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Arsenal V Derby Preview

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.

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

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. :)
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21/09/2007 23:36:00

actually, eduardo started the blackburn game......but then so did lehmann
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22/09/2007 00:03:00

Eduardo didnt,, I thinkk
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22/09/2007 00:27:00

Yea he did. Got replaced by Denilson late on.
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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
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22/09/2007 02:57:00

I hope he plays eduardo, he looks like hes ready to fire.
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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
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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.
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22/09/2007 08:23:00

3-0.all 2nd half
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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.
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22/09/2007 08:49:00

Can you beat our 6-0?
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22/09/2007 10:28:00

aamir, we beat ur 0-0 against porstmouth 3-1 with 10 men
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22/09/2007 12:12:00

3-0 To the Gooners for me, I know we beat them 4-0 & the pool beat them 6-0. But they have sinced beaten the Barcodes, they would have taken a bit of confidence from that. Besides you know what happens when people think they are going to walk a game, they tend to get kicked in the Bo****cks
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22/09/2007 12:23:00

McGooner, we were playing at Fratton. You were playing at Emirates.
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22/09/2007 12:32:00

double figures if we play like we did vs sevila!
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22/09/2007 13:45:00

WHAATTA A GOAL !!!! 1-0 up in the 1st ten mins
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22/09/2007 15:12:00

Yeas 1-0 :)
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22/09/2007 15:17:00

2-0..... this is going 2 b good !!!!!!! :)
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22/09/2007 15:26:00

Lets get 3 so we can put the game to rest already!!!
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22/09/2007 15:30:00

I recon we need them to score to wake us back up
Ozi Gooner
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22/09/2007 15:57:00

dats 3-0 !!!!!
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22/09/2007 16:08:00

I hope ade gets his hatrick!
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22/09/2007 16:13:00

4-0 !!!!
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22/09/2007 16:29:00

cesc off for denilson. Tactical.
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22/09/2007 16:34:00

diara's on for walcott as well
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22/09/2007 16:35:00

cesc got the 4th, 20 yarder with his right foot! The boy is on fire!
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22/09/2007 16:35:00

5-0! Ade's again!!! And I've just put him into my fantasy team!
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22/09/2007 16:41:00

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22/09/2007 16:43:00

and the scousers can't buy a goal at the moment. 0-0 with Brum
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22/09/2007 16:48:00

and it's all over people. 5-0 to the Arsenal. That'll sort out any issues with the goal difference. Scousers have drawn, we're now 4 points clear of them having both played 6 games.
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22/09/2007 16:55:00

Yes great win and Liverpool drew.... :P
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22/09/2007 16:58:00

Lol spurs are now in the bottom three :)
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22/09/2007 17:03:00

the other good news about the Scouser game, is that Djourou was playing and listening to Steve Bruce, he played brilliantly. That's cover sorted when Toure disapears off to the African Cup.
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22/09/2007 17:16:00

Good comprehensive win, and it looks like cesc cannot stop scoring :)
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22/09/2007 17:24:00

What a winnn!!! it wasnt only a win but a ******** great winn,,,,,, aamir what the ***** did your liverfools??? could even creat a goal scoring chance play at home to BCFC??
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22/09/2007 17:34:00

Feel bad for Derby but hey always luv to see us give out a resounding Tonk, Liverpoo in a deadly dull goalless affair too, Diarra looked pretty damn tasty and Diaby was top draw, Cesc will be shooting from 40 yards soon the little scamp! 6 in the last 6!!, Ade is raising his personal bar to the next level - 5 in the last 2 prem games (OK only spurts and Derby I know) We are looking deadly.
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22/09/2007 17:48:00

Guys, who is the premiership leading scorer at the moment?
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22/09/2007 17:54:00

aamir.. i concede we only got 5 against them.. but if that takes us 4 points above u, i wont mind if we won it even by a single goal.. too bad pool couldnt get past djorou, our 3rd/4th choice cb..better luck next time...ahahahhaa..feels so nice to hv some cushion to second place
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22/09/2007 18:10:00

Diarra was very composed and quite impressive IMO. What a steal he was.
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22/09/2007 20:48:00

Great result! At this rate you'll win the league! I love watching you guys play btw :)
Pardew is Sexy
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23/09/2007 00:35:00

We were 10-1 for the title as the season kicked off - now we are 7-2 just 6 games into the season.
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23/09/2007 00:58:00

What do you all think would have happened if we'd got out of first gear?
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23/09/2007 11:04:00

bseymour, in all honesty i did think we actually played much better than 1st gear yesterday.. not the best of performances but still more than enough to whip derby all over the park.. i'd say 4th gear yesterday, meaning we still can shift 1 gear higher if we're facing the likes of manyoo, chelski, l'pool, barca and milan in europe.. now i can't wait to see wenger unleash bendtner against newcastle on tuesday.. hoping to see van persie alongside him and hopefully gilbert, denilson, hleb n walcott in the midfield, hoyte and traore as fullbacks with fab, diarra, almunia, adebayor and diaby on the bench
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23/09/2007 12:11:00


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