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Arsenal vs. Tottenham

The Emirates Stadium

08/01/08

19:45GMT

On Sky

Arsenal V Spurs

Arsenal's kids will once again to toe to toe with Tottenham's first team in the Carling Cup Semi Final.

It's the second time in as many season's that Arsene Wenger's talented youngsters have face the talentless Tottenham first team.

While it's a chance for Arsene Wenger to hand some youngsters a chance to prove themselves and gain some fitness, it's Spurs' only realistic chance of getting into Europe next season after a shocking start to the league season.

Juande Ramos' side will want to make up for his side's loss to Arsenal when Robbie 'amazing goal celebrations' Keane had a penalty save by the man who could soon replace his team mate as England Number One - Almunia.

Arsene Wenger has already confirmed that his team will be similar to the one that faced Balckburn in the last round of the competition.

If Arsenal progress, we could see a repeat of last season's final, when The Gunners faced rivals Chelsea.

However, Spurs could reach their first 'major' cup final since they won 'The Peace Cup' two years ago. *singger*

The Gunners' form has returned to it's outstanding best. Five wins in their last six see's them sitting atop of the Premiership, with only Portsmouth having taken anything from Arsenal. Spurs' have fallen at the hands of Arsenal in those 6 after a 2-1 win for the Gunners at home.

Spurs on the other hand, have won only three of their last six, drawing one and losing two. Both losses were 2-1. One was to Arsenal, the other to Villa. The've managed to beat such giants as Reading and Fulham...

Vital Quotes:

Arsenal's young 'Keeper Lukasz Fabianski is hoping he can make a name for himself when he starts betweent he stick on Wednesday night: 'It is a big, big game for me, the fans and for everybody who is a Gunner,' He told Arsenal TV.

'For me, it has been good to play in this competition and we now have two more games.

'It will be another chance to show my ability and how I am looking. I am ready for that and cannot wait.

'I know that this is a London derby game and I spoke to Manuel Almunia, who saved a penalty against Spurs.

'He told me that if you save a penalty against Tottenham then you are the biggest man in the world.

'For the Arsenal fans, it is a big thing to win against Tottenham.'


Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas says he and his team mates want to get revenge for their deat last year...and the year before, and the year before, and the year before and so on: 'I have sore memories and we want to have the opposite feeling this time around.

'We must be positive, this tie is the other way around and it might help us that we can bring them back to the Lane for the return game unlike last year.

'I am very confident that we can score goals whenever and wherever we play.'

Arsenal Team News:

The big news is that Robin Van Persie is back for Arsenal after recovering from a muscle injury in time to face one of the few Premiership teams he is yet to net a goal against.

Fabianski will start in goal, while Johan Djourou will make his first start of the season for Arsenal. Senderos will partner him in defence.

Theo Walcott is also avaliable again after overcoming a shoulder injury.

Player to watch: Robin Van Persie

As I said, Spurs are one of the few teams Van Persie is yet to score against. I'm tipping him to change that tomorrow.

Tottenham Team News:

Someone called Ledley King is likely to start for Spurs. Has anyone heard of him?

Berbatov is almost certain to be partnered by Robbie Keane as Spurs look to win their first North London Derby for nine years.

Younes Kaboul and Darren Bent are doubtful. Gareth Bale, Anthony Gardner and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are all out. While Huddlestone begins his 3-match ban.

Player to watch: Berbatov

There's no one else worth writing about at Spurs. He's the closest thing The Tiny Totts have to a class player, and he will pose a massive threat to Arsenal's young defence.

Match Prediction:

I'll have to go for a 3-1 win for Arsenal. Tottenham showed signs of tightening up at the back when Ramos took over, but that's gone out the window now. Bendtner and Eduardo have enjoyed playing together so far, and I think they'll continue their good work.




