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Team News: Arsenal v. Man City

Arsenal Starting XI: Fabianski, Sagna, Campbell, Silvestre, Clichy, Rosicky, Song, Diaby, Walcott, Van Persie (capt), Nasri

Arsenal Bench: Mannone, Traore, Eboue, Eastmond, Eduardo, Walcott, Bendtner

City Starting XI: Shay Given, Vincent Kompany, Kolo Toure, Wayne Bridge, Pablo Zabaleta, Gareth Barry, Patrick Vieira, Nigel De Jong, Craig Bellamy, Adam Johnson, Carlos Tevez

City Bench: SWP, Richards, Adebayor, Santa Cruz, Ireland, Nielsen, Onuoha




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Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 24 2010

Time: 5:32PM

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I just want the season to be over. Today's not going to be pretty.
gunnerkid107
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24/04/2010 17:34:00

It's really weird seeing three invincibles out there... smart by mancini to not play power donkey. wouldn't be worth the distraction for them
TPowell
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24/04/2010 17:37:00

Mike Dean is officiating.
gronedrone
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24/04/2010 17:51:00

There is major difference in quality between Nasri's corners and RVP's.
gronedrone
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24/04/2010 18:08:00

Cmon, I'm rooting for you lot today. Was mighty *****ed when Citeh talked so much but flopped spectacularly against United.
JT_daniel
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24/04/2010 18:10:00

As usual, Dean does his best to screw over the arsenal. Vieira quite clearly kicks out at Song yet somehow not worthy of a yellow?
TPowell
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24/04/2010 18:17:00

What in the hell is Vieira doing kicking out at Arsenal players? Aside from that, how are the team performing so far?
julieloveshenry4ever
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24/04/2010 18:19:00

When hughes was in charge they beat us 4-2 and lost 4-3 to United now when Mancini is in charge 1-0 to United and this match is goal-less with very few chances. What nationality is Mancini again? He tried to get a 0-0 against United and is trying the same against us.
gronedrone
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24/04/2010 18:24:00

dronedrone, they have 3 holding midfielders in their squad. Do you honestly expect them to play with flair? Mancini is an idiot.
JT_daniel
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24/04/2010 18:28:00

Strike out the idiot- He's just a spoilsport. No way they're going to get to that 4th spot playing 3 CDMs.
JT_daniel
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24/04/2010 18:31:00

Mike Dean is an Arsenal hater.
Sajit
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24/04/2010 18:38:00

City could well go onto win the match but its extremely anti-football for a team trying to play CL football next season, they had zero chances in the first half, no shots on goal.
gronedrone
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24/04/2010 18:38:00

Mancini will wait for the last 20 to up tempo,bringing on Ade(bound to score) then hit on the break
ajwb
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24/04/2010 18:40:00

Why what happened?
julieloveshenry4ever
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24/04/2010 18:40:00

Well that was a fairly dull 1st half, lets hope the second is an improvement!
itsup4grabsnow
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24/04/2010 18:40:00

What's going on? What did Dean do?
julieloveshenry4ever
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24/04/2010 18:41:00

More to the point, what's Arsenal doing?
julieloveshenry4ever
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24/04/2010 18:43:00

BOOOOOOOO HISS
ajwb
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24/04/2010 18:43:00

Somehow Diaby has a yellow and Vieira does not? hilarious
TPowell
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24/04/2010 18:43:00

Will be a bittersweet win if we do win. Sweet in the sense that we have beaten Abu Dhabi but bitter in the sense of helping the scum from WHL. Adebarndoor looks so silly with those ridiculous pigtails and I see he has just come on. Come on RVP, go up to him and t**t him!!! You know you want to....
True-Gooner-Blood
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24/04/2010 18:43:00

He's 5ft fooooouuuuuuur
ajwb
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24/04/2010 18:46:00

julie, its not really about what arsenal are doing as much as its's about what city are not doing... trying to score. also, power donkey has come on for vieira
TPowell
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24/04/2010 18:46:00

