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Arsenal vs. Hull

Emirates Stadium

17/3/09

19:45

Arsenal v. Hull City

Today Hull City visit the Emirates for the second time this season, and a much improved performance from Arsenal will be needed this time around if they are to book a date at Wembley against Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinals. A showing more like we saw at the KC Stadium back in January should see Arsenal through.

Vital Quotes:

Wenger has spoken of his squads hunger to end this frustrating season on a high note. 'Of course there is a burning desire to win a trophy and if we focus on our performances then we can create something special.

'If we are consistent we will be ahead of Villa at the end of the season. We have the experience to cope with pressure and that helps.

'I expected us to win against Blackburn but I didn't expect Villa to lose to Tottenham. That was the bonus of the weekend.'

Without the captain and linchpin of the team, Cesc Fabregas, the Boss said the team has had to change its style. 'We have had to [adapt]' Wenger told ATVO.

'I believe we will all be happy when Cesc comes back but we had to cope without him and of course, I believe it will be a big lift for everybody when he`s back. But we had to do without him.

'When he`s there, everything goes through him but when he`s not it can take a while to adapt because the game goes through different ways - it`s plural.

'When it`s Fabregas it is more one-way traffic at the start of the build-up.'

Arsenal Team News:

After having eight stitches in the side of his foot at halftime of the Blackburn game, Andrey Arshavin is a doubt, but he is rushing to get himself back for this game. Wenger said Andrey was 'desperate' to play. Eduardo is out for one more game, while Ramsey and Almunia are also out. Manuel has a sprained ankle from that disgusting challenge by Diouf. Fabianski will be between the posts for his usual spot in cup games. Gael Clichy will be rested for this game, and the ever reliable Gibbs will step in in his place.

Possible Starting XI: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Toure, Gibbs, Eboue, Song, Denilson, Arshavin, Nasri, van Persie

Player to watch: Kieran Gibbs

Kieran might not be the match winner, but I will be watching him because of how impressive he has been this season. It seems we have another real talented left back on our hands that is molded to our attacking style of play, like his predecessors Cole and Clichy. Look for him to lock down Hull's right midfielder, something Clichy had trouble doing at the KC Stadium.

Hull Team News:

Hull will be without long term absentees and influential midfielders Jimmy Bullard and George Boateng. And since Kevin Kilbane is cup-tied Andy Dawson will step in at left mid. Dean Marney will sit out the last match of his three match ban for a red card against Blackburn at the beginning of the month.

Player to watch: Manucho

On-loan Manchester United striker will most likely be preferred to Cousin for this match. In January Manucho came on as a sub and caused the Arsenal defense problems until Djourou put a hole in his head during a play which should of resulted in a Hull penalty. The Angolan has looked good as of late so Gallas and whoever partners him will have their hands full.

Match Facts & Stats

Arsenal haven't lost a domestic match since late November.

This is Arsenal's best cup run since 2005 when we last lifted the trophy.

The last time these two sides met in the FA Cup was a 1930 semifinal and Arsenal advanced.

Match Prediction:

With the new found spirit and desire in our squad, I see Arsenal progressing past a resilient Hull. I will go with 3-1 to the Arsenal with van Persie getting on the score sheet while Eboue and Arshavin continuing their goal scoring ways.

Next Fixtures:

21/3 (Sat) - Newcastle (A) - Premier League

4/4 (Sat) - Manchester City (H) - Premier League

7/4 (Tue)- **Quarter-Final TBD** - Champions League




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Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 17 2009

Time: 12:25PM

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I'm interested to see who will start today with Arshavin possibly too injured to play and Nasri needing a rest. Hey Amos, I was wondering who has played the most minutes for the team so far this year. Seems like Sagna has played a ridiculous amount lately.
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17/03/2009 14:21:00

I'm interested to see who will start today with Arshavin possibly too injured to play and Nasri needing a rest. Hey Amos, I was wondering who has played the most minutes for the team so far this year. Seems like Sagna has played a ridiculous amount lately.
TPowell
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17/03/2009 14:21:00

I'd like to see Brice's lineup above. Just that I'm not sure if Nasri might need a rest, having played full games in Rome. In case he or AA couldn't start, I'd fancy Vela to do a good job with his pace and tricks against the Hull defence. 3-1 also sounds reasonably achievable for us. Now I'll confidently go and get a few hours' sleep and get up at 3.30am for this. :)
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 14:29:00

I'd like to see Brice's lineup above. Just that I'm not sure if Nasri might need a rest, having played full games in Rome. In case he or AA couldn't start, I'd fancy Vela to do a good job with his pace and tricks against the Hull defence. 3-1 also sounds reasonably achievable for us. Now I'll confidently go and get a few hours' sleep and get up at 3.30am for this. :)
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 14:29:00

I think there's a good chance Vela will start. There is also a chance Wenger will throw Bendtner into the fray straight away to get his confidence back.
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17/03/2009 14:38:00

Think we'll see Fabianksi start as opposed to Almunia (obviously) and Djorou as opposed to either Gallas or Toure with Ramsey getting the nod - possibly ahead of Denilson.
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17/03/2009 14:38:00

I think there's a good chance Vela will start. There is also a chance Wenger will throw Bendtner into the fray straight away to get his confidence back.
navydave
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17/03/2009 14:38:00

Think we'll see Fabianksi start as opposed to Almunia (obviously) and Djorou as opposed to either Gallas or Toure with Ramsey getting the nod - possibly ahead of Denilson.
shewore
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17/03/2009 14:38:00

