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Sheffield United vs. Arsenal

Bramall Lane

30th December 2006


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Sheffield United V Arsenal

A depleted Arsenal team travel to Bramall Lane on Saturday as Arsenal look to end 2006 on a high while Sheffield United will be looking to stop the rot after losing their last two games.

It's another potential banana skin for the Gunners though. An evening kick-off, It's going to be cold, wet and most worrying of all, it's in the north west.

Vital Quotes:

Le Boss on the worrying injury crisis: 'We have viruses and everything at the moment.

'We don't have long-term injuries in fairness they are short-term, a few days. But at the moment a few days is missing two games.

'Hleb got injured on Friday on his shin. He is having an X-ray. We don't think it's that bad but he will miss this game.'

Sheffield United loud-mouth Neil Warnock: 'I'm hoping for six inches of snow, our preparation has not been as good as I would have liked.

'There has been a virus that has knocked out a couple of our players and then we had a few injury problems.

'The difficulty is that we have to play on Monday afternoon as well but the situation is that whoever is fit will have to play against Arsenal.'

Sheffield United Team News:

Stephen Quinn and Derek Geary are both out while Danny Webber, Claude Davis, Michael Tonge and Keith Gillespie all face late fitness tests after being struck down with a virus.

Player to watch: Phill Jagielka

Dubbed the 'poor man's Gerrard' he has a pretty powerful shot on him and he is always full of running.

Arsenal Team News:

Emmanuel Adebayor, Alexander Hleb, Theo Walcott, Emmanuel Eboue and Johan Djourou, William Gallas, Freddie Ljungberg, Abu Diaby and Thierry Henry are all missing for Arsenal. That's NINE players.

Song, Denilson and Aliadiere are all called up to the first team to cover for the injured players.

Baptista, Flamini and Hoyte are all expected to start.

Player to watch: Robin Van Persie

The Dutchman is in fine form with a brace against Blackburn and the winner against Watford.

He is always up or a tear-up and will be a match for United's physical presence.

Match Facts & Stats

Arsenal an out 3-0 winners in the game at Ashburton Grove earlier in the season...

Ref Watch:

Alan Wiley will referee the match. He has dished out 51 yellow and 2 red cards in his 18 games this season. He was the man in black for the last meeting between the teams when he booked Cesc and Eboue for Arsenal. He was also the ref during Arsenal's 4-0 win ovr reading when he didn't book a single player and the 1-1 draw with Chelsea when he booked to players on each team

Match Prediction:

It'll be on the forum as usual.

Next Fixtures:

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 29 2006

Time: 6:14PM

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Sheffield in the North West??? I think not!
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29/12/2006 19:05:00

isnt that nine players?
fran merida
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29/12/2006 19:07:00

It's near enoug Blade. Fran, I had Lauren on there too because I hear he was out but discovered otherwise, I'll correct it now. Thanks for pointing it out.
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29/12/2006 20:25:00

Isn't Arsenal on the South coast, near enough anyway!
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29/12/2006 21:37:00

Yeah it's not all that far really. :D
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30/12/2006 00:23:00

we should get the job done, 1-0 Baptista..
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30/12/2006 09:11:00

i hope we play well, am looking forward to today :)
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30/12/2006 09:33:00


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