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Arsenal vs. Slavia Prague

Emirates Stadium

23/10/07

19:45GMT

Arsenal V Slavia Prague

Arsenal will take a massive step towards qualication on Tuesday if they can over come Slavia Prague at home.

The Gunners have made a great start to their Champions League campaign, beating Sevilla 3-0 at home, followed by a 1-0 away win against Steaua Bucharest.

That has left Arsenal sitting top of their group with two home games still to play. Arsene Wenger will hope that his team have the group tied up before they visit Spain to face Sevilla on match day five.

Wenger will also be hoping his side can make it twelve wins on the bounce before they face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

With two massive games coming up it's likely that Arsene Wenger will rotate his team. Fabregas, Toure, Flamini and Hleb could all be rested.

Vital Quotes:

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger warned his players about becoming complaicent when they face Slaiva: 'It's a typical, tricky tie,' Wenger said.

'We could think that, because we beat Sparta Prague, we'll beat Slavia too. But the Champions League doesn't work like that. We needed to dig deep to beat Steaua.

Slavia also beat Steaua and they scored two goals at Sevilla. This is another good mental test.'


The Arsenal manager also claimed that his side have learnt a big lesson after exiting the Champions League in the first knock out round last season: 'The PSV game must serve as a big warning. You never have easy games in this competition.

But we've learned from our mistakes and I feel our teamwork is better.

'Before, we conceded a lot from counterattacks and set-pieces but now we're stronger in defence.'


Slavia coach Karel Jarolim claims that everyone is beatable, even Arsenal: 'Arsenal are one of the best teams in Europe but we won't commit the same mistakes we made in Sevilla.

Our players must be at the top of their games and we must play as a team, both in defence and attack. Everyone is beatable – even Arsenal.

They're the favourites to win the group but there's no reason why we can't create a small miracle.'

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal will be without injured Duno Phillipe Senderos and Robin van Persie for the visit of Slavia Prague.

Tomas Rosicky will continue his comeback from injury after making his return against Bolton at the weekend.

As I mentioned, Wenger is likey to rest players with one eye on the Liverpool game. Theo Walcott could make his first Champions League start for Arsenal, and get a rare game playing int the middle.

Player to watch: Theo Walcott

The 18-year-old striker showed what he can do when he came on against Bolton.

Some have doubted his talents in recent months, but I'm delighted to say that I'm not one of them.

His and power make him an opponent to be feared. It's just a matter of time before he gets the recognition that his talent deserves.

I'm not going to tip him to get his first Champions League goal, it'll probably jinx him!

Slavia Prague Team News:

Former Liverpool Vladimer Smicer did not travel with the visiting team. Nor have Dusan Svento, Petr Janda, Martin Latka and Erich Brabec.

Midfield duo Daniel Pudil and Michal Svec should both return after recovering from injury.

Player to watch: Stanislav Vlcek

The Czech international has made a fine start to the season for Prague. He scored a brace at the weekend to take his tally to seven for the season.

He'll play up front on his own, so will need support from midfield, but either way he will pose a threat to Arsenal's goal.

Match Facts & Stats

If Arsenal win they will be just two wins away from setting a new club record for consecutive victories.

Those two games are Liverpool and Manchester United.

This season is Arsenal's 10th consecutive in the Champions League.

This is Slavia's debut season in the Champions League.

Slavia Prague are only the second team to feature in the Champions League.

If Adebayor is booked he will miss the trip to Prague.

Match Prediction:

It'll not be an easy game for Arsenal, and with everyone thinking about Liverpool at the weekend I'm going to opt for a draw.




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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 22 2007

Time: 9:54PM

Your Comments

should be a 3-0 win to you lot i cant see them making many chances or giving you a hard time so should be quite easy for you
muffdaddy1983
nah muffdiver, it'll be cold - proper freezing. Bearing in mind half our team are from Africa/Spain, I can see a draw or a cheeky 1 niller.
michael105uk
nice pic there simmy.
G4L
...and still going for the reverse jinx predictions? predict a draw or loss end we end up winning.
G4L
I thought the picture would go down well. And afraid not mate, I honestly think it'll be a draw with all things taken into account.
simmy8_2000
i think Arsenal will win 2-0
fcdematthew
2-0. second goal to come late.
ArsenalRob
Simmo, is it true that Slavia are only the 2nd team to feature in the champions league? Talk about an exclusive competition!