......... probably not both though!
navydave
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17/03/2009 14:39:00

......... probably not both though!
navydave
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17/03/2009 14:39:00

Thought Ramsey was to rest because of growing pains. Think you will find Denilson has been the hardest worked player for us this season.
alwaysgunner
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17/03/2009 15:02:00

Thought Ramsey was to rest because of growing pains. Think you will find Denilson has been the hardest worked player for us this season.
alwaysgunner
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17/03/2009 15:02:00

hmm, yeah AG you might be right, I remember now that Sagna did miss at least a couple of games earlier this year due to injury.
TPowell
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17/03/2009 15:11:00

hmm, yeah AG you might be right, I remember now that Sagna did miss at least a couple of games earlier this year due to injury.
TPowell
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17/03/2009 15:11:00

Can someone explain to me Arsene's explanation in his pre-match interview for resting Ramsey?
jaelle
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17/03/2009 15:20:00

Can someone explain to me Arsene's explanation in his pre-match interview for resting Ramsey?
jaelle
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17/03/2009 15:20:00

What he said is what he said. We never know if he is telling the truth or not. You just have to assume he thinks Ramsey is having a difficult time physically coping at his age and build. I expect Denilson to be rested with Diaby coming in, hope not though.
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17/03/2009 15:30:00

What he said is what he said. We never know if he is telling the truth or not. You just have to assume he thinks Ramsey is having a difficult time physically coping at his age and build. I expect Denilson to be rested with Diaby coming in, hope not though.
Tom14
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17/03/2009 15:30:00

I think Nasri won't play: he completed 120 mins in Rome, and outran everyone on the pitch on Sat vs. Blackburn. He is due a rest and with the likes of Vela and Theo itching for a start it is logical that he'll take a rest. Also Arshavin's 8 stitches are worrying and I believe he'll start on the bench against Hull.
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17/03/2009 15:35:00

I think Nasri won't play: he completed 120 mins in Rome, and outran everyone on the pitch on Sat vs. Blackburn. He is due a rest and with the likes of Vela and Theo itching for a start it is logical that he'll take a rest. Also Arshavin's 8 stitches are worrying and I believe he'll start on the bench against Hull.
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17/03/2009 15:35:00

Happens with young players. Evidently, Wilshere has been struggling slightly in training which is why he has not featured for a while other than in the U-19s, young players go through peaks and troughs. Ramsey looked excellent in November, but after the Cardiff game he had a bit of a dip and has made some errors in games. All part of the growing process.
Little Dutch
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17/03/2009 15:48:00

I was thinking the same thing G4L, but I feel as though we'll need one or the other out there tonight.
TPowell
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17/03/2009 15:48:00

Happens with young players. Evidently, Wilshere has been struggling slightly in training which is why he has not featured for a while other than in the U-19s, young players go through peaks and troughs. Ramsey looked excellent in November, but after the Cardiff game he had a bit of a dip and has made some errors in games. All part of the growing process.
Little Dutch
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17/03/2009 15:48:00

I was thinking the same thing G4L, but I feel as though we'll need one or the other out there tonight.
TPowell
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17/03/2009 15:48:00

ok, fair enuf, LD, I was just a little confused by AW's explanation. On another subject entirely, am I alone in being royally fed up with Sheffield United's persistent campaign to milk everything they can in their scapegoating campaign v. West Ham, blaming their relegation entirely on one player instead of looking at their team's own failings? Just when you thought the whole saga had come to an end, now Warnock opens it all up again by saying he's going to sue West Ham himself. Not that I defend WHam's conduct in the affair but SheffU's Whingeing Campaign just strikes me as something only a club of loser crybabies would persist with. Looks to me like they and Warnock won't be happy until they destroy WHam entirely.
jaelle
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17/03/2009 16:07:00

ok, fair enuf, LD, I was just a little confused by AW's explanation. On another subject entirely, am I alone in being royally fed up with Sheffield United's persistent campaign to milk everything they can in their scapegoating campaign v. West Ham, blaming their relegation entirely on one player instead of looking at their team's own failings? Just when you thought the whole saga had come to an end, now Warnock opens it all up again by saying he's going to sue West Ham himself. Not that I defend WHam's conduct in the affair but SheffU's Whingeing Campaign just strikes me as something only a club of loser crybabies would persist with. Looks to me like they and Warnock won't be happy until they destroy WHam entirely.
jaelle
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17/03/2009 16:07:00

yeah jaelle, Tevez only played in 26 league games and scored only 7 goals... at some point you have to hold yourself accountable.
TPowell
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17/03/2009 17:20:00

yeah jaelle, Tevez only played in 26 league games and scored only 7 goals... at some point you have to hold yourself accountable.
TPowell
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17/03/2009 17:20:00

I too think that Theo and Vela will start for us with Arshavin on the bench. Come on The Arsenal!!!
hackneyval
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17/03/2009 17:23:00

I too think that Theo and Vela will start for us with Arshavin on the bench. Come on The Arsenal!!!
hackneyval
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17/03/2009 17:23:00

Theo and Vela on the wings RVP and Nicky up front, Song and Diaby in the middle Gibbs, Gallas, Djouru and Sagna with Fabiansky in goal should be enough to see off Hull, keep Andrei and Nasri on the bench just in case if they are needed.
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17/03/2009 18:08:00

Theo and Vela on the wings RVP and Nicky up front, Song and Diaby in the middle Gibbs, Gallas, Djouru and Sagna with Fabiansky in goal should be enough to see off Hull, keep Andrei and Nasri on the bench just in case if they are needed.
Armory
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17/03/2009 18:08:00

