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Arsenal vs. Villarreal

Emirates Stadium

15/4/09

19:45

On Sky

Arsenal v. Villarreal

The first of three gargantuan fixtures arrives on Arsenal's doorstep tomorrow. One game's at home, one's away, and the other is on a neutral site. These three fixtures are only the beginning of an exciting conclusion to the season for the Gunners. A quick look at the fixtures list on Arsenal.com should get the heartbeat racing. It's been a few years since we have had such an exhilarating end to a season. I just hope it doesn't end prematurely.

Vital Quotes:

As he always does, Arsene redirected any praise from himself to his players. "These boys are winners," said Wenger ahead of tomorrow's Champions League Quarter-Final second leg with Villarreal.

"I believe in general this team has not got the credit it has deserved. The focus these players have shown since the beginning of the season has been fantastic. The hunger they have shown every single day in training is great, so that's why we have improved a lot. And there is still a lot more to come - at 21, 22 you can only go upwards.'

"Let's leave me out of all that," he replied when asked about the satisfaction he took from his Arsenal's change in fortunes.

After his wonder goal in the first leg, Adebayor has his eyes on the prizes. "If you want to be a big club, of course you have to win things, which is normal," said Adebayor.

"The pressure is there: all the fans, the newspapers, journalists. That is normal. I can understand that," he said. 'But for me as a footballer the most important thing is how I am going to help my team to win. I am here talking about the Final already, we have to pass through the Quarter-Final and Semi-Final first. We know Villarreal will be one of the toughest games I will have in my life and we will have to give 100 per cent. After that we will talk about other things."

Arsenal Team News:

As always, when Arsenal is fortunate enough to have players return from injury, we get cursed with new injuries. This week it is Diaby in and Djourou out. Johan joins Gallas, Clichy, Almunia,and Rosicky on the treatment table.

I expect to see Cesc drop deeper into the midfield from now on and we will play a 4-4-2. van Persie, Adebayor, and Nasri will return to the starting XI at the expense of Arshavin, Bendtner, and possibly Denilson. After having a brilliant season so far, Denilson might be getting a little tired. And right now, Alex Song is playing like a possessed man. I've been extremely impressed with him, and he is starting to finally fulfill my early season predictions.

The defense is where all of our problems lie. I'm pretty confident Gibbs and Silvestre will start, but who knows? Maybe Arsene will surprise us with Eboue and Song playing in their places.

Possible Starting XI: Fabianski, Sagna, Toure, Silvestre, Gibbs, Walcott, Song, Fabregas, Nasri, van Persie, Adebayor

Player to watch: Emmanuel Adebayor

The Togolese magician will be looking to score his 5th goal in his last 5 Champions League knockout matches. That's an amazing record considering the first goal that started that run was his first European goal for Arsenal. I bet he continues that record tomorrow.

Villarreal Team News:

The Yellow Submarine has many injury problems to worry about as well. Good news for Arsenal is that Marcos Senna is out of this tie. That will be a major hurdle for Villarreal to overcome. In the past two weeks they have lost two of their three best players, Senna and Cazorla.

If you had watched Villarreal's last two La Liga matches like I have, then you would surely predict Arsenal to roll over the Spaniards, but as we found out in Spain, on their day, Villarreal play some attractive football that can cause us problems, especially considering our defensive woes.

Player to watch: Giuseppe Rossi

With Senna and Cazorla out, Rossi is Villarreal's best remaining player. He is silky smooth on the ball, and he will give Silvestre problems if the Frenchman is not on his game. On the counterattack, we must keep track of this diminutive forward.

Ref Watch:

Wolfgang Stark, from Germany, will be the head official for this match. Most recently Stark made headlines in the controversial Italy v. Ireland game over the last international break. He has also been preselected as referee for the 2010 World Cup.

Match Prediction:

For the second time in 8 days, I am confident going into a European match against Villarreal. I will go with a much more conservative prediction than last time though. 2-1 to the Arsenal. Adebayor and Walcott scoring for Arsenal, and Villarreal taking advantage of our depleted defense.