I'm hoping to see Theo score... :P »»Arsene knows««
Wingston75
and ps - I'm not jinxing him there, I'm hoping, not expecting :) Good preview, Simmo... »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
arsenal to win scrappy, maybe 1-0
supersof
1-0 or 2-1 will do.
49ers
I'm hoping we match their previous "biggest away loss" record and win over them 5-0. :D
entropy13
I don't think "everybody" is thinking about Liverpool. Wenger will make sure of that! And we can set the new record for consecutive wins at Sheffield in midweek between pool and manure. Or don't carling cup games count?
afri-gooner
I think he'll go w the same formation he used at the weekend, except replace eboue w rosicky.
thenry009
I think we will draw....maybe 1-1.
AB_Arsenal
Easy 2-0 win for us. i would want some of the regulars rested for this game, as our squad is good enough to dispose off Slavia..
luckys_10
we still haven't conceded in the champions league this season. I hope we can keep that going a little while longer, maybe break our record from '06 and not concede at all!
afri-gooner
I cannot post for some reason
BMF
Oh, nevermind. I don't want any of them to leave except maybe Lehmann. I don't like the way he's talking crap about his own teammate.
BMF
Oops, posted on the wrong topic. Anyway, won't accept less than a 2-nil win for Arsenal.
BMF
It's on the wrong topic but I cannot stop laughing at Spurs 3-1 defeat by Newcastle. Cannot believe that there are Spuds fans who think their precious Dawson is just as good as Kolo Toure. I hope that match has opened their eyes.
BMF
Haven't seen a squad line up, but I hope Diarra gets some playing time. Would hate to see him leave as he'll be a more than capable replacement for Bertie
bseymour
4-0 to the Arsenal.
flv
Of course I'll take a 2-0 win, it'll still be a win for the Arsenal anyway.
entropy13
Afri-gooner Your right we will break the record with a win today, at Anfield, and at Sheffield.
gunnerkid107
what i want from tonights game would be a good amount of playing time for Diarra and Walcott, a good game from Eduardo, and of course 3 points.
ArsenalRob
we are at home!
korodon
thanks gunnerkid! that should motivate the players even more. One each in the CL, PL and cup and they're in the record books! They might as well beat United as well than!
afri-gooner
main thing is a win and no injury
fcdematthew
oops, that'll be second Czech team, Wingers. Well spotted that man, you've passed that test...:-P
simmy8_2000
Ah, we're playing at home - that makes a difference, thought it might be in the frozen wastelands. Let's get a good result tonight, 2-0 so we don't need to go away to Prague on 7th Nov and get a win. We could draw/lose that then it's a nice evening game on 27th away at Sevilla. Win tonight and we're pretty much through.
michael105uk
On the subject of Jens "Don't humiliate me" Lehmann. Keep him on the bench. I don't want a player like that playing for Arsenal. Look what happened when Eboue acted up last year, he was shunned and dropped to teach him a lesson. Jens just won't shut up, if he did, he'd probably get back into the squad.
michael105uk
right, leaving work now but will be on later with some comments as the game progresses for those of you without ITV4. Although if you are reading this you probably have broadband, and thus should know about Sopcast. Channel 30188 is showing the game live.
michael105uk
Right, home and fed (fish & chips as the lady has finally come back from holiday). Team surprise is Theo starts up front. Almunia in goal just to p*** Jens off again!
michael105uk
eboue on the right, Hleb on the left and the rest as per normal, sagna, kolo, billy, clichy, cesc, flamster & ade finish it off.
michael105uk
just to say that the pitch looks stunning. It's partly artifical "grass" and it looks like it's never been used before.
michael105uk
hahaha. 5 minutes gone, Cesc - 1-0. Come on Arsenal!
michael105uk
The crowd: "Are you Tottenham in disguise?"
michael105uk
faaaab!!
KaoTeK
ooops just woke the missus jumping around on the bed lol...
KaoTeK
