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Arsenal vs. Portsmouth

Ashburton Grove

16th December 2006


Arsenal V Pompey

Arsenal welcome back one of their greatest players of all time when Pompey visit Ashburton Grove today in the form of the one and only Tony Adams. TA6 took the role of assistant manager this summer after a bad spell at Wycombe as manager and a coaching role in Holland.

Arsenal also welcome back Sol campbell and Kanu. Both players have revived their careers since moving to Harry Redknapps Portsmouth.

Arsenal can expect another battle today. Portsmouth will probably set out with 9 or 10 men behind the ball and look to catch Arsenal on the break so Toure and co will have to look lively if we are to avoid a repeat of the many 1-1 draws we've had at home this season.

Vital Quotes:

Le Boss on Arsenal's new-found defensive stability and Arsenal's form: "We have had three difficult away games - Porto, Chelsea and Wigan — where we have been stable defensively and resilient.

"We have shown great spirit and great character. We have responded well to the two disappointing results we had at Bolton and Fulham. We have improved our belief and our strength but now we want consistency.

"I feel at the moment it`s not been long enough to say we will [go on a run].

'You expect a longer consistency - six, seven, eight or nine games - before you can say that. But I believe we are capable to do it.

Harry 'Del Boy' Redknapp on injuries and how his team will play: 'We have just got to get on with it this weekend.

'Arsenal are a fantastic side, playing at a fantastic new stadium and with fantastic fans. But we are not just going to their new place to lie down.

'I know the rest of the players will give it everything as usual.

'They don't want to waste the great start we have made to the season.'

Arsenal Team News:

The Gunnners are without Captain thierry Henry (Hamstring), Gallas (thigh) and Rosicky (groin/hamstring) are all still out along with Diaby and Lauren.

Senderos could come in for Djourou to cope with the aerial threat of Kanu.

Player to watch: Hleb

The talented midfielder has been in fine form of late and will pose a threat to the Pompey backline. His dribbling skills and eye for a pass will ensure that he can change the game at any time.

Portsmouth Team News:

Midfielder Pedro Mendes is back from suspension but Kanu faces a late fitness test on a knee injury.

Cole (Achilles), LuaLua (thigh) and Benjani (hamstring) all mis the trip to London.

Player to watch: Mendes

The midfielder has a lethal shot on him and Gilberto will have to make suer he keeps the door well and truly shut!

Match Facts & Stats

Ref Watch:

Steve Bennet has officiated 13 games so far this season dishing out three red cards and 45 yellows, an average of 3.69 per game.

Match Prediction:

I'll put my prediction on here for once. Although Arsenal have won their last 2 home games against Pompey, this team is a whole new kettle of fish. I am tempted to say 1-0 to the Arsenal because of Portsmouth's injury problems but we have our own fair share so I'm going to have to say...thats right folks...1-1 with goals from Kanu and Adebayor.

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 16 2006

Time: 1:19PM

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I'll be chuffed with 1-1.
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16/12/2006 13:33:00

alliadiere to start :)
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16/12/2006 15:00:00

Bloddy hell, not the same story! 0-1!
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16/12/2006 15:52:00

so that goal coming from a mile away. theres no urgency we used to try kill teams ASAP but this is just like the last game. slightly better but not really arsenal play.
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16/12/2006 15:53:00

we look like were in training not fighting for a title
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16/12/2006 15:55:00

0-2!! now we have lost!!! and no longer third!
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16/12/2006 16:07:00

hi scum great goal by taylor
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16/12/2006 16:08:00

excuse my french please
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16/12/2006 16:09:00

And a 1 st from an exspud
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16/12/2006 16:09:00

explains why hes an ex
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16/12/2006 16:14:00

why wasnt he on from the start
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16/12/2006 16:16:00

ur off the hook
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16/12/2006 16:18:00

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16/12/2006 16:18:00

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16/12/2006 16:20:00

Sobered up cusop?? Always here making yourself look stupid. Not hard though is it.
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16/12/2006 16:33:00

not a good result. good come back but we should never have required one
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16/12/2006 16:56:00

another frustrating result. this is getting really hard to take..
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16/12/2006 17:12:00

Lucky escape jockey
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16/12/2006 17:33:00

Arry and the exnorth london boys.. always tricky ..
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16/12/2006 17:34:00

Hey be happy guys, look at this compsure-from 0-2 down?! We should take many positives from this game.
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16/12/2006 17:41:00

LOL how inconsistent can we possibly get, i never know what to predict when watching arsenal except against big teams
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17/12/2006 00:36:00

Half empty ground by the look of the coverage!! Plenty of booing too, what's going on over there!!
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17/12/2006 14:58:00

you were there a couple of weeks back you should know ?
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17/12/2006 18:02:00

I bet Tony and Sol enjoyed their returns.
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18/12/2006 15:27:00


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