Eboue to score? Eboue always scores...... lol...
Gael-Force
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17/03/2009 18:25:00

Eboue to score? Eboue always scores...... lol...
Gael-Force
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17/03/2009 18:25:00

I want a hattrick from our newest goal machine! Our African Messi -- Hull City, get ready to be Eboued!
jaelle
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17/03/2009 18:41:00

I want a hattrick from our newest goal machine! Our African Messi -- Hull City, get ready to be Eboued!
jaelle
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17/03/2009 18:41:00

Would'nt it just be like football for Eboue to go out and have a blinder tonight?
deledudu
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17/03/2009 19:02:00

Would'nt it just be like football for Eboue to go out and have a blinder tonight?
deledudu
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17/03/2009 19:02:00

Fabianski; Sagna Gallas Djourou Gibbs; Diaby Song; Walcott Arshavin Vela; van Persie
Tom14
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17/03/2009 19:15:00

Fabianski; Sagna Gallas Djourou Gibbs; Diaby Song; Walcott Arshavin Vela; van Persie
Tom14
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17/03/2009 19:15:00

Surprised Eboue didn't get a start.
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 19:31:00

Surprised Eboue didn't get a start.
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 19:31:00

Just a bit surprised Bendtner doesn't start, but that's a good enough lineup. Come on the Arsenal!!
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 19:33:00

Just a bit surprised Bendtner doesn't start, but that's a good enough lineup. Come on the Arsenal!!
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 19:33:00

Another comedy goal conceded. AW is furious with his team, they've started very slowly and are playing like this will be a cakewalk. They seem to have forgotten that Hull have a 100% record against London teams.
jaelle
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17/03/2009 20:04:00

Another comedy goal conceded. AW is furious with his team, they've started very slowly and are playing like this will be a cakewalk. They seem to have forgotten that Hull have a 100% record against London teams.
jaelle
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17/03/2009 20:04:00

Stop trying long balls please...
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 20:07:00

Stop trying long balls please...
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 20:07:00

already time wasting. I don't care if you beat us with a fluke goal, just have the balls to play us straight up!
TPowell
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17/03/2009 20:16:00

already time wasting. I don't care if you beat us with a fluke goal, just have the balls to play us straight up!
TPowell
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17/03/2009 20:16:00

Unbelievable! And the media worship a manager who starts timewasting 5 mins into the game. We really don't look like scoring.
jaelle
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17/03/2009 20:26:00

Unbelievable! And the media worship a manager who starts timewasting 5 mins into the game. We really don't look like scoring.
jaelle
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17/03/2009 20:26:00

"Hull have a 100% record against London teams" -- they have a 100% record against London teams when they meet them in London, that is.
jaelle
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17/03/2009 20:27:00

"Hull have a 100% record against London teams" -- they have a 100% record against London teams when they meet them in London, that is.
jaelle
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17/03/2009 20:27:00

We've spent the entire 1st half getting into the game. The creative players are looking better now. We need to cut out on the long balls, every single one of which gets headed away by their defence, and play on the ground, that's when we look more creative and dangerous. And how did Gallas get a yellow there? Thought he got the ball. Also did Riley see #24 downed Theo in the box? Is it just me?!
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 20:33:00

We've spent the entire 1st half getting into the game. The creative players are looking better now. We need to cut out on the long balls, every single one of which gets headed away by their defence, and play on the ground, that's when we look more creative and dangerous. And how did Gallas get a yellow there? Thought he got the ball. Also did Riley see #24 downed Theo in the box? Is it just me?!
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 20:33:00

I think Gallas got the ball, but the player did kick it away at the same time. 50/50. Our attacking players need to get into gear and I never understand why van Persie is played off a striker, especially Vela. Vela should be on the left with Arshavin playing behind van Persie.
Tom14
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17/03/2009 20:37:00

I think Gallas got the ball, but the player did kick it away at the same time. 50/50. Our attacking players need to get into gear and I never understand why van Persie is played off a striker, especially Vela. Vela should be on the left with Arshavin playing behind van Persie.
Tom14
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17/03/2009 20:37:00

Yeah Tomf that's what I thought would be the lineup when I saw the names. I was a bit disappointed to see AA in LW. I'd really like AW to move him to the hole, Vela in LW. But that's not really the main problem as our players are mobile and running around interchanging positions. I just thought the creativity was only starting to kick in the last 10 mins of the 1st half. Let's go from there and do better now.
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 20:43:00

Yeah Tomf that's what I thought would be the lineup when I saw the names. I was a bit disappointed to see AA in LW. I'd really like AW to move him to the hole, Vela in LW. But that's not really the main problem as our players are mobile and running around interchanging positions. I just thought the creativity was only starting to kick in the last 10 mins of the 1st half. Let's go from there and do better now.
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 20:43:00

Dont think its our day Lads!!
gunner24
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17/03/2009 20:56:00

Dont think its our day Lads!!
gunner24
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17/03/2009 20:56:00

Keep the faith!
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 21:07:00

Keep the faith!
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 21:07:00

What the hell?! Was this the 9th time RvP hit the woodwork?!?!
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 21:13:00

What the hell?! Was this the 9th time RvP hit the woodwork?!?!
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 21:13:00

Yeah, more like it, bring on Eboue i say?
gunner24
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17/03/2009 21:16:00

Well done Bendtner, Arshavin, and van Persie!!!! COMON ARSENAL!!!
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 21:16:00

Yeah, more like it, bring on Eboue i say?
gunner24
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17/03/2009 21:16:00

