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Arsenal vs. Charlton

Ashburton Grove

2nd January 2007


Arsenal V Charlton

Arsenal face Charlton on Tuesday looking to make up for the shocking performance during the 1-0 defeat away to Sheffield United to end 2006.

It's more than Arsenal V Charlton, it's Wenger V Pardew round 2. The two managers both faced FA Charges earlier in the season after Alan Pardew seemed to attempt to taunt Wenger after his West Ham side scored an 88th minute winner. Wenger reacted by shoving Pardew and refusing to shake his hand, his actions landed him an inproper conduct charge.

Vital Quotes:

Alan Pardew claims that he has no problem with Wenger: 'As for my record and reputation against Arsenal, there's no problem on my side.

'I'll go and shake Wenger's hand before the game and wish him well, but I hope my team win.'

Arsene Wenger on Arsenal's last 12 months: "Certainly it was.'

'A lot of good happened in 2006 and that will be seen later, even if, as a manager, we did not get that extra special moment of complete glory. In the future it will certainly be seen as a turning point of the Club. It was the first time we went to the final of the Champions League and it will be the year Arsenal moved out of Highbury and into the Emirates.'

"The highlight for me was the Final of the Champions League and going a season without being beaten in Europe until the last 13 minutes," said Wenger.

"Then there was also the last day at Highbury against Wigan. It was a special feeling of happiness and feeling that we had done our job well. We went out on a great day and we will never forget that.

"Then perhaps the testimonial for Dennis Bergkamp on July 22. It was the first time we had moved into the new stadium. That was when it was all really concrete for me."

"The highlight for me was the Final of the Champions League and going a season without being beaten in Europe until the last 13 minutes," said Wenger.

"Then there was also the last day at Highbury against Wigan. It was a special feeling of happiness and feeling that we had done our job well. We went out on a great day and we will never forget that.

"Then perhaps the testimonial for Dennis Bergkamp on July 22. It was the first time we had moved into the new stadium. That was when it was all really concrete for me."

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal look like being without nine first team players again for the match against Charlton. Theo Walcott, Alexander Hleb, Emmanuel Eboue, Emmanuel Adebayor, Abou Diaby, Thierry Henry, William Gallas, Johan Djourou and Freddie Ljungberg all look like missing the game.

Although there is a slight chance that Eboue, Djourou and Henry could return.

There are also some uncler reports that suggest that Van Persie and Baptista both picked up ankle injuries in the game against Sheffield United.

Player to watch: Tomas Rosicky

Little Mozart has been far from his best since he returned from injury and he will be looking to make up for his recent lack of form.

Charlton will have a defensive mentality and will look to defend aroun their 18 yard box so his lethal right eg could prove to be vital.

Charlton Team News:

The return of Young (knee), Reid (hamstring) and Faye means that Charlton have a full squad to choose from.

Player to watch: D. Bent

The foward has started to find some form again in recent weeks so Toure and Co will have to look lively to keep the pacey striker at bay.

Previous meeting:

Arsenal won 2-1 at The Valley earlier in the season. It's also the game in which Van Persie scored THAT goal...

Match Prediction:

I'll put my score prediction over on the forum. I see a tough game here. Arsenal will be without nine first team players, Charlton are fighting for their premierhsip lives and Pardew will send them out to fight. I still see an Arsenal win but a very, very hard faught one.

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Date:Monday January 1 2007

Time: 6:05PM

Your Comments

Excellent touch with the video's....really like it!!
Well what can I say? I am a genius! :D
i hope we can rub it into pardews face...the swine!!
fran merida
i going over to read the spuds moaning about their christmas period tally,have you noticed they havnt been over here putting in their little digs?
fran merida
A comprehensive win against Charlton would be the perfect present from Arsene to Pardew, bar Stokes. This time, if Wenger is going to play Baptista and RvP, I believe that Robin should take the right/left wing with Tomas Rosicky and Julio should be upfront. What are the chances of Cesc starting?
If we go 1-0 up tomorrow, I am absolutely determined to get everyone singing 1-0 to the Foreigners!
Little Dutch
Please please do that LD, quality stuff!!!
Yeah,the same 'foreigners' that on sat did'nt feel up for it cos it was a bit 'cold & wet',who were Diving,who taunted the utd players over there wage's,who refused to shake hands,who could'nt for 1/2hr beat an emergency keeper.Classy & Quality.
a new winner of the 'Make a fool of yourself on VitalArsenal'. HtG, welcome. And yes the same, foreigners who spanked you 3-0 this year at Ashburton, when your 'domestics' forgot to show up.
This is a MUST WIN game FOR THE NEW YEAR. Cesc has to be on the pitch from the start. Rosicky wasn't upto cut in the last game. The home pitch is classic so as the home crowd. Any slippage in points and position won't be good enough!
I'm suprised you've got the nads to show your face round here after you teams pathetic Christmas showing 4 points from 12?? Team in decline, 12 points down on this time last year relegation by 2008. If we win tomorrow it'll be 9 from 12 over Christmas which, even including our horrible performance against SU makes an absolute mockery of your team. When was the last time you finished above us? Or beat us? Or won a trophy that's not the league cup? Or touched a woman? Or saw your own knob? Tatty Bye, moron!!
haha nicely put and beat me to it Rocky ! how spurs can show their ugly mugs is beyong me, but more distressing is that they have all buggered off from their own site, no articles over xmas, surely the 4pts can't be that dperessing ? now i see tomorrow nights game a must win, i think we will do it and put paid to rest the result against sheffield. we are a different team at home, i mean you can't compare the quality of out pitch to the second division pitch we played at sheffield, they should be relegated just cos of that alone, this is the prem league, and they are not upto prem standards !
LMFAO Rocky!! I'm not even going to try and insult him, class, pure class!
Cesc will start tomm as he is suspended for the FA Cup tie, and i really hope Wenger doesent take the FA & Carling Cup seriously. he should put everything into getting the maximum points in the league and going all the way in Europe this season. The knockout stages of the Champions League is going to be even harder this season, but i have a feeling that we'll again be the team to beat in it..
OK, the news look a bit scary: no TH and Ade, The Beast and RvP are doubtful and probably won't feature, leaves us with Aliadiere... and Stokes? Are Theo and Hleb out as well?
D.Bent out for them though, there must be some kind of striker's virus going around?!
Little Dutch
rumour is Henry might play tonight..! that would be a welcome return, and i think RVP will play tonight too.
can anyone tell me why henry made that silly gesture when he was celebrating with rvp ??
HAG, a few of us spoke about this on the forum in the days after the game and we think he was either saying "Go on son, enjoy it" or it was because he was going over to Eboue
I think TH was trying to tell him something important, but RvP wouldn't listen so he just said 'ok, fine'. Didn't look very pretty.
It was because RVP had already been booked and he jumped towards the crowd, TH was reminding him not to overdo it and get another booking. RVP told him to f off, this is something RVP really needs to improve on.
Little Dutch
Where did you hear that LD?
LD i dun think anyone at the club has the nerve to say that to Thierry, not even Le Boss. i guess RVP must have said something else..

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