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Team News: Arsenal v. Braga

Arsenal Starting XI: Almunia, Sagna, Koscileny, Squillaci, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Cesc, Nasri, Arshavin, Chamakh

Arsenal Bench: Fabianski, Rosicky, Vela, Denilson, Djourou, Eboue, Gibbs

Braga Starting XI: Philip, Albert, Moses, Paul, Michael, Simon, Alan, Hugh, Mathew, Algernon, Valentine




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Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 15 2010

Time: 7:04PM

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interesting that djourou is on the bench, considering he just played the full 90 yesterday
TPowell
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15/09/2010 19:26:00

Why is jack starting ahead of Rosicky? Wenger is trying to promote the "ENGLISH LAD" undeservingly
Arseniger
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15/09/2010 19:30:00

Rosicky is not being risked in a 2nd game in a week. I'd expect him back for the weekend. I'm glad that Wenger isn't going the Fergie route with the CL game, but I'm all for resting those who are carrying knocks and hope we come away from this without any more for the treatment table (and 3 points)
Bergkamp4Life
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15/09/2010 19:32:00

Play Wilshere and AW is criticised and not playing him gets him slated. What a lovely position to be in.
Deltaforce
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15/09/2010 19:41:00

i just hope we kill this game off early and get Cesc, Chamakh, and Arsh off early
TPowell
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15/09/2010 19:46:00

I'm buzzing! CL football is back!! :D
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 19:47:00

All those refs and they can't see a clear cut pen?
TPowell
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15/09/2010 19:51:00

Two stonewall peno's turned down. Ref is a *****er...
True-Gooner-Blood
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15/09/2010 19:53:00

And just as I say that we get one:-)
True-Gooner-Blood
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15/09/2010 19:54:00

haha, try that again later TGB, complain about a lack of pens
TPowell
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15/09/2010 19:55:00

It's funny that Barca refused to pay 40-50 Million for Fabregas thinking they'd get him next year anyway, Cesc is going to be priced at 100 million at this rate. There's no one as good in the world right now.
Rocky7
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15/09/2010 19:59:00

We could easily have made it 3-0 within the first 10 mins! We'll get there without the ref. Now please score more and kill the tie please please!
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 19:59:00

Indeed Rocky, and by next summer we can sell him to Real who can afford it without asking the banks for cash.
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 20:00:00

indeed lou, this match should be done and dusted already
TPowell
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15/09/2010 20:01:00

Oh shut the eff up! The commentators on my you-know-what online are annoying me no end! I just want to keep enjoying this great attacking game with lovely football without hearing the word 'Barcelona'. Eff off!!!
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 20:03:00

Well we are all over them. Hopefully we will get another just before half time.
True-Gooner-Blood
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15/09/2010 20:07:00

We should win this one fairly easily seeing as Braga have Carlton Banks of "Fresh Prince Of Bell Air" fame, in goal.
Rocky7
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15/09/2010 20:10:00

Wilshere is absolutely everywhere, having a great game. Arshavin has been a bit sloppy at times again.
bowiecokemirror
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15/09/2010 20:12:00

U reckon if Braga score, their goalie will do that silly Carlton dance to Tom Jones between his goalposts Rocky? :-)
True-Gooner-Blood
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15/09/2010 20:14:00

Yay, Arshavin made that shot look 'simples!!!'
True-Gooner-Blood
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15/09/2010 20:16:00

cesc = another goal and assist, I can't believe some gooners were insisting that we sell him
TPowell
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15/09/2010 20:17:00

He's 5 foot 4....!!! :D
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 20:17:00

Chamakh!!! What an ass kicking we are administering!! :-)
True-Gooner-Blood
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15/09/2010 20:19:00

Fabregas is worth his weight in Eboue's. Wait..I take that back. What an assist. Well done Arshavin.
Deltaforce
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15/09/2010 20:20:00

what a goal!! well done Jack and Chamakh!!!
TPowell
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15/09/2010 20:20:00

Brilliant move, brilliant finish, brilliant striker!
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 20:22:00

