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Barnet vs. Arsenal


19th July 2008


Preview: Barnet vs Arsenal

With the silly season still going full speed ahead, Arsenal kicks off the new season with our traditional pre-season fixture at Underhill against Barnet FC. This will be Barnet`s second match of the pre-season as they beat Conference South opponents, St. Albans City on Tuesday by a score of 1-0, thanks to a great volley by Bee`s trialist Ryan Hall.

For Arsenal, this is a game that the youngsters always get their chance to shine. The starting line-up usually contains a good mix of first team players and reserves, but by the start of the second half we should see a full-fledged youth team. This is a chance for the squad to sharpen up physically and to get their touch back into the proper groove, but maybe more importantly, the key to this game is to come out injury-free. Arsenal`s record in this fixture in the last eight years is expectedly impressive at 6-0-2.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene has reiterated his worries about spending big in the transfer market. 'Of course I am in a position where I can spend the money" he said.
"But every time we have done such a great job with the young players that you are concerned 'do we kill a young player or not by bringing another player in?'

It is a very sensitive subject which is not specially linked with money.'
He is also very proud of the way this club has balanced the fiscal books over the years. He said 'There is a lot of talk in the press, but we have always managed at this club by balancing the budget. We should not be criticized for that and should be respected for that.

Arsene also complained of the lack of luck his side received in the final run for the title. 'It was by far [the most unlucky term], with the decisions and injuries. At some stage you could not believe how bad it was,' said Wenger.

'But you have to deal with that and have to use it as a platform to come back and be even stronger mentally.'
With all the talk surrounding transfers it`s hard to find any good pre-match quotes for this game.

Barnet Team News:

Barnet will be without their goal scorer from Tuesday night, Ryan Hall, as he damaged a ligament. But defender, Ismail Yakubu, has overcome a thigh injury, and Neil Bishop has recovered from a dead leg. Both will be fit for Saturday afternoon`s clash.

Player to watch: Lee Harrison

Barnet`s thirty six year old captain and number one goalkeeper should be the busiest man on the pitch for the Bees. He recently signed a new contract to keep him at Underhill for another two years in a player/coach deal.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal fans should see debut`s for two new additions to the squad, Aaron Ramsey and Carlos Vela, while Samir Nasri has not been named in the squad. Almunia, Clichy, Sagna, Bendtner, Denilson and Walcott will bring the experience to a very youthful side.

If you are looking forward to seeing Theo in his new number 14, don`t hold your breath because squad numbers will not be used for this first pre-season game. Instead starters will wear numbers from 1-11 and substitutes will wear 12-24.

Player to watch: Havard Nordtveit and Mark Randall

Really take your pick on who to watch as so many promising youngsters will be on display. I picked two here because I couldn`t decide who to choose. I, personally, have not seen much of Nordtveit but I have heard what a wonderful talent he is. According to Le Boss, he beholds a maturity level well beyond his tender age. Like a Cesc in the defense.

Mark Randall is another one I am looking forward to seeing on display come Saturday. Many people should remember his Premier League debut back in May, when he came on against Sunderland and scored a perfectly good, disallowed debut goal and come close to scoring another. He looks like a very promising player that could very well play a major part in Arsenal`s Carling Cup team this fall.

Match Prediction:

I suspect Arsenal will win this by two or three goals to nil.

