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Arsenal vs. Everton

Ashburton Grove

4th May

Just after the Sunday roast

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Preview: Arsenal v Everton

With a United win this morning, our title challenge came to a mathematical end, and with two games left there is nothing more than pride to play for and maybe a chance for our young squad players to prove their worth to the team. Everton visits Ashburton Grove tomorrow with Europe to play for, and they realistically only need a point to secure fifth spot and a UEFA cup birth for next season.

At times in our win against Derby on Monday we looked sharp and in top form, but other times we looked like we were already thinking about the bus ride home. If we play with so many mental lapses in defense, Everton will surely make us pay. Though our opponents have been off form too lately, with only one win in their last five games, and that was an unconvincing 1-0 win against the three point ATM machine that is Derby County. However the results today worked in their favor with both Aston Villa and Portsmouth losing 2-0 to mid-table opposition. David Moyes will certainly have his team fired up for the game tomorrow because of those results and Europe almost in their grasps.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene wants his side to finish strong and with dignity. 'The Premier League was very tight but we want to finish focus on finishing well now,' said the 58 year old. 'We would like to get 83 points. That would be a big improvement.'

'We have played well the whole season and we don't think we have been rewarded for the efforts we have put in. We have been consistent, losing just three games, and nobody expected us to do that at the start of the year.'

He also predicts Manchester United will win the title this year, 'I think Manchester United will win the title and they will be worthy winners. Chelsea has a disadvantage right now because of course they depend on the result of their opponents.'

David Moyes wants his team to be tough and continue their development. ''I want us to be strong and continue to progress but we need to have an even stronger squad.

At the start of this season we strengthened the squad and I think it showed by our performances but since January it has been a bit of a drain.

Quality will always be first but I think quantity as well is required.'

Everton captain Phil Neville said 'We need to relax, we need to enjoy it and that is the main thing. It is tremendous that we have come to this part of the season and we are right in there in the mix. In past seasons we have been playing the last two games for nothing. Now we have got a real fight on our hands, I`m excited for the next two games.

'You can look at it two ways: You can get despondent, you can look that we are going down to the Arsenal and we are going to get a good doing or you can say lets go down there and give it a right good go. Lets win the game and not just draw it and that`s what we are aiming to do.'

Arsenal Team News:

Robin Van Persie will be rested with a precautionary thigh strain, which I feel Robin doesn`t want to risk it with the Euro's coming up. Hleb is still suspended while Diaby and Djourou join long term absentees Rosicky, Sagna, and Eduardo. Flamini might be on the bench.

Player to watch: Gilberto

I thought about putting Denilson here, but I couldn`t pass up this man. This just might be our longest serving player, still on the squad, last home game. He has been a great servant for this club and has played terrific in many big games for us. The game that I remember more than any other for Gilberto was the Real Madrid Champions League game at the Bernabeu where he completely shut down Zidane. If this is indeed his last home game I expect a hero's applause for the Brazil captain.

Everton Team News:

Everton will be missing Arteta for the rest of the season while Cahill and Vaughn will also be out for this game. Andy Johnson and Steven Peinaar are major doubts.

Player to watch: Manuel Fernandes

The U-21 Portuguese international has immense ball skill, good passing range, a fierce shot, and very good on dead ball situations. He has all the tools to become a great player in this league. He hasn`t yet rediscovered his form that he showed on loan to Everton last season, but his class has been exposed in glimpses this campaign.

Ref Watch:

Alan Wiley - Let's just say Mr. Wiley isn`t a hit with the Everton faithful.

Match Prediction:

2-1. Adebayor with a brace and Lescott to score on a badly defended corner by us.

