace an effective DM in a physical battle when we're so short on muscle with a winger (Theo) when other wingers/forwards weren't performing (AA/Edu) and when another winger/attacking player (Rosicky) could have provided more bite, experience and creative spark which we lacked.
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 18:21:00

itsup4grabs, at the start of the season I thought that problem had been addressed from last season (failure to close down opponents)- our players seemed finally to have learned that, like Barca, they have to constantly fight for the ball and pressure opponents when they don't have the ball. In recent games, however, some of our players look like they've forgotten all about that.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 18:21:00

believe me, cockeril, no gooner is concerned that you're top 4 material. You won't last in the top 4, it's hilarious to think that you will.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 18:22:00

Surprisingly im not surpised.
Sajit
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29/11/2009 18:23:00

A reminder cockeril: check out how many points separate us in the top 4. Yeah, really really scary gap there.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 18:23:00

Oh and Arsene should bench Arshavin. He's a total liability right now.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 18:25:00

I bet you were shi ting yourself on the last day of the season on Lasgnegate. I doubt we will get CL this season but we are getting closer and the way you guys are playing we will overtake you very soon just a matter of time. New stadium zero debt bigger fan base, proper fans that stay till the end. The thing is when are actualy going to win anything?
cockeril
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29/11/2009 18:26:00

There's no need to insult people cockeril. Your posts smell of inferiority complex. If I were you I'd be enjoying your result more than ours cos you just thrashed a team. You'll be well advised to go back to your DVD to stay sane. lol
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 18:26:00

I'm beginning to think Arsene might have been right in his initial assessment that Arshavin isn't physically strong enough for the premiership.
bowiecokemirror
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29/11/2009 18:27:00

cockeril, I've lost count how many times I've seen your fans start to leave early (at WHL and our ground) when it's clear we've beaten you. The TV cameras even replayed the sight of your fans leaving early at your ground 2 seasons ago. And I for one sincerely hope you do get a new stadium -- clubs historically struggle when they get a new stadium, many go down the table. And you don't have a sound business managing team like us. I'll love watching what happens to you.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 18:29:00

These spuds are deranged, no point trying to have a conversation with them. They have been humiliated by being inferior to us for so long that they have lost their marbles. I guess it's cruel to laugh at their comments so best to ignore them completely.
bowiecokemirror
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29/11/2009 18:30:00

"bigger fan base"???? I guess it's true, the spuds are the most deluded fans in all of football.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 18:31:00

I thought you did not care about us Jaelle..hahaha it`s all coming out now LMAO!! you are worried you know we know and Arsene knows.
cockeril
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29/11/2009 18:34:00

there there cockeril, I won't waste my time trying to burst your precious little bubble anymore, I'll leave you to it.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 18:36:00

I will leave you drown in your sorrows...That Ashley was great today :>O
cockeril
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29/11/2009 18:38:00

Agreed Jaelle, Arshavin has been total crap. Why is he so *****ed off about Russia not going to the WC? Yes it's gutting for him, but why is he being like this? He is being incredibly unproffesional and disrespectful to Wenger, his team mates and the fans by doing this and then not performing for us in games, we don't need to carry passengers.
itsup4grabsnow
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29/11/2009 18:39:00

Just one question and it has nothing to do with Arsenal. Why do Spud fans have such inferiority complex? I mean, ok we've wiped the floor with them for over a decade , but surely this is a bit too much!
Sajit
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29/11/2009 18:44:00

itsup4grabs, we really shouldn't be surprised. Arshavin has a reputation for being a****ly eccentric personality. And the Russian players are deeply patriotic, it's a very emotional commitment they have to the national team. Right now he's useless to us. I'm watching the big derby in Spain right now, good game to forget our loss to Chelsea. Except I can't get one thing out of my head: we have Stoke up next. Fortunately, it's a home game.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 18:46:00

can't believe this board censored the word p-r-i-c-k-l-y! sajit, the spuds on this board are the only thing putting a smile on my face, their obvious desperation to see us lose and inferiority complex is always a a great source of laughter.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 18:48:00

jaelle, I say its a bit unfair to blame Arshavin. Eduardo did squat. and so did rest of the team. I really do feel for Thomas , he played really well. Hopefully not another Senderos in the making.
Sajit
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29/11/2009 18:48:00

BTW, what troubles me about Chelsea at our home ground now is that, for awhile, they couldn't get a win, only draw after draw after draw. That's no longer true. We've totally conceded the fortress factor to them.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 18:51:00

