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Team News: Birmingham v. Arsenal

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

Arsenal Bench: Szczesny, Rosicky, Denilson, Squillaci, Arshavin, Eboue, Bendtner

Birmingham Starting XI: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Gardner, Bowyer, Ferguson, Beausejour, Jerome

Birmingham Bench: Taylor, Jiranek, Hleb, Fahey, Derbyshire, Phillips, Zigic




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Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 1 2011

Time: 5:10PM

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Like the line-up (who wouldn't after the Chelsea game). Would prefer to see Szczesny in goal though. Come on Gunners!
Gooner_Vin
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01/01/2011 17:28:00

Like the lineup too. Chamakh rested?
GoonerLou
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01/01/2011 17:33:00

Hleb on the bench,bless him
ajwb
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01/01/2011 17:37:00

Hehehe that slight deflection makes it even sweeter! Robin needed a goal to get his confidence back. Nice strike!
GoonerLou
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01/01/2011 17:46:00

We need at least 2 more goals to be safe. Birmingham are closing us down very quickly as is but they wont last the pace with this high work rate.
Armory
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01/01/2011 18:04:00

Yet another *****ty club,championship at best.
ajwb
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01/01/2011 18:07:00

I'm very worried our failure to convert chances in front of goal might cost us later...
GoonerLou
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01/01/2011 18:11:00

It will cost us GunnerLou......... it always does.
Armory
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01/01/2011 18:18:00

You always get the sense we're going to rue those missed chances. I don't think the conditions/pitch are helping though, dare I say they're more suited to the type of percentage game that Birmingham play.
Gooner_Vin
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01/01/2011 18:21:00

Hehe I like how the boss chatted with bench warmer Hleb at half time.
GoonerLou
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01/01/2011 18:21:00

Not happy with RvP either his first touch is awful at the moment.
Armory
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01/01/2011 18:26:00

what were the fans on here slabbering about foreigners and diving by a wigan player.i hope you are brave enough now to come out and say the same about that diving foreigner van persie.not so mouthy now are you.
johnney handsome
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01/01/2011 18:30:00

you will also forget about the penalty for handball that brum should have had.
johnney handsome
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01/01/2011 18:31:00

What dive??? And penalty??? When??
Armory
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01/01/2011 18:35:00

Stop moaning handsome. We get legit penalties denied us all the time. Personally I don't believe Van Persie dived either, but keep whining away. The ref is on your side so who knows what might happen.
Wyn Mills
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01/01/2011 18:37:00

why u mad johnney
ajwb
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01/01/2011 18:40:00

Right whingers these pie lovers aren't they? Nice use of question marks Armory see Johnney they're not evil.
nikolaijns
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01/01/2011 18:41:00

no dive obviously all the experts are all wrong then.i take it you arent watching the match.the slow motion shows an oscar winning performance by persil for the free kick he scored from.
johnney handsome
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01/01/2011 18:43:00

Oh dear Jack.... composure boy, composure!
GoonerLou
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01/01/2011 18:44:00

***** this another chance goes begging.....we are so going to pay for those missed chances.
Armory
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01/01/2011 18:46:00

Phew! :D What a strike!!
GoonerLou
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01/01/2011 18:49:00

Coming on here when we're battling these dirty, tugging, stamping, mouth breathing scumbags and pulling us up over making sure the ref saw a foul lol. What a halfwit. Naaaaaaaaaassssssriiiiiiiiiii u feckin beauty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
nikolaijns
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01/01/2011 18:49:00

How easy :D
ajwb
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01/01/2011 18:49:00

My my Johnny did you see what Lee Bowyer did to Sagna? No? Well he stamped on Sagna deliberately. That Dirty foreigner.........Sagna that is. Poor Lee led into temptation by that dirty French frog, tut tut, hope he gets over it quickly. Lee that is.
Armory
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01/01/2011 18:51:00

Lol OG hahaha
Armory
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01/01/2011 18:56:00

ha ha get in, pick that out
nikolaijns
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01/01/2011 18:56:00

haha :$ back to the football league please
ajwb
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01/01/2011 18:57:00

Hahahaha well done Johnson, serves him right!! Fitting that it's Cesc who forced his OG hahhahaha...
GoonerLou
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01/01/2011 18:59:00

3-0 up where the frig are the subs? vp and cesc should be cosying up on the bloody bench as soon as that tw*t turned the 3rd into his own net
nikolaijns
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01/01/2011 18:59:00

Yeah Niko, some of the Gooners there were singing the Arshavin song earlier in second half so I thought he's warming up.
GoonerLou
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01/01/2011 19:01:00

