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Arsenal will be relieved to be facing a team such as Derby after playing Tottenham and Sevilla within 5 days of each other.

Arsene Wenger will have to ensure that that the tean do not under estimate Dery though, or a shock could be on the cards. It's sure to be a challenge for Wenger after the games Arsenal have played recently.

Some parts of the media would have you believe that Billy Davis' job depends partly on this game. If so, his posistion seems some what ominous.

We can expect a stark contrast in tactics from Derby after seeing Sevilla come an try to play an expansive game. Davis will pack the defence and 'park the bus', as they say.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene Wenger hinted that he would be rotating when he gav his press confrence on Thursday: 'I will rotate a little bit and try to get the right mixture between stability and some fresh legs as well.

'Gilberto will be back, maybe Theo Walcott will start, I do not know yet. Eduardo down the left can be a possibility as well.'

Derby Gaffer Billy Daivs made an attempt to rally his troops ahead of his teams visit to The Grove: 'They're a good side but we must prove we can compete.

To do that we have to come up against the Arsenals and prove ourselves.

'This is the joy for someone like me, to come up against the very best in the very best league in the world.

'It will be fantastic to pit my brains against his. Everyone, all of the players, should look forward to it.'

Arsenal Team News:

Bad news for Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky and Alex Hleb have joined William Gallas, Manu Eboue and Jens Lehmann on the treatment table.

On the plus side, Big Phill is back after suffering a hip injury against Sevilla in the week.

Player to watch: Eduardo Da Silva

The little man is yet to start a Premiership game for Arsenal, but his 2 goals in 2 cameo apperances will be doing his confidence the world of good.

He himself has come out and said that he is now over the initial nerves following his summer move from Zagreb.

Derby Team News:

Kenny Miller will be fit to start for Derby. Although both Giles Barnes and Darren Moore have recovered from injury, neither is ready to start.

Player to watch: Kenny Miller

The summr signing from Celtic is lethal in the box and he has the ability to punish teams if they give him time on the ball.

I'd hope that Toure will be the man marking him rather than Senderos, for obvious reasons.

Ref Watch:

Martin Atkinson will oversee his first Arsenal game of the season when he takes charge on Saturday. He has officiated two Premiership games this season, issuing 5 yellow cards.

Match Prediction:

I'd expect Arsenal to put at least 4 past a team like Derby. I can see Eduardo grabbing one, Fabregas, Adebayor and Van Persie getting goals.

Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Friday September 21 2007
Time: 11:28PM

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Thats diffrent for you simmy. You rarely ever like to say ur confident of a win. Even more rare is you saying you expect 4 goals. But this being probably the worst team to ever play in the prem, this is a game that we must win. And we will. :)
21/09/2007 23:36:00
actually, eduardo started the blackburn game......but then so did lehmann
22/09/2007 00:03:00
Eduardo didnt,, I thinkk
22/09/2007 00:27:00
Yea he did. Got replaced by Denilson late on.
22/09/2007 00:55:00
gilberto must play this one, he's the master of eading counter-attacks (which is the only outlet of goals for derby) i'd like to see us getting behind the defence more rather than score from long shots and set-pieces
22/09/2007 02:57:00
I hope he plays eduardo, he looks like hes ready to fire.
22/09/2007 03:15:00
We'd have to be looking for a 4 or 5-0 game you'd think but knowing Arsenal it'll probably be a 1-1 draw.
Ozi Gooner
22/09/2007 07:24:00
i think this will be a big win myself, we have been expecting someone to get turned over sooner or later, although much respect to derby for their winner against newcastle and that we must be wary of.
22/09/2007 08:23:00
3-0.all 2nd half
22/09/2007 08:37:00
Well, I hope we win this one nice and easy. In a way, this is a test for this Arsenal team, to improve our record against the weaker sides. There is no reason to believe, depsite our injuries, that we shold even draw this one.
22/09/2007 08:49:00
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