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The Arsenal
vs.
Manchester United

Ashburton Grove

21st Januray 2007

16:00 GMT

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Man United visit Ashburton Grove on Sunday in one of the games of the season. If this fixture had come around back in early September then I think I can safely say that few Gooners would have predicted an Arsenal win.

But Arsenal are now finding their feet at their new home as the latest batch of young guns begin to come to terms with the physical nature of the Premiership. 15 goals for and 4 against (3 of them in one match) in their last four games and four victories could well mean that many-a-Gooner will be quietly (or not so quietly) confident.

United haven`t been doing so badly themselves 5 wins in their last 6 games although they have conceded 6 goals in their last 4 games. They also sit atop of the Premiership so they can`t be doing that badly this season.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are determined to win not only this game, but to continue Arsenal's good run of form: 'In our mind it's a game that we want absolutely to win, I tell you.

'We love to win, we want to reduce the gap to Manchester United as quickly as possible and we want to continue our run because we're in good form. We're still involved in nearly every competition, even the championship, and you never know what can happen.'

When asked his opinion on who would win the title Wenger replied with: 'I have an idea in my head but if I give you my idea you won`t believe me.'

'I cannot say we will,' he added later, 'because we are 15 points behind Manchester United. But I think we have the ingredients and potential to become the best team.


'At the moment we are not because we cannot deny we lost at Sheffield United, Bolton, Manchester City. Even if they are games we could and should have won.


'But this is a good opportunity for us to close the gap a little bit. They've had the advantage of having stability and players in form at the right moment, but it's still not over. Don't forget they must go to Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Portsmouth. They have a difficult schedule.'

Some red-faced old git: 'If our best players perform at their normal level then we can cause problems for any team.

'Our form is excellent and hopefully we reach that level on Sunday.'

The Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal will be without William Gallas, Freddie Ljungberg and Johan Djourou while Robin van Persie faces a late injury test.

Gilberto misses the game through suspension after Lilly Savage assaulted him in the game at Blackburn.

Player to watch: Cesc Fabregas

Who else for the big games? The little Spainard has been outstand all season but never more so than when Arsenal have really needed him.

He may not have chipped in with as many goals as he would have liked but he has more Premiership assists than any other player this season as well as dictating countless games with the ruthlessness of Saddam Hussein.

I, along with many other Arsenal fan's expect a performance from Cesc.

Manchester United Team News:

The lucky old so n so's have a full squad to pick from after Wes Brown returned from illness.

Player to watch: Paul Scholes

The tenascious midfielder has been in fine form this season as recognised by Arsenal skipper Thierry Henry who says that Scholes will recieve his vote for player of the season.

Match Facts & Stats

I'm afriad I couldn't find any highlights of our previous meeting so instead I bring you this...

Ref Watch:

I'm afraid to say that Mike Riley will be the referee for this one. He is not the most popular Ref amongst Gooners for reasons I don't think I need to explain!

Fan's View:

Vital Arsenal Member CraigD:

I may be stating the obvious here, but I feel Arsenal can win on Sunday, and win by a few goals, but in my opinion it all depends on one thing : keeping Paul Scholes out of the game. We did it OT this season, and we (by)passed them in the middle of the park, and look at the result.

Forget Carrick with his sideways passes. Forget Ronaldo with his masses of tricks and ability. Forget Rooney with his powerful runs. Forget Larsson with his cute movement. If they don't see the ball, they can't do anything with it. Scholes is the man who makes United tick, and I think United realise after last season without him how much they need him. Apart from the spectacular goals he chips in with (his volley against Aston Villa was awesome), his distribution of the ball is up there with the best....

Just like our Cesc's....

The battle of the midfield between Fabregas and Scholes is going to be where this game is won and lost, and Fabregas knows it; 'For any football player in the Premiership, Scholes is a player you want to emulate.' he says, 'I am young and I hope that I will be able to surpass him - but it is not going to be easy.'

How quickly and accurately Cesc, Alex and Tomáš can get the football to our front line, whether it be Ade or RvP and Thierry will have the largest bearing on the outcome of this game, and the same goes for Scholes to Ronaldo et al...Cesc took on Vieira and won, the whole Real Madrid midfield and won, Scholes at Old Trafford and won...why not Scholes at Ashburton Grove? He may need a little backup from Flamini, but hopefully only for tidying up at the back.

I for one can't wait to see one of the best talents of the past decade take on one of the best talents of the next decade! ( I hope).

3-1 to Arsenal says I!


Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Saturday January 20 2007
Time: 6:39PM

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Comments

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3-1....hahaha.....u fluked a win at old trafford after being spanked off the park, look at how many points adrift of us you r....lol ur not even in the same league, go away now your laughable no one fears you anymore....especially at your new home...lol
The truth
20/01/2007 18:51:00
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Oh by the way....do u remember losing that CL final to Larson...haha, come and compare ur self to our club wen you eventually win a european trophy lol
The truth
20/01/2007 18:53:00
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come to fink of it....spurs are more successful than you where it counts....in europe
The truth
20/01/2007 18:54:00
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Everyone who saw the Old Trafford game knows that Arsenal played United off the park that day. Sir Alex admits it, Rio Ferdinand admits it, and any United fans with a shred of honesty admits it. Will it be the same here? I doubt it...I reckon United will be a lot better prepared this time around. But are Arsenal capable of pulling off a similiar display? Absolutely. But then, so is United. Both teams when on song are about as good as they get in all of Europe, though the defense on both sides is still a little shakey. Should be a fantastic match...the last two matches at Old Trafford were brilliant simply because the teams played attractive, wide open football instead of trying to kick each other all over the pitch as in previous years. Hopefully we'll get the same sort of game tomorrow. Personally I'm predicting a 1-1 draw, which I think Fergie would be happy with after Chelsea disappeared at Anfield.
Shinobi
20/01/2007 19:08:00
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The truth? Doubtful. Ask any true football fan and they will inform you of the footballing battering you recieved in your own ground (the same ground we won the title in). You are supposed to be the biggest club in the world yet you havent won your own league for 3 years, in fact we have won it more recently than you, shameful. Should be a good game 2moro between the 2 best footballing sides in the prem, lets hope Old mother Riley doesnt spoil it!
iceman10
20/01/2007 19:40:00
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The truth do you feel you are making a point? If Arsenal turn you over tomorrow you will be no further ahead, it aint over till the fat lady sings, I dont hear music yet, you have not won the league.
col8
20/01/2007 19:53:00
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Come on UTD ! Ground the scum into the dirt,4-2 again,easy.Let's hope Gilberto has a good game,oh....Nevermind,Flamini to the rescue! :(
HATEtheGOONS
20/01/2007 19:58:00
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The truth? You probably know better than Ferguson about who deserved to win that game. Have you ever won the title at Highbury? No, and never will. There's an lol for you. And by the way, Coolio - Gangsta's paradise?! Poor:)
G4L
20/01/2007 20:01:00
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HtG old idiot! Welcome! Any news from mid-table obscurity?
G4L
20/01/2007 20:03:00
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Gl4 u oldsapp,yeah got a draw at some no-hopers 2day,at least we did'nt lose,that wud be embarrassing would'nt it.Plus we've got a bye into the Final of the League cup,so it's goin alrite.Hope your looking forward to seeing Ronaldo/Rooney/Scholes tearing your backline to pieces 2morrow.Enjoy.
HATEtheGOONS
20/01/2007 20:18:00
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