It's to early niko wait til 89 minutes he'll sub them then.
Armory
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01/01/2011 19:02:00

Seriously tho, come on Arsene ffs! nas vp and cesc off - we know how malicious these McCleish led dogs are, we're asking for trouble.
nikolaijns
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01/01/2011 19:06:00

Soft centred brum
ajwb
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01/01/2011 19:07:00

***** and now my stream has gone
Armory
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01/01/2011 19:08:00

94912
ajwb
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01/01/2011 19:10:00

but he takes off walcott and wilshere...ok. Den & Arsh on for the benefit of Armory ;)
nikolaijns
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01/01/2011 19:10:00

we want 4, we want 4!!
nikolaijns
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01/01/2011 19:12:00

thanks niko keep it coming please
Armory
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01/01/2011 19:12:00

still pushing on mate, cruise control, Andrey had a good shot just hit across the ball but forced a save, seven mins left.
nikolaijns
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01/01/2011 19:15:00

Are we gonna keep our first clean sheet for two months? Am I asking too much? corners to the Arse, everyone up inc fabianski probably :)
nikolaijns
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01/01/2011 19:18:00

I don't want 4, I want 0 on the other end of the scoreline!
GoonerLou
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01/01/2011 19:20:00

RvP has again done his best in keeping the scoreline normal... Nice ball in and his weak header got saved. Now a Brum break sent the ball in through the middle, Fabi stayed alert to save.
GoonerLou
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01/01/2011 19:23:00

I like how all players ran back to crowd our area once we conceded a corner. They do care about the clean sheet.
GoonerLou
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01/01/2011 19:24:00

ooh awesome cross into VP whose header back across goal was just too soft. With wins for manure, citeh and the scum the pressure was really on us here today to keep apace and with our recent history of combustion here it's been a great showing. Whistle blown on a 4/5ths empty Julie Andrews.
nikolaijns
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01/01/2011 19:25:00

Birmingham=Thugs
gunnerkid107
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01/01/2011 19:28:00

Thanks for the updates guy's and 3 more points.
Armory
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01/01/2011 19:46:00

Johnny Handjob got himself a bit worked up I see?! Brum were quite clearly shot, no energy at all, This Arsenal 11 could easily go all the way. Djourou, Song (Holding) and RVP allow Cesc and Nasri to weave their magic whilst Jack and Theo put in a ton of work, seems the penny has dropped in regards off the ball work.
Iceman10
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01/01/2011 19:49:00

Creditable performance from the team today though they could have run up a cricket score with the kind of chances on offer. Thats 7 points out of a possible 9 in the last 3 games which is decent. The wigan game was dissapointing but the reaction to the result from many quarters was surprising - it was as if we had dropped out of the title race.
Deltaforce
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01/01/2011 19:50:00

Really like the balance of the team that started today. Great to have a fit RvP back. And having him, Cesc and Nasri playing in the same team is brill. Song and Wilshere working really well together. Great team performance again. To those that were criticising the rotation for the Wigan game, this is why. Had the same 11 played, we wouldn't have been as fresh and able to put in the work off the ball.
Gooner_Vin
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01/01/2011 19:51:00

McLeish says van Persie didn't dive but did have a handball in the box. Fair assessment.
gunnerkid107
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01/01/2011 19:54:00

3-0 at St. Andrew's is nothing short of fantastic! Woho!
ptv-
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01/01/2011 19:56:00

C'mon Vin there's rotation and then theres rotation 3 more of todays players playing 3 days ago and vice versa IMO wouldn'tve affected todays result but may well have had a bearing against the pie loving egg chasers. Still it's dusted now and we look ahead to mankini and the oil mercenaries.
nikolaijns
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01/01/2011 19:59:00

Wow McLeish talking sense shocker!
GoonerLou
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01/01/2011 20:00:00

So if we beat Wigan with the Chelsea 11 and draw here because of lack of energy what's the points difference GV? A little rotation is always necessary but 8 from your 1st 11?
Iceman10
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01/01/2011 20:05:00

I think if we ever have to miss Cesc as we did against Wigan then we HAVE to start our form player Sammy in MF pulling the strings, then rest Nas and start Rosicky today. Rotation is a tricky thing and starting essentially our b side isn't rotation it's just arrogance really, both wigan and brum are equally hard places esp when they're both fighting for league survival, both deserve equal respect but they didn't get it. All of us here knew when we saw that Wigan selection that we'd be fortunate to come away with more than a point.
nikolaijns
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01/01/2011 20:16:00