I'm not hearing much about Arsenal here. Is there any GOOD news yet? :)
julieloveshenry4ever
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24/04/2010 18:46:00

hmmm, good news for julie: Adebuywhore looks like a ***** with his pigtails
TPowell
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24/04/2010 18:52:00

Jeepers. Is the team really that bad?
julieloveshenry4ever
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24/04/2010 18:54:00

Adebarndoor has really made a difference since coming on :-(. This tosser will score me thinks....
True-Gooner-Blood
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24/04/2010 18:57:00

Eboue for PM! Haha epic
ajwb
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24/04/2010 19:00:00

Got my vote ajwb, julie you out shopping again? get us a cornetto.
nikolaijns
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24/04/2010 19:01:00

Nevermind Citeh! Is there an Arsenal team on the pitch or are Citeh playing amongst themselves? Sheesh!
julieloveshenry4ever
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24/04/2010 19:02:00

Hahhaha love that banner 'Vote Eboue on May 6th' lol brilliant!
GoonerLou
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24/04/2010 19:03:00

I return in peace guys and gals, hope it's ok??. True-Gooner-Blood, I get what you're saying about bitter sweet BUT even though you winning would be a help to us, it would also be a help to you guys aswell surely?. NONE of us want Citeh to get 4th because IF they do they will become pretty much unstoppable.. Also I'm sure you wasn't too upset when we beat Chelski last week?. I obviously hope you guys get the result you want tonight. Not watching the game, how are you doing?
coopsieyid
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24/04/2010 19:03:00

Looks like Given has dislocated his shoulder.
gronedrone
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24/04/2010 19:04:00

What did Eboue do?
julieloveshenry4ever
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24/04/2010 19:04:00

Mike Dean is handing out yellow cards to us like they are going out of fashion. Looks like Given is going to have to go off after tipping Diaby's hot around the post. We should shoot more often at the new keeper - Nielsen.
Deltaforce
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24/04/2010 19:04:00

we're losing 5-0 coopsie
nikolaijns
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24/04/2010 19:04:00

*shot. I'd like to confirm that I dont find Diaby hot.
Deltaforce
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24/04/2010 19:05:00

I'd prefer Spurs to get 4th instead of City. City will be a bigger long term threat if they qualify for CL. Also Spurs play much better football than City.
bowiecokemirror
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24/04/2010 19:05:00

Diaby has a knack for getting players injured.
gronedrone
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24/04/2010 19:06:00

What is going on??! What do you mean we're LOSING??!!!!!
julieloveshenry4ever
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24/04/2010 19:06:00

Coopsie, I was delighted with you beating the chavs, that is until the debacle against Wigan last Sunday which finished off our title challenge. I think it will be a draw now which in the grand scheme of things, may not hurt you too much considering the result at OT earlier today.
True-Gooner-Blood
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24/04/2010 19:07:00

LMFAO@ nikolaijns... bowiecokemirror thanks fella (cracking name by the way)..
coopsieyid
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24/04/2010 19:07:00

Well, Mike Dean's crap, he's so obviosly pro-Citeh. And Shay Given looks to have dislocated his shoulder- That seems to have knocked the stuffing out of Citeh. 77 minutes of horrible football from Citeh. Play 7 defenders, let three forward roam all n their own and maybe grab a goal if your lucky. Arsenal definitely the better team in the last 10 minutes. Campbell's been really good so far..
JT_daniel
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24/04/2010 19:08:00

Sorry, totally unrelated, but did Evra puke in their match this evening? I heard a rumour from a friend, but not sure if it was true.
JT_daniel
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24/04/2010 19:09:00

Justin lee collins in goal for City
ajwb
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24/04/2010 19:11:00

Oh my god! Citeh got a yellow! the world is coming to an end!
TPowell
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24/04/2010 19:11:00

TGB, I was (no offence here) absolutely disgusted when I got home and heard your result against Wigan last weekend. What is going wrong at Arsenal lately? Also, and don't shoot me down for this BUT did any of you see the item on SkySports News this morning where they were showing the back pages of the papers and the back of one had an article about how Bendtner reckons he's one of the best strikers in the world??. Sorry but that is funny right??
coopsieyid
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24/04/2010 19:11:00