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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 8 2008

Time: 6:43PM

Your Comments

First one to post for the very first time in any article....YAY!..2-0 for us if Eduardo starts.
CoastarianGooner
Ha Simmo nice conciliatory piece for our neighbours there!, in all honesty we needed extra time at home to put this to bed last year, as the second leg this time will be away it is likely to play it's part again, I'm far more confident with a strike force of Dudu and Nik than I was with Aliadiere and the Beast though, think the team will be a mixture of regulars and the CC kids, come on you gunners!
nikolaijns
I predict Spurs will win. Job done!!!
Rocky7
Spuddies to take the lead, before the Red & White Army stuff them, 3-1 to us..
luckys_10
jenas wants revenge?dont they want that everytime we play them..i guess they already got excuses come wednesday
the arsenal
Are you sure that Jenas didn't say 'I am very confident that we can concede goals whenever and wherever we play.' Thats a much more realistic statement.
Ashburton Gooner
Come on you Gunners'.
Thing
Both are true, in fairness though Ashburton. It's just yours is more true than his is. The Arse to win, 3-1 this tie and 4-2 over the whole thing for me.
Carlosio
I loved Urby Emanuelson statement about Spurs. Apparently he was thinking of joining them but turned it down after talking to Edgar Davids, he said something along the lines of "Edgar Davids told me not to join Spurs, he told me if I leave Ajax it should only be for a top club in England, Spain or Italy".
Ashburton Gooner
The 1st tie is at home and some of the players are in good form, esp our strikers. I fancy an Arsenal win as well, though I wont be surprised if Spurs end up drawing this one. The thing is - Spurs are so unpredictable. They put up a good organised show in the League against Arsenal, then their defence crumbles against lower opposition. So I really dont know which Tottenham will turn up. Hopefully, its the latter.
prits
prits, I wouldn't base anything on the recent game at the Emirates. I said at the time the Spuds had everything to win & nothing to lose in that match, so they could go out & just play. Tomorrow night is completely different, They know they should be beating our youngsters so that puts pressure on them. I think the new manager effect is wearing off as well, they have yet to win in 2008 (albeit 2 games in) & their play has gone back to the way it was under Jol.
Ashburton Gooner
this is pathetic...am having an argument with somebody who cant even express himself in english!!cannavaro have u heard the saying to please a fool is to say yes?well i rest my case.........The preceding statement was posted on on our site by "the arsenal" where he is having a go at canavaro's spelling and grammar..........Now read another post by 'the arsenal' on our site.......“topspur1 you are out of your mind mate,1st of when i said what do u need 7 defenders for i was reffering to the game at the emirates not a whole season so having 7defenders was pointless since u cant play them all in one game unless rules have changed and for your info arsenal havent won nything yet this season so u saying that am jumping to the bandwagon is a pretty stupid view,i have been an arsenal fan for 20yrs...i dont really kno what that means to you but mate your excuses dont take u nywhere,everytime we beat you lot there got to be excuses,i guess they will never stop coz u lot dont look like beating us anytime soon!by the way do you think you will win tommorrow?" ...........Check out the above post that you posted, and you have the cheek to criticise canavaro
Topspur1
jesus I hope we win this, I dread the painful gloating of poyet, who irritates me no end.
JakeB
Eduaro to net has first hatrick for the Arsenal, RVP with a substitutes goal. I'm going for a 4-2 or 5-3 win for the gunners.
Ozi Gooner
topspur1 what i meant was that everything in his english was poor,i might be using abbreviations and slang coz who got time to write whole sentences?and if you are here to criticise me then read the end pf ur comment..."Check out the above post that you posted, and you have the cheek to criticise canavaro"..you should know that 'and' is used to connect sentences hence no need to put a comma before it...now go back and have some fun with your fellow spuds
