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West Ham vs. Arsenal

Upton Park

29/09/07

15:00BST

West Ham V Arsenal

Saturdays's game should be an easy game for Arsene Wenger's Arsenal. At least on paper. But as we all know, football matches are not decided on paper, they're decided on a football pitch.

The gunners have not manager to defeat The Hammers since they made their return to the Premiership two years ago.

Indeed, West Ham are the only visiting team to win at Ashbuton Grove since it opened last season when they managed an undeserved 1-0 win over The Gunners.

Arsenal fans will be hoping that off-field matters do not interfear with the players performances after Mr. Usmanov increased his Arsenal holdings to 23% on Friday.

Arsenal go in to the game undefeated this season, winning all but one game.

Vital Quotes:

West Ham Manager Alan Curbishley is hoping he can field his first choice strike partnership or the first time this season: We started the season with Bobby Zamora and Craig Bellamy, and then at Newcastle we had Carlton Cole and Dean Ashton, so hopefully now we can get Bellamy and Ashton together.
'It's a proper game, with a great atmosphere, and everyone is looking forward to it. The one thing you know about Arsenal is that they will come and play their game. They are a top side but we'll wait and see what happens.

'It comes around so quickly. Arsenal rested a lot of players on Tuesday
(against Newcastle) but I think we talk about 'three games in a week' too much. It's perhaps all in the mind a little bit, but we'll find out on Saturday.'

Arsene Wenger revealed that he is still caustious of what Arsenal can achieve this season: 'I am still cautious because it's only the beginning of the season and we need to prove we are consistent at that high level throughout the whole year.
'I feel our big strength is our togetherness and camaraderie and the fact that everyone is on the same wave-length.

'It is not easy to keep that in a young team but we must try.'

West Ham Team News:

Craig Bellamy, Scott Parker and former Gunner Freddie Ljungberg are all set to return for West Ham after coming through West Ham's Carling Cup game against Plymouth in the week.

Bobby Zamora, Calum Davenport, Nigel Quashie, Julien Faubert and Kieron Dyer are all still out.

Player to watch: Dean Ashton

The English striker has shown his worth over the last couple of weeks, showing lethal form in front of goal, as well an fantastic link up play. His power will pose a serious threat to Arsenal's back four on Saturday afternoon.

Arsenal Team News:

Eduardo Da Silva has joined Gallas, Lehamnn, Hleb and Rosicky on Arsnal's injury list. Alex Song is also expected to miss out.

Gilberto could return to the midfield ahead of Flamini with Senderos expected to return to his back four role to partner Kolo Toure.

Eboue came through the Carling Cup game with no problems, so he coul slot in on the right side of midfield.

Player to watch: Manu Adebayor

Adebayor has made a fantastic start to the season, scoring 6 goals in as many games for Arsenal. with fabregas likely to be shut out of the game, Adebayor could well be key for the Gunners if they are to come away with 3 points.

Ref Watch:

Alan Wiley will lead out the two teams on Satuday. In his five games so far this season he has issued 17 yellow cards and just 1 red.

Match Prediction:

I'm not at all confident going into this match. I'm going to say that the Gunners will suffer their first defeat of the season. 1-0 to West Ham. Ljungberg to set up Ashton for a goal late in the second half.




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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 29 2007