Talk is cheap, its ok saying this and that and this team is ready, now is the time but the facts are this team, this squad CANNOT win the title. The lack of belief in our philosophy today was frightening it seemed nobody believed our style of play could overcome the Chelsea power play. Deep down Wenger must know that he's too clever a man to actually believe we were unlucky today, we got chewed up and spat out by a Chelsea team that didnt get out of 3rd gear. Mentally this is the weakest Arsenal team ive seen for a very long time and Certainly the weakest in the Wenger era.
iceman10
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29/11/2009 18:54:00

Arsene is far too intelligent to believe our loss is down to bad luck, he just doesn't want to criticise the team in public and damage their confidence any further.
bowiecokemirror
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29/11/2009 18:58:00

Hard luck guys,we were just better with our chances and our defense was simply superb.You missed RVP big time.Anyway,best of luck for rest of the season :)
blueKnightz09
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29/11/2009 19:03:00

jtdaniel what a**** read his comments hes a proper tool. jaelle better business model? whos the club in debt hmmmm
jljyid
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29/11/2009 19:06:00

jljyid, who's the club that pays millions of pounds for dozens and dozens of average players (and who then get sold off at bargain basement prices to lower table clubs?)
jaelle
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29/11/2009 19:21:00

As Arsene said earlier this week (about Chelsea, but the same point applies to Spuds or anyone trying to build a new stadium): "I want to see them show me a new stadium, pay £25 million back every season, and stay at the top. I want to see that. These clubs trying to get planning permission for new stadiums, it is basically because they want to sell the club not to move the club to a higher level."
GoonerLou
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29/11/2009 19:33:00

I guess us BRUTES won :-)
merlin
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29/11/2009 19:53:00

That was an awful but all too recurring experience it seems. This may sound extreme but today is the day I officially give up all hope of this Arsenal team ever winning anything and on Arsene's project. If anything, it seems we're regressing. Last season we were outclassed by Man U at home in the CL and now Chelsea twice. It's no use this team maturing every season by learning how to be nearly-rans. The worst thing is having the hope that you are capable of winning something. No longer for me.
Gooner_Vin
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29/11/2009 19:53:00

Vin, that's pretty much how I feel. I refuse to be taken in anymore by good runs that may last a few games. And I fully expect to lose more players.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 20:00:00

Err, didn't Arsenal sell their ground and deliver £25m profit into the backpockets of the shareholders without spending it on the team? Certainly looks like it. Wenger shouldn't cast aspersion on what other ckubs may or may not want to do when his own club is actually been doing it for the last couple of years! A plucky performance from the minnows today. After 3 goals, do we get to keep you now? Tough. We don't want you.
Squiddy
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29/11/2009 20:03:00

never booked vela for hes dive, an never gave a peno against sagna, dont blame ref or injuries thats old news, saw the game and well beatin at home,
123spurs
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29/11/2009 20:04:00

Thought you guys beat us in midfield by some margin, but at the two ends that matter most we were a class above. How do you like Ashley setting up 2 goals? Booed him all game, threw a camera at one of our players, and Arshavin is one slimy little ****, the number of times he went in 10 mins late..... you guys derved this. Loved Ashley's air-punch when he left..... take it bitches....
Saf 91
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29/11/2009 20:22:00

Not much left to say that hasn´t allready been said. Can we play you every week? LOL
Blue is the colour
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29/11/2009 20:24:00

Anelka was fouled in the box, Terry was fouled in the box, Drogba was onside..... lucky we didn't win by a bigger margin. Is it Vela's job to win a penalty? Seriously, everytime I see him come on in a game he's throwing himself down in the area within 5 minutes..... He's didn't even reach the box today and he was already on the floor. Don't replay with anything about Drogba, not when he spanks you this hard every time he plays against you.
Saf 91
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29/11/2009 20:25:00

I guess we liked Cashley setting up 2 goals about as much as you liked Gallas scoring the winner against you a couple of years back. You cant really complain about things being thrown at your players when for some reason you guys pelted Cesc with celery in a cup final and slimy players.....step forward John Obi Mikel what a cheat. You deserved your win though enjoy, but try and be a bit more balanced in your summing up ;)
iceman10
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29/11/2009 20:28:00

that would be us then when they find some form buy them back even cheaper jaelle thats good business. anyway hardlines LMFAO
jljyid
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29/11/2009 20:36:00

