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Arsenal v. Portsmouth


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Its depressing to write a preview only one day after watching my team throw away another win. This season has seen many disappointments but I usually have two to three days to recover before I have to write. Oh well enough complaining, Arsenal plays Portsmouth tomorrow only two days after a exasperating draw versus Aston Villa on Friday. All the pre-match talk is on Mr. Arsenal returning as manager to his former club, but in our present, dreary situation, I can't be bothered one bit to care about Tony Adams returning. The only thing I want is three points.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene is struggling to keep faith himself, no matter what he actually says in the press. 'We have to keep the belief that we have because out of Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, only Villa beat us at home.'

'I believe we have improved in those last two months tremendously. We look much more solid.

'We do miss a bit of belief I think, but we are still young as well.'

He is in full support of TA. 'There is no such thing as a natural manager but Adams will certainly be a great one and he has the qualities needed to become one.'

Arsenal Team News:

Adebayor returns from his wrongful suspension, and Clichy should be fit to start. Though Johan Djourou might miss the match because of an injury picked up during the warm up at Villa. Song is also out after pulling up before halftime last game.

Player to watch: Kolo & Gallas

Two words that haunt Arsenal defenders and fans, Peter Crouch. Without Djourou these two will have to keep him in check, which they have always failed miserably at in the past.

Portsmouth Team News:

Glen Johnson, John Utaka, and Younes Kaboul are all doubts for Pompey. Marc Wilson will keep his spot in the lineup.

Player to watch: Peter Crouch

Its pretty obvious why you should watch him, but if your mind seems to be failing you for some reason then re-watch the games he played against us when he was at Liverpool.

Match Facts & Stats

Diaby will be making his 50th Premier League appearance for Arsenal

Manuel Almunia is the only remaining player to start all EPL games for the Gunners

Home and away

League (inc PL Arsenal 25 wins, Portsmouth 14, Draws 23

Prem: Arsenal 4 wins, Portsmouth 0, Draws 6

at Arsenal only

League (inc PL): Arsenal 16 wins, Portsmouth 6, Draws 9

Prem: Arsenal 3 wins, Portsmouth 0, Draws 2

Ref Watch:

Alan Wiley will officiate. He has managed 13 Barclay's Premier League games this year handing out one red and thirty-seven yellows, giving him a 2.92 card per game average.

Match Prediction:

Arsenal are bad, but so are Portsmouth. Arsenal will score, and so will Portsmouth. So lets see who outscores the other, but I'm banking on a 4-2 Arsenal win.

Next Fixtures:

3/1 (Sat)- Plymouth (H)- FA Cup

10/1 (Sat)- Bolton (H)- Premier League

17/1 (Sat)- Hull City(A)- Premier League

Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Saturday December 27 2008
Time: 9:07PM


I think Pompey have 4 clean sheets against our 5 if that's any encouragment. We'll get the 3 points courtesy of Eboue and Adebayor. Something like 2-1 or 3-2, just watch!
27/12/2008 23:24:00
Hopefully Diaby will retain a central position in a 4-4-2 next to Denilson. Probably Eboue and Nasri on the wings and the chuckle brothers as the centre back pairing.
28/12/2008 12:26:00
Almunia; Sagna Gallas Silvestre (thank god!) Clichy; Eboue Denilson Diaby (in the MIDDLE?!) Nasri; Adebayor Bendtner. RVP, Fabianski, Wilshere, Ramsey, Gibbs, Toure and Vela on the bench. Very strong team!
28/12/2008 13:15:00
I preffer to call the Gallas - Toure partnership a center back parting, rather than a pairing.
28/12/2008 13:16:00
Sigh, I'd never have thought we'd feel the pain choosing between Kolo and Silvestre and say 'thank god' about having Silvestre-Gallas in the middle lol.. But it's a good lineup, like you said Tomf, I just hope Diaby gets a chance in the middle, he is just no winger, that much we know. I've predicted a 3-1 and can see us winning this one (something I haven't said for many weeks).
28/12/2008 13:55:00
This team does prove that we need a new CB, CM and a winger tho.
28/12/2008 13:57:00
It certainly does Tom. A keeper too .... or the balls to play Fabianski instead. I have lost all faith in Manuel "The Sloth" Almunia.
28/12/2008 14:10:00
25mins in and our supporters are already getting on the team
28/12/2008 14:23:00
Yeah GK disappointing isn't it? I was hoping they'd channel the -ve energy they showed against Liverpool into supporting the team today. I'm sure tons of them were swearing pointing fingers when Crouch's header hit the post.
28/12/2008 14:25:00
Ade missies open goal. I'm off to stick my head in the oven!!
28/12/2008 14:32:00
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