Time: 12:18AM

Your Comments

not confident???? ill say 2-1/2-0, depite it being a tricky tie, arsenal r 2 good at the moment
sammylash
I am actually pretty confident. Something i have never felt ahead of a West Ham game recently. I say 3-1 to the Arsenal.
gunnerkid107
it will be tough. its away and we only won away once since march. plus we ahve so many players out.
korodon
Gilberto might play at CB, with Flamini lining up at CM. It should be a good game, and RVP and Ade should line upfront. I fancy a draw at the least and a win will be pleasing.
prits
I would hope for a 2-1 win :)
AB_Arsenal
Arsenal win 1-0. and hope that westham will be relegated at the end of the season. no more worries about losing to them anymore next season, and Sheffield Utd get promoted. SU seem easier meat than westham.
fcdematthew
2-0.simple
MYgood-ners
This is simmo's old trick from last season, predicting a defeat so that we go on and win the game :d..
luckys_10
hahahahaha! Its sort of like reverse psychology isnt it? If your not at all confident you are supporting Spurs at the moment. West Ham are turd, we are top of the league. They luckily beat us twice last year when we had problems we dont have now, come on! 2/3-0 to Arsenal!
Goofle
Arsenal win 2-1!
Louisa
Off topic - I'm also hoping we get a draw against Chelsea or Liverpool in CC later today. Better face them now than later when they're having troubles... (reverse psychology again)
Louisa
2/3-0 to The Gunners
Warri Gooner
We'll only win by a margin, say 1-0 or 2-1, West Ham are a good side even without Tevez, in fact they're even more compact now. Robin Van Persie and Fabregas for us, Ashton for them.
stukazufuss
difficult match, but at the same time, i think wenger will have our players really geared up for this one. 3-1 to the gunners. maybe even 3-0. Sheffield U away in CC. Could be tricky, but im deffinately expectin a young gunners' victory. why is it chelski and the spuds always have such good draws. Chelsea got leicester at home and spuds blackpool at home!
ArsenalRob
van perise twice and ade to score
ArsenalRob
if we're serious abt a title challenge, this is must win game.. i don care how many goals we score or how many we let in as long as we come back with 3 points.. we hv a game in hand but that doesnt matter, wat matters is 3 points everytime we play a good mid-table team..thats a title winning side for me.. i hope the players are fired up for a revenge as i sure as hell do.. do it for wenger who was made fun by everybody for the same fixture last year.
McGooner
VAnnnnnnnnnnnnn da mannnnnnnnnnnn scoresssssss at 16th min ahahahahha
afghenry
Good start, lets keep it up!
AB_Arsenal
it feels soo wierd to see fredie wearin a west ham jersey ! all those gr8 memories just came back !....WE STILL LOVE U FREDIE !...( but PLS dont score today !)
HENRY`14
go gunners! lets see what we do in Second half where we are strong.
questforavalon
We just need one more goal for some guarantee.
AB_Arsenal
Damn i hate this keeper :(
AB_Arsenal
AB, it is like every keeper who faces Arsenal. They get the max workout and have a blinder.
questforavalon
btw Drogba got sent off in their Fulham game heeeheeee :D
Louisa
Your right questforavalon they always seem to turn into world class keepers when they play us, but thank god we actually won this one :) Plus Chelsea drew and liverpool just won so pretty good weekend so far.
AB_Arsenal
***** Portsmouth 7-4 Reading!!!! Must have been some game!
AB_Arsenal
yess!!! we held on 1-0 win
49ers
now dig that lawro (bbc), u useless piece of trash.. west ham to win eh?.. haven't u got enuff egg on ur face oredy.. well, its always nice to hv the last laugh.. hahahaha.. top of the table baby.. btw, chelsea is going all wrong.. not that it bothers me but it opens up a place for man city in the top 4.
McGooner
as much as we're grateful for his physical presence, adebayor needs to improve his finishing. its been said a million times but chances are far and wide in games like these and we just have to be more clinical in front of goal. i have to say we got a bit lucky with some of the decisions. cracking shot (right foot!) by van persie. should have been 2 nil up. but all is well and bring on steaua bucharest!
cescfab4
i predicted 1-0! :D
fcdematthew
Excellent win for us today lads! Freddie was level for his goal, no doubt about that, so we were a bit fortunate in that sense to get all 3 points. I'm sure we'll have a few decisions go against us this season to balance it out though. Old Trafford anybody? Anyway, well chuffed with the score and well chuffed with the Premiership table.
flv
How bad is Hleb's injury?
cambs gooner
How bad is the Hleb's injury?
questforavalon
Totally agree cescfab4, ade has missed too many chances all season, should have 12 goals by now, but as long as we are winning thats all that matters. Anyway its now up to Djourou to hold Man Utd at bay,....go Djourou tackle the crap out of rooney and ronaldo!!!!
AB_Arsenal