the arsenal
You still haven't answered the question posted on our site 'the arsenal' How do you think you would cope with 7 defenders missing in a north London derby. It's a simple enough question
Topspur1
the only defender to talk about is king..the rest are a bunch of *****,the likes of Dawson,rocha and gardner arent really defenders are they?btw did you read your comment?put you back where you belong so dont try to correct people when you make some pretty awful mistakes,now answer my ?do u think u will win 2morrow topspur1?how many defenders are u missing this time?anymore excuses?
the arsenal
topsur1 did you hear about what Edgar davids told one of your targets emmanuelson?i thought he used to be one of you...apparently he told the young defender not to go to the mighty spuds and instead go to a big club lol
the arsenal
'THE ARSENAL' the 1st part of my post was a cut and paste of your comment which you pasted on our site, hence my comment referring to the preceding comments. I suggest you revisit post and read more carefully
Topspur1
'the arsenal' the discussion is not about the quality of the defenders, the question is how would you cope without 7 defenders. I'm a little bemused at your reluctance to answer what is after all is a straight forward question
Topspur1
topspur1 this is what am talking about "Check out the above post that you posted, and you have the cheek to criticise canavaro" do you notice the comma before "and".you probably wont notice that,do you think you will win tommorrow?
the arsenal
topspur1 we wont let in 4goals from setpieces against the might reading!thats how we would cope.
the arsenal
No I don't think we will win, but of course I live in hope. But I do think we have a better than even chance of coming out on top over the 2 legs. Assuming that Wenger plays his youngsters as in previous round
Topspur1
and you won the previous round when he played the youngsters?
the arsenal
Simmo, I'll have to write a piece in the forum about your predictions being way too positive... no pleasing some of us eh?? I would not bet on us winning even if it feels like we should be destined to replay the Chavs in the final. This matters more to the desperate Spuds and it really is about time they beat us... I'll meet you halfway though and we'll call it a 1-1 draw :-)
Andy-bayor
3-1 to us with eduardo,denilson and rvp coming off the bench to add the 3rd
the arsenal
Chelski won 2-1 against Everton....do I smell a repeat of last year's final coming up? *sniff* *sniff*
CoastarianGooner
Without Campbell, Cole, Lauren, Clichy, Cygan we reached a champions league final Topsp*r (creating defensive records along the way) so you should be doing far better in the premiership especially with the money you have spent.
iceman10
Of the players you had missing against us, Chimbonda gave away a penalty against us last year, Rocha was caught eating grass at the Emirates, Bale has been playing midfield, Gardner the less said the better, do u really miss assou-Ekotto?
iceman10
Top Spur mate how would we cope with 7 defenders out? We made a CL final with 5 out and a very make shift back 4 beating Real Madrid and Juve on the way there and breaking clean sheet record for the entire history of the European Cup. And cos I know you'll ask which defenders I will just save you the time and list them now, Campbell, Cole, Clichy, Lauren, Cygan and at times Eboue and Djouou both out too. We did that with a back 4 for the knock out stages of Gilbert/Eboue, Toure, Senderos and Flamini/Larsson. Excuses, excuses, typical Spud, getting them in ahead of time.
Ozi Gooner
iceman, you beat me to it. Oh well great minds think alike
Ozi Gooner
I predict Spurs to take the lead through Berbatov and, as usual, screw it up with some funny defence to amuse us (hope Robinson plays, despite his blunder in the FA Cup!) then Eduardo to kill them with goals (plural there) and he doesn't even bother to celebrate much - yes he's that cool. Then when he comes on as a sub, RvP to send their defenders shaking in their boots so much that they let in another goal.
Louisa
Also, forgot to say - I also predict that once we equalise, Berbatov keeps sulking at his useless friends and never gets back in the game.
