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Blackburn vs. Arsenal Line-ups

Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Nelsen, Samba, Givet, El-Hadji Diouf, Jones, Pedersen, Grella, Mame Diouf, Kalinic. Subs: Bunn, Olsson, Emerton, Dunn, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Chimbonda.

Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Clichy, Diaby, Song, Fabregas, Walcott, van Persie, Arshavin. Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, Vela, Wilshere, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)




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The Journalist

Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 28 2010

Time: 12:30PM

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I was expecting Chamakh to start. Would have been useful in the physical battle. Anyways it's by and large our best lineup out there on the pitch today. Btw Song's hair is just brilliant!!
Eboue=GOD
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28/08/2010 12:37:00

Yeah strange decision to not play our best aerial player (Chamakh).
iceman10
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28/08/2010 12:46:00

Oh *****!! That was close. Orcs went to sleep there...
True-Gooner-Blood
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28/08/2010 12:49:00

Manuel should have *****ted the spitting little ****....
True-Gooner-Blood
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28/08/2010 12:55:00

Good save Almunia
bowiecokemirror
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28/08/2010 12:55:00

Spurs away in the Carling Cup peeps!!!
True-Gooner-Blood
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28/08/2010 12:59:00

WALCOTTTT!!!
bowiecokemirror
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28/08/2010 13:05:00

Theo!! Theo!! Theo!! The boy is on fire!!
True-Gooner-Blood
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28/08/2010 13:05:00

what a finish, love the little guy (",)
bowiecokemirror
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28/08/2010 13:06:00

Koscielny should have done a lot better there
bowiecokemirror
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28/08/2010 13:12:00

Agreed. He got shrugged off too easily. These wayward passes are really concerning me. There have been too many in this match.
True-Gooner-Blood
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28/08/2010 13:15:00

Oh FFS!! RVP injured again by the looks of it...
True-Gooner-Blood
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28/08/2010 13:19:00

Van Persie, it looks like we'll never get a full season out of him. Let's hope it isn't anything long term with Bendtner out also at the moment.
bowiecokemirror
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28/08/2010 13:20:00

oh i do love these games! whats with the towel... and pederson is a cheat
dan_83
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28/08/2010 13:22:00

Pederson is clearly a Rory Delap wannabe with that bloody towel. There are too many gaps in our defence and I have a horrible feeling that it will come back to bite us in the ass in the 2nd half. That being said, we are also looking dangerous when going forward.
True-Gooner-Blood
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28/08/2010 13:37:00

Fluent goal. But Koscielny's slight figure was exposed again for the goal. I do worry for him. I wonder would he be able to cope with the likes of drogba/rooney etc?? Apart from that its been a fairly equal game. Should come out in the 2nd half and win it
Eboue=GOD
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28/08/2010 13:42:00

It was never going to be an easy game, hope we can sneak a win somehow. Chamakh seems to have slotted in well since coming on. Arshavin needs to do more and it might be worth bringing Rosicky on with half an hour to go.
bowiecokemirror
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28/08/2010 13:43:00

Might it be a good idea to play Squillaci in the more physical games perhaps? Kos is a good defender, just seems a bit lightweight though.
True-Gooner-Blood
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28/08/2010 13:54:00

Arshavin!!!!
True-Gooner-Blood
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28/08/2010 13:56:00

He really needed that goal. Was far too quiet this game. We need a third now. Bring on Ros just to try and push for the third.
True-Gooner-Blood
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28/08/2010 13:58:00

I think the only way Koscielny is going to get physically tougher is by playing in these kind of games. I'm not too worried about him, it's very early days, he'll keep on improving. Fabregas doesn't look very sharp yet, definitely lacking in match fitness. Good finish from Andre, just need to concentrate and not get sloppy now.
bowiecokemirror
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28/08/2010 13:59:00

Good win. Much better display in the 2nd half. 7 pts from 9. Excellent start.
True-Gooner-Blood
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28/08/2010 14:39:00

Fantastic performance, all the players worked extremely hard, well deserved win
bowiecokemirror
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28/08/2010 14:39:00

Walcott actually Burst The Net with his goal!!
Eboue=GOD
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28/08/2010 14:40:00

Well done on your win guys. You were clinical and deserved the win but I hope you are gracious enough to note that we gave you a good game. Good luck for the rest of the season.
Mikey Delap
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28/08/2010 14:43:00