Next Fixtures:

18/4 (Sat)- Chelsea (N)- FA Cup

21/4 (Tue)- Liverpool (A)- Premier League

26/4 (Sun)- Middlesbrough (H)- Premier League




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Date:Tuesday April 14 2009

Time: 10:10PM

Your Comments

I'm quite confident before this game, no Senna is going to be a big loss for them and home advantage should count. We need Ade and Cesc to be at their best though and if they are we should win quite easily. Hopefully Arsene will play Cesc further back on the pitch where he will get more freedom to run the game and dictate the tempo, nasri and Theo on the wings and Ade and Nicky/RVP up front.
Armory
I'm quite confident before this game, no Senna is going to be a big loss for them and home advantage should count. We need Ade and Cesc to be at their best though and if they are we should win quite easily. Hopefully Arsene will play Cesc further back on the pitch where he will get more freedom to run the game and dictate the tempo, nasri and Theo on the wings and Ade and Nicky/RVP up front.
Armory
Little farts keep unexpectedly popping out with no word of warning ..... by tomorrow I fully expect them to be full blown nuggets. I'm scared. Then when that game is done we have Chelsea in the semis, then the Mickey's in the league. If football is going to be the death of me, then I fully expect to be dead within the next 7 days.
Rocky7
Little farts keep unexpectedly popping out with no word of warning ..... by tomorrow I fully expect them to be full blown nuggets. I'm scared. Then when that game is done we have Chelsea in the semis, then the Mickey's in the league. If football is going to be the death of me, then I fully expect to be dead within the next 7 days.
Rocky7
diaby is reported fit for tomorrow
fran merida
diaby is reported fit for tomorrow
fran merida
if Walcott and Gibbs start, then we'll have as many Englishmen in the starting XI as Chelsea had, and one more than Liverpool had. However I fully expect the media to ignore this fact.
TPowell
if Walcott and Gibbs start, then we'll have as many Englishmen in the starting XI as Chelsea had, and one more than Liverpool had. However I fully expect the media to ignore this fact.
TPowell
Arsenal will still be the death of me.Its a little after 5am in Lagos, and I'm up already, unable to sleep with the tension of tonight's game keeping me awake. Rocky, I feel you mate, me nails are non-existent and I doubt if its going to get any better with the upcoming fixtures, but eh, thats why we are who we are. Gooners!
deledudu
Arsenal will still be the death of me.Its a little after 5am in Lagos, and I'm up already, unable to sleep with the tension of tonight's game keeping me awake. Rocky, I feel you mate, me nails are non-existent and I doubt if its going to get any better with the upcoming fixtures, but eh, thats why we are who we are. Gooners!
deledudu
I would have go for Eboue at LB and Song at CB partnering Kolo. That would leave Denilson/Diaby to partner Fabregas. Diaby to raid further up with Fab dictating from the back or Denilson for that extra cover to our makeshift defence.
MrE._Man
I would have go for Eboue at LB and Song at CB partnering Kolo. That would leave Denilson/Diaby to partner Fabregas. Diaby to raid further up with Fab dictating from the back or Denilson for that extra cover to our makeshift defence.
MrE._Man
Rocky and Deledudu: count me in. I've woken up early. Can't sleep for feeling sick with nerves at the prospect of the next 2 games. Liverpool one doesn't bother me so much as we have a little cushion and we can afford a draw there. Euro game tonight scares the bejesus out of me because of the way we've set out playing in the last 2 CL matches and Villarreal are no push-overs. Please, please Arsenal, play better than Chelski did yesterday. Don't think my blood pressure can take it! aaarrgghh!
julieloveshenry4ever
Rocky and Deledudu: count me in. I've woken up early. Can't sleep for feeling sick with nerves at the prospect of the next 2 games. Liverpool one doesn't bother me so much as we have a little cushion and we can afford a draw there. Euro game tonight scares the bejesus out of me because of the way we've set out playing in the last 2 CL matches and Villarreal are no push-overs. Please, please Arsenal, play better than Chelski did yesterday. Don't think my blood pressure can take it! aaarrgghh!
julieloveshenry4ever
Thats it now, bleeding nail stumps.
deledudu
Thats it now, bleeding nail stumps.
deledudu
Yep my comments from last night are multiplied tenfold this morning. I've just had mi crunchy nut and I feel like it's about to come flying back up. I love my football club, but we always do things the hard way, and I fully expect tonight to be full of worry. COME ON ARSENAL!!
Rocky7