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Date:Friday July 18 2008

Time: 3:48PM

Your Comments

Ahhhhhhh, it's good to be back to some real footy, even if it is only friendly!!! Many thanks to Gunnerkid for the preview also!!!
They have one of our ex scholars on their books too. A striker named Adam Birchall. The match is sold out so it should provide decent entertainment.
The "player to watch" section is tough. I want to see the entire team including and especially the kids!
Lou the Gunneress
I love how we have a 19 and 20 year old down as the players providing experience to the youthful team
I expect walcott and vela are the kind of players who will shine against this kind of lower leugue team. But they will probably be too relaxed to stand out quite as much.
Anyone know if i can watch the game without ATV?
Btw, we've just signed a kid called Francis Coquelin, a 17-year-old French DM. According to Young Guns, he'll travel to Barnet too:
Lou the Gunneress
Rob, nah, this game is only available live on ATV and ATVO. The Ajax Tournament and Emirates Cup games will be on Sky:
Lou the Gunneress
Looks Like Vela's not going to make this one according to ATV
thanks lou, might have just found one anyway...
Rob shhh.. I'm afraid that one is not the legitimate streaming service and we can't post those. There's always some you-know-what on the internet where you can watch footy...
Lou the Gunneress
Knock knock, anyone home watching the game?
Lou the Gunneress
Im here Lou. And ahhh they have replaced their veteran goalkeeper so disregard my player to watch for Barnet. Just watch the new goalkeeper :)
Lou now i've definately got one..
My ATVO isn't streaming too well today.. :( Gkid what's the lineup?
Lou the Gunneress
Beautiful pass there by Ramsey. Nik really should of scored. Ramsey has looked really good so far.
Manuel Almunia Bacary Sagna Justin Hoyte Havard Nordtveit Gael Clichy Armand Traore Aaron Ramsey Denilson Henri Lansbury Theo Walcott Nicklas Bendtner. Playing in a 4-4-2. Traore is on the left wing
Really Lou? Mines working perfectly. Nordtveit just had a wonderful sliding challenge. Im really looking forward to watching him and Ramsey
Oh and Lou, Clichy is captain!
Ok cool, I've changed the ATVO settings. It's much better now. At least like less buffering time.. :/ Cool to see Clichy wearing the armband! :) Is it just me, or our boys shorter than theirs..? Ramsey's looking good and quite quick.
Lou the Gunneress
1-0 barnet
nice time to get your ATVO working lou
Arghh.... it kept buffering then boom, it's 1-0 down. Arghhh..
Lou the Gunneress
are all our african players still on holiday?
Ramsey looks class so far
Yeah Rob, they played in some WC qualifiers. Same as Carlos Vela. So although they weren't in the Euros, they played for their countries and will come back later.
Lou the Gunneress
cool, I was just wondering weather we might see a pre-season dive from Eboue...
lol Nope, and you don't have to worry about seeing Ade either.. I miss Kolo though!
Lou the Gunneress
How was Bendtner? I missed the earlier bits where he seemed to have been at work. Later Theo looked eager to prove himself and I liked what I saw so far for the first game back. What do you guys think?
Lou the Gunneress
Bendtner is looking rusty, not a great touch. Obviously that will be fine with a few games. Theo started badly, but yeah obviously realised he needed to improve and grew into the game. Ramsey though looked really impressive. Everything went through him, a bit like Fabregas (not to say that he's quite at that standard yet of course..)
Stewart Robson analysing at half time doesn't even know who plays for Arsenal. He keeps on refering to Lehmann and Hleb as though they still play for us.
Coquelin's on
Oh the Coquelin kid and Mannone are on.
Lou the Gunneress
Wilshere too right? Woohoo!
Lou the Gunneress
Barazite and Randall should be interesting too
The internet here (in a friend's house) really *****es me off. It knows exactly when to be slow! AGAIN I missed the goal!! >_< Was it Wilshere's assist? The camera keeps following him. Argh I should have gone straight to Barnet!
Lou the Gunneress
lol yeah it was wilshere. he's been playing well. great finish from simpson
Lou, you've gone to a friends house and set up on their cpu to watch a pre season friendly with Barnet? CLASS! Incidentally, I have thought for some time that Stewart Robson is the best pundit around, a guy that isn't afraid to have his say. Even if it means offending media darlings like Owen.
Little Dutch
great goal. all of them. wilshere simpson and barazite.
LD, in short, "it's complicated". Can you believe I moved house bcos we got a court order and couldn't get in touch with the landlord whose phone's never on?! Hmm there you go, my housemates and I got kicked out and I've come to a friend's place for now. And it's just my same old laptop, which worked well before, so it must be the internet here... Can't complain about her net when she helped me move all the stuff, drove me here and gave me her own room and everything, can I?
Lou the Gunneress
And LD are you going to write a match report though you didn't go there? I can't believe I missed all three goals, the third one sounded special, sigh. Have to try and catch the rerun on ATVO if the connection gets better later. :(
Lou the Gunneress
Ramsey and Wiltshire looked class!!! Nothing can be read into the game though .... but it was just nice to watch some football again!! Sweet striker from Barnet!
I had something similar at uni Lou, I was moving out and wanted my deposit back and his phone was always off. I looked up my legal rights and if you don't get your deposit back within six weeks you can begin charging your landlord interest! I left a message on his answer phone saying it was three days away from the six week deadline and boom! Cheque was in my possession within forty eight hours. Anyway, yes it was very nice to see some football again, Imight do a report later but I might leave it open to someone who was at the game, I'm told Ade was on the receiving end of some nasy songs by a mate of mine who was there, I'd like to hear more.
Little Dutch
Arsene just said that Adebayor is under contract and will stay at arsenal and will report to training on monday.
LD - I definately heard the "Adebayoooooooor" song, and thought to myself that I bet the rest of the words weren't the same as usual. On a plus note it was nice to hear an Eduardo song .... catchy too!!
And Arsene in his interview sounded like he's looking to sign a couple players in the next few day!!
Haha I didn't only miss the goals then. Those songs sound fun. Must have been like "Adebayor, Adebayor-or-or-or, he's won eff all, but he wants more..." (or "can't hit the barn door, and he's a whore...")
Lou the Gunneress
Gkid, why did you get that impression? What exactly did Arsene say?
Lou the Gunneress
Lou when Arsene's post match interview is posted on ATVO watch it and you will see. He has that classic Arsene grin. The ATVO guys also thought he was indicating some transfer activity.
Cool stuff, Arsene sounds positive -
Lou the Gunneress
Lets hope it's a bit of experience that Arsene is talking about here. Bet the only player we sign is Bischoff!!!
Or maybe not.....
Stewart Robson's piece on Wenger's pre-season plans: One thing that interests me is the individual conditioning programmes that help players prevent the sort of non-impact injuries that kept RvP and Rosicky in the medical room. Fingers crossed those programmes are effective then! But one thing that I disagree with him is how hard it is to replace Hleb. We won't have a like-for-like replacement cos Hleb's quite unique, but I think Nasri is capable of doing that job, if we're lucky, with more end product in terms of goals/assists/final balls into the box too.
Lou the Gunneress

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