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Burgenland XI


28th July

6:30pm CET

This evening Arsenal takes on Burgenland XI at the Sonnenseestadion Ritzing stadium in Austria for our third game of the pre-season. The youthful Arsenal team will be looking to improve on a somewhat lackluster display in Hungary last week, where some of the young players failed to put out the required effort in my eyes.

As I understand it, the team we are playing will be made up of an assortment of Austrian players from different teams. All the players will be from the Burgenland region of eastern Austria, which is the least populated state of Austria with only around 300,000 inhabitants.

Vital Quotes:

I haven`t heard a word out of Wenger`s mouth all week. All has been quiet from the Le Boss since he said he is looking to bring in a couple more players. This makes me think that he has an ace or two up his sleeve and is looking to get the transfers done.

Though he did comment after the Szombathelyi game on when we will see the main first teamers, "We should see them Wednesday against Stuttgart" he said.

Burgenland XI Team News:

If anyone knows anything about the team we will line up against tonight please do share, because I had absolutely no luck in my search.

Player to watch: One Of Them I Guess

Da da da da da!!

Arsenal Team News:

The Arsenal reserve team defeated Crawley Town back in England on Saturday by a score of 1 to 0, with Kieran Gibbs scoring the match winner. Nacer Barazite featured in that game so he is very unlikely to play apart in this match.

I believe we will see a very similar side to the one who played Szombathelyi Haladas almost a week ago. New additions Carlos Vela and Aaron Ramsey are sure to feature, and Jay Simpson and Jack Wilshere will be looking to continue with their outstanding pre-season showings. Johan Djourou might also feature because of the poor showing at centre half from the Hoyte brothers last week.

Francis Coquelin though, who impressed me very much in the last game, has suffered a thigh strain over the weekend and will be out of this game.

Player to watch: Theo Walcott

This is Theo Walcott`s season to shine in most people`s eyes, and he has shown glimpses of quality throughout this pre-season but has yet to sustain a threat in a match for a long period of time. The goal against Szombathelyi should boost his confidence and I expect him to use his blinding pace to frighten the Burgenland defense all match long.

Match Prediction:

We should be able to handle this team with considerable ease so I am going with a 4-0 win to The Arsenal, though I wouldn`t be surprised if we gave up a goal somehow.

Date:Monday July 28 2008
Time: 11:54AM


GK, you have made 50 votes on the poll!
28/07/2008 12:09:00
Andreas Ivanschitz is a good Austrian player from that state. He'd surely play.
Internet Gooner
28/07/2008 12:14:00
On a different note, cesc just released a statement read on sky sport news saying he never spoke to any media and his future is with THE ARSENAL. I hate Marca by the way.
28/07/2008 13:13:00
actually it on the arsenal website.
28/07/2008 13:14:00
0 Yep, media in bull***** shocker.
Little Dutch
28/07/2008 13:45:00
Haha Tom, how do you know that?
28/07/2008 14:12:00
My prediction is 4:1 or 5:1. Goals Theo, Vela and Bendtner, maybe RvP if he comes on as a sub. I'd also really love to see Na-Na-Na-Na-Nas-ri (that's a song) to play some part there. No Kolo in defence, I hope Senderos gets a chance alongside Gallas.
Lou the Gunneress
28/07/2008 15:11:00
GK, click on the "Top tem Members" table thingy and then when you are on that page select Arsenal as your club. It tells you what you have done this month. But it says I have made 171 posts but I have only done 101!
28/07/2008 16:04:00
Oh well I vote on many other vital sites too so that is part of it. And BREAKING NEWS!!! Its being reported that Nasri has confirmed on his official website that he is in the squad for this game!!! We will get to see our new signing!
28/07/2008 16:12:00
Wooho Nasri! Hey watch the preview on ATVO now - Kolo looks very well in the interview. Hope he'll come back really soon!
Lou the Gunneress
28/07/2008 16:39:00
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