Well done Bendtner, Arshavin, and van Persie!!!! COMON ARSENAL!!!
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 21:16:00

fantastic awareness by Arshavin and great effort from Bendtner to get RVP the goal
TPowell
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17/03/2009 21:17:00

YES! YES! YES! ARSHAVIN IS F---ING GOD!!! His attitude toward our clueless players: STOP CELEBRATING AND LET'S WIN THIS!
jaelle
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17/03/2009 21:17:00

Crosses are finally useful with Bendtner in the box. Credit to him for working hard to keep the ball from Theo's cross in play. Also credit to AA for being unselfish and clever for picking a pass instead of shooting. Let's go on and win now! :D
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 21:17:00

fantastic awareness by Arshavin and great effort from Bendtner to get RVP the goal
TPowell
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17/03/2009 21:17:00

YES! YES! YES! ARSHAVIN IS F---ING GOD!!! His attitude toward our clueless players: STOP CELEBRATING AND LET'S WIN THIS!
jaelle
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17/03/2009 21:17:00

Crosses are finally useful with Bendtner in the box. Credit to him for working hard to keep the ball from Theo's cross in play. Also credit to AA for being unselfish and clever for picking a pass instead of shooting. Let's go on and win now! :D
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 21:17:00

COOMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEE ONNNNNNNNNNNNNN
TPowell
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17/03/2009 21:18:00

COOMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEE ONNNNNNNNNNNNNN
TPowell
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17/03/2009 21:18:00

All Bendtner bashers listen up! There's a reason Roma were afraid of Bendtner, his ability with high balls, you haters! We just got that game-saving goal because he's the only player we had on the pitch who could get on the other end of a cross!
jaelle
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17/03/2009 21:21:00

All Bendtner bashers listen up! There's a reason Roma were afraid of Bendtner, his ability with high balls, you haters! We just got that game-saving goal because he's the only player we had on the pitch who could get on the other end of a cross!
jaelle
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17/03/2009 21:21:00

AA has already registered 1 goal and 3 assists, yes? :)
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 21:23:00

AA has already registered 1 goal and 3 assists, yes? :)
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 21:23:00

All hail the African Messi Goal Machine!
jaelle
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17/03/2009 21:24:00

All hail the African Messi Goal Machine!
jaelle
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17/03/2009 21:24:00

Ok, I now officially LOATHE Mike Riley!
jaelle
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17/03/2009 21:26:00

BILLY G baby
TPowell
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17/03/2009 21:26:00

Ok, I now officially LOATHE Mike Riley!
jaelle
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17/03/2009 21:26:00

BILLY G baby
TPowell
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17/03/2009 21:26:00

HaHa I'll be happy if we win by a dodgy goal, serves Hull right for employing cheating timewasting tactics!! (",)
jubair
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17/03/2009 21:28:00

HaHa I'll be happy if we win by a dodgy goal, serves Hull right for employing cheating timewasting tactics!! (",)
jubair
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17/03/2009 21:28:00

wow, they can take goal kicks within 30 seconds, who new?
TPowell
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17/03/2009 21:29:00

wow, they can take goal kicks within 30 seconds, who new?
TPowell
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17/03/2009 21:29:00

That wasn't offside! ;)
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 21:30:00

That wasn't offside! ;)
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 21:30:00

jubair, you're so right! They deserve nothing better. Freaking timewasting when the game has barely started. GALLAS comes thru once again, the guy's just a massive player for us, to hell with all the drama about him. I LOVE WILLIAM!
jaelle
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17/03/2009 21:31:00

jubair, you're so right! They deserve nothing better. Freaking timewasting when the game has barely started. GALLAS comes thru once again, the guy's just a massive player for us, to hell with all the drama about him. I LOVE WILLIAM!
jaelle
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17/03/2009 21:31:00

nasri n bendtner made the differance
gunner24
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17/03/2009 21:32:00

nasri n bendtner made the differance
gunner24
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17/03/2009 21:32:00

well, its a shame they did all that time wasting earlier on, maybe they would have had time to score again, they'll never know.
TPowell
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17/03/2009 21:39:00

Yay we win, the cheats lose, try getting your team to play football next time Brown!
jubair
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17/03/2009 21:39:00

well, its a shame they did all that time wasting earlier on, maybe they would have had time to score again, they'll never know.
TPowell
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17/03/2009 21:39:00

Yay we win, the cheats lose, try getting your team to play football next time Brown!
jubair
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17/03/2009 21:39:00

Is there a worse ref in the league than Riley? An absolute clown. Great result though, they showed such resilience to come back from that fluke of a goal.
Ezekiel
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17/03/2009 21:41:00

I hope Arsenal won't be the death of me! My blood pressure has gone through the roof. Phew! Arseshavin is some player, and is it my imagination or has Song suddenly become a "world class" player?
deledudu
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17/03/2009 21:41:00

Is there a worse ref in the league than Riley? An absolute clown. Great result though, they showed such resilience to come back from that fluke of a goal.
Ezekiel
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17/03/2009 21:41:00

I hope Arsenal won't be the death of me! My blood pressure has gone through the roof. Phew! Arseshavin is some player, and is it my imagination or has Song suddenly become a "world class" player?
deledudu
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17/03/2009 21:41:00

Riley was awful, but Coward Webb is still the worst in my books
jubair
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17/03/2009 21:42:00

Riley was awful, but Coward Webb is still the worst in my books
jubair
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17/03/2009 21:42:00