Yep my comments from last night are multiplied tenfold this morning. I've just had mi crunchy nut and I feel like it's about to come flying back up. I love my football club, but we always do things the hard way, and I fully expect tonight to be full of worry. COME ON ARSENAL!!
Rocky7
I agree Rocky, we never seem to do anything easy; if we manage to get the result we all want so badly tonight, bet we'll have had to SWEAT on it. That's the only guarantee for me. PSV 2 years ago? Only good thing this time is that we got the away goal we missed so badly then...
julieloveshenry4ever
I agree Rocky, we never seem to do anything easy; if we manage to get the result we all want so badly tonight, bet we'll have had to SWEAT on it. That's the only guarantee for me. PSV 2 years ago? Only good thing this time is that we got the away goal we missed so badly then...
julieloveshenry4ever
I'm getting this pre-Euro-itis too. Deep down I'm confident overall, though yes I'm worried about the backline. But don't know why I'm so bloody nervous now. I'd said 2-0, but now I can see us conceding a freak goal, hmm, yes agree with Gkid on the 2-1 prediction. And I don't care if I get it right at all! I just want us to go through (preferably without a major scare)!
GoonerLou
I'm getting this pre-Euro-itis too. Deep down I'm confident overall, though yes I'm worried about the backline. But don't know why I'm so bloody nervous now. I'd said 2-0, but now I can see us conceding a freak goal, hmm, yes agree with Gkid on the 2-1 prediction. And I don't care if I get it right at all! I just want us to go through (preferably without a major scare)!
GoonerLou
Hic! Live is looking all cool and dandy now, and why would'nt it after a breakfast comprising of grass and brandy! Gooners to win by a clear margin. We've got enough and then some in the tank, hic. C'mon you gooners ! c'mon!
deledudu
Hic! Live is looking all cool and dandy now, and why would'nt it after a breakfast comprising of grass and brandy! Gooners to win by a clear margin. We've got enough and then some in the tank, hic. C'mon you gooners ! c'mon!
deledudu
deledudu, if you keep going like that then you'll be fine for the game ..... because you'll be asleep. lol. That reminds me, I need to go and get some supplies for this evenings merriment.
Rocky7
deledudu, if you keep going like that then you'll be fine for the game ..... because you'll be asleep. lol. That reminds me, I need to go and get some supplies for this evenings merriment.
Rocky7
"These boys are winners," Arsene Wenger. Arsene, please by all means build them up, but don't blatently lie about them...Nearly all of them have yet to really prove themselves and collect a handful of medals, bar perhaps Gallas, Cesc, anyone else I have missed? They can be winners, but not yet.
LondonGooner
"These boys are winners," Arsene Wenger. Arsene, please by all means build them up, but don't blatently lie about them...Nearly all of them have yet to really prove themselves and collect a handful of medals, bar perhaps Gallas, Cesc, anyone else I have missed? They can be winners, but not yet.
LondonGooner
Whoa there fellow gooners, take a step back and relax. We are a better team, we are in better form, with a better manager, better stadium, far batter fans etc blah We are superior to Villareal in every department and we have an away goal for the home leg to build on. Whats the beef? I think we'll batter them 3-0. It's not like we are playing Barcelona tonight......altogether know, feel the karma! lol
LondonGooner
Whoa there fellow gooners, take a step back and relax. We are a better team, we are in better form, with a better manager, better stadium, far batter fans etc blah We are superior to Villareal in every department and we have an away goal for the home leg to build on. Whats the beef? I think we'll batter them 3-0. It's not like we are playing Barcelona tonight......altogether know, feel the karma! lol
LondonGooner
My god the wait for this game is killing me. I must be on my 8th pair of kecks right now!!
Rocky7
My god the wait for this game is killing me. I must be on my 8th pair of kecks right now!!
Rocky7
call senderous back from loan...
49ers
call senderous back from loan...
49ers
no Sagna?... I'll go ahead and say I've been more confident in our defence than I am at this moment
TPowell
no Sagna?... I'll go ahead and say I've been more confident in our defence than I am at this moment
TPowell
Fabianski; Eboue Silvestre Toure Gibbs; Walcott Fabregas Song Nasri; van Persie Adebayor. Mannone, Denilson, Diaby, Eduardo, Vela, Ramsey and Bendtner. Good team for me.
Tom14
Fabianski; Eboue Silvestre Toure Gibbs; Walcott Fabregas Song Nasri; van Persie Adebayor. Mannone, Denilson, Diaby, Eduardo, Vela, Ramsey and Bendtner. Good team for me.
Tom14
I have a feeling we'll be hearing 'and more nervy moments at the back for Arsenal' a lot tonight from the announcers...
