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Team News: Arsenal v. Chelsea

Arsenal Starting XI: Fabianski, Sagna, Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy, Wilshere, Song, Fabregas, Nasri, Walcott, Van Persie

Arsenal Bench: Szczesny, Diaby, Rosicky, Squillaci, Arshavin, Chamakh, Bendtner

Chelsea Starting XI: Cech, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Lampard, Malouda, Drogba, Kalou

Chelsea Bench: Turnbull, Bosingwa, Van Aanholt, Bruma, Kakuta, McEachran, Ramires

I hope everyone had a happy holidays, with a full stomach to prove it.

Come on Arsenal!




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The Journalist

Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 27 2010

Time: 7:13PM

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Fabianski was on the initial team sheet, but rumours are that he has injured himself in warm-up and Szczesny is starting.
gunnerkid107
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27/12/2010 19:19:00

Well he's gone for Djourou to partner Koscielny. A good choice I say. Elsewhere a start for RvP and Walcott also seems positive. Bring on those Bodge residing ****s
Eboue=GOD
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27/12/2010 19:19:00

That's according to the BBC. They could be wrong.
gunnerkid107
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27/12/2010 19:21:00

wot no Anelka?
merlin
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27/12/2010 19:22:00

Well Szczesny also missed it earlier. A blessing in disguise I say that Fabianski got injured. I was hoping to see more of Szczesny in the first team. Seems like I've got my wish
Eboue=GOD
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27/12/2010 19:22:00

Think it was mistake about Fabianski being injured,nobody else reporting it just yet
ajwb
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27/12/2010 19:25:00

Rvp will out score Drogba too!
ajwb
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27/12/2010 19:27:00

Anyway I'm hoping the Pole in goal will do a job for us
Eboue=GOD
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27/12/2010 19:30:00

Good luck. You'll need it, though for once, and for entirely selfish reasons, you winning will be a welcome thing.
DubaiSpur
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27/12/2010 19:36:00

seems Fabianski was given the teamsheet and dropped it. Szczesny plays.
killergoat
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27/12/2010 19:41:00

I agree ajwb. I believe that was a BBC screw up.
gunnerkid107
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27/12/2010 19:47:00

Anelka apparently has a knee injury.
gunnerkid107
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27/12/2010 19:49:00

Arshavin, Squillaci and Chamakh the notable absentees. Our team today is a good mobile side with movement and skill. Hope they justify their talent today.
Deltaforce
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27/12/2010 19:53:00

Deserved lead and what about the timing....just before HT.
Naijagunner
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27/12/2010 20:53:00

F*cking amazing first half performance. Best of the season, Kos and JD have been monsterous. Theo, whilst not being massively creative has worked his socks off. For the first time in a long time Chelsea have to come at us leaving them open. We'll either with this handsomely or lose 2 - 1
Rocky7
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27/12/2010 20:53:00

Theo.....can't wait for the lad to become more assured and deliberate in his decision making. I think he needs to be told to give Cole more problems and draw the fouls.
Naijagunner
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27/12/2010 20:55:00

Agree Rocky; I'll go for the handsome win though. Arshavin or Chamakh on, to give them something new to think about?
Naijagunner
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27/12/2010 20:57:00

Lets push on in the second half! We cannot....I repeat...we cannot take our foot off the gas and let the door open for them!
gunnerman76
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27/12/2010 20:57:00

come on the gunners.
johnney handsome
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27/12/2010 20:59:00

...but I can't think of who to take off in this team, now. Make no mistake, Chelsea will come at us and so, we need to be ready and able to make them pay.
Naijagunner
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27/12/2010 20:59:00

This is a great position for us to be in. We just need to play our possession game. Keep it simple and let them chase the game....There will be plenty of gaps for us to smash them on the break, which suits our game much better! FOCUS
gunnerman76
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27/12/2010 21:09:00

Come on you gooners!!!!
ajwb
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27/12/2010 21:11:00

3-0!!!! Theo!!
Naijagunner
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27/12/2010 21:11:00

Cesc!!!!!!!!! 2-0
Naijagunner
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27/12/2010 21:11:00

YEEEEEEEEES
ajwb
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27/12/2010 21:12:00

Cesc repays the initial compliment from Theo. What a game it is turning out to be?
Naijagunner
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27/12/2010 21:13:00

Drogba has been better defending today.
Naijagunner
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27/12/2010 21:13:00

Yes, come on Chelsea, same thing about to happen to you as it did against Spurs!!!
Tony Rocky Horror
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27/12/2010 21:17:00

Oooh! Nasri!! Of all the players to miss the chance for 4-1....
Naijagunner
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27/12/2010 21:30:00

Nervous
Sajit
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27/12/2010 21:30:00

Well, I'd rather leave RvP on and bring on Arshavin; but then, I am not the manager, am I?
Naijagunner
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27/12/2010 21:35:00

Im going to lock myself away for 15 minutes! (he says biting teeth)
gunnerman76
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27/12/2010 21:37:00

..Miss the threat Theo was providing out on our right flank. Now, their defense is more relaxed passing out of trouble.
Naijagunner
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27/12/2010 21:39:00

can I come out yet???
gunnerman76
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27/12/2010 21:55:00

Love it! :D finally we didnt bottle
ajwb
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27/12/2010 21:55:00

Well we've had to endure to weeks without the Gooners, I've been sick since Christmas eve but boy have the gunners made up for it!
Dberg
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27/12/2010 21:55:00

Wow. What a performance. I was critical two weeks ago, but I said the defence was good. Well the defence was good again today, and that is why we won.
gunnerkid107
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27/12/2010 21:58:00

Yes!!! Johan Djourou, Alex Song, Wilshere, Cesc and Samir Nasri take a bow they were absolutely awesome!!
Deltaforce
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27/12/2010 21:58:00

Bestest Xmas present for me this year!
Sajit
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27/12/2010 21:58:00

******** get in! Get the ***** in! whoop de whoop *****ing WHOO. At *****ing last! That has been a long time coming. A lot of Chelsea fans I know thought they were getting the 3 points easy today. I think there team did too. Job done, now on to the next game.
gunnerman76
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27/12/2010 21:59:00

Turns out we're a good side when our two best players are fit. Go figure.
TPowell
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27/12/2010 22:02:00

It would have been a travesty if we didn't win today. Can't remember the last time we so thoroughly dominated Chelsea. This will do the boys on our squad a world of good. We needed this win.
Arsene_Wonder
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27/12/2010 22:05:00

Chelsea are gash! They look like AC Milan did a few years ago - too old!
HuddersfieldYiddo
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27/12/2010 22:07:00

Take this win up your gazoo TRH.
Deltaforce
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27/12/2010 22:08:00

Song was awesome for us today. So were Djourou, Cesc, Jack and Theo. Indeed, the entire team did well today and held their nerve for this hoodoo-breaking victory today.
Naijagunner
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27/12/2010 22:12:00

If we can keep this up, not too many will fancy their chances coming to the Emirates.
Naijagunner
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27/12/2010 22:15:00

Jackie and Dimitri were brilliant in midfield. Chelsea ran into a brick wall whenever they encountered any of those two. Kind of a reversal of roles. It is usually us running into a barrage of blue and the tables were turned this time around
Eboue=GOD
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27/12/2010 22:16:00

Another element of our game today was a brilliant pressing game. Everyone knuckled down and put in a shift. We forced errors out of their midfielders time and time again and that was what was crucial to our 2nd and 3rd goals. Bloody Delighted!! Bring on Wigan and Man City
Eboue=GOD
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27/12/2010 22:19:00

 

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