Poor form for Arsene, refusing to shake hands with Brown. I understand his frustration but you know the media will make hay out of it. No sympathy for Hull at all, they got what they deserved. Play f---ing football instead of defending a 1 goal lead for 80 minutes by desperate amateur timewasting tactics. And Riley was a massive massive scumbag, refusing to call Hull on so many fouls, it was comical.
jaelle
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17/03/2009 21:42:00

Poor form for Arsene, refusing to shake hands with Brown. I understand his frustration but you know the media will make hay out of it. No sympathy for Hull at all, they got what they deserved. Play f---ing football instead of defending a 1 goal lead for 80 minutes by desperate amateur timewasting tactics. And Riley was a massive massive scumbag, refusing to call Hull on so many fouls, it was comical.
jaelle
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17/03/2009 21:42:00

I enjoyed the Gallas goal and the way he and the team celebrated it. He just looked at the crowd, arms in the air, smiling as if he had banished the previous bitterness and demons, almost Tony Adam-style!
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 21:44:00

I agree Song has improved massively, much more confident on the ball and better awareness, I was slightly disappointed to see him go off.
jubair
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17/03/2009 21:44:00

I enjoyed the Gallas goal and the way he and the team celebrated it. He just looked at the crowd, arms in the air, smiling as if he had banished the previous bitterness and demons, almost Tony Adam-style!
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 21:44:00

I agree Song has improved massively, much more confident on the ball and better awareness, I was slightly disappointed to see him go off.
jubair
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17/03/2009 21:44:00

Out of interest I just did a bit of research on Mr Riley and was amused to find there is a whole section in his wiki dedicated to criticisms against him. Riley vs. Webb for the Ultimate Jester award... too close to call.
Ezekiel
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17/03/2009 21:47:00

Out of interest I just did a bit of research on Mr Riley and was amused to find there is a whole section in his wiki dedicated to criticisms against him. Riley vs. Webb for the Ultimate Jester award... too close to call.
Ezekiel
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17/03/2009 21:47:00

It's just ridiculous that, despite Riley's comical decisions and lack of decisions on quite a few occasions, Hull still got 5 yellow cards: 2 for unsporting behaviour, 1 for dissent, 1 for not retreating at set play, amazingly only 1 for time-wasting. There could/should have been a couple of second yellows imo!
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 21:51:00

It's just ridiculous that, despite Riley's comical decisions and lack of decisions on quite a few occasions, Hull still got 5 yellow cards: 2 for unsporting behaviour, 1 for dissent, 1 for not retreating at set play, amazingly only 1 for time-wasting. There could/should have been a couple of second yellows imo!
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 21:51:00

I guess its hightime we learnt to accept that Wenger does know. He's human and I fully expect him to make mistakes, but his faith in this team seems fully justified to me now. Song that used to run around like a headless chicken is suddenly looking the part, its obvious Diaby is going to become some player once he becomes that little bit more consistent, Bendtner will also get their eventually, I can hardly wait for next season! Bring it on!
deledudu
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17/03/2009 21:52:00

I guess its hightime we learnt to accept that Wenger does know. He's human and I fully expect him to make mistakes, but his faith in this team seems fully justified to me now. Song that used to run around like a headless chicken is suddenly looking the part, its obvious Diaby is going to become some player once he becomes that little bit more consistent, Bendtner will also get their eventually, I can hardly wait for next season! Bring it on!
deledudu
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17/03/2009 21:52:00

Fabregas spit in the Hull assistant manager's face! How disappointing if its true.
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 21:53:00

I just said disappointing. I should of said disgusted and ashamed.
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 21:53:00

Fabregas spit in the Hull assistant manager's face! How disappointing if its true.
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 21:53:00

I just said disappointing. I should of said disgusted and ashamed.
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 21:53:00

Where did you hear that? Why would he even get involved? Because of all the crap in the media, one can only wait for more decent statements before even making a big deal of it.
Fabby69
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17/03/2009 21:57:00

gk where did u hear that? if true it puts him on track with another ex-captain who wore the same number.
G4L
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17/03/2009 21:57:00

Where did you hear that? Why would he even get involved? Because of all the crap in the media, one can only wait for more decent statements before even making a big deal of it.
Fabby69
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17/03/2009 21:57:00

gk where did u hear that? if true it puts him on track with another ex-captain who wore the same number.
G4L
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17/03/2009 21:57:00

Really Gkid?! Source please! I can imagine AW's frustrations and he really showed them today. But we won after all. Maybe there's some incidents off camera?
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 22:02:00

Really Gkid?! Source please! I can imagine AW's frustrations and he really showed them today. But we won after all. Maybe there's some incidents off camera?
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 22:02:00

Phil Brown mentioned it in the post-match interview on setanta. He sounded angry and bitter and we don't know all the facts.
jubair
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17/03/2009 22:03:00

Phil Brown mentioned it in the post-match interview on setanta. He sounded angry and bitter and we don't know all the facts.
jubair
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17/03/2009 22:03:00

Interview with Phil Brown and was just confirmed by the assistant manager himself
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 22:04:00

Interview with Phil Brown and was just confirmed by the assistant manager himself
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 22:04:00

Really doesn't surprise me with Cesc. Probably a super nice guy off the pitch, but when it comes to football he has always been a little devil. Remember when he spat in Ballack's face against Bayern Munich?
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 22:05:00

Really doesn't surprise me with Cesc. Probably a super nice guy off the pitch, but when it comes to football he has always been a little devil. Remember when he spat in Ballack's face against Bayern Munich?
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 22:05:00

