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Saturday 9th September


After a shakey start to the season, Arsene Wenger went great guns in the transfer market to get some much needed power and experience into the side, siging William Gallas & Julio Baptista on top of the previously signed and highly rated Tomas Rosicky.

Over the past few years Wenger has been widely critisised for not giving youth a chance, and then from one extreme to the other it is now claimed that he relies too much on youth and a more experienced type of player was needed. Well in this particular window I believe Le Boss has got it bang on. Three out of the four players he signed over the summer were over the age of 23 and they are all full internationals with bags of experience, with the fourth being an upcoming talent who captains his country ay under 19's level.

I think this is the most balanced team we have had in a very long time. Goalkeepers are pretty much covered (although I'd prefer someone in the place of Almunia), all across the defensive line we have youth AND experience, same with the midfield and upfront we have the awesome Thierry Henry to lead the bunch of highly rated strikers who will undoubtedly go on to bigger and better things, hell, Robin van Persie is only 23 but has gained much experience over the last few months with his national side and indeed he was the star of the show midweek, creating one and scoring two.

The game against Boro, even this early on in the season, is a must win, with a trip to Old Trafford the week after we certainly can not afford to be going there with only one or two points out of three games, that would be unacceptable. We need to be going to Manchester with our spirits high and confident of scoring there, something we have not done in a fair few years.

As a general rule, Boro are easy pickings at Highbury, usually scoring four goals at home against the Riversiders and we even managed a massive seven past them last year, but then again the Gunners don't seem to have being following th

Arsene Says...

Le Boss gives the injury news - "Apart from knocks and bruises from international games which were more or less difficult, nobody else [new] is out."

Arsenal Team News:

William Gallas looks set to make his debut but Wenger has yet to decide in which position. Julio Baptista will more than likely come off the bench. Freddie Ljungberg returns.

Player to watch: Thierry Henry

It's got to be this week he makes an impact. After France's international in midweek, Henry said he was feeling much better and was feeling his legs again. I predict (as well as a riot) a brace from Mr Henry

Boro Team News:

Has anybody heard anything?? Not me.

Player to watch: Mark Viduka

Renouned for scoring against the Gunners. Keep an eye on the tubby Aussie.

Match Prediction

Not too sure I should do this after my last attempt, but, I'll go with 4-0 to the Arsenal.

Next Fixture:

Hamburg v Arsenal

Date:Friday September 8 2006
Time: 11:01AM

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4-0? I wouldn’t mind that but we'd better not jinx this. Anyway, the team has promising players which we need to use and ******* shoot this time, away from home Boro are a force to be reckoned with, as at their own stadium they can beat the "giants" like us, Manchester United, and Chelsea. However away and at home for us this is a lot easier, as long as we go less narrow and use our chances we can easily go for a comfortable win, I'm not saying 7-0 again but something big, however if we don't take chances, we will pay again.
08/09/2006 12:24:00
I know it is early doors, but we really do need a confidence boosting win. I don't know about 4-0, but a couple of goals and a solid defensive display and big cheers for the new boys would work wonders to help restore the feel good factor.
08/09/2006 12:29:00
i'd be happy with a dodgy "1-0 to the arsenal". A win is a win - to go to old trafford without a win this season would fill utd with confidence, they've got more than enough already. Lets not under-estimate Jekyll & Hyde 'Boro - they lose to Reading & got Spanked y Pompey but they did beet Chelski!!!!
08/09/2006 12:38:00
I'm gonna say 2-0, expect a shaky first twenty minutes because of international football (shudders). Henry and RVP. As for Boro team news, Arca, Ehiogu, Riggott, Huth and Bates (all defenders) out. Woodgate debut methinks.
Little Dutch
08/09/2006 12:48:00
Anything as long as it's a win will do for me!!! Obviously I'd prefer a big win, but at the moment I'd settle for scoring 1 more than they do. Is Woodgate gonna get injured in the first 14 minutes like last time??? Maybe Wenger can have a word with the club witch doctor (you know the one i mean- Edu, Pires, Viera, Overmars, Petit- can they all be that unfortunate after leaving us? Coinsidence? My fat hairy arse!!!) and get him to jinx him. Drooling at the prospect of seeing the new signings
08/09/2006 12:49:00
once arsenal get a grip in the first 10 minutes we should be causing boro a whole load of problems. i expect our chances to get finished by the 2 most on fire strikers at this time. van persie and henry.
08/09/2006 13:21:00
all i know it i am really looking forward to going tomorrow, i haven't looked forward to going to a game as oooh let me see, the last one !!! HA HA... i reckon we could be in for a real treat and i hate to predict and i feel it may jinx so let us say we should see quite a few goals tomorrow :)
08/09/2006 17:08:00
Hopefully all for Boro
08/09/2006 17:22:00
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Artyb, you genius! Did you think of that one all by yourself?! Just off the top of the head? Wow, I'm gonna call Woody Allen and tell him he's out of a job. D'ya wanna be mates?
Little Dutch
08/09/2006 18:18:00
And I thought sarcasm was a dying art, nice to see gooners might have a sense of humour after all.
08/09/2006 18:25:00
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