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Team News: Leeds v. Arsenal

Arsenal XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Denilson, Nasri, Bendtner, Chamakh, Arshavin

Arsenal Bench: Shea, Walcott, Fabregas, van Persie, Wilshere, Clichy, Eboue

Leeds XI: Schmeichel, Connolly, Obrien, Bruce, Parker, Snodgrass, Gradel, Johnson, Howson, Watt, Paynter

Leeds Bench: Collins, Sam, Higgs, Hughes, Bromby, Somma, McCormack

Referee: Mike Dean




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The Journalist

Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 19 2011

Time: 7:19PM

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ajwb
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19/01/2011 19:27:00

Hi
gunnerkid107
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19/01/2011 19:32:00

Er both Deni and Song... Hope one of them will help Nasri out with the creative work. COME ON YOU GUNNERS!!
GoonerLou
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19/01/2011 20:00:00

4-1 to Arsenal
ajwb
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19/01/2011 20:01:00

Elland road is no easy place to go to on such a day; however, we need to contain them in the early stanzas then just score first.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 20:06:00

Goaaaalll!! captain's stuff.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 20:07:00

Goaaaalll!! captain's stuff.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 20:07:00

A proper Arsenal goal indeed! :D
GoonerLou
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19/01/2011 20:16:00

We need a second; there's no way we can sustain this blistering pace.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 20:23:00

Ah how could Nick not connect with that great low cross from Sagna...??
GoonerLou
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19/01/2011 20:30:00

Saaaagnaaaa! What a strike!!
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 20:36:00

Whoa so happy for Bacary!! Great strike indeed!!
GoonerLou
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19/01/2011 20:38:00

We have completely bossed this game. Pure gulf in class and quality on display. We have to keep this up and a clean sheet, please.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 20:38:00

Spoke too soon. A strike to equal Sagna's. And listen to the commentators eulogise the strike; always looking for the upset.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 20:39:00

Thought there was definite foul on Arshavin before Leeds' excellent goal
gunnerkid107
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19/01/2011 20:45:00

We should have been 5-0 up before Leeds even had a shot on goal. Its been that one-sided. Good movement and pressing. It'll be a travesty if we lose this game.
Wyn Mills
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19/01/2011 20:50:00

Great to see the half-time camera pan to Bacary Sagna for a change. :)
GoonerLou
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19/01/2011 20:50:00

Everyone playing well, with the exception of B52. What Wenger sees in Nick I really don't understand.
Wyn Mills
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19/01/2011 20:52:00

Sagna's 3 game suspension has made him so fresh and rearing to go; he obviously missed playing. He absolutely went off like a racehorse out of the traps, involved in everything from the right. Leeds will still feel they have a chance as we failed to take our opportunities. Arsenal should be at least 4 goals up by now, when you consider the Arshavin and Bendtner misses; and the saved Chamakh header.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 20:53:00

At least Nick is trying to be fair. He's just looking clumsy and still a bit rusty. Wenger's playing him to get him back in form I suppose.
GoonerLou
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19/01/2011 20:54:00

Should be 1-4 I cant fault them for the Leeds goal it was an absalut cracker. AA is gone AWOL again and for the love of me I just cant understand the manager playing him in the form he is in now. It's like he is sending the team out with a handicap each time AA plays.
Armory
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19/01/2011 20:54:00

Lol wyn I actually thing nicky is playing well considered that he is playing as a winger which he sure is not.
Armory
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19/01/2011 20:56:00

*think
Armory
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19/01/2011 20:58:00

Yeah, I can't be too critical. Its been a great collective team performance. Nasri has just marshalled it in midfield and Song looks imperious.
Wyn Mills
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19/01/2011 21:00:00

Armory, they would have rolled over by now, had we taken our chances and shouldn't have gotten that chance for the cracker.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 21:00:00

Contrast Nasri racing about 40 yards into defence, to retrieve the ball, with Arshavin's uninterested attitude. What was he doing heading back to his keeper, without warning or a shout? He has to wake up.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 21:02:00

