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Liverpool vs. Arsenal

Anfield

6th January 2007

17:15

Liverpool V The Arsenal

Arsenal face Liverpool in the first of their two cup games on Saturday as both teams look to avoid exiting the FA Cup at the first hurdle.

Both teams will be confident of progressing to the fourth round. Liverpool are on a 20 match unbeaten run at home in all competitions and Arsenal welcome back some of their injured players and captain Thierry Henry will also be fit to play.

This will be the first of two meetings between the clubs at Anfield in four days as the two teams play each other in both domestic cups. They are likely to field two very different sides in the cups as both teams look to recover from a demanding festive schedule.

Vital Quotes:

Le Boss on players returning from injury: 'We have a lot of players available now but some are short of competition so I will not necessarily call them up.

For example William Gallas was training for the first time today and Abou Diaby yesterday so they are still short.

'Lauren will not play either and Cesc Fabregas is suspended but Eboue is back and the only real injuries we have are Emmanuel Adebayor (thigh) and Freddie Ljungberg (hamstring).'

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez on the threat Henry poses and his potential transfer to Liverpool: 'We know Henry is back and we know they are a better side when he plays. We have to be aware of him because he can cause problems.

'It's clear that he is a very good player and he has a big impact on his team. We need to be careful.

'I even heard rumours this week that Henry was supposedly coming to Liverpool. All I can say is that he is coming tomorrow but will be going back to London after the game. He might come here on Tuesday as well!'

Benitez added: 'Arsenal have a good side and they will be dangerous opponents. They usually score goals and they are back playing at their level now.

'It's going to be a good game because both sides will want to win. The last thing we want is a draw and I'm sure they are thinking the same thing.'

Liverpool Team News:

Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy is likely to return to the starting lineup after recovering from his injury.

Long-term suffers Sissoko, Zenden and Harry Kewell are all still missing.

Player to watch: Steven Gerrard

The Liverpool midfielder has started to find some form after a slow start to the season. A srunning volley in the 3-0 victory over Bolton.

I'm sure he'll be avoiding passing the ball back to Reina due to the fact that Henry is likely to start.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal have been given a massive injury boost over the last couple of days. Yesterday saw the news that Abu Diaby has returned to full training. Today brought more good news on the injury front as Wenger revealed that Gallas, Djourou, Baptista, Eboue and Walcott have all returned to training.

Lauren isn't fit enough to start though so Eboue will keep his place. Baptista could start in a more central role after being forced to play on the left in the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United.

Player to watch: Le God

Thierry marked his return to the team by scoring then winning a penalty for Van Persie to smash home.

He also has a great scoring record against Liverpool. If my memory serves me right then he has 9 goals against our Scouse cousions.

Match Facts and Previous meeting:

- Arsenal have won every previous FA Cup game at Anfield

- Arsenal have only played in the FA Cup at Anfiled on two previous occasions

- Arsenal won the last meeting between the two sides in the FA Cup 1-0 at Highbury in 2002

The last meeting between the two tams ended 3-0 to Arsenal...




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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 5 2007