Yeah both Evra and Nani threw up during the match.
bowiecokemirror
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24/04/2010 19:12:00

does it look to anyone else that RVP is developing grey hairs?
TPowell
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24/04/2010 19:16:00

NB52 has always had a big ego and thought that he is better than he actually is. I wouldnt take what he says seriously. He is on form recently but he is still far from being world class, thats for sure. Believe me, I was absolutely fuming with rage after Wigan's comeback. Its simple, what went wrong was the absence of a decent defence when TV and Gallas got injured and having a crap goalie didnt help our cause either. I think major complacency also let us down bigh time, assuming we had the game in the bag against lowly Wigan...
True-Gooner-Blood
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24/04/2010 19:16:00

Well yeah TP TWO yellows for City, shocker!
GoonerLou
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24/04/2010 19:17:00

B52 said he CAN be the best.What's wrong with that? He's slowly getting there
ajwb
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24/04/2010 19:18:00

Yes very slowly (",)
bowiecokemirror
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24/04/2010 19:19:00

I would think that anyone supporting or in any way remotely connected with AFC would've gained some grey hairs this past week or two, TP. Harumph!
julieloveshenry4ever
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24/04/2010 19:19:00

Yeah TPowell I noticed that too. RvP looks the part of the senior pro now.
Deltaforce
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24/04/2010 19:20:00

8 mins added. 97th min Ade scores?
ajwb
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24/04/2010 19:22:00

I think Shay Given might have dislocated his shoulder.. Big blow for City. Neilson isn't good enough.
JT_daniel
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24/04/2010 19:24:00

97th Nicky B scores!
julieloveshenry4ever
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24/04/2010 19:25:00

The thing is TGB, who is available for you to address the problems you've got?. Chamakh seems to be almost certain to go to you but what ballwinning tough ba***rd is available to go in midfield and what keeper or defenders could you get?. ajwb, from what I saw, Bendtner said "I am one of the best strikers in the world and I'll prove it".. I wasn't slagging the fella down, he's scored some bloody important goals for you BUT one of best in the world??
coopsieyid
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24/04/2010 19:25:00

Sorry guys. Have they said anymore about Given? Is he broken and out for the rest of the season?. That would be a real shame for Citeh and their top 4 aspirations! ;-)
coopsieyid
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24/04/2010 19:28:00

FT 0-0. Well that wasnt the most aestheically pleasing game, but ill take a point.
True-Gooner-Blood
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24/04/2010 19:29:00

and that's what it looks like when one team goes for a win and the other does not. we were the better team today by some way in my opinion
TPowell
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24/04/2010 19:29:00

RvP we ******** love ya! What a sweet tackle on Ade
Sajit
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24/04/2010 19:29:00

Nikky's got the belief then!..he'll prove himself right
ajwb
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24/04/2010 19:30:00

Coopsie, ideally I want Hugo Lloris, Jerome Boateng, Metzelder and Chamakh lol but lets see what Wenger does. I have heard rumours about Melo of Juventus but I am not convinced, maybe take him on loan see how he does. Could turn out to the be the ball winning ba***rd we need lol!!
True-Gooner-Blood
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24/04/2010 19:32:00

We played pretty well. No serious complaints.
Sajit
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24/04/2010 19:35:00

What about Van Der Vaart?. Rumours are that Liverpool are trying to sign him BUT if you're a player of his quality and you're given a choice between the bindippers or arsenal, who are you likely to choose?. That boy can play some football..
coopsieyid
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24/04/2010 19:36:00

Ah well, I'm happy with a point considering the circumstances. Hopefully, we get a couple back next week to finish off with two wins. And I can't believe I'm saying this but I hope spuds and not citeh gets 4th.
julieloveshenry4ever
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24/04/2010 19:36:00

good girl julieloveshenry4ever ;-).. It makes sense though doesn't it?
coopsieyid
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24/04/2010 19:37:00

I rather have Liverpool at 4th , Julie.
Sajit
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24/04/2010 19:42:00