GK, I'll be a bit careful repeating that accusation without further proof if I were you. The British press and Sky are not exactly our friends and none of them are reporting it yet, and for hacks who would invent controversies when it suits them, thats a bit odd.
deledudu
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17/03/2009 22:06:00

What a moron, probably will get the usual "FA will investigate allegations..." and nothing come of it. Unless they got some good evidence, then it might backfire. IF it happened ofcourse...
Fabby69
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17/03/2009 22:06:00

GK, I'll be a bit careful repeating that accusation without further proof if I were you. The British press and Sky are not exactly our friends and none of them are reporting it yet, and for hacks who would invent controversies when it suits them, thats a bit odd.
deledudu
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17/03/2009 22:06:00

What a moron, probably will get the usual "FA will investigate allegations..." and nothing come of it. Unless they got some good evidence, then it might backfire. IF it happened ofcourse...
Fabby69
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17/03/2009 22:06:00

And yes, I meant Brown is the moron obviously...
Fabby69
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17/03/2009 22:07:00

And yes, I meant Brown is the moron obviously...
Fabby69
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17/03/2009 22:07:00

How is Phil Brown a moron? Surely he wouldn't make this up! And I am only saying what I saw on Setanta Sports. So I have no liability in saying what I did.
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 22:09:00

How is Phil Brown a moron? Surely he wouldn't make this up! And I am only saying what I saw on Setanta Sports. So I have no liability in saying what I did.
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 22:09:00

They showed something of a spat between AW and their asst mgr before Brown came down to the bench. AW kept complaining about the time-wasting and unpunished fouls to the officials. But did something happen between the 2 camps? Brown was also fuming towards the end (well of course, when his plan of time-wasting their way to a win/replay was failing), maybe something had happened? I would imagine the whole Arsenal bench were angry, but Cesc really should be better. I hope there's an explanation to this.
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 22:11:00

They showed something of a spat between AW and their asst mgr before Brown came down to the bench. AW kept complaining about the time-wasting and unpunished fouls to the officials. But did something happen between the 2 camps? Brown was also fuming towards the end (well of course, when his plan of time-wasting their way to a win/replay was failing), maybe something had happened? I would imagine the whole Arsenal bench were angry, but Cesc really should be better. I hope there's an explanation to this.
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 22:11:00

When you have kids with passion, stuff happens, but I'm hoping they find no evidence even if its true, but Wenger has to discipline this petulant trait out of Fabregas, superb footballer, but he's got an awful lot of maturing to do if this is true. IF.
deledudu
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17/03/2009 22:12:00

Personally GK I don't believe a word that cheating Brown and his staff say.Sour grapes to me. Now sod away off out of our stadium you losers!
julieloveshenry4ever
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17/03/2009 22:12:00

When you have kids with passion, stuff happens, but I'm hoping they find no evidence even if its true, but Wenger has to discipline this petulant trait out of Fabregas, superb footballer, but he's got an awful lot of maturing to do if this is true. IF.
deledudu
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17/03/2009 22:12:00

Personally GK I don't believe a word that cheating Brown and his staff say.Sour grapes to me. Now sod away off out of our stadium you losers!
julieloveshenry4ever
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17/03/2009 22:12:00

Well he's not a moron for this allegation, just for his team performance and the whining on the sideline. If this is made up or exagerated, he's even a greater moron. That's all really.
Fabby69
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17/03/2009 22:15:00

Well he's not a moron for this allegation, just for his team performance and the whining on the sideline. If this is made up or exagerated, he's even a greater moron. That's all really.
Fabby69
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17/03/2009 22:15:00

Phil Brown does what is best for Hull City. Wenger does the same thing for Arsenal. FFS this is football, its not like your supposed to end up buddy buddy at the end. I have no problem with Brown for that reason. You do what you have to to win. But spitting in someones face in completely different.
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 22:17:00

Spitting in the guy's face blinded their team so much they got whupped from a winning position. Why can't people just lose with pride? H ow did the saliva affect their team,s performance? The FA and Premier League board must hold an inquest!
deledudu
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17/03/2009 22:17:00

Phil Brown does what is best for Hull City. Wenger does the same thing for Arsenal. FFS this is football, its not like your supposed to end up buddy buddy at the end. I have no problem with Brown for that reason. You do what you have to to win. But spitting in someones face in completely different.
gunnerkid107
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17/03/2009 22:17:00

Spitting in the guy's face blinded their team so much they got whupped from a winning position. Why can't people just lose with pride? H ow did the saliva affect their team,s performance? The FA and Premier League board must hold an inquest!
deledudu
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17/03/2009 22:17:00

What a moron is Brown- sore loser. SSN just reported the allegation. Hope AW comes out and calls him a dirty cheating time-wasting liar. Hope you get relegated.
julieloveshenry4ever
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17/03/2009 22:22:00

What a moron is Brown- sore loser. SSN just reported the allegation. Hope AW comes out and calls him a dirty cheating time-wasting liar. Hope you get relegated.
julieloveshenry4ever
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17/03/2009 22:22:00

As far as I know we never act as lame as Hull. Else I wouldn't even consider being a gooner. First taking every moment to win time even before 30 minutes of football and the lame attitude on every occasion. Then tackling Diaby fiercely (if it was on his chin, bye bye Diaby for this season) and complaining about the time passing by! They should silently go up north and some show respect for a football club. Besides the spat (which, as many of us, I still don't believe) Brown should just shut up.
Fabby69
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17/03/2009 22:23:00