....Hopefully, we don't need to call on the calvary on the bench.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 21:03:00

Naija not arguing that, as for their goal, well its one of those that are unstoppable for the keeper.
Armory
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19/01/2011 21:04:00

Well at least he brought the cavalry and we may still need it. I like when he does that, leaves a trump card on the bench which he can play if needed.
Armory
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19/01/2011 21:05:00

Don't blame Bendtner. It's not his fault he's playing wide. I can't fault Arshavin either. The effort is there and effort is all I really ask.
gunnerkid107
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19/01/2011 21:15:00

Yeah I can see the effort there. But just what was AA thinking hitting that ball high, wide and not too handsome crossing Elland Road to outer space..? :D
GoonerLou
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19/01/2011 21:21:00

Chamakh wanted to play on it seemed, he had a good game and created chances. Just wonder if the reason why he came off before Bendtner was just that Bendtner needs more time on the pitch to get back fit...?
GoonerLou
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19/01/2011 21:31:00

Sagna is a beast! :D
GoonerLou
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19/01/2011 21:33:00

Great header!! RvP delivers!!! And good cross, too, NB52.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 21:35:00

Great cross from Nicky B! Great jump, great header from RvP! That cross was Sagna-esque!! :D
GoonerLou
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19/01/2011 21:37:00

No way was Gibbs offside.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 21:37:00

Now, we just have to take it easy, save energy and keep control. It is game over, for me unless of course, we score again.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 21:40:00

I think you're right Naija, thought the ref flew offside wrongly for Nick but Gibbs was okay.
GoonerLou
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19/01/2011 21:41:00

Great performance by everyone don't you think? :)
GoonerLou
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19/01/2011 21:55:00

Yep! Agree. Most importantly, it was a controlled performance, save for some good spells for Leeds.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 21:59:00

Well done Arsenal! Had everything tonight that they didn't show against Ipswich. Really impressed by Djourou and Song and I think the longer Szczesny stays in goal the better.
gunnerpig
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19/01/2011 21:59:00

Huddersfield Town in 4th round back at home, sandwiched between the home games against Ipswich and Everton. Can't wait!
GoonerLou
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19/01/2011 22:00:00

Nice touch too, to allow our top men a run out. Always helps to keep fit and remain match ready.
Naijagunner
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19/01/2011 22:02:00

Overall a good game some players still rusty and can't understand why AA keeps starting. Bring him on when we are cruising and the boy's can set him up for a goal to boost his confidence.
Armory
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19/01/2011 22:17:00

Everyone put in a shift can't really ask for more. Sagna was awesome, Nasri was sublime. Shame we ruined Adrian Chiles evening but there you go, at least he has that Leeds goal to shuff over next to the newspaper clippings of Lampards Mrs.
Iceman10
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19/01/2011 22:26:00

"Adrian Chiles . . . . . . . . . . . . .the human Toby jug." - Stewart Lee.
gunnerpig
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19/01/2011 22:27:00

Nice to see Nasri supporting AA after the first of his wilde shots. And nice to see (I think) Cesc run over to B52 to celebrate his cross for RvP....collective leadership? A really good cup tie! Song was fantastic, the best DM in the Prem says Strachan
No 10
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19/01/2011 22:27:00

Kos had a decent game as well tonight. In fact both our CBs looked solid. But we have to remember this is a championship side we're talking about, and the games will continue to come thick and fast. Hope it doesn't make Wenger feel we no longer need cover back there.
Wyn Mills
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19/01/2011 22:46:00

Huh, beat a championship side did we? Big bloody wow. You've got a long way to go before your humiliating trophy drought is over. I can't see it happening this season! COYS.
Tony Rocky Horror
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19/01/2011 22:55:00

What's more humiliating? Not winning a trophy for 5 years, or not winning the title in living memory?
Wyn Mills
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19/01/2011 22:59:00

