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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

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YYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!
Rocky7
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16/08/2011 19:44:00

Beautiful beautiful football!! Nice one Rambo and Theo!!
Rocky7
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16/08/2011 19:44:00

Keep concentrating Arsenal
Sajit
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16/08/2011 19:53:00

Udinese seem to be very similar to ourselves. This could be very entertaining for the neautral .... nail biting for us.
Rocky7
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16/08/2011 19:56:00

Nails already chewed off. :-)
Sajit
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16/08/2011 20:01:00

Defending very well. Walcott playing great as is Gervinho. Chamakh ... not so much.
Rocky7
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16/08/2011 20:02:00

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
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16/08/2011 20:06:00

This promises to be a nail-biting two legs.... :P
GoonerLou
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16/08/2011 20:11:00

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
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16/08/2011 20:28:00

Very nervous about our defense and midfield. Not closing down and pushing them up-field.
Armory
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16/08/2011 20:33:00

@work, not able to watch. Can anyone feed me with the Halftime ratings? How is Kos, Gibss, Ramsey, Rosicky and Chamakh doing?
Arseniger
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16/08/2011 20:41:00

Kirean Gibbs, unfortunately has been subbed at half time :(
Rocky7
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16/08/2011 20:43:00

Should be fun watching Verm bombing up the wing
ajwb
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16/08/2011 20:44:00

Gibbs injured? Sadly predictable.
smithdj74
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16/08/2011 20:47:00

fun is the wrong word isnt it..
ajwb
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16/08/2011 20:48:00

Unless we score a second soon this is going to be a long 2 half
Armory
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16/08/2011 20:49:00

Is Pat Rice messing about with these subs or what
ajwb
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16/08/2011 20:55:00

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
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16/08/2011 20:55:00

ffs do we only buy crocks? JD off now with a hammy
Armory
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16/08/2011 20:56:00

Please don't start booing Gooners, it's not going to help any.
Rocky7
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16/08/2011 20:59:00

Oh dear oh dear we've got to stop patching up the defence like this... We need a centre back, now!
GoonerLou
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16/08/2011 21:03:00

A shadow of the team that started the game. Gervinho has disapeared it seems. Scarey stuff.
Rocky7
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16/08/2011 21:04:00

So I'm thinking we need a quality centerback AND a LB.
smithdj74
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16/08/2011 21:05:00

When did ronald koeman become a ref?
ajwb
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16/08/2011 21:07:00

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
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16/08/2011 21:07:00

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
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16/08/2011 21:07:00

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
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16/08/2011 21:09:00

Frimpong? Why not Bentner?
Armory
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16/08/2011 21:12:00

So we play the home leg next week right?
Rocky7
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16/08/2011 21:13:00

Because what use is Bendtner if we're not getting out of our own half?
Rocky7
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16/08/2011 21:17:00

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
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16/08/2011 21:17:00

Though I am begining to wonder why we're looking to sell Bendtner and keep Chamakh.
Rocky7
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16/08/2011 21:19:00

Perhaps the hundredth time I'm saying this: "Maybe these injuries would just force Wenger's hands...?"
GoonerLou
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16/08/2011 21:19:00

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
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16/08/2011 21:20:00

Bendtner must have made a pass at Mrs Wenger at a Club function. There is no other reason to keep Chamakh over Nik.
smithdj74
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16/08/2011 21:21:00

Now, I am watching on one of those TVs in a kiosk. Hahaha! Now, I get the Ronald Koeman ref question, ajwb. Lol!
Naijagunner
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16/08/2011 21:25:00

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
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16/08/2011 21:27:00

What. A. Save :O
Rocky7
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16/08/2011 21:28:00

Maybe cos Bendtner is looking to move on. Why disrupt our flow?
Naijagunner
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16/08/2011 21:29:00

That was Lehmann-esque vs Ole Gunnar Soleskaer.
Rocky7
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16/08/2011 21:29:00

Phew! Jeez, that was tough watching in the 2nd half.
Rocky7
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16/08/2011 21:32:00

Whoa.... anyone has any nails left...
Sajit
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16/08/2011 21:32:00

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
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16/08/2011 21:34:00

Bright spots? Walcott is always a threat. Our defence in a variety of forms has kept 2 clean sheets.
smithdj74
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16/08/2011 21:34:00

When the ***** is jack back/? Cannot be soon enough.
Sajit
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16/08/2011 21:34:00

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
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16/08/2011 21:36:00

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
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16/08/2011 21:38:00

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
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16/08/2011 21:40:00

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
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16/08/2011 21:47:00

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
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16/08/2011 21:48:00

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
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16/08/2011 21:49:00

errr, sorry about that. I got my code wrong, I was trying to get paragraph breaks, not bold. You get the idea though.
smithdj74
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16/08/2011 21:50:00

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
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16/08/2011 21:52:00

Sajit
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16/08/2011 21:52:00

Backs against the wall performance.. Love the gunners.
Sajit
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16/08/2011 21:53:00

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
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16/08/2011 22:10:00

The TV & Kos partnership has looked great! We need a damn leftback so we don't have to break that up!
gunnerkid107
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16/08/2011 22:57:00

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
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17/08/2011 08:25:00

Jeez, close your bold bracket! LOL
Gunnerman
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18/08/2011 12:41:00

 

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