Lovely little set up by Arsh there...
True-Gooner-Blood
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15/09/2010 20:22:00

but Lou, what about Jacks back heel? ;-)
TPowell
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15/09/2010 20:23:00

Yeah yeah brilliant back-heel, brilliant assist, brilliant midfielder! Happy now? I am! :D
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 20:24:00

It'd be perfect if we cut out the occasional sloppy pass here and there. And guys, at this rate, free transfer of the season anyone? What a coup!
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 20:26:00

Arshavin has been the only let down so far, he's not done much useful apart from scoring that goal. If Diaby was playing like that he would have got slaughtered by the fans. Wilshere was the best player on the pitch in the first half for me.
bowiecokemirror
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15/09/2010 20:32:00

Say what you want about Adrian Chilles, but I reckon he's pretty funny. He claims that Cesc is about to be on the end of "some serious man love" from the ITV studios. lol
Rocky7
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15/09/2010 20:33:00

the sooner we can get some key players off and rested for the weekend, the better... about the sloppy passes lou, most of them came from Arsh, he's still not quite at his best
TPowell
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15/09/2010 20:34:00

I think Arshavin has done well. He's given away the ball a couple of times, but he's worked very hard, and been an intergral part of the group. Chamakh however has been my man of the match so far. I'm not sure I've ever seen a striker work quite as hard as he does. Awesome awesome performance.
Rocky7
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15/09/2010 20:35:00

Arsh has looked extremely lacklustre at times this season for sure.
True-Gooner-Blood
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15/09/2010 20:36:00

What do the officials on the goal line have in their hand?
gunnerkid107
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15/09/2010 20:37:00

As for Cesc, you can peg him down for an assist for his own penalty. He played the ball that won us the spot kick.
Rocky7
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15/09/2010 20:38:00

Also what is the point of those officials? On all of the penalty claims, I haven't seen him move a muscle.
gunnerkid107
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15/09/2010 20:39:00

Chamakh's goal: Wilshere was offside and the ball went throught the legs of the defender, we never get that rub of the green against Chelski. Vela, Denilson and Eboue on for Arshavin, Cesc and Chamakh.
gronedrone
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15/09/2010 20:42:00

Their knobs for the most part GK .... considering the two stonewallers they've missed.
Rocky7
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15/09/2010 20:43:00

I agree with Rocky. AA did well. Saw him track back a few times, supporting Clichy, something that he didn't always do before. Chamakh indeed so far so good Rocky. Like a more mature, composed version of Bendtner, or a skilful version of (the old, hard-working) Adebayor. He has the physical presence, the work rate, the finesse, the link-up play, the aerial threat. MotM in the 1st half for me too!
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 20:43:00

GK, I'm sure we have the same commentators, and as they said 'more humans mean more human error' -- tough to argue that
TPowell
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15/09/2010 20:44:00

I think we're having a competition with Chelsea to see who can win by the biggest margin, 4-0 in both games.
bowiecokemirror
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15/09/2010 20:57:00

Is it just me, I thought I saw someone like Defoe playing for Braga lol..
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 20:58:00

Bowie keep saying that - they just conceded one as you said that! ;)
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 21:00:00

This should be reviewed as Fabregas v Braga. He has turned them inside out tonight.
True-Gooner-Blood
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15/09/2010 21:01:00

The players on both teams seem to be slipping on the pitch much more than usual. And *****, now my stream goes out. So much for thinking paying for a official stream will get me better quality than the illegal ones.
gunnerkid107
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15/09/2010 21:01:00

Cech own goal by the sounds of it, Almunia is so much better than him ;)
bowiecokemirror
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15/09/2010 21:05:00

I like the little 'frog leap' warm-up move Eboue's doing on the sideline! :D
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 21:08:00

GK, is that how you're paying for FS Plus? didn't know that option was available
TPowell
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15/09/2010 21:10:00

It had to be a chip didn't it?
gronedrone
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15/09/2010 21:10:00

arsh has been much more precise this half, nice finish from Vela
TPowell
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15/09/2010 21:12:00