Louisa
Robbo is rapidly running out of new and bizarre ways to let goals in, what next? will he take a goal kick facing the wrong way?
nikolaijns
LOL Niko! Or maybe when he does the goal kick, he can do a short one and make his defender score a deflected own goal?
Louisa
Mind, that own goal I suggested is different from the one that he made Gary Neville score against Croatia (that was a back pass that he just miskicked, or rather failed to kick), so technically our suggestions are indeed 'new and bizarre ways to let goals in'!
Louisa
I would give my everything to see Robbo attempt the 'Columbian scorpion' clearance!!
nikolaijns
Niko, I like how you so cutely call him Robbo - see he's endeared himself to you already with his great amusing performances. Long may it continue! :)
Louisa
I think the score will be 2-2.
AB_Arsenal
3-1 to the spurs! arse kids wont cope tonight!!!!
keano_god
You did indeed perform very well with 5 defenders missing, but with all due respect 5 is not 7. Take Toure and Eboue out of that side, how do you think you would perform. I accept that the quality of the players you had during that season were better than at WHL, I also accept that Wenger is a far better coach than Jol. But all that says to me is you can afford to sustain more injuries, than clubs that are not playing CL football
Topspur1
This will be a really weird one for me. A) I would LOVE to win this tie, and if the kids could get through against the Spuds first XI again the feeling would be AMAZING! But... B) I don't think I'll be half as gutted/upset/sick if we do go out as I would normally be after losing to 'them'. They have to beat us sooner or later. If it's in the Carling Cup - no big deal. Good luck tonight to the boys. Come on you Gunners... !!!!
grovesy14
2-1 to the Arsenal. Keane, Eduardo and Van Persie
flv
Is Laasy D in the squad? I read somewhere that he isn't. If that's true I'm pretty sure that means he's off.
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
B) I don't think I'll be half as gutted/upset/sick if we do go out as I would normally be after losing to 'them' grovesy14............good grief man! you can remember back that far? :)
nikolaijns
Well I'm sure he's older than his IQ niko
Topspur1
we are gonna win this time,u gooners..we are the underdogs but we will go through...coys..*********s...
Spurs_fan_from_india
Underdogs... ?? Against our 'second string'... ?? Says it all really.
grovesy14
grovesy14 "Underdogs... ?? Against our 'second string'... ?? Says it all really."surely u r right
princeoflove909
Come on you Gunners'. Rape the Tiny Totts.
Thing
Oh I miss Robbo! Too bad he's relegated to the bench!
Louisa
Haha I like how the cameraman did a Almunia-Jens with Cerny-Robbo, like staying on his face for seconds before the commentator mentions the possibility of Jens leaving. :D
Louisa
1 - 0 stick that up your fat red backsides!!!!!!!!!!
Scott Spur
First am surprised why Dudu is benched..Second,our defence is now feeling the pressure of Keane and Berbatov..Last but not least, the kids have shown us some beautiful footy....OOOOPS..as I finish typing..Berbatov scored...DAMN!
CoastarianGooner
y i snobody commenting on the match...c'mon u guys
karley
why do you expect?......lmao
Scott Spur
oh c'mon scott spur...how many times hav u been in the lead for a match only to lose it in the end.........i wouldn't get too cocky if i were u
karley
Jenas scored***
CoastarianGooner
hey coastarian gooner...are u watchin the match online...........my net speed is abt 100kbps......u tink i'd be bale to watch
karley
karley - i know that as much as anyone, but, to be totally truthful, we have to take every single tiny little piece of ground that we can. You know, I know it won't last, but please give me the time while it lasts......lol
Scott Spur
hmm....scott spur are u watchin the match online.....
karley
Long, long way to go yet. But we can but hope, sooner or later we will manage to hang on to a lead
Topspur1
easy guys, no need to panick. the first part of my prediction is true. we'll strike back to take this one in the second half..
luckys_10
and Theo should look up and run with the ball and pass it before he gets crowded out by 3-4 defenders..
luckys_10
no karley on Sky. I could of been really nasty there, but you seem like a reasonable footie fan.