Must hurt seeing Spurs above you in the table. And what's that, 9-2 aggregate the last 3 times we've played you? With Van Persie out for the rest of the season you guys have a fight on your hands. Forget his goals, he's set up a hatful this season. Only person that has had a bigger contribution to his team's goals this season is Drogba. Scored or assisted in every game in every competition he's played in apart from the ManUre game. Although Wes Brown might argue with that. Best player in the country by a mile, and the only person I thought could snatch that away from him is crocked for 5 months! Tough luck. If Wenger doesn't buy a quality striker in January, you guys should be livid. I would be.
Saf 91
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29/11/2009 20:45:00

123, if you actually read all the comments, we've acknowledged we were well and truly beaten, no one here's blaming the ref -- that won't stop you from your selective reading of posts, tho.
jaelle
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29/11/2009 21:06:00

jaelle, you're an idiot. I have read your last few comments and you just sound so stupid. At the end of the day, you're possibly fractions better than us. Don't tell me the only thing cheering you up is our comments. You are clearly worried that as you keep declining, we keep getting stronger. Our squad can match yours. Our fans put your fans to shame. You're getting scared, I can smell it.
WhiteHartSpur
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29/11/2009 21:29:00

The only thing I can smell here is an inferiority complex. Jog on pal.
iceman10
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29/11/2009 22:15:00

jaelle, fans leavin early your on about CC cup semi final, it was 60 mintes an gunners fans left
123spurs
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29/11/2009 22:45:00

So whats your point 123? Your fans leave early aswell? Where are you going with this?
iceman10
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29/11/2009 22:49:00

Genuine comment - Eduardo is a Championship level striker.
WhiteHartSpur
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29/11/2009 23:26:00

Dunno what the F*@k that makes Robbie Keane then?
iceman10
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29/11/2009 23:34:00

for the first time we agree Iceman, and no doubt the last.
YidEdy
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29/11/2009 23:43:00

i think iceman is melting like there title challenge
123spurs
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30/11/2009 00:34:00

yid they are not kids anymore, more like mid 20's by now, hearin that for last few years, oh well let them believe, what ever keeps them happy an wenger in a job.
123spurs
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30/11/2009 00:37:00

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> We're good enough for a Top 3 finish, but not good enough for the title. Let's see how Chelsea cope without 4 Africans in Jan. Interesting times ahead. GoonerLou >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Correction: SPURS is good enough for a Top 3 finish ..... ar5ena1 is ONLY good enough for a Top 8 finish this season.
ivanskg
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30/11/2009 06:37:00

BTW, Chelsea can beat you arse-holes by sending out their girls team ............ Look at your manager, whingeing at the sidelines throughout the match ................. send him to Real.
ivanskg
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30/11/2009 06:41:00

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 123, if you actually read all the comments, we've acknowledged we were well and truly beaten, no one here's blaming the ref -- that won't stop you from your selective reading of posts, tho. jaelle >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The ref has done a favour for you arse-holes ....... a penalty should be awarded for the foul against Anelka in the box. So, it should be the Chelsea fans blaming the ref instead.
ivanskg
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30/11/2009 06:46:00

Why don't you give some of you kids a chance?......................................... I keep hearing how brilliant they all are, In a few years when all the kids come through etc ect..
guddy69
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30/11/2009 15:17:00

Poliziano,I DIDN'T KNOW GOONERS COULD BE SO OUT OF IT...GET OF UR MEDS,MATE...THE ONLY THINK THAT MATTER AT THE END OF THE GAME IS THE 3 POINTS...NOT SOME STUPID POSSESSION GAME..PASS..PASS...PASS..BOUNCE OF JOHN TERRY...THEN PLAY TO BACK TO "ALUMINIUM"...YOU GUYS SHOULD GET RID OF THAT ILLUSION ,OF LE ARSE BEAUTIFUL FOOTBALL...EXCEPT THE GAME IS A CHARITY GAME...THE ONLY BEAUTIFUL FOOTBALL IS THE EFFICIENT ONE THAT ENDS THE 3 POINTS...SIMPLES APPARENTLY,IT WAS A CHARITY GAME ANYWAY FOR U GUYS...SINCE LE ARSE ALL DONATED THEIR DAY'S SALARY TO CHARITY...WHICH IS A BENEVOLENT ACT BUT UR PLAYERS ENDED UP PLAYING LIKE THEY WERE FORCED TO CONTRIBUTE TO CHARITY...LOL...CRYING FOR THEIR DAY'S PAY THAT THEY SCORED AN OWN GOAL
CHELSEAGEE
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30/11/2009 20:28:00

itsup4grabsnow,I was responding to ur comment above...c my post
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