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Team News: Arsenal vs Udinese

Arsenal take on Udinese tonight in the last round of play-offs before the Champions League proper begins.

The Gunners play host to the Italians in the two-legged affair, and this is how both teams line up.

Thomas Vermaelen takes the captains armband as van Persie is suspended.

Arsenal
13 Szczesny
03 Sagna
05 Vermaelen
06 Koscielny
28 Gibbs
07 Rosicky
14 Walcott
16 Ramsey
17 A Song
27 Gervinho
29 Chamakh

Substitutes
21 Fabianski,
20 Djourou,
25 Jenkinson,
15 Oxlade-Chamberlain,
23 Arshavin,
26 Frimpong,
52 Bendtner

Udinese
01 S Handanovic
05 Larangeira
13 Neuton
17 Mehdi Benatia
24 Ekstrand
27 Armero
03 Isla
07 Agyemang
20 Asamoah
66 Pinzi
10 Di Natale

Substitutes
06 Belardi,
26 Pasquale,
23 Abdi,
30 Doubai,
19 Denis,
21 Vydra,
31 Diego Fabbrini

Let`s leave the boos at home tonight boys .. COME ON YOU GUNNERS!




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 16 2011

Time: 7:38PM

Your Comments

YYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!
Rocky7
Beautiful beautiful football!! Nice one Rambo and Theo!!
Rocky7
Keep concentrating Arsenal
Sajit
Udinese seem to be very similar to ourselves. This could be very entertaining for the neautral .... nail biting for us.
Rocky7
Nails already chewed off. :-)
Sajit
Defending very well. Walcott playing great as is Gervinho. Chamakh ... not so much.
Rocky7
Yes boys yes!! We may have made a few mistakes, but damn, that's heart and desire to make up for them. Love it!
Rocky7
This promises to be a nail-biting two legs.... :P
GoonerLou
Very pleased with that. Udinese got into it a little bit more than I would have liked at the end of the half, but they're a good team, we can't expect to keep them at bay for the whole 90 minutes. The most important thing is we've defended with a lot of agression and vigor. Most athletic Arsenal performance I can remember in a long long time.
Rocky7
Very nervous about our defense and midfield. Not closing down and pushing them up-field.
Armory
@work, not able to watch. Can anyone feed me with the Halftime ratings? How is Kos, Gibss, Ramsey, Rosicky and Chamakh doing?
Arseniger
Kirean Gibbs, unfortunately has been subbed at half time :(
Rocky7
Should be fun watching Verm bombing up the wing
ajwb
Gibbs injured? Sadly predictable.
smithdj74
fun is the wrong word isnt it..
ajwb
Unless we score a second soon this is going to be a long 2 half
Armory
Is Pat Rice messing about with these subs or what
ajwb
Djourou came on for Gibbs, and now has been taken off after a nine minute cameo with the same hamstring injury. Just when things started feeling a little better, they get a whole lot worse. F***.
Rocky7
ffs do we only buy crocks? JD off now with a hammy
Armory
Please don't start booing Gooners, it's not going to help any.
Rocky7
Oh dear oh dear we've got to stop patching up the defence like this... We need a centre back, now!
GoonerLou
A shadow of the team that started the game. Gervinho has disapeared it seems. Scarey stuff.
Rocky7
So I'm thinking we need a quality centerback AND a LB.
smithdj74
When did ronald koeman become a ref?
ajwb
Agree Rocky if fans want to went their frustration leave it until after the final whistle. This is terrible stuff from our team, nervous and jittery and we cant blame it on the injuries as we where starting to show this in first half.
Armory
The injury curse is back with us, apparently. Not watching as I am going through travel formalities at the Airport now. Can only wish the lads luck.
Naijagunner
The injury curse is back with us, apparently. Not watching as I am going through travel formalities at the Airport now. Can only wish the lads luck.
Naijagunner
Frimpong? Why not Bentner?
Armory
So we play the home leg next week right?
Rocky7
Because what use is Bendtner if we're not getting out of our own half?
Rocky7
Please Dennis, give us 20 minutes of luck. Surely the boss will see the need for some quality additions to be presented this Friday.
smithdj74
Though I am begining to wonder why we're looking to sell Bendtner and keep Chamakh.
Rocky7
Perhaps the hundredth time I'm saying this: "Maybe these injuries would just force Wenger's hands...?"
GoonerLou
Rocky we have no outlet up front thats why we cant get out. Might as well plant a light-post up there as Chamack.
