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VfB Stuttgart vs. Arsenal

A Stadium

30th July

7.30pm

VfB Stuttgart v Arsenal

Arsenal starts a more serious pre-season fixtures tonight versus VfB Stuttgart. This is the game many Arsenal supporters have been waiting for because most of the starters will get their first chance to shine in these early season games. This match will commemorate the re-naming of Stuttgart`s stadium from the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium to the Mercedez-Benz Arena. This newly named stadium will most likely be filled to the capacity of 55,896 for this high-profile friendly fixture.

This game starts a run of extremely difficult pre-season fixtures that will no doubt push our team to the max and have us ready to go on all fronts for the first game of the season against West Brom. Has anyone ever seen a harder pre-season schedule? We will play the likes of Stuttgart, Real Madrid, Juventus, Sevilla, and Ajax in the space of two weeks!

Vital Quotes:

Van Persie has spoken out today about his plans for the game tonight and a former Gunner in particular. 'I am hoping to play well so we will see what it brings,' said Van Persie.

'Jens is a fantastic goalkeeper. He is almost 39 but he is still a fantastic goalkeeper and a nice man as well. He has lots of humour so I always have a good laugh with him, and I am happy he is still in the game because he's a real professional."

Robin went on to say 'It's good fun to see him and I hope I get the chance to score many goals against him like I did in training!'

Abou Diaby has talked about the Austrian training camp in general. 'It's good, we came here to prepare well,' said Diaby.

'It is 10 days together and we have built the foundation for the season ahead. We are prepared and we have tried to work a lot, to practice our best game. It has been good for us.'

VfB Stuttgart Team News:

The Bundesliga 2007 champions have already played a couple of competitive games this summer as they advanced to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup. They beat Russian side FK Saturn Ramenskoje three to nil on aggregate.

Player to watch: Jens Lehmann

Of course Jens Lehmann is the obvious choice for player to watch for Stuttgart, as ironically the first time the mad German will line up for his new team it will be against his former one. I will be saddened to see the big man not in an Arsenal jersey today, but this is football and players move on. I can only hope the traveling Gooners will give him a very warm reception.

Also the Arsenal defense will have to be aware of the goal scoring threat from Mario Gomez, but if he plays like he did for Germany in the Euros we should have no problem controlling him.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal signed Frenchugese player Amaury Bischoff this morning on a Bosman deal, but he will not join the squad till tomorrow when they return to Austria. We will see the anticipated return of the main players tonight, and we should also finally see the debut of French playmaker Samir Nasri.

Player to watch: Adebayor

Tonight Adebayor will most likely make his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt since all of his acrimonious comments this summer about his possible transfer. Personally I will welcome Ade back into the team because I still think that he has the ability to become a world class player, especially at his tender age. But it will be up to him to regain some of his credibility with the Arsenal faithful. He will have to work very hard, even harder than usual to do this. In the end it will be Adebayor`s attitude towards everything, on and off the pitch, that will determine his future at this club.

I suspect that Arsenal will win this one by a tight score line of 2 to 1. Adebayor and Van Persie to grab the goals for Arsenal and Gomez to continue our trend of conceding in these preseason games.


I hope everyone enjoys the game tonight. I fly out to London after the match to watch the Emirates Cup! Come on Arsenal!!