As far as I know we never act as lame as Hull. Else I wouldn't even consider being a gooner. First taking every moment to win time even before 30 minutes of football and the lame attitude on every occasion. Then tackling Diaby fiercely (if it was on his chin, bye bye Diaby for this season) and complaining about the time passing by! They should silently go up north and some show respect for a football club. Besides the spat (which, as many of us, I still don't believe) Brown should just shut up.
Fabby69
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17/03/2009 22:23:00

I can't stand Phil Brown, who is a Sam Allardyce cronie, and I'm so happy we beat them. I remember when they scored against us when we lost earlier in the season and Brown turned around and started sticking his hands up to the Arsenal fans - but of course that's not provocative is it. Sod em - they can go back to Hull and get relegated (not coz I hate Hull, but coz of that knob Brown).
Gooner_Vin
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17/03/2009 22:23:00

I can't stand Phil Brown, who is a Sam Allardyce cronie, and I'm so happy we beat them. I remember when they scored against us when we lost earlier in the season and Brown turned around and started sticking his hands up to the Arsenal fans - but of course that's not provocative is it. Sod em - they can go back to Hull and get relegated (not coz I hate Hull, but coz of that knob Brown).
Gooner_Vin
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17/03/2009 22:23:00

Well not his chin, his shin naturally :p
Fabby69
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17/03/2009 22:25:00

Well not his chin, his shin naturally :p
Fabby69
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17/03/2009 22:25:00

Gk et al, I just read Phil Brown's comments verbatim on Setanta's site, and I can tell you, its the rants of a sore loser. He disputes the Myhill booking for time wasting and blames Wenger for the booking. Wenger is famous for his selective myopia, but Brown takes the crown. I'll be glad to spit in his face if he'll offer it!
deledudu
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17/03/2009 22:27:00

Gk et al, I just read Phil Brown's comments verbatim on Setanta's site, and I can tell you, its the rants of a sore loser. He disputes the Myhill booking for time wasting and blames Wenger for the booking. Wenger is famous for his selective myopia, but Brown takes the crown. I'll be glad to spit in his face if he'll offer it!
deledudu
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17/03/2009 22:27:00

deledudu, are you being serious about Diaby? He goes backwards in every game. The guy needs to improve more than any other player to get into our team. The guy is clueless. God knows what Wenger was thinking when he subbed Song off.
Tom14
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17/03/2009 22:28:00

deledudu, are you being serious about Diaby? He goes backwards in every game. The guy needs to improve more than any other player to get into our team. The guy is clueless. God knows what Wenger was thinking when he subbed Song off.
Tom14
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17/03/2009 22:28:00

Well Wenger says he's not worried, believe the Prof! And having read Brown's interview, it seems even less likely to be true. He first has a rant about everything else and then mentions it, as if it would be that minor if it would have truly happened. GG gooners! see ya
Fabby69
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17/03/2009 22:36:00

How dared Brown criticise Riley for 'succumbing to local pressure' and wrongly booking his keeper for time-wasting?! And that they didn't lose to Arsenal but 'a linesman decision and a ref's decision'?! That's beyond being a bad loser, they're pure lies! If anyone could say the ref favoured us in the game, he's either a great **** or he's hopelessly deluded! http://www.setanta.com/uk/Articles/Football/2009/03/17/Prem-Phil-Brown-reaction/gnid-44803/
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 22:36:00

Well Wenger says he's not worried, believe the Prof! And having read Brown's interview, it seems even less likely to be true. He first has a rant about everything else and then mentions it, as if it would be that minor if it would have truly happened. GG gooners! see ya
Fabby69
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17/03/2009 22:36:00

How dared Brown criticise Riley for 'succumbing to local pressure' and wrongly booking his keeper for time-wasting?! And that they didn't lose to Arsenal but 'a linesman decision and a ref's decision'?! That's beyond being a bad loser, they're pure lies! If anyone could say the ref favoured us in the game, he's either a great **** or he's hopelessly deluded! http://www.setanta.com/uk/Articles/Football/2009/03/17/Prem-Phil-Brown-reaction/gnid-44803/
GoonerLou
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17/03/2009 22:36:00

Tom, have some faith, Diaby has regressed since his horrible injury, but you can still see the skill and promise in his play, he'll get their eventually Tom. I understand Brown's game, its his own way of creating a siege mentality to fire up his team, the spitting allegation took it a bit far though, and it came out as an after thought, an attempt at mud raking
deledudu
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17/03/2009 23:05:00

Tom, have some faith, Diaby has regressed since his horrible injury, but you can still see the skill and promise in his play, he'll get their eventually Tom. I understand Brown's game, its his own way of creating a siege mentality to fire up his team, the spitting allegation took it a bit far though, and it came out as an after thought, an attempt at mud raking
deledudu
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17/03/2009 23:05:00

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/comment-from-club-captain-cesc-fabregas Well Cesc is denying it, but he's not entirely accurate with his statement because, as has already been pointed out, he has spat on someone on a football pitch. Brown's post match tirade is a disgrace and the mark of a terrible loser and a ***** poor man, but if Cesc has spat at Horton he is just as bad and there is absolutely no excuse for it, not having it. But I'll need to see video evidence first.
Little Dutch
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17/03/2009 23:34:00

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/comment-from-club-captain-cesc-fabregas Well Cesc is denying it, but he's not entirely accurate with his statement because, as has already been pointed out, he has spat on someone on a football pitch. Brown's post match tirade is a disgrace and the mark of a terrible loser and a ***** poor man, but if Cesc has spat at Horton he is just as bad and there is absolutely no excuse for it, not having it. But I'll need to see video evidence first.
Little Dutch
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17/03/2009 23:34:00