For the sake of the premier league sack Mancini! This isn't Italy and I ******** hate these kinda games. I just wish we had more match-winners like Fabregas and Arshavin available to punish this bull*****. I'm happy with our performance but Mancini is a ******** ****. They had two shots on goal for the whole game and were wasting time 5 minutes into the game. I already hated Man City for they have become but this is taking my hatred for them to another level. If we had won this match I would be celebrating it as if we had won the title ,thats how much I hate Mancini and his club.
gronedrone
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24/04/2010 19:42:00

After the last 3 defeats! I'm quite Happy with a 0v0, but I listened to the game on ATVO, and it seems like City came for a point. We are almost assured to finish 3rd, which is actually quite Disappointing! After the way we battled back after losing to both Manure, and Chelski! Well let's hope with can win our last 2 games, and RvP can get some goals!
hackneyval
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24/04/2010 19:42:00

Result just in from the Emirates: Arsenal 65, 000 passes completed without a shot, City 45, 000. Pass me the valium.
Tony Rocky Horror
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24/04/2010 19:48:00

I dont think Van Der Vaart will leave Real now unfortunately Coopsie. They seem to have woken up and realised that he is useful after he was underapreciated for so long and that he does bring a lot to the table and unless they sign someone else in his position, I do not see him leaving....
True-Gooner-Blood
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24/04/2010 19:49:00

I have just noticed that Villa could be level with Spurs tomorrow if they beat Brum. Interesting!!
True-Gooner-Blood
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24/04/2010 19:51:00

Villa still have to play Citeh TGB and they'll have played a game more after tomorrow wont they??
coopsieyid
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24/04/2010 19:53:00

Come on Villa!!!!! That's the ideal outcome, everybodys happy.
nikolaijns
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24/04/2010 19:55:00

True Coopsie but dont forget you have to play Citeh too, away no less. Alls im saying is that it is interesting and Villa do still have a chance yet, although TBH I think whoever wins between you and Citeh will likely get it. But from a neutral standpoint, I would like to see Villa in the mix up until the last...
True-Gooner-Blood
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24/04/2010 20:01:00

After the last 2 games, perhaps a draw ain't all that bad; besides, City didn't come to play for a win, which was surprising. Can't wait for the season to end, really. With a more open game, we were more likey to get the opening for the win. It is looking more like Spurs now, for 4th, unless they capitulate, big time (not very likely); Villa has a lower GD and Spurs will have that match in hand over them, while City probably fancy their chances in the next 3 games. Now, we are out of the race, who would we rather are champions, between Manu & Chelsea?
Naijagunner
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24/04/2010 20:06:00

Jeez lesser of two evils isnt it? Like being forced to choose at gunpoint. I am gonna take a leaf out of AW's book and say I dont care!! Lol
True-Gooner-Blood
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24/04/2010 20:08:00

TGB i can understand you all wanting Villa to get it, but have you seen them play? Mind numbing dross.
Tony Rocky Horror
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24/04/2010 20:09:00

Naijagunner, though it sickens me to the core to say it - the mancs. All said and done they are run with the money generated by them and not on a subsidy by an Oligarch. Manure is a proper football club in that respect. The fact that they have many referees in their pocket is a topic of massive resentment though.
Deltaforce
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24/04/2010 20:12:00

I dont know there are worse teams to watch than Villa. Fair play if Spurs get it though although it will be strange seeing u lot in the C/L.
True-Gooner-Blood
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24/04/2010 20:12:00

A 19th title for the Mancs??? Ugh!!
True-Gooner-Blood
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24/04/2010 20:13:00

Well that was pretty awful. Fair play to Sol, Egghead and Flappy for keeping out power Donkey (lovin that new nickname!) and co. What the feck was wrong with Toure today? just kept moaning at Manchesters favourite ref to get our players booked. Good to see Paddy aint lost his edge even using that zimmerframe he appeared to be using on the pitch :)
iceman10
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24/04/2010 20:14:00

TGB good to see a new face whatever the outcome. This season has been the best thing that's happened to the league in years. Thank god this top four thing( same clubs every year) is coming to an end. It was getting painful to watch.
Tony Rocky Horror
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24/04/2010 20:18:00