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Date:Wednesday July 30 2008

Time: 6:23PM

Your Comments

3-1 to the Arsenal. Thanks GK, enjoy the Emirates Cup and London!
Lou the Gunneress
Gallas starts tonight but ALMUNIA is captain!?!?!
gunnerkid107
Did you guys hear the line-up and Almunia wearing the armband? Interesting!
Lou the Gunneress
And Nasri will start playing in the center of the midfield. Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Djourou, Clichy, Eboue, Walcott, Denilson, Nasri, Van Persie, Adebayor.
gunnerkid107
Whats your thoughts on the captain situation Lou?
gunnerkid107
Wow the first Denilson interview in English. So he's spent some time improving it when he's out injured. And why do Robson and Groves keep ruling Denilson out as a DM?! Arsene has obviously put him in that position alongside Nasri today and it makes sense, given the options we have.
Lou the Gunneress
Lou for some reason they would much rather see Diaby partner Cesc and as you said completely rule out Denilson.
gunnerkid107
Lou, they are stupid idiots. Also, Eboue at right wing and Almunia as captain...DOOM!
Tom14
I honestly don't know, very interesting, but it's not the first time this happened in pre-season games (Almunia also wore the armband once or twice last summer). I suspect Arsene just wants to make Gallas sweat a little bit and grab it with both hands when he formally tells the guy he'll extend his appointment as captain or something? I personally think it's enough that Gallas has acknowledged he made some mistakes and said he'll learn from them.
Lou the Gunneress
I expect Gallas to continue being captain.
gunnerkid107
Maybe (I hope) this will be the team. Almunia - Eboue Sagna Gallas Clichy - Walcott Djourou Denilson Nasri - Adebayor Van persie
Tom14
Sigh re Eboue.. I HOPE it's just because Diaby, Traore and Ramsey took "minor knocks". Otherwise (bar Kolo and Cesc of course) this line-up is pretty close to Arsene's main plan this season.
Lou the Gunneress
Good idea Tom, I never thought of that possibility. But Arsene's always said he sees Djourou as a CB (Eboue as a RM too lol)...
Lou the Gunneress
Who's playing on the left RVP or Theo?
ArsenalRob
If all of our players are fit Eboue will not play right wing. He did not play when Hleb and Rosicky were fit and I suppose when Cesc is back, Nasri would be played on the left with Walcott on the right.
Tom14
They didn't give a formation Rob. We're guessing Theo is LM, RvP up front with Ade.
Lou the Gunneress
Gallas is the captain for this game. Silly reporting :(
gunnerkid107
Gallas is captain.
Tom14
No, Gallas is wearing the armband haha silly..!
Lou the Gunneress
there we go. Gallas is captain
ArsenalRob
You know what? Gallas is captain.
Goofle
This away kit is growing on me, it looks so much better than in the dodgy pictures we first saw on the internet. I'll go to the Armoury this Sat and see whether I want this one or the home kit. :)
Lou the Gunneress
so wierd seeing jens for them. legend
ArsenalRob
sorry but can anyone else hear two sets of commentary on ATVO?
ArsenalRob
Eboue in the middle, Theo right
Goofle
It seems that they've fixed the sound track now, the background sound is back, without the non-ATVO commentary bit.
Lou the Gunneress
kl, mine went comletely off. had a serious panic
ArsenalRob
Robin doesn't settle for the imperfect does he? Gotta love him for it though (usually)
ArsenalRob
How have we srarted???
MrArsenal
*started-doh*
MrArsenal
MrA we've got a bit more possession, doing the usual passing and stuff. QUite a few offside decisions on both sides already. Otherwise not many clear-cut chances yet.
Lou the Gunneress
Is Ade playing, and if so are there any Arsenal fans there giving him any stick???
MrArsenal
Can't hear any reaction at all for Ade .... Jens however is getting cheered for every touch!!
Rocky7
Nasri volley from the edge of the box .... I don't think we'd have seen Hleb take that on. Top class save from Almunia also ... more of that please Basil!
Rocky7
hey guys is the match available on any of the usual sites we use to see the games........
karley
LEHMANN!
ArsenalRob
ATVO and the usual you-know-what websites with live football.
Lou the Gunneress
Mad Jens is playing a blinder .... top save from Walcott's effort there! (Who did really well btw)
Rocky7
I have to say I think Eboue hasnt been too bad in the center. Didnt expect him to play there today!
gunnerkid107
I agree GK. I'm now very scared that now Arsene will say he's our new DM... :P
Lou the Gunneress
Maybe Arsene will make Eboue play in a different position every season until he plays well consistently. The kind of talent that can't seem to be expressed.
ArsenalRob
On the shooting note Rocky, how about Clichy's long range shot? Hehe I notice Sagna and Clichy have both tried to shoot a bit more, guess Arsene told them to try that.
Lou the Gunneress
Great 45 mins there. Even though everyones touch seems a bit off it was a good performance in my opinion.
gunnerkid107
Denilson seems to be Arsenes choice. I wouldn't like to be the guy to tell Stewart Robson the news ;-)
Goofle