We had a nailed on penalty denied us in the Wigan game so I guess what goes round comes around. Would rather we'd got the decision at the DW and today's had been given though!
Wyn Mills
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01/01/2011 20:18:00

I think Wenger now knows his starting 9-10 players ala Goalkeeper, Sagna, Djourou, Kosielny, Clichy, Song, Cesc, Nasri, RVP with question marks on Wilshere Vs Denilson/ Diaby and Theo Vs Arshavin. With direct replacement of Scezceny, Eboue, Squillaci, XXXXXX, Gibbs, Denilson, Rosicky, ????, Chamack/Bendtner. We still have holes in the CB, and ALW.
Arseniger
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01/01/2011 21:06:00

Niko/Iceman - I take on board your points. These things are always easier with hindsight I guess. I still maintain we were in a winning position against Wigan and our draw there wasn't just down to rotation. My gripe at Wigan was us generally taking the foot off the pedal in the 2nd half there and Wenger not bringing on Nasri and Walcott earlier.
Gooner_Vin
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01/01/2011 21:11:00

Where Wilshere brings intelligence and skills, Denilson brings tenancity and workrate but both struggles with Heading the ball, losing the ball. I wish Diaby was what Wenger thot he would be ( a Viera type). Squillaci has been found out by PL players. Our strikers lack the directness of a real striker. RVP, Bendtner and Chamack brings different incomplete qualities.
Arseniger
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01/01/2011 21:12:00

Bowyer stamps on Sagna: http://arsenalist.com/video/?id=xgdc7m
gunnerkid107
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01/01/2011 21:17:00

I suppose given that it's a festive holiday we should be grateful the little ferret faced pr1ck aint out in a low rent burger chain pummeling someone of a non caucasian persuasion.
nikolaijns
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01/01/2011 21:32:00

mind you it's still early.
nikolaijns
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01/01/2011 21:33:00

Same old Birmingham....always thugging.
Wyn Mills
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01/01/2011 22:14:00

Why so much focus on the award of RVP's free kick in the media? I thought he was pulled off balance. Pity no-one has yet shown the incident from another angle but it seems to me the Birmingham player hooks his arm just to put him off. I think even Mcleish realises this when he watches the replay. Want to see a real dive? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HleeT_8FBrg
Wyn Mills
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01/01/2011 22:25:00

Niko, Bowyer is to aware of CCTV at burger joints nowadays, I reckon he will stay at home and order an Indian......
Iceman10
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01/01/2011 22:35:00

We didn't draw against Wigan because of rotation-there's too much talk about AW's 8 changes - tho I think 8 was too much. He's done that 3 times before and never won a game - lost twice and drew once (before Wigan on Wednesday). Maybe 5 changes might've been enuf. Why Theo didn't start is beyond me. We drew against Wigan because of crap, incompetent training and coaching our players get at set pieces (we've conceded half our goals this season from set pieces). We drew because we showed less urgency and intent than we did against Chelsea. It's staggering that a manager of the stature of AW at a club of our stature comes out with a comment that exposes his total failure to prioritize set piece training. His comment on the failure of anyone to take charge at set pieces exposed this-it's as if he thinks he has no responsibility to drill his players into communication, organization, having someone take charge at set pieces. Really unbelievable comment. It proves that our problems are NOT the players we have or don't have but the COACHING and TRAINING they're getting (or failing to get). As for today's game-superb result. Whether or not RVP "dived," I don't care. Teams that go out to kick and assault the way Bham did deserve every single possible dirty trick played against them. They deserve no respect, no sportsmanship whatsoever. We have absolutely nothing to apologize for for today's game.
jaelle
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01/01/2011 23:59:00

Actually my bad it was Barton not Bowyer in the boxing day burger bar brawl. Bowyers assault was a post nightclub related one. If curry is on the menu will Rooney bring the nan?
nikolaijns
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02/01/2011 00:01:00

If theres one thing we've learned as Arsenal fans it's that resting players rarely has the desired effect, we generally don't get a good result from the makeshift team sent in to do the job and not only that but the A team often subsequently turn in sub par performances in the game they're supposed to have been rested for, which was why today was such a nice surprise I guess. You say rotation wasn't the cause Jaelle but then go on to say 8 changes was too much and that 5 would've been adequate? I too think 5 changes would've been likely the optimum given the close proximity of the games to maintain some kinda continuity in the side but if 8 was too much then it must've had some bearing on why points were dropped otherwise why was it too much?
nikolaijns
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02/01/2011 00:20:00