Scott Spur
Yeah wondering why Dudu didn't start too. And RvP isn't looking complementary with Bendtner. Bendtner/Eduardo still seem like a better partnership. Anyway, Spurs taking lead = us equalising/winning according to history. Karley, I'm watching from one of these links here: http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=4410&part=sports
Louisa
Diaby is so casual and lazy in his play. agreed he is playing out of position, but he needs to show more determination and fight in his play, losing the ball far too frequently..
luckys_10
no Louisa, RVP is looking very lively, and is distributing the ball very well too. the only thing is we're losing the battle on the left side with Diaby and Traore both struggling against Lennon and Chimbonda. i'd take Diaby off straight away and put Dudu on and attack with three strikers and Theo, and let Berty and Denilson sit back..
luckys_10
For the record........if we do win tonight, i dont want to hear any excuses about how old your team was.......plenty of first team experience in that squad
Scott Spur
I thhink I would have been happier if RVP was still on, this boy Eduardo is some finisher
Topspur1
hmmm.........i agree, Wenger forced into 2 changes at half time, the gooners are rattled for sure
Scott Spur
blimey.........its almost as quiet in here as it is in the new library, all you can hear in both is spurs fans
Scott Spur
this is the Berbatov show................
Scott Spur
55% possession at the Emirates, we need to score when we are on top
Topspur1
Scott Spur, hehe it's only the media that keep referring to the Carling Cup side lazily as 'kids'. We call them 'second-string' so the excuse is still there LOL
Louisa
lol Louisa, they are a damn good crop whatever they are called and credit has to be shown to Wenger for playing them in the Final last year.......one thing no one can ever level at Wenger, his commitment to his players (and remember thats coming from a spurs fan)....gulp
Scott Spur
Berbatov show indeed.....like he's playing for a move or something!
SUX2BU
hmm.........im not watchin the match but using the live text commentarry......looks like the spuddies are on top.......how are we doing....ne other opinions??
karley
TTTHHHHHHEEEEEEOOOOOOO!!!!
Louisa
typical...............accidental goal, always the same
Scott Spur
WALCOTTTTTTT..........my my u spuddies never learn...
karley
Accidental? More like fate my friend....
SUX2BU
Karley, Theo has just scored - also thanks to Eduardo's good through ball! Can't you try some of the links I gave you?
Louisa
easy now karley.........not over yet
Scott Spur
could somebody do me the honour of waxing lyriaclly theo's goal
karley
Unbelievable, off his hand
Topspur1
sux2bu.......probably right my friend
Scott Spur
Scott Spur, fair enough - on Wenger's insistence of playing young/fringe players. Nice to see a reasonable Spurs fan! But why was it accidental? To your defenders maybe...
Louisa
my internet is too damn slow louisa.......abt 90kbps....thats y.....thanx neway....hmmm.....we no how this story is gonna end now dont we ;)
karley
Defoe just came on and missed a sitter......hehehehehe
SUX2BU
What's with Defoe - that black diagonal line of a hairstyle??
Louisa
HAHHAHAHA Berba's great pass to Defoe - another chance went begging for them... He'd better find a new club.
Louisa
dunno about the hairstyle, but if he misses golden chances like that he CAN pack his bags
Scott Spur
u must feel for us, even a little bit?
Scott Spur
Keane must be sulking on the bench right now - he probably wouldn't have missed that one LOL (cos he only misses penalties)
Louisa
i do a bit...scott spur...if that is any consolation...senor juande .....wat a substitution eh
karley
No I don't feel for Spurs, but I kind of feel for Berbatov, even though he's a big sulk.
Louisa
maybe defoe is tryin to engineer a move to arsenal.....
karley
Scott Spurs, I feel for you, but you are still going to loose. It seems as if you like supporting the 2nd class team, you better change to the better North London team.
phreddy
Thankyou Karley, Louisa you are cold hearted and deserve to be humiliated next time out (hopefully)...lol
Scott Spur
walcott injured????????
karley