Not a bad half considering Stuttgart has already played two competitive matches and this is the first match for Nasri, Ade, RvP, Gallas, and Eboue (I think). Sure it's only 45 minutes but Nasri already looks like he has all the dribbling skill of Hleb but is not as timid in the final third. Theo is looking pretty sharp too. Ade has been offside 4 or 5 times already but the linesman on the far side seems to be a 'homer', calling everything that's even close.
elbondo
What are you doing here Goof?
Lou the Gunneress
PERRY, DENILSON IS A DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER!!!!!!!!! ***** ME THEY ARE STUPID!!!! The commentators had never even heard of Bischoff! Do they live under rocks or something? RANT over!
Goofle
He has escaped from the inner soul.
Tom14
Wow I'd love that shirt!! :O
Lou the Gunneress
Okie, so the ego is back to control the id.
Lou the Gunneress
Tom, is that sort of like the sould of Kenny possessing Cartman and blurting things out once in a while?
elbondo
*soul* not sould!
elbondo
Just the soul. No ego or id. Goofle is infact dead.
Tom14
interesting to see Carlos against some tougher opposition
ArsenalRob
VELLLAAAA!!!!
gunnerkid107
Brilliant finish by Carlos!!! :D
Lou the Gunneress
CARLOS!!!!!!
ArsenalRob
damn GK we should have done that the other way round... if only i got there first
ArsenalRob
Nice ball by Bendtner to set him up too, but he still had a lot of work to do. Excellent finish.
elbondo
I love how he timed his run, pretty Eduardo-like, the finish too!
Lou the Gunneress
Haha that would of been funny Rob
gunnerkid107
Vela defo looks a bit of class!!!!!!!
MrArsenal
WOH!
Lou the Gunneress
beautiful
ArsenalRob
WOW! What a goal :)
gunnerkid107
BENDTNER!!! I LOVE THAT BIG DANE!!!
jaelle
I really like this Bendtner-Vela combo! It's proved that I wasn't jumping too far ahead of ourselves when I said they seemed to combine well up front and that it's not only against Burgenland that they can do it. :D
Lou the Gunneress
Bloody hell Bendtner!!!!!!!!!!
MrArsenal
OMG!!!!! JACKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!
Lou the Gunneress
YEAA 3-1! Great finish by the 16 year old but and a WONDERFUL set up by Clichy.
gunnerkid107
He's so confident and calm in front of goal!
Lou the Gunneress
I've reached my prediction.. some more goals from us are welcome of course..
Lou the Gunneress
damn my AVTO crashed. what happened?
ArsenalRob
Oh no Rob! Clichy ran down the left flank, beat 2 defenders in a few turns, once in box, delivered a good cross to unmarked Wilshere, who takes it down and finishes so calmly with his left foot. Didn't miss much... just a nice goal and frustrated Jens's face hehehe...
Lou the Gunneress
I am now fully convinced he will play a part in the first team this year and not just in the CC
gunnerkid107
Gael's enjoying himself
ArsenalRob
Oh no. Looks like Sagna was limping off on that ankle.
gunnerkid107
nah GK, he probably could play the odd EPL game but Arsene wouldn't want the media jumping on his back, just CC I think.
ArsenalRob
I can imagine Arsene playing Wilshere as a sub in some easy league games too, but not many. Kind of like Theo in the year before last.
Lou the Gunneress
I agree with Lou. In some of the easier league games I can see Wilshere playing a part.
gunnerkid107
I think only if our season finishes early for whatever reason.
ArsenalRob
I missed the Sagna bit. I hope it's more precautionary... :\
Lou the Gunneress
Yeah Rob I understand we wouldn't play him when we're fighting for points. But you get a few games like Derby, maybe against Hull or someone, when we're 3:0 up we can send him on for experience, that's what I mean you know.
Lou the Gunneress
Yay I got the prediction right! Who else? :)
Lou the Gunneress
Great win here. Best game to watch so far this pre-season and a great performance for all players that played a part.
gunnerkid107
yeah lou but I just think that Arsene has other players to entertain in those situations, but maybe, yeah. Amazing performance from the youngsters
ArsenalRob
Wilshere should be a regular fixture in the Carling Cup games, a regular sub in the FA Cup games and the player who takes the "Youngster" spot on the subs bench in the Premier League.
Tom14
Alright mates, Im off to catch my flight across the pond. Next time I talk to you lads, I'll be much closer to the Emirates! :)
gunnerkid107
Bye now GK, have fun in London!
Lou the Gunneress
Vela and Bendtner seem to have a very good understanding so far. Bendtner really impressed me with his composure on that goal. He didn't get flustered and start looking for help, instead just plunging forward with confidence.
smithdj74
Now that I've looked at the highlights again. I think the 3 assists were almost as good as the 3 goals. Vela's little chip for Bendtner to chase was kind of like the way Cesc set up the Dani Guiza goal against Russia. Brilliant!
Lou the Gunneress
I have just e-mailed this in "I cannot understand why Stewart and Perry think that Diaby should replace Flamini. He clearly has not got the defensive ability or the discipline to play that holding role. Denilson has much more chance of coming into the team as he is more naturally defensive and has a better attitude of playing that role. And I cannot understand the criticism of William Gallas as he is by far our best defender and is the only candidate in our squad for the captaincy." Don't knoe if it will be read out.
Tom14
unlucky tom, their e-mail is not working (or maybe they can't accept that they were wrong)
