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Burgenland XI vs. Arsenal

Austria

28th July

6:30pm CET

Burgenland XI v Arsenal

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.




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Writer: gunnerkid107 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 28 2008

Time: 11:54AM

Your Comments

GK, you have made 50 votes on the poll!
Tom14
Andreas Ivanschitz is a good Austrian player from that state. He'd surely play.
Internet Gooner
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.
Walcott32
actually it on the arsenal website.
Walcott32
http://www.arsenal.com/article.asp?thisNav=News&article=494481&lid=NewsHeadline&Title=Fabregas+-+Some+people+are+just+trying+to+make+mischief Yep, media in bull***** shocker.
Little Dutch
Haha Tom, how do you know that?
gunnerkid107
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
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!
Tom14
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!
gunnerkid107
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
He did look well. Was it just me or did the interviewer say that Kolo was the oldest squad member at 27? What happened to Gallas?
gunnerkid107
Yeah I heard that bit too. Sometimes these guys make mistakes, in the arsenal.com articles too. This Diaby interview, btw, reiterates exactly my doubt about him as Cesc's partner: "Cesc goes forward, and I go forward too." We all know that's his natural tendency and he lacks the discipline to stay behind Cesc. Don't know why all these pundits (including Robson and Parry Groves last week) keep thinking Diaby as a candidate for the DM vacancy. Like the boy said, "we need to find a compromise". But then why don't we get someone who can readily do the job?
Lou the Gunneress
They seem to think that the only positionw e don't need a new player for is CM. Idiots.
Tom14
Huh the Hoyte brothers back as CB?! :P
Lou the Gunneress
The chuckle brothers are playing in there again.
Tom14
heh
Tom14
I don't like the new training kit, it's all white! :/
Lou the Gunneress
Still no Nasri... I guess we've waited 2 months and it's just 2 more days.
Lou the Gunneress
Aaron's got his first Arsenal goal!! :D
Lou the Gunneress
Didn't wilshere score? Thats what it looked like to me.
Tom14
No it was Ramsey. That was easy wasnt it?
gunnerkid107
It looked like Ramsey slid in and it came out for Wilshere to sort of curl it in. Either way, one of them scored their sirst Arsenal goal.
Tom14
Bendtner is *****...ohh
Tom14
Fantastic shot from Bendtner!!
Lou the Gunneress
Excellent strike!!! Great one there by Bendtner
gunnerkid107
Now I want to see Vela get onto the scoresheet. It's an easy game we know, but it's a great chance for him to gain some confidence. He's looking good so far.
Lou the Gunneress
this is more like it
ArsenalRob
Anyone want to put a bet on a double digit scoreline tonight? Brilliant pass from Wilshere there for Nik's second.
gunnerkid107
Wilshire with one goal and an assist, Bendtner scores two. Great day for those two
Tom14
Yeah Rob. I like that Wilshere through ball, a bit Hleb-esque precise pass. Am I the only one thinking he's giving more assists/game than Hleb though..?
Lou the Gunneress
I don't mean to compare this kind of games with the top-flight of course. Just kidding :P
Lou the Gunneress
Haha cheeky little finish there by Vela!
gunnerkid107
great finish from carlos!
ArsenalRob
http://arsenalist.com/2008/07/28/arsenal-vs-burgenland-xi-highlights-and-goals-pre-season-friendly/ Download WILSHIRE'S goal from this clip. I think you will find that Ramsey (16) has nothing to do with it.
Tom14
Bendtner! He's scoring half-chances, but can't finish the simple ones! (so far..)
ArsenalRob