Time: 7:52PM

Your Comments

I love it when they call us "The Arsenal"
Rocky7
Good luck, hopefully it will be a cracking game.
JohnDoe
Has anyone been back to the Char;ton site? The numpty's only gone and deleted ALL the comments we put on the site! An admission of defeat if ever I saw one.
Little Dutch
I think Liverpool will be a little more cagey than they were at the Grove...
simmy8_2000
im a tad worried for the game tomorrow,without fabregas,whos going to pull all the strings?
fran merida
first things first - not read the artivle yet, i just wanted to say - well done that man - THE ARSENAL. our deserved monicker :D »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
god i loved that Kolo goal :) can't wait to watch the game tomorrow :D »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
deleted all the comments? That's just really sad. i guess he re-read them and decided he came across like a plum :) »»Arsene knows««
Wingston75
"Aldridge is down, Barnes is down, Dalglish just stands there" some more of the same 2moro 1 hopes 2007 style!
iceman10
iceman10, I would rather have it 2001 style. ;)
JohnDoe
"Nichols on his knees, Mcmahons on his knees" That defeat in 2001 was the launch of the invincibles. As the great Obi Wan Kenobi once said "strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can ever imagine"
iceman10
'...dalglish just stands there. and suddenly, it was michael thomas - bursting through. The bounce fell his way... he flicks it wide of grobelaar... and we have the most dramatic finish... in the 'hinh-dush-tree' of the football league...' »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
JohnDoe, thanks for coming by. Hope the games a cracker.
northwilts
hey i think that 1989 night was so special that liverpool probably still owe us about another 15 defeats at Anfield to even it up!! 17 years later and it still brings shivers to my spine. no other game can do that to me.
gazzap
I was only a nipper but after seeing that game at Anfield countless times it gives me 'goose bumple'!!
simmy8_2000
I was only a nipper but after seeing that game at Anfield countless times it gives me 'goose bumples'!!
simmy8_2000
Oh yeah, thanks Wingston, As Rocky said I love it when they call us The Arsenal. Who else said that?
simmy8_2000
i am looking forward to agame from 2 footballing sides, will be a bit refreshing for a change. i would say the winners of this game will go on to win the cup...... oooh BOLD !
PUREGOLD
While Liverpool do have the ability to play, I dont think they will tomorrow. They know that they will get beaten if they do so I think Alonso and Gerrard will both be looking to rough it up.
simmy8_2000
PUREGOLD - Youve got no chance of winning that game, your team are not the once mighty ARS*nal any longer....there an inconsistent team thats gonna sink even further from the top....you boys need cover in a variety of positions...and you have NO money lol.....they will bottle it at Anfield......dream on tho, you might finish fourth again....your so great these days, and yeah you'll probably finish above us but the bottom line is were improving, your not .......and b4 the rest of you goons jump on the bandwagon....tell this offensive weirdo to stop coming on our site....i think he wants to be a yid really.......COYS
The truth
The Truth - Arsenal have the youngest squad in the league. Fact. The likes of Fabregas, Eboue, Hleb, Clichy, Adebayor and Van Persie are all improving on a weekly basis. The downside of having such a youthful side is that they will be incosistent. We are however, improving and fast. You'll see.
simmy8_2000
But truth, we're still wiping the floor, or is that our arses, with you fella. 3-0 and this was going to be your big takeover. He-he.
northwilts
And that 3-0 was without Henry.
simmy8_2000
Simmy, the other chap who used to refer to us as 'The Arsenal' was mr Bruce rioch, when he took over as manager, that's how he referred to the club. Say what you like about him, fokls, but he paid the club the respect it deservefd, and signed Dennis. »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
Thats the one Wingston. Thanks, that's been bothering me. If there's one thing he'll be remembered for it's signing Bergkamp. Perhaps the best signing ever made by an Arsenal manager.
simmy8_2000
simmy why even bother replying such a shallow and typically bitter post from a spud? "we're improving and you're not" - I thought 5th spot was higher than 7th, but it seems that's improvement...
G4L
However, their Tiny Totts are finally on the brink of breaking another Premiership record after the one for the shortest season ever. Now they are close to getting their name on the "Most bids rejected in a January transfer window". I guess they are punching above their weight: Watford, West brom, West Ham... Should try Macclesfield and Notts County.
G4L
'the spuds are improving, and are the new force in north london.' nice. The footballing equivalent of David Steel's 'go back to your constituency and prepare for government' speech at the liberal alliance conference prior to the falklands breaking out. quite wrong. »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
the truth,its no shame to be beaten at anfield,but how we would all laugh if the mighty cardiff knock you out......
fran merida
Well, It's in responce to my article so I thought it only right that I show him up.
simmy8_2000
and yeah, Simmy, Dennis was the best signing made. And most certainly the modt important - his signing was the catalyst that metamorphosed the club. »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
It most certainly was Wingston, me and my brother have said that for years. It was the signing of Bergkamp that allowed us to attract big names to the club.
simmy8_2000
How did he pull it of though? What attracted him to Highbury? I am sure that Dennis was miserable in Inter and the negative football they played as he was a genius of an attacker, but Arsenal was in the post GG era and Rioch was not the most renown manager of that time :P
G4L
At the time anything would have been better than Inter for Db10, I guess Rioch must have made some kind of promise to bring in a new era...
simmy8_2000
"I wanted to go to England and as soon as I heard the name Arsenal. I thought of London. I thought of the club, a very successful club." - A direct quote from DB10. Also he says even though he had a very tough time there it was not a failure, " I don't think so. Of course I couldn't bring the football I am bringing now or I brought at Ajax, but as a player I think I learnt a lot. I think I wouldn't have been the footballer I am now if I didn't go there"
questforavalon
I love the match statistics.
questforavalon
Haha....a brace from the little Mozart!...He can be only so much unlucky.
questforavalon
Well played, good luck the rest of the way, would rather Arsenal win it than Manu or Chelsea. See you on Tuesday.
JohnDoe
yeh Simmy rioch promised him to bring in a new era, he promised him that Arsene Wenger will be here soon ;)..
luckys_10
Thanks John, tough luck today, it was really tense after you guys scored, but the King came up with a piece of magic. anyway hope wenger plays the kids on tuesdays to keep the lads fresh for the trip to blackburn, because we need those three points more than the Carling Cup..
luckys_10
Nice one JD: It was good to see your fans in full flow tonight. I personally think you'll go to the next round of the CC, and if you do, I hope you smash the Spurs
Rocky7
and i'm finally back in the top ten, so just getting some cheap points here :p..
luckys_10
and guys, another Spud ***** makes a fool of himself yet again on our site, the truth won't show his face up here again till spurs win a football game away from home :p..
luckys_10
lucky, don't bet on the intelligence of Spuds..they will prove u wrong :)
questforavalon
JD, tough luck for you guys. best of luck for CC.
questforavalon
haha yeh you're rite questforavalon, you never know with them..
luckys_10
and btw smashing article the other day mate, really loved every word of it, looking to see you come up with more good work in the future..
luckys_10
Great win for us, nice to see 'Little Mozart' on the score sheet after many near misses...Hope to see Lauren,Diaby,Gallas,Baptista,Walcott,Aliadiere on the first 11 on Tuesday...The guys need a deserved rest before the trip to Ewood Park...
jess_farenesh
Thx lucky. It was my first creative writing piece in the strictest sense...so hopefully get better.
questforavalon
Tom Tom Navigates Arsenal into the next round! ;)
iceman10
I was pleased to see Arsenal through because it meant Liverpool were out.
miked_joker
 

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