After all the hype I thought Blackburn played a clean game, they used all the advantages they could including that irritating towel bollox (unused in other leagues only used in the 'best' league in the world?). Goal we conceded was poor, Koz will be blamed but watch Diaby in the build up and how easily Samba walks past him, shocking. We were a bit lethargic at times and lacked killer instinct but 3 points and the type of performance that will give others a few things to think about also well played Manuel Almunia.
iceman10
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28/08/2010 14:46:00

Almunia had a great game I agree, hopefully give him a bit more confidence. Theo was brilliant again, deserved MOTM. Wilshere looked quality when he came on, shame he couldn't score. Koscielny probably needs to work on his strength, but he had a good game apart from that one error.
bowiecokemirror
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28/08/2010 14:51:00

Thanks Mikey, you guys played well especially in the first half. Phil Jones looks like a tremendous player, was very impressed with him again.
bowiecokemirror
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28/08/2010 14:53:00

Both fullbacks had an excellent game. Sagna is without a doubt the best right back in England.
gunnerkid107
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28/08/2010 14:54:00

Since Arshavin scored after the ball came off Theo's bum, does it count as a assist ?
agaterocks
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28/08/2010 14:55:00

Make no mistake, this is a massive result early on in the season.
Sajit
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28/08/2010 14:57:00

No thanks Mikey, considering how unaccommodating you were on your board, you're not welcome to ours. Our class shown through, hoofball loses again. Playing your CB as a CF just so you could play more long balls? how sad
TPowell
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28/08/2010 14:57:00

By the way, what was with all the Blackburn diving in the box for that last 15 minutes? I thought we were supposed to be the 'soft' team.
TPowell
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28/08/2010 15:01:00

Sagna was my MOTM, the man was everywhere
G4L
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28/08/2010 15:02:00

I agree with TP F off Mikey, you guys behaved like a bunch of precks on your board and some of your support were wishing for your players to rough us up and intimidate us. You had the usual Arsenal obsessed spuds stirring it on there but you shouldn't have sunk that low just because they did.
gronedrone
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28/08/2010 15:14:00

Sorry guys but when you come on our board with the insults (and don't even think for a second you are innocent here) then what do you expect? No hard feelings lads.
Mikey Delap
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28/08/2010 15:17:00

On RVP, Wenger reckons that its a short term injury. Pheww!
gronedrone
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28/08/2010 15:21:00

Theo is on fire. Great goal. Arsenal must be spoilt for choice with all the offensive players on the bench and out injured.

It's great to get Liverpool away and Blackburn away out of the way this early in the season.

This might be the season.
Omogusii
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28/08/2010 15:22:00

I think Theo's goal has to be a contender for goal of the month. I absolutely love goals like that. RVP controlled an untrollable pass from Arshavin and played a genius ball into Walcott first time. At first I thought the best Theo could hope for was a good cross into the box or a shot from a tight angle but the boy is so quick that he could touch into a good position and fire expertly in the bottom far corner. The premier league must be crap if its top scorer is an attacking winger without a footballing brain.
gronedrone
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28/08/2010 15:43:00

It was so refreshing to see us deal with all of the long balls/throws comfortably. Kos played superbly apart from the goal.
Tom14
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28/08/2010 15:49:00

Wonder what scathing and completely unjustified criticism of Theo that *****er Alan Hansen will come up with later.
True-Gooner-Blood
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28/08/2010 15:50:00

Koz wont be the 1st centre back to exposed when pulled out wide, didnt do much else wrong. The goal was a defensive mess from a team point of view.
iceman10
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28/08/2010 15:51:00

Apparently Almunia threw the armband into the crowd and waved 'goodbye' at the end. Doesn't mean anything to me.
Tom14
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28/08/2010 15:52:00

iceman is right. Every defender will occasionally get beat in that area of the pitch.
Tom14
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28/08/2010 15:52:00

i think KOS may have been able to play the ball with his other foot,and knock it out for a throwin..instead of trying to win a race/battle
61 NEVER AGAIN
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28/08/2010 16:20:00

I remember Gallas being beaten in a similar fashion by Cahill last season, Koscielny will have learned a valuable lesson and I'm sure he will be better for it.
gronedrone
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28/08/2010 16:25:00

I think Kos had a decent game, nothing more nothing less. Apart from getting brushed aside by Diouf on the goal, he also surrendered possession numerous times when Blackburn pressed us high. I'm sure he will eventually be much better than he showed today - we need him to be much more composed when playing the ball out of the back - so we might to chalk this one up to him getting "acclimated"
Arsene_Wonder
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28/08/2010 16:37:00