The Journalist

Writer: gunnerkid107 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday May 3 2008

Time: 11:43PM

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hahaha a well place nike ronaldo ad i it you losers
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04/05/2008 02:13:00

If we're losers what does that make you boys???? LOL
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04/05/2008 03:15:00

the ad keeps changing dummy and your a spurs fan....a spurs fan nuf said
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04/05/2008 11:04:00

Kieran Gibbs on the bench today... I've liked what I've seen of that boy so far...
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04/05/2008 12:43:00

Yeah Rob, he certainly looks like the mutts nutts!! Be nice to get to see him today!!
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04/05/2008 12:45:00

If we're losers what does that make you boys???? Bahahahhahahahaha! :D
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04/05/2008 13:02:00

TEAM 21. Lukasz Fabianski 5. Kolo Toure 10. William Gallas 17. Alexandre Song Billong 22. Gael Clichy 27. Emmanuel Eboue 19. Gilberto Silva 15. Neves Denilson 32. Theo Walcott 25. Emmanuel Adebayor 26. Nicklas Bendtner SUBS 1. Jens Lehmann (GK) 6. Philippe Senderos 20. Johan Djourou 30. Armand Traore 34. Kieran Gibbs
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04/05/2008 13:04:00

poor spursinbarca thinks that carling cup victory compensates for being a full 40 points behind league leaders.. well, i wouln't want to disturb his world of delusion and fantasy.
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04/05/2008 13:09:00

the first decent cross of the day results in a goal.
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04/05/2008 15:09:00

Pretty poor preformance today from the team, but they still managed a win. Traore coming on made the difference in the match, and Gallas was solid throughout. Lehmann coming on for the last 20 mins was a nice gesture by Arsene. Overall it has to be one of the worst Arsenal games to watch this season, but Im happy with the result.
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04/05/2008 15:30:00

Disappointed that Wenger sent out a team that wasn't really interested. I know the numbnuts won yesterday to finish our title challenge but surely I'm not the only one to think that it's still important to challenge for the runners-up place (which is the least we deserve) and not have to play 2 CL qualifying games in August? At least we got got the result, just have to hope KK takes something off Chelski tomorrow and hopefully we can pip them at the post next week. Even if it does mean the Dweebs from OT win the prem. *********. And BTW spursnbarca, how you lot have the nerve to pop your heads up I don't know. You lot are so far behind us, we can even see you. Bye, bye off to the lower half of the table where you belong.
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04/05/2008 15:43:00

Shame everton can't knock Liverpool out of the CL
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04/05/2008 17:33:00

Cesc and Flams were joking around on the sideline, but according to Sky he is off to Milan tonight to sign a 4 year deal.
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04/05/2008 18:13:00

yup.. looks like Flam is gone... so now.. we really have to sign a replacement, don't we?
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04/05/2008 18:16:00

Yeah, I don't think any of the reserves are quite ready to come in for Flamini just yet, so someone else will have to come in, possibly 2 if Gilberto leaves too. Bet Diarra is gutted he left now isn't he!!!
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04/05/2008 18:41:00

I pretty sure you can't blame the boys for the dull game today. Moyes sent out a team intent on getting that point that would send them into Europe (and you can't blame him) they were not interested in winning the game and just parked the bus in front of the goal. I really enjoy watching Jens at the end. Even though he did and said some unprofessinal things........I'm gunna miss that crazy German!
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04/05/2008 18:45:00

Im really disappointed that Flamini is going to leave, but Im sure AW has been preparing for this possible situation for a while now and has a great replacement transfer waiting in the wings
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04/05/2008 18:48:00

Is it just me or does it look like Denilson has regressed in his sophomore year at Arsenal?
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04/05/2008 18:50:00

I dont think Denilson has regressed. He was just a bit out of touch today, thought he played great against Derby. He will be ready for next season. Looking today though, we need at least 4 players this summer. 2 defense midfielders a center half and a winger/striker. I dont know if we have the money though. Could be a dry summer.
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04/05/2008 19:14:00

Themadafrican, everybody plays good against Derby. Seeing him play today, he doesn't even look like the player who dominated the spurs midfield last year.
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04/05/2008 21:00:00

Spot on Kid but then we could say the same about Spurs.
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04/05/2008 22:08:00

Hahaha good point :)
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04/05/2008 22:14:00


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