The Leeds support was epic. Crowds at the Emirates could learn a thing or two from Elland Road.
Wyn Mills
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19/01/2011 23:21:00

Wyn, your answer to that *****en spud troll is friggin epic! Brilliant stuff! Hope he shuts up for good.. Meanwhile, nice easy match with super goals!!
shady gunna
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20/01/2011 01:11:00

I'm surprised (not really) that nobody has commented on the fine game Denilson had today. He passed well, moved the ball forward, and pretty much did all and more than he was expected to do. Song had a decent game but got caught in possession a fair bit. Both had good games, but Denilson edged it for me out of the two. I think some people are predisposed to say Denny was crap- he could score five goals and balance a seal on his nose while juggling 7 balls and some people would say he was lucky with the five goals and lots of people can balance a seal on their nose while juggling 7 balls.
elbondo
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20/01/2011 04:54:00

Haha.. yea elbondo .. peoples hatred is disgusting most of the time.
MrE._Man
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20/01/2011 06:30:00

nah man.. Den was good yes but song was better and IS better in their position methinks.. Fully agree with u on d hatred talk tho.. Silly
shady gunna
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20/01/2011 08:29:00

Armory, Arshavin needs games according to me. Arsene doesn't seem to favour him in the league games. So it is imperative he starts in the cup games. I do think he'll come out of his slump. He did ok yesterday. Even tracked back on a couple of occasions. The effort was there yesterday, not the quality. Bit of an exception to the previous games he's had. Quality but no effort. I wouldn't fault him in his performance yesterday.
Eboue=GOD
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20/01/2011 09:17:00

Denilson had a good game. I've always thought he's a good footballer but lacks the physicality for the English Premier League. That's why his best performances seem to come against lower league teams and in the Champions League against continental opposition.
Eboue=GOD
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20/01/2011 09:21:00

Surely if Denilson lacked physical strength it would show up more against lower league teams? He is only just reaching physical maturity but he's already pretty strong and with great stamina.
Amos.
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20/01/2011 09:32:00

Well played Arsenal, some times you have to just sit and watch and admire. Last night you played us off the park for long periods and I think we can take credit for taking it to the final fifteen minutes before you finished the ite off. Two very enjoyable games and hopefully we can be back for more next season.
dazza71
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20/01/2011 10:01:00

Good luck to your lads on the promotion front dazza. You had a good go, unlike those loadsamoney knobs at Citeh who came to our place and camped in their own half the entire match.
Wyn Mills
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20/01/2011 10:37:00

Dazza71, Credit to your guys for a spirited and committed performance over 2 legs. Look forward to facing you guys in the prem, next season. Cheers, man.
Naijagunner
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20/01/2011 10:48:00

Kasper Schmeichel did have a blinder of a game too; that save off Chamakh's header must be the best in his life (must be save of the season, so far). That young man will go places; also has his father's penchant for moving upfield for corner kicks, when the team is down. Then, what about Bradley Johnson's screamer? Leeds have a lot to be proud of, I think.
Naijagunner
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20/01/2011 11:27:00

Great goal. Didn't realise he started his career at Arsenal. He's an Hackney lad.
Wyn Mills
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20/01/2011 11:41:00

Very tough for me to say having been brought up in Sheffield, but I thought Leeds did themselves great credit. The fans were fantastic too and I was really impressed by Max Gradel over the two legs. Denilson is easy to target because his game rarely involves the spectacular. He can, and does, pull off sublime passes and cracking shots, but normally he just goes about his job of moving the ball about to create space.
No 10
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21/01/2011 11:19:00

Amos, I wouldn't say that Denilson doesn't have that but he just isn't able to cope with the Premier League midfielders and forwards who are technically good as well as physically stronger than Denilson. The bottomline is Denilson does cover the yards well but he seems to do it at almost walking pace. And we also know how he fails to track back on so many occasions. Personally I would like to play him only in cup games where the risk of losing is less and also in the Champions League where the clubs have a more continental style of play
Eboue=GOD
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