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Team News: Arsenal vs Wigan

Team news for this massive game, I don`t really have time to waffle on like as crazy man as usual as I`m about to head out to watch the game.

Here`s the team.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Rosicky, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski

Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Monreal, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 14 2013

Time: 7:18PM

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Glad to see Gibbs on rather than Nacho, for this one. McManaman's pace means that we need a quick full back and that's a job Gibbs is better suited for. I did harbour the hope that Wenger will play Gervinho today. We could use a player who isn't sure what he himself is going to do next. Well, good luck, lads.
Typical Bul**** from this team. Play for 10 mins then inexplicably stop putting pressure on the ball. Its a story we've heard time and time again.
Wyn Mills
Mike Dean is such a usless C-unt
Mike Dean didn't help us, but to be honest we didn't help ourselves by dropping the pace so badly. Remind me which team just played a cup final a couple of days ago?
Wyn Mills
I think Cazorla should be told to get up and get on with it instead of his frequent remonstrations when he is touched. That free kick was softish and shouldn't have been given; can't blame the keeper much there but have seen such kicks saved too. We need to go for it otherwise, we may just give them the advantage and even at 2-1, it will be a nervy finish so, anything short of an all-out smash and grab approach......
The ball went an inch over Podolski's head. If he'd actually bothered to jump he would have headed it away. Credit to him for his goal but he hasn't contributed much else so far.
Wyn Mills
That's more like it, Poldiiiii!!!
Common Arsenal
Ramsey makes it 4! Game over
Three more points...
Tell you what- I wasn't far wrong in my prediction. I said 4-2 :-D
julieloveshenry4ever more match...
Bring on the Ox and Jack to make things more interesting.
Wyn Mills
Well happy with the result! Shame to see Wigan go down though whilst the likes of Sloth City survive! 3 points against Newcastle and job done! Awesome stuff considering we seemed to be pretty much fecked after the NLD! 8-)
Never in doubt, right let's smash the way ays and it's back to the bar for a hectic summer of Higuain, gonalons, jovetic, Begovic and some kid called fabresomething :)
The most tense first 60 mins this season but when we turned on the turbo in the second half, Wigan's tired players just couldnt keep up. Excellent from Theo, Santi, Pod, Kos and Mert and a good team performance. Squeaky bum time on Sunday again. Sunderland are just far to poor this season to give the Spuds a game and its down to our performance. Alan Pardew would like nothing better than to deny AW. The last game is the most important one.
Very nice result, and about the one we should have been aiming for. Wigan were shattered, near the bottom of the league, and we were at home. I doubted we'd get it as we always make it hard on ourselves .... but that was definately what we should have been going for .... gives us a chance at third now if Everton can do us a favour.
Awesome result, but it was tense for a while esp the start of the 2nd half when Wigan came out all attack. Szczesny made a hugely critical save (again), if we had gone down 2-1, things would not have looked good. Really pleased for Ramsey - he had another very very good game and was rewarded with a goal. He needs to add that feature to his game more consistently now.
The Wigan goal seems to come off Podolski's head when you look closely. So he got his hatrick after all.
Wyn Mills
It did Wyn. I was very cross at him for that. He wound his neck in at the last minute and could have quite easily have cleared that if he'd have jumped with any real intensity. Hey ho though, alls well that ends well, just he gets told to get off the ground next time.
We were very alert to the danger ahead of last night's game with Wigan and rightly so. But I hope the DEFCON level remains set high for Sunday. Let's not be fooled that we are going up against a team and set of fans who won't give two hoots about the result. I agree that Pardew would love to get one over on Wenger. I was wary yesterday but I'll be even warier for Sunday. 90 minutes of sheer will please.
Yes, guess we shouldn't nit pick given the result. But yes, Wenger needs to have a word about commitment at set pieces. Last time round it was Rosicky and Mertesacker turning their backs on the action.
Wyn Mills
Agree. Tell them that if it takes a busted nose or fat lip on Sunday, to keep that ball from going over the wall and in the net, so be it. Time to put bodies on the line here. There'll time enough to patch them up afterwards.
Yep, everything needs to go into the Newcastle game. The kitchen sink, the cooker and the rest of the kitchen. This is it!
Wyn Mills
If you look at Maloney's 1st free kick, he aimed it below the wall and it actually bounced off someone's knee. So I'm not sure whether that played a part in Poldi not jumping. I agree though, it should have been defended better, although it was not a free kick in the 1st place.
That's it, Prits. Sometimes players jump, sometimes they stand. He stood. It went over him. Also, 'Rosicky turning his back on the action' ,if it's the incident I think it is, was made out to be far more than it was. Nothing he could've done to prevent the goal; watching it go in doesn't help anyone.
I thought the commitment level of the lads was commendable. After seeing Wigan play Swansea and City, I got apprehensive about their wing play; Espinoza was a revelation in the final and so was McManaman, both of whom peppered the City full backs no end. But Gibbs kept the winger relatively quiet while Sagna did a job on Espinoza with Theo tracking back, magnificently. Theo was like a man possessed; very physical and up for it. Kudos to the lads. I never doubted we would win this one; it was just a question of holding our nerve when it mattered.
If the Kone effort had gone in I'd wager it might have turned out differently. The converted free kick allowed Wigan back into the game and gave them that psychological lift that almost undid us at the start of the second half. I wasn't so confident until Poldi scored the 3rd. That's when the belief finally drained out of the Wigan players. The 4th goal was one of those goals you score when your opponents have thrown everything to the wind.
Wyn Mills
So watching the ball doesn't help anyone? If I remember rightly Rosicky said something like he could see the result of the free kick on the face of the player taking the kick. My question would be why is he watching someone's face and not the flight of the ball? What if the ball had cannoned off the bar? Would Rosicky have been alert enough react to it? Small details like that can make a difference in my opinion.
Wyn Mills
It's going to be tough to drop any of our strikers after that performance but with Giroud back we'll need to reshuffle. If Arteta misses that game due to injury I would go for a midfield of Wilshere and Ramsey holding with Cazorla as the central playmaker. Then have Giroud, Walcott and Podolski as the front three. We'll then have the options of Rosicky, Gervinho and the Ox on the bench.

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