Hehe the thing I really loved about that strike was that just a bit earlier he chose to pass when he could have shot. It's really lovely to see him put it in so confidently! :D Great strike that was!
Lou the Gunneress
Hehe Bendtner's first hat trick? :D
Lou the Gunneress
Whats the score now???
MrArsenal
there you go.. as soon as i said he wouldn't i knew he would
ArsenalRob
0:5 now MrA, three from Bendtner, one from Ramsey (Tom's arguing it's Wilshere who put it in) and the other one is Carlos Vela's first Arsenal goal. :)
Lou the Gunneress
Another one from VELA!!!!!! :D Good pass from Bendtner on the right, Wilshere misses it facing the keeper, then Vela, right place right time, puts it in. Gooners are very happily singing his name. :D
Lou the Gunneress
Blimey!!! The team we are playing are not spuddies are they!!!!!
MrArsenal
Lou, it is not an argument. Wilshire scored, Ramsey did not. Download the goal from my link and you will see than Ramsey (16) did not score the goal. VELA!!!
Tom14
Just seen the first goal, looks like Wilshere to me!
MrArsenal
You were right Tom it was Wilshere.
gunnerkid107
Ok Goof, will see it again later. Just meant you're arguing against arsenal.com who's saying it's a Ramsey goal. I hope he scores again in this match - his real first Arsenal goal then. Just now I said I wanted to see Vela get on the scoresheet and he did. Now I want Sagna to score! :D I like how he's trying to shoot more from distance. Also thinking back, Arsene's right to play the Hoyte brothers in this game. :P
Lou the Gunneress
MrA, Wilshere has put in a good ball in, Bendtner takes it down with his foot, puts it past the keeper. His 4th goal, I'm losing count.. er ok, our 7th, in the 38th minute. :D
Lou the Gunneress
Almunia's playing class
ArsenalRob
Cheers Lou. Damn i should have subscribed to ATVO!!!!!!!! Who was predicting 4-1 or 5-1?? This has to be 10+ surely!!!
MrArsenal
Yeah you should MrA, ATVO is only 3 or 4 pounds a month, very good value!
Lou the Gunneress
Rob I'm wondering if Almunia has used his hands at all, apart from picking up the ball around his goal hehe..
Lou the Gunneress
Especially good value tonight!! Come on Vela lets have a hat trick from you!
MrArsenal
Highlight so far. Arsene Wenger picking his nose!
Tom14
Almunia did have to come out and grab one long cross from a freekick. If Walcott comes on, I could see this going 14+ to zero.
gunnerkid107
It will be interesting to see blogospheres reaction tomorrow ... I bet it's blown way out of proportion one way or the other.
Rocky7
Right right Gkid that's the only one I can recall now hehe. I think Arsene may send on Mannone and Randall, and probably Simpson for Bendtner.
Lou the Gunneress
Just seen Vela's goal which made in 4. Nicely taken!!!
MrArsenal
I think Burgenland have been unlucky. Deserve a draw at least
paul_ownz
You know what, I think Justin Hoyte could solve the center back problems for us.
Tom14
Didn't he play CB at Old Trafford in the cup?
MrArsenal
Hehe let's predict the final score: I was complete off with my original 4:1 or 5:1 lol. Theo and Mannone coming on now the Nigel guy said. Hehehe how about 15:1?
Lou the Gunneress
Almunia for striker anyone? Lol
gunnerkid107
What you still think they will get a goal Lou??? ;-)
MrArsenal
Tom, never going to happen for one he's not built enough. Remember we are playing Burgenland!
gunnerkid107
Its a joke lads.
Tom14
Apparently Burgenland could send out a whole 2nd 11. If that happens it will go to 15+. if they keep the same team i reckon 12-0.
ArsenalRob
nice to see simpson has some compassion for the GK
ArsenalRob
and wenger doesn't like english players...lol
49ers
Anyone think that jack w might make the first team next season?
paul_ownz
Probably be part of the CC squad but i doubt he will get near the prem, its a bit too soon IMO.
MrArsenal