Armory
Bendtner must have made a pass at Mrs Wenger at a Club function. There is no other reason to keep Chamakh over Nik.
smithdj74
Now, I am watching on one of those TVs in a kiosk. Hahaha! Now, I get the Ronald Koeman ref question, ajwb. Lol!
Naijagunner
Bendtner is a very similar height and build to Chamakh, if we're not trying to use Chamakh as an outlet then I don't see why we'd do it with Nik. Has anyone seen Gervinho? I think he's buggered off for a cheeky meat n potatoe pie or something.
Rocky7
What. A. Save :O
Rocky7
Maybe cos Bendtner is looking to move on. Why disrupt our flow?
Naijagunner
That was Lehmann-esque vs Ole Gunnar Soleskaer.
Rocky7
Phew! Jeez, that was tough watching in the 2nd half.
Rocky7
Whoa.... anyone has any nails left...
Sajit
Phew that was hard work, two clean sheets in a row this is the only way the defence can grow in confidence. Ever the optimist me :-)
Dberg
Bright spots? Walcott is always a threat. Our defence in a variety of forms has kept 2 clean sheets.
smithdj74
When the ***** is jack back/? Cannot be soon enough.
Sajit
OK 1 nil to Arsenal. This was far far from comfortable. From what I have seen here to night there is noway we will get anywhere in the league this year or or in the Champions league. We will need at least 3 top players signed, CB creative midfielder and a good striker and the chances of Wenger doing that are as great as me winning the lotto.
Armory
Great result considering the circumstances! Udinese played the better football in this game and we had to really grind it out. The injury to Gibbs and Djourou is worrying and the timing of the injuries is bad with the Liverpool game coming up.
Deltaforce
Rocky as for Nik over Chamack Nik is technically better and has in abundance what Chamack is totally lacking now namely confidence. I agree he blows hot and cold but what did Chamack do tonight to justify his selection?
Armory
Armory, Chamakh is only of the level of a squad player at the club and he is happy to play wherever he is told to. Bendtner thinks he can replace RvP and wants to play through the centre. I have no doubt as well that Nik is the better player but he cant be a happy squad player which is why he wants to move on.
Deltaforce
I'll answer that question honestly Armoury - He justified the selection by being the only available striker who still wants to play for the club.
Rocky7
Our First XI of RvP, Gervinho, Theo, Jack, (Ramsey???), Song, Sagna, Kos, Verm, and Gibbs can do a job. Not win the league but keep us at least in 4th I believe. 2 or 3 injuries or suspensions and we're utterly screwed though. RvP is unlikely to play the whole season No way Gibbs will Djourou never has Ramsey is still on the comeback from a horrific injury Theo has ankle issues apparently
smithdj74
errr, sorry about that. I got my code wrong, I was trying to get paragraph breaks, not bold. You get the idea though.
smithdj74
We were lucky becoz Udi players were not sharp. Chamakh continued to play like a headless chicken, 94 mins of little contributions. Walcott still lacks a footballing brain. Other than that goal, he was pretty much a sprinter playing football. Forget about titles. Focus on the 4th place.
fcdematthew
Sajit
Backs against the wall performance.. Love the gunners.
Sajit
I find that closing my eyes, putting my fingers in my ears and repeating the following helps - "Number 1, Jens Lehmann. (yaaaaay) number 12, Lauren. (yaaaaay) number 23, Sol Campbell (yaaaaaay) number 28, Kolo Toure. (yaaaaay) number 3, Ashley Cole. number 8, Freddie Ljungberg. (yaaaaay) number 4, Patrick Vieira. (yaaaaaay) number 19, Gilberto. (yaaaaaay) number 7, Robert Pires. (yaaaaay) number 10, Dennis Bergkamp. (yaaaaaaaay) number 14, Thierry Henry. (yaaaaaaaaaaay)"
gunnerpig
The TV & Kos partnership has looked great! We need a damn leftback so we don't have to break that up!
gunnerkid107
Rocky most of NB frustration is with the fact he is being played as a winger when he is anything but. move him into the middle as a cover for RvP and he'll be happier. Either that or go out and buy a 1st class striker, if we continue with Chamack as a cover for the 1/3 of the season when RvP will be injured we are infore a very lean time.
Armory
Jeez, close your bold bracket! LOL
Gunnerman
 

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