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Arsenal Draw Sparta Prague!

Arsenal will face Czech Republic side Sparta Prague in the Champions League third qualifying round.

The first leg will be played in Prague on August 14/15 while the return leg will be played August 28/29 at The Grove.

It'll be an emotional return for Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky as he returns to the club that made him the footballer he is today.

As Mt Palmer pointed out, this is a massive game, much bigger than Fulham. Myles reports that it could be worth upto £25Million, in fact it could be worth much closer to £50Million.

Arsenal's Premiership rivals Liverpool drew the team I was hoping for in the form of Toulouse, while Celtic face a dauting trip to Russia to face Spartak Moscow.

All I can say is let's 'ave it!

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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 3 2007

Time: 11:51AM

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I bet the travelling Gooners will be pleased with this. Amsterdam & Prague within a couple of weeks!! Can you say "Smashed"?
Tricky draw this one. We should have enough to beat them over two legs but not the easiest of draws. Good that we get the away leg out of the way first.
thats the way id prefer it
i thought we were playing at home first
my comments have been reversed as in id prefer to play the second game away
well coulda been a worse draw as long as sagna, toure, gallas, clichy play at back it'll be all gravy!
You guys should be ok especially with the second leg at home. Will be good to have 4 prem teams in the draw proper as usual.
We've had some reasonable results against them in previous years. I'm optimistic about progressing. It's good to talk about competitive football again :) Bring it on!
we are mentally prepared for this one,np
No nookie for me then regardless of the result, my missus hales from prague and no guessing where her loyalties will lie! :o/
Like I've said if you want to be in CL 2008/09 you had better win it this year
topspur are you commenting on that issue everyday coz you believe in your team or are you insecure...i suspect its the latter. we've heard it all decline, disaster, henry is gone we have no money blah blah blah. our football will speak for itself so enough already. your team has strengthened but that has nothing to do with us. we are stronger than last season
topspur, your sorry lot would give anything for a 'crisis' like we're having! get a grip!
we have probably got the strongest team we've had for a couple of seasons anyone noticed how well its gelling together now without too many new faces
It's pathetic if some Spurs fans have to keep going to other fan sites to brag about how they've strengthened, just to feel a bit more secure. This is nothing but inferiority complex. But it's equally pathetic if we Gunners fans keep responding to this nonsense. So we're confident and don't need to reiterate the "crisis, what crisis" notion many times, either. Let the boys play the games and the results will speak louder than words. :)
Pound for pound the worst team in premiership history and you still dont know how to be QUIETLY confident Topsp*r1. No team has spent so much to achieve so little so until you have actually achieved something worthwhile id keep ur trap shut :)
VanSav; "best team for a couple of seasons". what better than when you went unbeatable? better without henry, ljunberg, a.cole. somebody's kidding themselves!!!
Well I guess I thought you might enjoy a little banter! Some of the response to my comments makes me wonder if some on here are feeling the strain.
Banter is all good but stating we will not finish 4th as matter of fact is just foolish! You're coming across as an insecure little spud who knows for the 1st time in premiership history you go into a season with a teency weency bit of pressure. I personally think your club and manager will crumble due to the mental strain of having to finish in the champions league spots, if you dont Berbatov and the likes wont stick around and it will be back to the drawing board.....again.
And why would we be feeling any strain when we have the likes of Toure, Gallas, Gilberto, Fabregas and Van Persie in the spine of our team. You have Crock King, "I led a defence who kept less clean sheets than watford" Dawson, Headless Zakora and TWO bob Jenas. Il give you Bent and Berbatov!
I'm impressed iceman; your ability to hurl insult is remarkable! If you feel your team is better equipped to take a CL position, then make your case. Why all the insults?
Where did i insult you mr sensitive?
Or Mrs sensitive?
Topspur wait til one of us ventures intrepidly onto your board then witness the sheer ferocity of personal abuse and bitterness thrown our way! Is insecure little spud an insult? I thought it was just a lifestyle choice ;)
Iceman I would call "headless Zakora" an insult or was it a term of endearment? "two bob Jenas" again was that another term of endearment?
Zakora is headless? How many times did he burst thru the centre of midfield and then not know what to do with the ball? Jenas is TWO bob, tell me an outstanding performance he has had in a big game i.e Cesc in the Bernabeau?
If you called Senderos inconsistent id hardly go crying to the teacher.
Well nico, I've enjoyed our exchanges. I personally don't hold with personal abuse, I also don't hold with insulting other teams or their players. "YOU ARE WELCOME ON OUR BOARD" as long as you are engaging in witty banter or open debate, both of which I know you enjoy. You are welcome to trawl through our board, you'll find no example of me insulting any your players. And i can assure you, their are more like this than those that are only interested in being offensive