Karley LOL by being crap?! I only remember how Rosicky scored against us and left a good impression before. Not like missing a sitter LOL
Louisa
Good game guys, enjoyed the good humoured banter.........see you next leg.....;))
Scott Spur
Hey what's wrong with not feeling for you?! Do you feel for us now and, if you don't, are you cold-hearted? Whatever you do or don't feel for us, part of your suffering's your own board's making, yeah?
Louisa
well......defoe does hav a soft spot for us doesnt he......arsenal his childhood club and all....neway he tried real hard not to break the duck for the spuddies dint he
karley
Yeah Karley, that didn't look good. But at least Theo could walk off slowly himself. Seems like he hurt his ankle or something. :(
Louisa
Chelsea is going to completely destroy tottenham.Take Berbatov out of their team and they are utter crap.
k_chelski
ok guys its already in the wee hours of thursday here.....njoyed the chitchat...see u guys 13 days from now.....same place..
karley
Kevin but Berbatov's gonna play against you guys right? They just can't drop/rest him now - I mean, look at Defoe, can't partner Keane can he! And beyond him they only got Bent.
Louisa
lol Scot Spur, stop kissing up to us here. you praise wenger on our page and call him a cocky scumpage on ur site. you can ***** off to ur own page you hypocrate..
luckys_10
YOU'LL NEVER BEAT THE ARSENAL, unlucky scott and your merry troupe of muppets, still I'm glad to see Defoes lobotomy was a great success - nasty scar though, we were feckin rank tonight Diaby had a mare, Bert is just treading water 'til a move to the continent. Still gotta HAND it to Theo looooooooooooooool
nikolaijns
Well, he will Louisa, but now he is tired, and frustrated, probably has given up on Tottenham.lol. And I don't see him making a superb game against probably his future owners. Why would he try to break our record against an Arch enemy? Nono, he wants that CL footie. He wants a winning team.
k_chelski
Silva gave a very important pass to Silva that resulted in Therodona scoring.
k_chelski
Yeah Niko, really below-par. Fabianski and Hoyte and RvP in patches are the only ones I felt had a decent game. My web streaming was bad so I did miss some parts though. At least we know where the weaknesses are. CB is an issue now with Kolo gone.
Louisa
We were not good today but Spuds still couldn't beat us. They really are s***. More importantly though, it was a valuable 45 for Van Persie. We'll need his magic for our games against the big teams later on this season. lol (sarcasm intented!)
flv
*intended
flv
True Kevin, these things do happen. Just like Man U sent us an entirely tired West Ham team to us last week - them losing 3 points and us gaining 3, thanks to them. Now you guys can thank our fringe players for tiring Berba out LOL
Louisa
Yeah, in the last ten minutes berbatov looked like "I don't give a ***** anymore, get me out of here!"
k_chelski
That's why I feel for Berbatov - and his pathetic attempts of saying "I"m here to stay, I want to stay, I like to stay, I'm not leaving, I'm not going anywhere, I'm not worth 30m" are kind of sad to watch. Classy player all the same though.
Louisa
No Gallas, no Toure, no Clichy, no Flamini, no Fabregas, no Hleb, no Rosicky, no Adebayor and still no win for the no heart lane brigade, how can they sit there denying they are a small club with a straight face????
nikolaijns
To be honest guys, when it comes to cup games, it really depends who wants it more. Spurs do need a lift, anything, this small piece of silverware, or just getting to the final, anything they could achieve to put themselves back on track this season. Would we love the kids to win it, definitely. But do we really want this cup so badly that we want to see AW throw the likes of Gallas or Cesc into the CC team in the 2nd leg? No, for him it's a matter of principle, for us too and it's also not that big a deal. So even if we did lose the trophy, it's been good for the kids' education - something better than reserve games you know.
Louisa