I don't know MrA! I always feel like this CB pairing could let one in.. or a fluke goal out of nowhere, deflected off their striker's arse or unawares or something you know? :P
Lou the Gunneress
This "pundit" is a dick.
Tom14
Wonderful by Vela and Walcott
gunnerkid107
VELA!
Tom14
Carlos gets a hat trick!!! :D
Lou the Gunneress
Ha ha good boy!!!
MrArsenal
Goof I missed that Arsene picking nose thing lol.. Will Arsenalist put it up for download too do you think? That's the biggest highlight I missed!!
Lou the Gunneress
Just a sneaky poke.
Tom14
I think the lads should create some chances for Sagna and Clichy to score in a game like this, so everyone's happy.
Lou the Gunneress
Henri Lansbury is the dogs *********. Litrally.
Tom14
How has Jay not scored? Haha
gunnerkid107
loosing a bit of motivation i think
ArsenalRob
Is it just me or are Lansbury and Randall looking like they aren't taking these games seriously to stake their claim for a first team place? At this rate, Arsene would very well play Wilshere and of course Ramsey ahead of them. Oh as I type, Wilshere's struck the penalty nicely. It's getting tougher and tougher for Lansbury, Randall and maybe Simpson. But at least Simpson's putting in the effort ok.
Lou the Gunneress
Double digits! :)
gunnerkid107
yeah i agree lou, they look lazy those two. have been all pre-season.
ArsenalRob
And another assist by Jack W. 2 goals and I've lost count of how many assists.
gunnerkid107
Hehe and is it just me or are we playing 2-5-3 or something? There's only Sagna and Gavin at the back now.
Lou the Gunneress
WHATS GONE WRONG? THEY HAVE A CORNER. SHOCKING PERFORMANCE!
ArsenalRob
Ahhh dang commentators jinxed the game!
gunnerkid107
They've scored ... sack the Arsenal players!
Rocky7
oh dear...
ArsenalRob
... and me...
Lou the Gunneress
Yeah Rocky I can already see headlines like "Terrible defence let in a goal against minnows in Austria" with suggestions of buying Canavaro and Sagnol lol..
Lou the Gunneress
No way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MrArsenal
I realise this is a pre-season friendly that we are winning 10-1, but you really have to give that as a penalty, you really do.
Rocky7
out of the 4 penalty shouts so far, ref has given the only one which he shouldnt have.
ArsenalRob
DOOOOOMMMMM
Tom14
I thought the 1st and last shouts with Vela should defo have been given.
Lou the Gunneress
we haven't scored for ages. this is rediculous
ArsenalRob
Yeah Rob that's outrageous lol. Seriously though, their keeper isn't bad considering.
Lou the Gunneress
yeah the 2nd choice too
ArsenalRob
yeah lou, that punch was quality
ArsenalRob
One thing I've noticed is that Carlos Vela is an incredibly hard worker .... he's like a mix of Ray Parlour and Jose Reyes!! Great player.
Rocky7
DOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMIIIIEEERRR!!!
Tom14
Ughh that never should of happened! Sour way to end this game
gunnerkid107
this is a joke right?
ArsenalRob
Other than the two conceded goals, great performance today by the kids. I have to ask again how did Jay Simpson not score? Haha
gunnerkid107
"DISGRACE!!" I hear some blogs screaming already..
Lou the Gunneress
Yeah Rob both of the Burgenland keepers (and the ref and Simpson) are why there's just 10 goals from us. My prediction of 15:1 should have been close lol..
Lou the Gunneress
The supposedly gone PureGold just made an appearance over at Vital Spurs!!
gunnerkid107
Now thats over, lets all laugh at the spuddies for losing Robbie Keane to the scousers on a 4yr deal!! So he will play in the CL after all!!!! LOL
MrArsenal
But the Spurs guys will be jumping up and down, saying they're bringing in David Villa now.
Lou the Gunneress
Then they will wake up!!!!!!
MrArsenal
Why do these ATVO guys like Diaby so much? Personally I dont think he is good enough to partner Cesc.
gunnerkid107
 

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