*we might have to
Arsene_Wonder
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28/08/2010 16:38:00

As Keown was talking about how crap spurs were Wigan scored and the reaction on his face was priceless.
gronedrone
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28/08/2010 16:41:00

Just got back from Ewood Park. Well done lads for getting through a tough game, it's nice to get that one out of the way and collect the points. Almunia almost waved goodbye to us at the end. Any info ??
Cockney Rich
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28/08/2010 16:51:00

Rich -- Amunia waving goodbye is all that's going around the blogoshere, so your interpretation of it is probably better than ours... LOL @ spuds :P
TPowell
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28/08/2010 16:57:00

TPowell, I was applauding the boys as usual. I was more focused on Cesc and Chamakh really. It was my brother really who pointed it out to us. He chucked his armband into our section, and I have never seen him do that before. He did seem to linger at the end and his waving was a bit excessive. I know the whole team was celebrating the win and appreciating our support, but Almunia seemed to have something different on his mind. Spuds got booed off apparently. Lol !!!
Cockney Rich
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28/08/2010 17:04:00

Just a thought................you guy's think we will see any trolls tonight after the spuds loosing to the mighty Wigan?
Armory
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28/08/2010 17:14:00

Armory, THR shows up no matter what but other than that they'll be to be busy crying themselves to sleep.
gronedrone
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28/08/2010 17:17:00

it'll be "interesting" to hear what hansen says on MOTD about Walcott tonight...
dan_83
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28/08/2010 18:03:00

CR what was the score when your lot last played wigan 2 up with 10 min to go an lost 3-2 almost pricless, no doubt a result like we had will happen to you this season
123spurs
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28/08/2010 18:04:00

Arshavin was also really good today and I don't understand all the stick he's getting from the Arsenal supporters. He's been involved in a lot of goals recently and has scored twice. And another word on Theo, today he didn't look out of place technically and best of all physcically. A few seasons ago he was too easily muscles of the ball and he tends to tire after 60 minutes. Glad to see he wasn't intimidated and put in a really good shift for the whole of 90 mins.
gronedrone
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28/08/2010 18:06:00

I guess I was wrong about you 123spurs, you did show some consistency in your trolling. I take back everything I said.
gronedrone
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28/08/2010 18:14:00

fair enough guys no more stupid so called trolling etc, this is good network site for fans to chat about our clubs an fun banter, so im here in genuine peace. sorry for all the s h i t, enjoy the rest of the season
123spurs
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28/08/2010 18:50:00

123spurs sorry you are talking utter tripe there. This is a site with clup pages run by the fans of the clups and is supposed to be a forum were we can exchange views but I am sorry to say that not all site moderators will allow fair and robust exchange of views VS one of the culprits. I have more than once had my comments deleted there and let me tell you I NEVER use racist or other vice derogatory remarks about fans or players at the worst I call you spuds and that is hardly a reason to have your remarks deleted. It is simply when the VS is in full flow of whining and moaning that the fans there simply cannot take a little p* take.
Armory
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28/08/2010 18:59:00

Great win for the team today. Its a good omen to win at blackburn especially on a day when blackburn brought their A game to the table. No dirty tackles though and thats to be mentioned to their credit. I thought Fat Sam was surprisingly gracious in his post match comments and for once it looks like the baseball cap wearing cretin Pulis is our enemy no 1 among managers.
Deltaforce
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28/08/2010 19:01:00

Ahaha S**rs .. AHAHA Wigan? Wigan? WIGAN?!
MrE._Man
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28/08/2010 22:54:00

Why cant Almunia play like that every week? He did well. Who else thinks we wont see RVP until December? I have heard Wenger say 10 days before and he meant weeks.
Will-i-am10
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28/08/2010 23:58:00

A fair result guys - you deserved the win. Close though... whats Wenger going to do this week, he'll have nothing to moan to the media about!! And bloody hell Deltaforce - starring Chuck Norris - you gave us a compliment... I don't know what to say!
FreidelNo.1
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29/08/2010 09:53:00

I'd say his whinging paid off nicely. Before Theo's opener Pedersen took his long throw into the box and Almunia was impeded and took the ball out for a corner, if Foy hadn't of called a foul then it would of been your corner and not resulted in an Arsenal goal. Well done Arsene, who says only Mourinho and Fergie can play mind games.
Ozi Gooner
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29/08/2010 11:03:00

Freidel, I call it as I see it. My beef is not with your club, harmless as it is nor its fans. It is with your current manager.
Deltaforce
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29/08/2010 14:56:00

 

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