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Szombathelyi Haladas vs. Arsenal


22nd July


Arsenal v Szombathelyi H

Arsenal play their first game of the Austrian training camp on Tuesday versus Hungarian side Szombathelyi Haladas. Most of the first team, including Adebayor, reported to training in Austria on Monday and will most likely be involved in this exhibition game.

The players who started the Barnet game will undoubtedly be looking to improve on their performance against the Bees at Underhill. Most of those players looked off the pace and their touch was uncharacteristically poor, but that should be fixed with more match practice. The reserve players, who got Arsenal back in the tie in the second half, will be aiming for a repeat performance.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene has laid out a plan for this camp and the rest of the pre-season. He said "The plan there is to up the quantity of work and to get some good games."

He went on to say "We have two kinds of practice games then we have a more serious game on Wednesday, the 30th of July, against Stuttgart, then we will prepare for the Emirates Cup, and I believe we will have a little vision of the team at the Emirates Cup against Juventus and Real Madrid"

Szombathelyi Haladas Team News:

Haladas won the Nemzeti Bajnokság II this past season by a total of 71 points. Over the weekend Haladas team president announced that he expects an extremely strong Arsenal lineup to face his own team, though that experienced lineup will most likely only be on the pitch for around 45 minutes. Haladas also confirmed that all eleven thousand tickets have been sold.

Former Haladas youth player, Halmosi Péter, was transferred to Premier League side Hull City last Friday.

Player to watch: Krisztian Kenesei

With Halaldas being promoted to the top league in Hungary, they splashed out some cash to sign former Hungarian national team forward, Krisztian Kenesei. He has a great scoring record throughout his journeyman career and hopefully will be a star player for them that will keep them in the Nemzeti Bajnokság I. He scored two goals in Szombathelyi`s last game against Ajka, in a 2-1 win.

Arsenal Team News:

Cesc Fabregas will not play in this game because he is not yet at the training camp. He has been given a little more time off than the rest of the players because of his involvement in Spain`s Euro success. Besides Fabregas, more long-term absentees Eduardo and Rosicky will not take part, but other than that most of the first team is expected to play.

Player to watch: Samir Nasri

Last season both Eduardo and Bakari Sagna made their Arsenal debut in our second pre-season game, so I expect Nasri to come on and get some match practice. Much will be expected of Nasri because Arsene rarely spends the big mula, but he must of saw something extraordinary in this twenty one year old and was convinced that all the money was worth it.

I have watched Nasri pretty regularly for the past two years at Marseille and I believe he will be fit into this team perfectly. Hleb was a good player for us, but he has been replaced by someone, who, in my opinion, will certainly score goals from midfield for Arsenal.

Match Prediction:

I see Arsenal winning this one pretty comfortably. My prediction is four or five goals to one.

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Writer: gunnerkid107 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 21 2008