excellent! Hleb, 2-0! For any of you not watching this, it's already become a training game. Prague are trying but they can't compete.
michael105uk
Hleeeeb!!no sleep 4 the missus tonight them ahaha...
KaoTeK
Cesc is on FIRE...
Spartan Gooner
KaoTak / Mike, thanks for the updates. No ITV here in Africa :( The local stations are showing the United game. can't be Arsed, watching Lost as i follow up the BBC live text and your updates.
KenyanGooner
haha!!! 3-0 and guess who............ THEO WALCOTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
michael105uk
THEO! THEO!
Spartan Gooner
goal !!!!!
HENRY`14
Theo! fu(king brilliant!
KaoTeK
that wud've been some goal from Eboue...
Spartan Gooner
theo is now a different player, he's getting the ball, and working and running. Just had the most audacious shot from tyhe right hand touch line by eboue. Only just missed the left post. Half time here kids, Arsenal 3-0, it's a walk in the park. There simply is no comparison in the quality between last nights shambles featuring our dear neighbours and tonight.
michael105uk
No worries Kenyan... btw Im watching in thailand, but my cable has super sport 3 (the African / dstv channel) you dont get it in Kenya? will keep you up to date though ;-)
KaoTeK
Hi Kenyan, no worries either. I live in Clapham in London but can't get a season ticket - so I'm left watching it on the TV.... Don't worry though mate, I'll keep you updated! Hakuna matata!
michael105uk
Ok so where are all the online gooners hailing from??? so far we got Thailand, Africa and sarrrrrrrrf Laaaahndaahn......
KaoTeK
mumbai , india .....those ********s r showin da man u game here ... !!!
HENRY`14
USA!!! Keyangooner if you go to the forum on this site ReMad posts highlights of the goals just minutes after it happens. He has all 3 first half goals up already.
gunnerkid107
Hleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeb again.......beautiful goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KaoTeK
Hleeeeeeb!!! simply feckin awesome tonite
nikolaijns
I have to think soon AW will take Ade off and put Bendtner on.
gunnerkid107
You guys should really try and get feeds from supersport3, they always show arsenal games........I'll do a bit of research and try and get some links for you guys......
KaoTeK
sorry, went out for a cigarette (I'm trying to quit) YESSSSSS Theo!!!!!!! 5-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!
michael105uk
Walcott again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You fu(kin beauty!!!!!!!!!Theo looks chuffed (and so am I!!!!!!)
KaoTeK
To explain more about Theo's second. He's just exceeded the laws of physics. YESSSSSSSSSSSS Cesc 6-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
michael105uk
I don't adam and eve it....Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaab!!!!
KaoTeK
DSTV do not screen most of the Arsenal's premiership matches so I got GTV, which unfortunately does not have the Champions League. Bummer.
KenyanGooner
TTHHHHEEEOOO!!!!!! Henry-like goal from the man they call the next Titi!!!!
gunnerkid107
i have sopcast but cant find da game !!!! a gamecast just sucks ! I NEED TO SEE THIS MATCH !!!!!!!!!
HENRY`14
wohoo im a kenyan in australia nothing here as well lets go for 8-0
anonymous
I'll go back to Theo's second. He hit it with the outside of his right boot. That means the ball should swerve away to the right. Theo hit it though and it swerved to the left.....
michael105uk
a hatrick for theo would be awesome
anonymous
Are you Tottenham in disguise LMMFAO
KaoTeK
FAB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
gunnerkid107
ne1 knw wer i can see da goals atleast ! ?
HENRY`14
cheers, gunnerkid. looks like Arsene's Army is gunning for a cricket score :D
KenyanGooner
Get TVANTS they have all the arsenal games in English
gunnerkid107
FABTASTIC...
Spartan Gooner
mate im all the way in sydney its 6 in the morning here and the game has been an absolute ripper! *****in hell we just scored another one!!
cescfab4
what channel on tv ants
anonymous