That's the way I see it Nik. If we brought all the big guns out for the second leg we would win without doubt, but we won't and I'm glad about that. Wenger will have too much class for that, and rather than stroll into the final with our first team, he will give the youngsters a chance and they will repay that faith with a much better performance than we've seen tonight. Whether that perfomance will be enough to see us to the final is unknown, but I for one don't care. If Spurs beat our second string 11 at the skip then it's only due to Wenger's heart ruling his head, and good on him. I bet Spurs will bring another classy DVD out if they do manage to win though eh Kev?
flv
Where is Scott Spur now?
CoastarianGooner
DVDs, t-shirts, "remember remember the 5th of november", caps, bumper stickes tea cups, pen, a book, an e-book, photo albums and much more.
k_chelski
flv - yes exactly my sentiment. Coastarian, Scott Spur was busy arguing with some of our guys on Spurs Vital but has just gone quiet too. Anyway. I just don't know why the Spurs call us 'excited' after a home draw. I'm only amused that we still wouldn't lose despite playing so badly. If that's 'excited' I don't know how to say it better in English.
Louisa
Scot Spur is ans a-hole. hypocrate. praising our manager here for fielding a young side in such a big game, and on the spuds page, calling him cocky and what not for the same. ******** of the highest order..
luckys_10
Sorry guys, but you'll have to bear with me for a moment or two whilst I shed a tear or two over the fact that Sam Bunguts Walrus has been sacked! Bearing in mind that (yep I know they beat us on an off day), even Gareth Southgate has kept his job longer. Southgate for England anyone?
flv
luckys - that's the thing, they think it's a 'big game.' But we think it's just a better platform than the reserve games for the lads. Just like they put their home tie in their category A, we put this tie in our B. Shrug.
Louisa
flv - LOL LOL LOL Yeah almost forgot, one minute's silence for Fat Sam's "big club dream" please. And it's now Fat Sam for Capello's Assistant in England now!
Louisa
Oh, and also Shearer for the Barcodes now. We may well face him in the FAC then - if they manage to get past Stoke that is. And you never know what a team do in front of their new manager. Oh be afraid now!
Louisa
It'll be easier at the Lane now anyway. Booby has just given a display that'll make Real Madrid and Juvenus take notice, afterall neither Real or Juve could score a goal against our second choice defence now could they? Bye Berbs, miss you (not as much as the Spuds will though lol)
flv
I love this line from the arsenal.com match report: "Arsenal were disjointed and, although they improved after the break, they were staring at their first home defeat since May 1993 before the equaliser emerged with 11 minutes to go." It's official, it was a crap performance.
Louisa
I can't feel more sorry for Spuds..if they failed to beat us today..Hey spuds..now pray Dudu DOESN'T starts in the return match cause you know what he will do....by the way Kudos to Dudu for helping with equaliser..if he continues with this rate and win cup(s), I will sure pick him my player of the season ;)
CoastarianGooner
Yep, gotta laugh eh Lou. I liked the effect of Bolton's first game against Man U without the, 'Purple Nose Worshipping Foundation Leader Allardyce', in charge. Strange that eh? I'm sure Newcastle would have oddly been stuffed 10-0 on the weekend too, if he was still in charge. Now the Barcodes might get a result! Come on Newcastle! Sorry, did we ave a game tonight, lol?
flv
Louisa, with Eboue away, Theo will get more games than before even as a sub when Hleb is having an off day.
CoastarianGooner
Hey but Hleb's starting to get better after his injury in the last game. And with all our strikers available, I don't see us playing Hleb in that (scary) 4-4-1-1 thing anymore. I'd expect Hleb to stay in RM and Theo maybe to come on as an impact sub in more games. Anyway, yeah, hope the kid gets more playing time.
Louisa
 

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7. Arsenal 8 2 5 1 2 11
8. Swansea 8 3 2 3 1 11
9. Spurs 8 3 2 3 -1 11
10. Stoke 8 3 2 3 -1 11

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Madrid Want a Permanent Deal!
» Man Utd : 24/10/2014 07:48:00
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» Chelsea : 24/10/2014 07:32:00
Cech Heading for Turkey?
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New Poll: Will Swansea City Beat Leicester?
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