Ban swearing and standing at football aswell I say! Are we also not allowed to talk about when your team poo'ed themselves at upton park, u spoilsport! :)
Now thats allowed, as long as you don't use anything stronger than poo'ed
is botty vomiting ok?
I'm trying to ignore your reference to that unfortunate event 15 months ago, when one of your undercover agents poisoned our finely tuned athlete. Just so you could secure an undeserved 4th spot
Only one is finely tuned lol which one? we can safely rule out Robbo can't we?
Athletes, Sorry! And I will ignore your thinly veiled reference to Robbo's sylph like frame
Tircky 2 legs , but I am sure we will win :D
This is a thread on ARSENAL's ties against Sparta Prague in the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. Just what are you doing here (a) as a Spurs fan (b) going on and on about something totally irrelevant to the competition you're just not in? And iceman, due respect, let's be QUIETLY confident, just as you say. :)
And you should be quietly confident, if I was sitting where you are. With our comparative records, I would be confident. But Louisa as you well knows these thinks are cyclical, our turn will come. It may not be this year, and it may not be at your expense. But we will get their, hopefully this year we will improve our poor record against you.
Topspur, you might want to take a leaf out of your manager's book, who is being quietly modest - he never barks about kicking us out of the Top 4! Bearing in mind we're all but written off, you are under more pressure than the great Gunners... one sniff of blood last year but you missed out, and look at the result - millions spent this year! If you don't make it up the table, Jol will be put on a spit and Berbatov will that's pressure!
Topspur, you will never win a match against us under Arsene Wenger, i will bet my life on that, and i'm quietly confident, you'll have to wait for a few decades before getting that elusive win over us. maybe another 46+ years lol, i guess it's been that many years since you're team were champions, loooooooooooong time..
The world had'nt even heard of The Beatles lol!!
Spurs fans are like those dudes that wear the sandwich boards telling us the world is gonna end! their boards read "spurs to win the league, Arsenal in decline".
Lap it up guy's, I've made notes of all your names and comments. Only joking lol!! Well I dare say I would be saying the same if the boot was on the other foot, but I would strongly recommend you get your apologies ready come Sept. Oh! who the hell are the beatles?
anonymous, you are stronger then last season? how do you work that one out? You lost your best player and talisman of your club, you lost another one of your main leaders in Ljungberg and you are now relying on a bunch of young prospects and a striker from the Croatian league to keep you in the top 4. Don't get me wrong, you aren't going to just collapse and you will be competitive for that 4th spot but it will be close and I believe my beloved Spurs will pip you to it.
Officer X
Write in on a sandwich board Officer X! lol, I would expect nothing less than for you to back ur team but I disagree with ur assesment. Henry of 2 years ago wud be missed the shadow player we had last year will not, Ljungberg had been poor for 2 years and will not be missed at all, Fabregas will be a year better, Gallas and Toure have had a pre season together, Clichy is better than Cole was at the same age, Van Persie will get 20 goals should he stay fit.
yada yada we've beaten Inter, Paris St Germain and Lazio already this year you've beaten Orlando pirates, Freddy and Tel gawd bless em did'nt really feature last season and there is a spirit here now within the team that was desperately lacking before, our kids are loving it and for the first time in a good while everyone within the squad is equal, sorry spuds but if you do get 4th it won't be at our expense.
Got the shirt on order niko!
Andy-bayor you could take a leaf out of your managers book, he doesn't dismiss us as not being a threat
Topspur, be fair! I never dismissed you - I said 'if' you don't make it! and Niko, don't worry we'll chip in to buy topspur his red'n'white shirt!
with Topgooner1 on the back ;)
Wenger also has not dismissed Derby as a threat or Sunderland or Man Citeh, just cos he aint talked about you don't mean that hes worried about you, don't get upset but I just don't reckon he thinks about you full stop, he looks up at the stars not down at the crusty old poo on the pavement!
tough draw but we should be ok
good team. not as good as us.
We havent lost to prague in the 4 games we've played against them so i wouldnt be to worried
Ozi Gooner
TopSpur mate, not even an insult but i'm more worried about Man City than you boys. Honestly, not just ***** stirring
Ozi Gooner
I know you jest Ozi, but with all the investment going inti Citeh, Spammers, the Toon. The PL will become a lot more competitive, this season maybe a little soon for them. But next season I believe will be awsome, with maybe 7 teams fighting for CL spots. Roll on Sept. and let the games begin!
S.Prague shouldnt be a cause for concern and we will brush them aside. We are aiming higher in CL this time around.
There was definitely easier draws to get!

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