guys get TVAnts and http://arsenaltv.blogspot.com/ will give you links to all the available arsenal matches... I am in class and dont know what the prof is talkin' about today :)
Spartan Gooner
Thats odd Kenyan......for some weird reason my cable is all from DSTV....MNET, super sport and all that....they always show Arsenal matches on SS3 - maybe its the S.A DSTV??? Triple sub TR, GS & NB on for AH,MF & EA......You guys could also try feeds from Thai channels (UBC true sport)
KaoTeK
Flamini, Adebayor and Hleb off, Gilberto, Bentdner & Rosiky on. More than one eye on the Scouser game at the weekend... Just gone a bit quiet now. Hold on....
michael105uk
Well saved Manu......you watching Herr Lehman???
KaoTeK
great save by Almunia. Shot on right side of area needed to be saved and was.
michael105uk
Slavia seeing a bit of the ball here, well - they couldn't see any less really!
michael105uk
a bloke who plays for Slavia and sounds suspicially like *********ack has just been booked.
michael105uk
Nice to see the team trying to get Theo his hat trick....sure Tommy could have scored from there......
KaoTeK
THANK U GUYS SOOO MUCH !!! finally i get to see the match !!
HENRY`14
b**locksack may make it easier. Another good save by Manu, and then another great effort by Tomas to set up eboue. Good save at his near post. Corner was well cleared
michael105uk
Another good save from Manu
KaoTeK
why so many yellow cards???
anonymous
good work by bert, sets up theo who shoots but it's a corner
michael105uk
theo almost hattrick, thomas hit the crossbar on the followup. Unbelievable game!
michael105uk
I think I predicted a cheeky 1 nil to us at the start.....
michael105uk
Cmon theo get a hat trick!!!!
KaoTeK
Miraclous save by the Prague keeper to deny Theo a hat trick. One of the best saves you will see all season.
gunnerkid107
7-0. Niklas Bendtner! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
michael105uk
Bendtner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Lol
KaoTeK
Wish this game went on for another 90 LoL
KaoTeK
7!... heaven!
Unwell
Side note : Rangers seem to be coming back into their game with Barca after weathering an erly storm. Might even sneak something out of the game. That would be brilliant.
KenyanGooner
Double figures Please!!!! Would really make everyone, read TH14, sit up and notice
KenyanGooner
that's it guys. 7-0. Theo & Cesc both with 2, Hleb with 1 1/2 (it was an own goal really) and Bendtner rounds it off. Football from another planet tonight, it really really was.
michael105uk
what an amazing match !!!
HENRY`14
Been a pleasure lads, bring on Liverpool and Man U.......aint gonna get any sleep so pro Evo it is then ahaha.....
KaoTeK
Question for the night????? Who gets MOTM???Tough one that eh???
KaoTeK
Great display of Wengerball, and a fantastic confidence booster going into a difficult next few weeks.
KenyanGooner
For me gotta be Theo after all the slating he's been getting, but in honesty it was a vintage Arsenal performance.l....
KaoTeK
Kenyan...if you've got DSL/ASDL I'll try n hook you up with some feeds so you won't have to miss anymore matches.....
KaoTeK
Cheers KaoTek, unfortunately I only have broadband at the office. Use a rather slow GPRS connection at home. Thinking of ditching the Pay TV for ADSL. Got the pay TV for football only anyway.
KenyanGooner
Feel your pain man...I live on an Island so am using GPRS too, though luckily it's an "edge" connection which means I get pretty fast d/l speeds (most new phones have edge as standard)
KaoTeK
what a way to set yourself for the anfield trip. hopefully liverpool journey to besiktas wont be as smooth sailing. they're also travelling without torres. is he injured? hope he's out for the weekend clash as well
cescfab4
7-0 to the arsenal................. thank you boys and thank you arsene for a masterclass in football. 'nuff said.
supersof
ber-limey! What a stunning performance. I was astounded by some of the play i witnessed. Now all i need to do is find suffficient time tomorrow to read all the match reports... no crowing after tomorrow though, an exceedingly difficult match awaits at Anfield this weekend.