He's a **** that Phil Brown. If Wenger had come out after a defeat and said these things we would be labelled as whingers and bad losers. There are over 50 cameras and untold photographers at the games so if Fabregas came on the pitch and spat in someones face there will be evidence. I seriously hope he didnt do it because I wont defend him but Phil Brown and his disgusting persona can ***** off regardless.
iceman10
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17/03/2009 23:35:00

He's a **** that Phil Brown. If Wenger had come out after a defeat and said these things we would be labelled as whingers and bad losers. There are over 50 cameras and untold photographers at the games so if Fabregas came on the pitch and spat in someones face there will be evidence. I seriously hope he didnt do it because I wont defend him but Phil Brown and his disgusting persona can ***** off regardless.
iceman10
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17/03/2009 23:35:00

With your team nearly at full strength you should win this one.
Thaibluefan
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17/03/2009 23:39:00

With your team nearly at full strength you should win this one.
Thaibluefan
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17/03/2009 23:39:00

Not sure about the ballack incident either based purely on youtube its inconclusive. unless someone has quotes from Ballack confirming it?
iceman10
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17/03/2009 23:42:00

Not sure about the ballack incident either based purely on youtube its inconclusive. unless someone has quotes from Ballack confirming it?
iceman10
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17/03/2009 23:42:00

Apparantly we(the fans) put pressure on the referee do book their goalkeeper. Oh wait, maybe he got booked for taking 20+ seconds on every goal kick from the 15th minute onwards. Brown is a tw**, but if fabregas has spat then i will be very dissapointed in him.
paul_ownz
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17/03/2009 23:45:00

Apparantly we(the fans) put pressure on the referee do book their goalkeeper. Oh wait, maybe he got booked for taking 20+ seconds on every goal kick from the 15th minute onwards. Brown is a tw**, but if fabregas has spat then i will be very dissapointed in him.
paul_ownz
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17/03/2009 23:45:00

is it true that in his first interview with Setanta Brown said Fabregas 'encroached on the pitch' and spat at his assistant manager, in the Sky interview he changed it to spitting at his feet in the tunnel?
G4L
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18/03/2009 00:08:00

is it true that in his first interview with Setanta Brown said Fabregas 'encroached on the pitch' and spat at his assistant manager, in the Sky interview he changed it to spitting at his feet in the tunnel?
G4L
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18/03/2009 00:08:00

Even if their were evidence and Fabregas was found guilty of spitting at the floor near his feet, realistically what kind of punishment could the F.A dish out. You dont score a goal by almost hitting the target...
paul_ownz
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18/03/2009 00:25:00

Even if their were evidence and Fabregas was found guilty of spitting at the floor near his feet, realistically what kind of punishment could the F.A dish out. You dont score a goal by almost hitting the target...
paul_ownz
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18/03/2009 00:25:00

If you can bear some more from Brown: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/fa-league-cups/fabregas-spitting-storm-has-beaten-hull-seething-1647444.html
GoonerLou
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18/03/2009 00:46:00

If you can bear some more from Brown: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/fa-league-cups/fabregas-spitting-storm-has-beaten-hull-seething-1647444.html
GoonerLou
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18/03/2009 00:46:00

It is true G4L, I watched live, and after Brown made that accusation Setanta found some footage of Cesc on the pitch apparently having words with Horton. No spitting can been seen though. When the acusations were first made I thought it might be true, Cesc has previous and I doubted whether someone would make such a story up to sully the name of a young player, but after seeing the accusations change so quickly from "spitting in his face on the pitch" to "spitting at his feet in the tunnel" all I can think is "liars".
Rocky7
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18/03/2009 00:57:00

It is true G4L, I watched live, and after Brown made that accusation Setanta found some footage of Cesc on the pitch apparently having words with Horton. No spitting can been seen though. When the acusations were first made I thought it might be true, Cesc has previous and I doubted whether someone would make such a story up to sully the name of a young player, but after seeing the accusations change so quickly from "spitting in his face on the pitch" to "spitting at his feet in the tunnel" all I can think is "liars".
Rocky7
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18/03/2009 00:57:00

They asked AW why he didn't shakes hi hand and Aw said"i came forward to shake his hand and there was no one there after looking around".
Youngest in Charge
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18/03/2009 01:12:00

They asked AW why he didn't shakes hi hand and Aw said"i came forward to shake his hand and there was no one there after looking around".
Youngest in Charge
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18/03/2009 01:12:00

If Phil Brown has made this up, he will forever be labeled a ****. The words I used to describe Cesc earlier would then apply to him exponentially.
gunnerkid107
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18/03/2009 02:40:00

If Phil Brown has made this up, he will forever be labeled a ****. The words I used to describe Cesc earlier would then apply to him exponentially.
gunnerkid107
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18/03/2009 02:40:00

no disrespect, but COME ON Hull, Newcastle and Man City...!
The Fear
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18/03/2009 18:00:00

no disrespect, but COME ON Hull, Newcastle and Man City...!
The Fear
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18/03/2009 18:00:00

JF - We've played Hull twice in the league buddy!!! lol
Rocky7
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18/03/2009 19:04:00

JF - We've played Hull twice in the league buddy!!! lol
Rocky7
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18/03/2009 19:04:00

You were lucky, very, very lucky to win this game - but to win the cup every team needs luck.
Thaibluefan
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21/03/2009 01:34:00

You were lucky, very, very lucky to win this game - but to win the cup every team needs luck.
Thaibluefan
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