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Arsenal vs. Spurs

The Grove

31st January 2007

19:45

On Sky

LC Semi Final Second Leg

A place in the League Cup final is at stake on Wednesday as Arsenal 'welcome` (yeah right) Spurs to The Grove for the Carling Cup semi final second leg.

Spurs took a 2 goal lead at White Hart Lane before Julio Baptista`s brace brought the game back to 2-2, a comeback instigated by a sensational second half performance from Cesc Fabregas. Fabregas has put in few better performances in the red and white but the youngster looks set to be rested for the second leg.

Arsenal should go into the game full of confidence after their second half performance at WHL but the absence of Baptista could provide a big psychological blow for the youngsters.

Vital Quotes:

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Theo Walcott is close to finding the net: 'In the past he has scored goals for fun. At the moment he had not scored, so it must play a part on his mind.

'What convinces me is he is such a good finisher in training and the way he took his last two chances was a bit hesitant.

'That means it is playing certainly a big part on his mind.' Wenger added: 'He is on the verge of getting over it [dip in form].

'Theo has made the biggest step now. It is part of growing - being hit by the expectation level.

'When you start, no one expects anything from you.

'Once you are established as a name, people expect something special from you every time you touch the ball.

'It is part of the maturing process to get over that and learn to deal with and stick to what made your game strong.'

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal could see Manu Eboue and Johan Djourou return from injury for the visit of Tottenham.

Gallas, Van Persie, Baptista, Ljungberg and Hleb are all confirmed as injured while Gilberto Silva returns from his 3 match ban

Player to watch: Theo Walcott

The young striker/winger is due a goal in Arsenal's colours.

He has been lacking in confidence of late and I'm sure Arsene will have taken him to one side to reassure him.

Walcott first goal and Arsenal to win 2-0 with Ladbrokes is 45/1. Got to be worth a punt, no?

Spurs Team News:

Ledley King and Dimitar Berbatov are injured and will miss the game. Mido faces a fitness test after suffering a back injury

Player to watch: Aaron Lennon

The tricky winger could cause Traore some problems down Arsenal's left so whoever players on the left wing will need to get back and support him.

Match Prediction:

I'm going for a 2-1 arsenal victory. Walcott to open the scoring before Aliadiere adds a second. Jenas with a late goal for Spurs.




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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 31 2007

Time: 1:28AM

Your Comments

yaw should sing this chant. "Who da youngest in charge. Who?. Is dem bois in the red and white"
Youngest in Charge
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31/01/2007 01:55:00

LOL sounds pretty good.
SpudKilla
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31/01/2007 02:11:00

should be a cracker. expect the spurs to try and take the game and not sit back, and that will play into our hands..
luckys_10
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31/01/2007 08:02:00

I'm looking forward to it. I think I'll be taking the North Bridge route into tonights game though.
hatespur
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31/01/2007 09:35:00

Any of you chaps heading along there tonight? I shall be at the game this evening, yellow quadrant. »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
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31/01/2007 10:08:00

IF THEO CAN SCORE TONIGHT THEN I M SURE ALL GOONERS WILL SEE A DIFFERENT THEO FROM NOW ON!
afghenry
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31/01/2007 10:25:00

I'll be there as usual wingston. Green quad lower tier. Bang on half way opposite the tunnel.
hatespur
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31/01/2007 11:37:00

ill be there too. front of laptop next to cup of coffee and banana bread. ill be the guy with earphones on trying not to wake girlfiend and neighbours up...except when we score
mish
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31/01/2007 11:44:00

i think this is the game where Theo proves himself as a arsenal favourite by scoring against the little rivals from down the lane. we only need a draw, but my head tells me we will score, so i am going 1-0 to us.
PUREGOLD
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31/01/2007 13:36:00

hhmmm i fancy some banana bread now........
fran merida
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31/01/2007 14:24:00

Expectations ARE high for theo tonight eh. i hope he scores, but failing that, i think we might see Ade scoring tonight. I hope Ali gets a few goals under his belt, coz we need his confidence up with RVP out, and tonight is his chance. i hope traore can handle lennon tonight, but we might see clichy getting a start. I hope not, though coz i want to see more of traore.
prits
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31/01/2007 15:45:00

Walnut is 45/1 to score. But What would Hills know? Ogh that's right. He's bottled it.......................
weststandvoice
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31/01/2007 16:46:00

top banana, hatespur - i can't say i'm lucky enough to be a regular attendee - only once earlier this season in person - and can't rememebr where green and yellow are in conjunction to one another. I shall find out tonight. Mate of mine reckon they'll not be servin alkeehawl for a midweek game? I sure hope they are, could do with a half time pint... »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
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31/01/2007 17:28:00

I guess we'll be seeing you in cardiff!
k_chelski
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31/01/2007 21:41:00

what the feck...Extra time?
k_chelski
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31/01/2007 21:44:00

AYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! thats game!!!!!!!!! 3-1 to the ARSENAL!!!!!!!!!! AYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!! OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!AYYYYYYYYY
Youngest in Charge
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31/01/2007 22:24:00

I guess we'll be seeing you at cardiff after all eh K-chelski !! and oh, how id love it if our kids beat ur over-paid bunch.
prits
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31/01/2007 22:25:00

Seems the young guns figured out what is expected. Beating spurs. At one point I was somewhat worried that it went into extra time, but going through on a goal advantage wouldn't have been cool. Technically they could still get away with saying ''We didn't loose'' this victory leaves no room.
Gunners
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31/01/2007 22:44:00

Is there any sight in the world more glorious than seeing those pikey subhumans slope out of our glorious cathedral whilst on the pitch at 115 mins our youth are showboating round their tired bunch of mercenaries and never weres!! Love it
nikolaijns
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31/01/2007 23:30:00

 

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