i think from here all the way to january is a really crucial period for us. If were still top by january well be in with a proper chance. Thats when you can tell roughly whos in and whos out for prem. We would have to do realy badly to fail to stay top through october, we should make it ok through november and december seems fine too. I know its fairly obvious but consistency is key here. keep winning games such as today and give ourselves as much space at the top to keep us away from the others and we have a great chance. focus and we shall be rewarded
ArsenalRob
Although chances were'nt taken this was still a dead tricksy fixture, hope Hleb aint too badly knocked up cos it did look a bit viscious in slo mo. I'm well chuffed with the win and the fact that WE'RE STILL TOP OF THE LEAGUE, I SAY WE'RE STILL TOP OF THE LEAGUE!!
nikolaijns
Hleb's injury is not so serious. it's only a bruising on his foot. he should be ok for the next league game, and will likely miss the champions league game..
luckys_10
Flv, Hleb had a stone nailed penalty against West Ham last season, which wasn't given, and we went on to lose the game 1-0. everything has a way to balance itself out..
luckys_10
We should be ok until we go away to Liverpool on 28 Oct. So nice to see Chelsea in 7th place, Spurs and Bolton in 18th and 19th. FANTASTIC~!
Louisa
Not a great win a bit down on other games but still workman like. Thought WH were really laying in the boot both Boyer and Parker? should have been given red cards. The foul on Helb looked really bad however the news is its only bruising, looked worse on the replay. Adebayor could have pulled a hamstring and that will take time to heal which will increase worries as we head into a heavy fixture list. The best part was the whole team played as a team 11 players in defense when it was needed. Even Swiss Tony had a good game hope the boy is now finding confidence. And your right Green had a very good game, so did our keeper. That Dean Ashton looks a good player pity we missed out on him.
alwaysgunner
I hadn't forgotten about that one luckys, I was talking with regards to the usual, 'these things even themselves out over the course of a season', quote. If we're talking about bad decisions equalling themselves out over the course of history then even if we are given 3 dubious penalties against ManU every single game for the next ten years, it will never equal the Solskaer(Hope I spelt that wrong) dive that got Campbell sent off and banned for the season run in, or the 14 man performance that ended our 49 run etc etc.
flv
Full draw for the Fourth Round of the Carling Cup: Sheffield United v Arsenal Luton Town v Everton Portsmouth v Blackburn Rovers Chelsea v Leicester City Tottenham Hotspur v Blackpool Bolton Wanderers v Manchester City Coventry City v West Ham United Liverpool v Cardiff City
fcdematthew
Luckys, we're you able to watch the game? The ********s here didn't show it. I had to settle for live text!
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
NO ! they dint show the game on tv in india ..cos of the kingfisher open...
HENRY`14
Flv it wasn't solsjkaer, it was rooney who dived to win that penalty, and the game wasn't live here as h14 said, but they are showing it later tonight, so i'm going to see it. b tw im su[rised at the number of arsenal games not shown live on tv in the uk. even the spuds game wasn't live if i'm correct. why are most arsenal games not live in the uk?
luckys_10
Luckys, the Campbell/Solskaer incident I was refering to was the Highbury home game of the 2002-3 season. The one where Campbell was sent off, which led to him being banned for the close season games, one of them being Bolton away the one that finished 2-2, (KeownO.G eqalized late for the Orcs). And yep, I remember the Rooney incident at OT too as well as the two incidents earlier on that match which should have seen Ferdinand off for a last man type foul on Freddie who would have been clean through on goal, and Van Horsieface for an off the ball kick out on our mate Ashley Hole.
flv
oops Flv, i'm sorry mate, i didn't read ur message correctly, and ya i remember all those incidents, but what goes around comes around. and like yu said, these things even out over the course of the season, well i hope they dun even out this season atleast, let them all even out next season maybe, but i want everything to our way this season in every single game :p..
luckys_10
All you that didnt see the game here is a lifeline: http://arsenaltv.blogspot.com/ It will give you links to every Arsenal game. You just have to download a few programs which takes minutes. It was a really good game. Luck was on our side.
gunnerkid107
Heehee! You're right Luckys. I was hoping that things equal themselves out in about 1500 years after I'm dead. I wonder if Teddy Sheringham will still be playing then? 8-)
flv
anyone else wishing we play chelski in our next match!
NeoGunner
Lol NG thats what i was thinking as well....would be great to play Chelsea now.
AB_Arsenal
everybody wants to be playing us in their next match. but underestimate the mighty blues at your peril
daspecial1
 

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