ArsenalRob
The only way to get to them is to call in now hehehe
Lou the Gunneress
***** them! It cost ***** all to e-mail. They will stop the phone in in about two minutes.
Tom14
Also is it just me who thinks these call-in Gooners keep saying the same things over and over? e.g. Ade's commitment, Gallas's captaincy, more depth, big CB, missing DM, etc. But nobody, nobody has ever told these "pundits" that Diaby is NO Vieira! I suspect they filter calls lol..
Lou the Gunneress
With Wenger's skill at seeing something in a player and putting them in a position no one had previously imagined does anyone think there is a chance that Eboue (who is crap as a right winger) will be tried as a holding mid?
smithdj74
Nah. He played as an attacking mid today and only because he had nobody else who could manage 60 minutes.
Tom14
I think I'm about to faint...
Lou the Gunneress
Why lou?
Tom14
Mong alert. A fan who thins that we should start with Nasri, Cesc, Walcott, Villa (Valencia), Van Persie and Rosicky in the same team along with other players coming in.
Tom14
Eboue as DM... that's what I can't contemplate (I said above).
Lou the Gunneress
The real start to Arsenal's pre-season tonight. Good win. Vela & Bendtner combined well for 2 goals but 16 year old Jack Wilshere impresses with every game. Looks like he belongs in the 1st team. Defence looked rusty but its still early days.
prits
LOL. Fair enough Lou, but we all keep saying Wenger sees something in Eboue that makes him worth keeping. RM isn't it. RB apparently isn't either. He can't shoot and holds the ball too long when he attacks, but he is fair on the defensive side and he does work hard when given a task. Anyway, I'm not sure if it was just a thought or an actual fear.
smithdj74
I know Smith, I actually thought Eboue did not bad at all, in his first game this summer. I just keep hoping to find a guy have the discipline to protect the back 4, the passing ability to fit into our play and distribute balls and preferably the physical strength to complement Cesc. If Arsene tells us now "Eboue has all these, plus a bit of pace." I'll still believe him. Seriously. Just that I never thought of him as a candidate before and he was often awful last year.
Lou the Gunneress
And DM, unlike RW, is not an ideal position in which we do too many experiments. If Arsene says it's the new signing, great, if he says it's Denilson, ok we trust him. But I'm not sure if we should do yet another experiment with Eboue. Ideally I'd really like to have a stable back 6 (including DM), not too many changes, with a clear pecking order. e.g. you tell Traore to understudy Clichy, Eboue/Hoyte Sagna, Senderos/Djourou Kolo/Gallas, Fabianski Almunia. Not too much tinkering although our players are versatile.
Lou the Gunneress
Anyone still watching ATVO? They're rerunning a youth game against Villa. Wilshere was again impressive, just hit the post.
Lou the Gunneress
That all makes sense and I'm of the same mindset, I'm still just a bit confused about the DM situation. I really did hope against hope that Wenger would go in for Barry. I think he's quality and although I trust our youngsters I think an older head who has experienced real disappointment can be very important to a team when the going gets tough. I like Denilson but I see him more as an understudy to Cesc than his complement. Diaby has just never done anything for me at all. I can see some of the youth coming up slotting in there but I think that is at least a year, probably two, away from being a viable option. We've got some great creative players, we just need someone content being the guy to pick up the pieces of a broken attack and stand strong when others charge forward.
smithdj74
I'm afraid not mate. Villa have issued a statement saying that Barry's staying with them. Hey, we've been talking about these topics the whole summer. Lots of people agree with what you just said actually. Why don't you hop over to the forums and chat with everyone there.
Lou the Gunneress
I saw that Lou. I lurk in the forum a bit. I don't really have much to add unfortunately. Living in Phoenix, Arizona kind of prevents me from news or info that you all haven't already had for a bit. The lack of Arsenal news in the US is why I latched on with you all.
smithdj74
Looks like its Yaya or bust!!!!!
MrArsenal
Hey you don't have to bring in the news, it's always nice to just chat and let us know what you think. We've got quite a few Gooners from the US and North America too. You can certainly find someone to chat with when you go online in your time zone. MrA, Arsene must have a few options other than Barry, although he could be the "next best" after Yaya on Arsene's list. I'll keep hoping we'll somehow get a deal with Barca before 31st August!
Lou the Gunneress
Maybe Arsene has got someone completely unexpected up his sleeve!!! Or no one at all!! :-(
MrArsenal
Taxi
YidEdy
Sad!!!
MrArsenal
An excellent early pre season work out for Arsenal with half a first team against a very good quality opposition. Very much worth it!
LondonGooner
Looking good again but then again you did for the start of last season & faded! Still fighting for 3rd with the scousers!
storagematt
 

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