Lovely finish by Vela...
True-Gooner-Blood
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15/09/2010 21:12:00

Carlos has been the king of icing-on-the-cake goals so far!
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 21:24:00

TPowel, foxsoccer.tv is a really good alternative to FS+, which isn't offered in my area either. It has live high-quality streams of all the matches on both channels, as well as live streams of any match Fox has the rights to.
gunnerkid107
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15/09/2010 21:27:00

thanks GK, I'll have to check it out
TPowell
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15/09/2010 21:32:00

I take almost as much pleasure from seeing 2, 3 players tracking back after we lost the ball at this stage of the game - the players want a clean sheet, collectively too. Love this whole performance!
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 21:34:00

Glut of goals I see? Well done lads. Its either you lot or us for the CL this year, it's only fitting that one of us win it at London! Fabregas-Wilshire partnership seems to be great for you guys! Though I think Wilshire will be crowded out by the physical defenders in the Premier league.
JT_daniel
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15/09/2010 21:39:00

Bowie we're the kings of this matchday outscoring Chelsea, Farcelona and Valencia. :)
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 21:39:00

Great performance, even Arshavin looked a lot sharper in the second half. Wilshere and Fabregas ran the show. I don't think Wilshere will have any problems handling physical defenders, he's a lot stronger and tougher than he looks.
bowiecokemirror
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15/09/2010 21:44:00

How unselfish is Cesc, laying off to Carlos when he might have run on for his hat-trick? Loving Cesc. I KNEW this boy would NEVER let us, the club or himself down, while he pulls on the shirt in our colours.Well done Boss, well done indeed for your sheer stubbornness this summer! Well down team. THAT- spuds- is how it IS done :)
julieloveshenry4ever
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15/09/2010 21:44:00

1. I think Cesc may be a little *****ed at a certain group of ****alans for underrating his value. He has played as a man possessed the last two games. How many times did he lay the ball off today rather than selfishly (but understandably) going for his hattrick? 2. Chamakh's touch always looks a bit awkward but I'll be damned if he isn't the best free transfer of the year. 3. They weren't really tested much but the team did look committed to defending as a team today. I find that encouraging.
smithdj74
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15/09/2010 21:45:00

JT daniel, hows about an all London final between our respective clubs at Wembley? :-)
True-Gooner-Blood
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15/09/2010 21:47:00

JT -- there's no reason to think that a short yet strong player like Jack can't succeed in the PL, plenty of others have. Unless you're saying that this year in particular he could have trouble due to his age, which is fair enough
TPowell
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15/09/2010 21:47:00

I dunno about best free transfer Smith, I'm struggling to think of a transfer, free or paid better than Chamakh! Awesome player.
Rocky7
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15/09/2010 21:49:00

Well there was Milner - quite he bargain I hear...
smithdj74
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15/09/2010 21:53:00

In fact I can't criticise anyone today at all. Even the occasional stray passes are forgiveable lol.. I also want to mention that Almunia, Kos and Squil stayed alert despite our dominance. Almunia made a few good saves and contributed well to our valuable clean sheet.
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 21:57:00

And also that Italian bloke who went to City, Smithdj... er what's his name... :P
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 21:58:00

What a perfect European night - even this place is Spuds-free so far, brilliant!
GoonerLou
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15/09/2010 22:00:00

Almunia has looked solid for 99% of the season. He's already won brownie points by going nose to nose by that pr*ck Diouf.
Rocky7
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15/09/2010 22:01:00

excellent performance and result. but this will mean nothing if we dun get the three points on saturday. i hope the players dont get complacent and take sunderland seriously because they will definetly be a lot tougher than braga and than what many ppl think. we've struggled there for the past two seasons, i hope the manager and the players take note of that and come away with a win..
luckys_10
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15/09/2010 22:14:00