Well done. look at you, all high up in the league!! Well, now we can treat you to a first hand view of our title romp!! ONE DAVID BECKHAM, THERE'S ONLY ONE DAVID BECKHAM....
Tony Rocky Horror
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02/01/2011 00:28:00

Don't be Tony Cocky Horror, run off and play with your geriatric golden balls. and Please please play the old tart against us.
nikolaijns
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02/01/2011 00:33:00

Golden********* has been training at London Colney for years now, so if he was hood enough, Arsene would have snapped him up. He's not.
gunnerkid107
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02/01/2011 00:38:00

If you do decide to play the old codger maybe we'll draft in Merson again for one game just to even things up. Sound fair?
nikolaijns
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02/01/2011 00:38:00

I'll be amazed if Bowyer isn't charged by video after those assaults on Bacary, particularly the stamp. That has to be a 3 match ban.
Wyn Mills
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02/01/2011 00:40:00

I can't wait to see golden tadger inflict his ruthless, sun drenched, spurting revenge on your wee Frenchies. After all, he's a Spurs lad at heart!!! As for Merson..the old **** would never pass the drugs test!!
Tony Rocky Horror
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02/01/2011 00:52:00

Poor bugger bit of a comedown from LA Galaxy tho eh?
nikolaijns
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02/01/2011 01:06:00

Still there's probably another ghost written autobiography in it. "From the Galaxy to Uranus" - with the by header "hollywood boulevard to Wipe Shart lane, a riches to rags story.
nikolaijns
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02/01/2011 01:13:00

I can see the film version now: Colin Farrell as Robbie the mallet Keane, Jack Black as Tom Huddlestone (he'd have to wear a fat suit obviously) Woody Allan as Daniel Levy, the penguin from Ice age as Aaron Lennon, a lump of post as Pavyluchenko, it's an oscar winner, apart from the fact that the judges panel have a history of bias against comedy.
nikolaijns
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02/01/2011 01:24:00

A man who supports ARSE nal might wanna go easy on the botty references. I can see it on the silver screen too: the return of England's favourite footballing son to play for England's finest team. Well, it's better than the 'Itchy Hemorrhoids Stadium Mystery'.
Tony Rocky Horror
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02/01/2011 01:38:00

LMFAO @ niko
Armory
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02/01/2011 01:41:00

The stat on set piece goals conceded is a bit misleading as it includes penalties and free kicks like Alex's at SB which I suppose you can train to try to stop but not with any great chance of success. It's true though they we do have a problem with defending at set pieces though it isn't quite as bad as some would believe. That isn't down to lack of training or competence as much as it is to the lack of familiarity between our central defenders. Even with Vermalen back it would be 4 players who had never played together before this season. They'll get better together but it won't be a strength of this side over this season.
Amos.
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02/01/2011 01:43:00

Tony Cox is Jermain Defoe (google him lol) River Phoenix is David Bentley (well both of their careers have come to a grinding halt) Kramer from Seinfeld is Heurelho Gomes, some trained chimp will play Bale, s'gonna be epic. A self funded because no studio will touch me any more Tom Cruise production.
nikolaijns
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02/01/2011 02:04:00

Was it just me or did everyone get ******** irritated by the camera at St Andrews?? I couldn't see clearly what happened at the other end of the pitch
Eboue=GOD
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02/01/2011 04:18:00

This is probably our best XI with the exception of Vermaelen for Koscelny. And yesterday's defence looked really solid. I wasn't worried that we might concede a goal even when we were 1-0 up. There was a sort of confidence in the team yesterday that they would not concede. And they did not disappoint.
Eboue=GOD
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02/01/2011 04:36:00

Amos I would like to look at the stats for set piece goals excluding penalties and free kicks that went directly into the goal. That would be a better indication of our defensive frailties at set pieces
Eboue=GOD
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02/01/2011 04:40:00

Alfie Moon to play Redknapp Niko? Brad Pitt to recreate Benjamin Button to play Luka Modric.
Iceman10
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02/01/2011 10:08:00

Brilliant Niko - LOL! I see delusional Tony disappeared...
Gooner_Vin
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02/01/2011 11:17:00

Another observation I had was how less vulnerable Clichy looked in this and the Chelsea game. Something to do with Arshavin being replaced by someone who is working hard to track back?
Gooner_Vin
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02/01/2011 11:29:00

G_V. Why not Andy Serkis to recreate Gollum to play Luka Modric LOL
Eboue=GOD
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02/01/2011 15:04:00

 

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