»»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
Wow - perfect football!! Great result, but more than that, what a way to play. Don't tell anyone I said this, but sometimes I wish I was an Arsenal fan. I'll deny it if challenged!!! btw - No Spuds over here at the moment?
CLVilla
fantastic win tonight, I'm lucky enough to have watched it in a pub in Berlin, but know how frustrating it is to try to find matches on the net in the middle of the night from Australia, like some of the other folks on here tonight. Perhaps someone can compile a list of links to live streams ...
JakeB
One of the most perfect displays of total football in the history of the beautiful game. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Emirates was rocking! Credit to the Slavia players for trying to play positive football, and the attitude of their fans, especially after the final whistle.
G4L
wt a game it was. everyone played well. Theo was awesome, Fab was his usual self, Hleb seems to be getting physically stronger, and good to see Bert back. Flam was ok tonight. i feel Bert should start against pool, Flam looks a bit jaded. and i say give Theo a chance to run riot at the pool defence..
luckys_10
so much for all our predictions of 1-0 or 2-0 then. or even the draw! Theo was great, but slightly over-rated in this game. Clinical, and thats the beauty of him, obviously with his pace, but not as involved as i would have liked. But great, and he has plenty of time to work on that.
ArsenalRob
great result for you lot i think that is the best i have seen arsenal play for years if not ever..... but it will be totally different at anfield we will be on a high after the derby (no matter how we won it) and you are on a high after tonight so its going to be a great game good luck for the rest of the season well apart from the games against us lol.........
muffdaddy1983
7-0.......and i though it would be 1-1 :)
AB_Arsenal
MuffDaddy if you dont come away from Turkey with all 3 points you will be coming into our game limping. 3 points is a must or you will be in some deep ***** in your group.
gunnerkid107
muffdaddy1983, are you having a laugh? Arsenal played great football before this. In Europe, with the exception of Barcelona (well maybe Arsenal & Barca are equal), Arsenal plays the most attractive football. So, who should be Man of the Match? Walcott? Hleb? Fabregas?
BMF
I hope those Walcott-bashers can finally see that he deserves a place in our team. He's on superb form, not just for this match but also on previous matches.
BMF
Walcott is getting all the praise but this was a team performance. The movement was brilliant. Cesc 2nd goal was fantastic. Boy do I love my team. For me, Hleb was MOTM. He was outstanding. For all the gooners that knocked him last year, this guy just needed to come out of TH14's shadow. The guy has movement and vision. For little Theo, dynamite comes in small packages and with our seasoned warrior in our Little Spaniard at the helm, the sky is the limit. They just gotta believe. Bring on the Pool, it will be a good test of how we really are. Just dont let Clattenburg anyhere near Anfield. I know he's dropped for the next week, but he's probably like the Raven. If Gerrard goes down like he did against Everton, then he really is a buffon. Liverpool are there for the taking.
themadafrican
what a performance before the liverFool game
fcdematthew
I predicted a 5-0...but that wasn't enough, the Arsenal won 7-0! :D
entropy13
"Theo was great, but slightly over-rated in this game." You what mate??? Slightly over-rated???? to each their own and all that, but 2 goals and an assist aint too shoddy for an 18 year old in his full CL début (who incidentally was getting slated by a large number of Gooners in recent weeks)
KaoTeK
The world of the Gooner doesn't seem to get better than it feels this morning. Even accouting for the opposition, there's not many teams that could have dismantled Slavia in that style. However, Wenger points out on arsenal.com today that the next 10 games are the real determinants for us, because 8 of them are away. I'd say the next 2 are the key ones - win them both and it would be pretty difficult to stop the Arsenal juggernaut. However, even if we lose both, I don't see this team's spirit wilting and would fancy them to fight back strongly.
Gooner_Vin
sorry take that back... Theo was awesome, but i still feel that the press are all on about it abit too much coz he's english
ArsenalRob
 

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