Time: 8:09PM

Your Comments

I coulnd't fit the wor "preview" or the end of their team name in the article title because it's so bloody massive!! Once again, thanks to gunnerkid107 for the preview!!
Haha I noticed that. The only pain in writing this was translating Hungarian to English! None of the regular translating sites had it.
I like your confidence gunnerkid, but the team looked so rusty on Saturday and given that most of the first team would have only been training for 1 day, I'd be surprised if the score was as high as that.
Yea most did look really rusty but some of our first team players have been playing this off season in the Euros and the African World Cup qualifiers so they might be a bit more ready for this game.
I also think it can be 4:1, 5:1. Should see more than 3 goals in total.
Lou the Gunneress
yeah 4-1 sounds right. Friendly or not, our players won't want the same mediocrity they showed against Barnet. But a some undecisive defending will probably give a goal away.
I like their intro tune! in fairness it trounces the cheesy guff that is 'the wonder of you'. I'm still tapping my toe to it and it finished 5 minutes ago :0
Somehow i don't think Nasri will play. he only started pre season today. Hope to see vela though. 3 Nil to the gunners
Make Adebayor play in goal!!!!!
gk, congratulations on spelling the opponents name correctly!
The Wonder of You actually grew on me during last season. But I'd really like to see Arsenal come on to 'Army of Me' by Bjork, really ***** the opponents up.
Little Dutch
Lol thanks G4L. I sure hope Nasri plays. I really want to see him in our colors. I had a foreign exchange student from France stay at my house for a year and he was a huge Marseille fan so he got me into watching them. I always liked Nasri when he played for them and I thought he was fantastic, but I didn't think he would ever come to Arsenal because of his price tag. So that made me even more delighted to see him come here.
I hear that Eduardo has had a set back and wont be back until October. I hope our problems are sorted out before the end of the season. Rossicky & Eduardo out injured until October, Adebayor not deciding his future, No Defensive MF replacement. Not that im trying to come down all negative.
I think our anthem should be "Song 2" by Blur. Can you imagine? WOO HOO!!!
Where did you hear about Eduardo's setback?
Training pics:
Lou the Gunneress
Hopefully since Vela was training in those pictures, he will be ready for the game today.
Dang Vela is the only new player in the squad from Saturday. So we wont see anybody new.
Huh I thought RvP, Senderos and everyone else (except Cesc) joined the training too?
Lou the Gunneress
They did join the training camp yesterday but will not take part in the game I guess.
Gkid you remember I struggled with the ATVO/internet last time when we played Barnet? I've jsut moved my router and it's perfect now lol yay!
Lou the Gunneress
Man we look really poor with our touches.
Great Lou! I didnt understand why you were having problems cause mine was working perfectly.
It's the wireless, and stupid me! I kept trying different connection settings in my computer and stuff. But apparently the router was tucked away at a corner of the living room. It's ok now :P Yeah poor touches everywhere, again, Ramsey's the one looking better.
Lou the Gunneress
The commentators keep saying 'Hoyte' but theres two out there!
At least they don't keep mention Hleb like they did last time.. :/
Lou the Gunneress
And is it just me who likes the sight of Clichy wearing the armband? He's much better today, Sagna and Bendtner too.
Lou the Gunneress
Haha very true. Its probably because we have a different color commentator.
Ahhhhhh we're behind again! Looked like Gavin cleared that one though :(
Arsenal forgot to watch out for my player to watch for Haladas!
Really uncanny, it went buffering for a few seconds, and boom, it's goal. I'm starting to hate this ISP.. Why oh why?!
Lou the Gunneress
Is that the #19 guy? He seems to be their only goodish player. But I also expected us to concede anyway, we're so rusty.
Lou the Gunneress
Yea I beleive thats him. He was playing in Serie B last season. The Hoyte brothers don't look confident to me.
Dang he just took the ***** out of Bendtner.
Of course I missed the goal again. What are the commentators talking about, some yellow card?
Lou the Gunneress
Yea I think a Haladas player got a yellow for a cynical challenge on Bendtner.
missed first half, how did vela look?
Personally I thought he had one or two good moments but other than that he was poor.
Vela's good for a first game. Again it's Ramsey who looked better in the 1st half. Theo and Bendtner grew into it, much better now. Denilson's still rusty. The Hoyte brothers in the middle didn't work. Now Clichy and Sagna are playing CB now hehe. Again Wilshere's showing good vision and skills in the 2nd half.
Lou the Gunneress
We are about to witness the chunkiest bloke come on - makes Lumplard look like Kate Moss :)
lol Niko, not that bad. He's just a bit like Robinson shape-wise lol..
Lou the Gunneress
Not that bad?? I thought he was stadium security at first.
Is it just me or has Traore grown like 2 inches?!
Lou the Gunneress
Wow this #2 guy isn't Kate Moss either..
Lou the Gunneress
lol he is pretty fast for a fat lad tho! feck me we are dreck.
Ive like the look of Coquelin from the little ive seen of him. he seems to have a good engine and knows how to keep it simple.
This Coquelin kid looks not bad at all for a 17-year-old.
Lou the Gunneress
Rob you beat me to that. This kid looks like a Flamini (if he can last 90 mins at this rate) with better vision and decision-making. I also like Mannone's performance so far too. He's composed and decisive.
Lou the Gunneress
not so impressed with randall today though. perhaps trying too hard to impress today?...
another chunky sub in goal now. too much goulash.
Great tackle there by Coquelin!
Van Persie scores that free kick
Well if I were Randall I'd be anxious to impress too, having all those talented players around me in that midfield, and Cesc and Nasri haven't come in you know. They're basically all trying to do a Flamini on Rosicky and claim a place in midfield. But for now, I think Ramsey and Wilshere will be the front-runners. Coqueline looks good as a DM indeed.
Lou the Gunneress
Gkid what about "RvP free kick"? I missed a small bit again, messing with the cables and stuff. :/
Lou the Gunneress
agreed lou, although randall is snatching at things a bit, rather than showing the composure in midfield shown by ramsey on saturday. but he will be fine. Wilshere looks good too, and i have been really impressed by coquelin. Flamini in the tackle, Gilberto on the ball (or maybe thats just my wishful imagination...)
Clichy took a very good free kick from a really good position and it just went wide of the left post and I was just saying Van Persie rockets that into the top corner.
Hehe or Wilshere would have scored it too. Remember THAT free kick (against Reading or someone)?
Lou the Gunneress
I thought Wilshere's great goal was in the run of play versus West Ham?
Oh yeah West Ham, I kept thinking who it was, someone from London. Yes it's West Ham :P
Lou the Gunneress
I didn't think Vela was poor - I thought he did well for his first 45 mins with his new team mates. He made some good passes, stood up well to challenges and took up some good positions in and around the box. A bit more match sharpness and he could have scored 1 or 2. Ramsey was not as composed as Saturday - his passing and receiving of the ball was not as sharp - probably down to tiredness and Randall was definitely not at his best today.

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