Agreed, I guess. Liverpool just plain dont deserve it this year. If they did that's a different matter but I suppose seeing the monopoly of the top four being broken is interesting. So long as it isnt us falling out of the top four of course!!
True-Gooner-Blood
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24/04/2010 20:21:00

love the way Adebayor was trying to cosy up to the Arsenal players all afternoon and they were just like "feck off you weird tosser".
Tony Rocky Horror
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24/04/2010 20:22:00

Well, I thought I should throw the matter at you guys as I find it hard to choose; "two evils" is calling it correctly. I started out preferring the title to end up in London (hoping it would be in the North of London-Arsenal, of course) just because Man U will now have the record for most titles won and I didn't think anyone needed that. But now, I will have to sleep on it....... or better still, tow TGB's line. Yeah! That's better.
Naijagunner
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24/04/2010 20:23:00

Adebayor is a real nutjob, he spent the whole game laughing and joking on the bench, then laughing and joking on the pitch, he laughed and joked in the tunnel before the game and laughed and joked after the game, he so desperately wants to be liked it's painful. I guess it's his defence mechanism when confronted with anyone who doesn't toe the power donkey line of unadulterated adulation, he just seemed way too intent on damage limitation than helping his team win.
nikolaijns
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24/04/2010 20:47:00

TRH -- it really did seem like that, didn't it? I couldn't be happier with the name 'power donkey' by the way.
TPowell
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24/04/2010 20:58:00

On this afternoon's evidence, the butter has clearly slipped off Adebayor's noodle. A very strange performance to put it mildly.
Tony Rocky Horror
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24/04/2010 21:08:00

I'm glad I sit far enough away to not have seen the world gurning champion in overdrive the raggy doll looking c*@t.
iceman10
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24/04/2010 21:15:00

Sat there watching the Gooners, hoping you would win (brain wouldn't accept it at first) but even i ended up screaming SHOOT, SHOOT, PLEASE SHOOT!!!!!!! in the end.
Tony Rocky Horror
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24/04/2010 21:31:00

You're sounding more like a gooner with every passing day Tony :0
nikolaijns
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24/04/2010 21:42:00

LOL, no, but you can't get a word in edgeways on VS. 400 plus posts today alone. Same old moaning and grumbling.
Tony Rocky Horror
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24/04/2010 21:49:00

Even when Given went off we refused to take any speculative crack at the lad from the Faroes and hope for a follow up. The free scoring start of the season from all positions seems a lifetime ago now.
nikolaijns
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24/04/2010 21:55:00

It's strange, it's almost as if Wenger is conducting some kind of aesthetic experiment; as if, as time's past, he's gone a bit doolaly. I only say this not as a dig (because we were predictably pathetic today) but because i haven't really watched Arsenal with any real intent until today, but it was remarkable just how unalike they are in terms of their approach to almost any other team i've seen. I dunno, maybe there's glory to be had in sticking to your principles or whatever, not sure where i'm really going with this post.
Tony Rocky Horror
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24/04/2010 22:15:00

What cracks me up is the way the Arsenal players will continue to pass, pass and pass again, even as the gaps become ever the more tiny and intricate. They continue to attempt to thread the ball through a slalem of bodies NO MATTER WHAT!!! It's like they've become automated machines that have been programmed to pass. That's how it came across to me as an outsider anyway.
Tony Rocky Horror
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24/04/2010 22:28:00

do not disturb shhhhhhhhhhhh goonners playing please be quiet.
Uskok
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24/04/2010 23:07:00

We'll definitely have a one minutes silence for that tragic abortive attempt at humour Suckcok. Call national geographic, we've unearthed a quarterwit.
nikolaijns
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24/04/2010 23:26:00

I agree with nikolaijns, they should have at least tested the city reserve goalie. Never know, he may have been worse than Flappyhandski. Actually probably not. Find it laughable that City have so much money and didnt even have a decent back up goalie on their bench....
True-Gooner-Blood
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25/04/2010 01:55:00

Maybe there's a World-wide Shortage of Good Goalkeepers! As We have not found one since Seaman, but surely We Must spend big, and get one!
hackneyval
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25/04/2010 06:40:00

 

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