There will come a point this season where Almunia makes a mess of something, I just hope that when he does the fans will realize he is showing massive improvement over last year. So far I've seen the "awesome" Joe Hart and Cech make howlers but noone doubts their quality. If New Almunia can continue as he has then we shouldn't have too many problems.
smithdj74
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15/09/2010 22:17:00

By the way, it seems to be forgotten that Nasri played the entire 90 so soon after having surgery. He's an important part of our first team as he can play across the midfield.
TPowell
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15/09/2010 22:20:00

Agreed Smith, further to the point, Cech has had really bad errors the last two games that led to goals conceeded... unfortunately Chelski were too far up for them to matter.
TPowell
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15/09/2010 22:24:00

Don't forget Reina's flops for spain and liverpool. But Almunia's improvement is also due to the improvement in defense, I saw a stat somewhere saying we've conceded the fewest amount of shots on goal. Sunderland will be tough match and I think we're gonna need our shooting boots on because Sunderland are not going to give us many chances in that match and we will also have to defend like a team like we did tonight.
gronedrone
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15/09/2010 22:28:00

My eyes hurt, that was just football porn at it's sexiest! Everyone of them deserves a massive shout out, that was a fantastic team effort. Next up Sunderland, bring it on!
insider says
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15/09/2010 23:12:00

Excellent performance, worth getting up at 2.45am for :) Welldone it Wishere. Chamakh's work rate is awesome. Fabregas ...well i don't even need to say anything. The defence seemed determined not to let a goal in. And Vela, still has a few flaws to work out but his finishing is ultra-clinical. He's had 3 1-on-1 chances in the last 2 games and finished it every time.
FuiKaka
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16/09/2010 04:37:00

TPowell, that's exactly what I meant. He's a bit slight, so he might get crowded out by defenders. But he's very young, so I'm sure Wenger will be making him work on his build next. Loved that backheel! :) And T-G-B - Bring it on! Though that corrupt ba****d Platini would probably fix it to prevent another all English final.
JT_daniel
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16/09/2010 06:17:00

I would love to have a aresenal-chelsea final at wembley,but hold on to your horses lads,platini might not allow it :)
kishaloy_nag_blue
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16/09/2010 06:25:00

"Indeed Rocky, and by next summer we can sell him to Real who can afford it without asking the banks for cash." ~ Right Lou, Real don't ask for the cash, the banks just give it to them.
Ozi Gooner
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16/09/2010 07:03:00

Arsenal v Chelsea Final in London would be AWESOME! But as you guys say, it'll NEVER be allowed :( Platini is meh...
julieloveshenry4ever
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16/09/2010 07:05:00

Loved Cesc's interview after the match! Says he loves Arsenal, wasn't happy with the performance cause we took the foot off the pedal for like half a minute, and also because he didn't get his hattrick. But the best was when they asked him about Wilshere, and he said Wilshere is better than himself at that age!!!
afri-gooner
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16/09/2010 07:45:00

Arsenal v Chelsea? I'd be happy with that, so long as we get to knock out those Barca slags on the way.
insider says
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16/09/2010 08:03:00

I was thinking the same thing about Almunia last night, the big test isn't when he's doing well, it's how well he can recover from a big mistake. He's doing well though that's for sure.
Rocky7
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16/09/2010 09:03:00

Has anyone else noticed that Vela really looks to be a different animal this season? He's noticeably more aggresive, and looks stronger and faster. Almost as though Wenger has given him the belief that if he pushes himself, he'll become a regular. The guy's just an awesome finisher; if he gets his all-round game to improve, we'll have an amazing player on our hands. Times like last night is what makes you savour the Wenger Years!
Gooner_Vin
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16/09/2010 09:48:00

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Clichy, I thought he was fantastic. I lost count of the number of times he won the ball, and immediately started an attack. Never stopped running, and fast as hell! No better left back in the world when he's like this
afri-gooner
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16/09/2010 10:20:00

Wilshere is unbelievable. 18 years old and playing like that in the Champions League! He was everywhere yesterday...a tiger in defence and fox in attack. Truly world class.
Wyn Mills
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16/09/2010 10:33:00

 

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