TPowell
I have a feeling we'll be hearing 'and more nervy moments at the back for Arsenal' a lot tonight from the announcers...
TPowell
What happened to Sagna!!??!? We'll really have to outscore them it seems. Nervy nervy night guys, fasten your seatbelt!!
GoonerLou
What happened to Sagna!!??!? We'll really have to outscore them it seems. Nervy nervy night guys, fasten your seatbelt!!
GoonerLou
What a finish by Theo!!!! :D
GoonerLou
What a finish by Theo!!!! :D
GoonerLou
how about that? Walcot!
deledudu
how about that? Walcot!
deledudu
Mancs don't deserve to go through. We gave all our sweat and blood last night! You and the Mancs always have an easy route! However, I wish you luck and I hope when you go through to the semi's tonight, you thrash the dirty northern Reds in a fortnight!
haigh_for_7
Mancs don't deserve to go through. We gave all our sweat and blood last night! You and the Mancs always have an easy route! However, I wish you luck and I hope when you go through to the semi's tonight, you thrash the dirty northern Reds in a fortnight!
haigh_for_7
think the refs got it right... but that was real close to going over
TPowell
think the refs got it right... but that was real close to going over
TPowell
I told you. We got enough and then some left over for our Spanish friends. C'mon you gooners! Anyone fancy some nail sandwitch?
deledudu
I told you. We got enough and then some left over for our Spanish friends. C'mon you gooners! Anyone fancy some nail sandwitch?
deledudu
Thanks Haigh .... sort of. In recent years we have played Liverpool, AC Milan, Roma, Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid ..... if you think those are easy routes then you are obviously on acid. Great first half, the midfield has worked tremendously hard to protect our make-shift defence. Theo and Song in particular have been awesome. Other honourable mentions to Eboue, Kolo, Gibbs and Ade's work ethic (despite being offside every 7 minutes.) ... still shaking like a s****ng dog though.
Rocky7
Thanks Haigh .... sort of. In recent years we have played Liverpool, AC Milan, Roma, Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid ..... if you think those are easy routes then you are obviously on acid. Great first half, the midfield has worked tremendously hard to protect our make-shift defence. Theo and Song in particular have been awesome. Other honourable mentions to Eboue, Kolo, Gibbs and Ade's work ethic (despite being offside every 7 minutes.) ... still shaking like a s****ng dog though.
Rocky7
Unable to watch the game because of technical reasons, how are we playing and are we under any kind of pressure?
Armory
Unable to watch the game because of technical reasons, how are we playing and are we under any kind of pressure?
Armory
To add to Rocky's list, I thought Silvestre made a few good clearances too. Me too hands trembling as I type lol..
GoonerLou
To add to Rocky's list, I thought Silvestre made a few good clearances too. Me too hands trembling as I type lol..
GoonerLou
We've been by far the greatest team, this match has ever seen!! lol. Seriously though we've been pretty damn good, though we can't get complacent, they have had their moments, and if they score before we do, I'll fancy us to f*** it up. I'd hazzard a guess we'll either see some changes on Villarreals left hand side, or some sh** house tactics ..... because Theo has been murdering them.
Rocky7
We've been by far the greatest team, this match has ever seen!! lol. Seriously though we've been pretty damn good, though we can't get complacent, they have had their moments, and if they score before we do, I'll fancy us to f*** it up. I'd hazzard a guess we'll either see some changes on Villarreals left hand side, or some sh** house tactics ..... because Theo has been murdering them.
Rocky7
ye have the luck latley, gibbs should of seen red last week now an dodgy peno,
123spurs
ye have the luck latley, gibbs should of seen red last week now an dodgy peno,
123spurs
We're very much capable of going 3-0 up without the dodgy pen (yes it's harsh). Hehe sour grapes there. But none of us would pick a silly fight with anyone now, not even a Spuddie. As Rocky said, we're doing well! Can't see Gooners being happy eh? :D
GoonerLou
We're very much capable of going 3-0 up without the dodgy pen (yes it's harsh). Hehe sour grapes there. But none of us would pick a silly fight with anyone now, not even a Spuddie. As Rocky said, we're doing well! Can't see Gooners being happy eh? :D
GoonerLou
sour grapes im not just making point ye have got some luck fair play, lets see when you actually come up against a half decent team
123spurs
sour grapes im not just making point ye have got some luck fair play, lets see when you actually come up against a half decent team
123spurs
njoy manure :D
123spurs
njoy manure :D
123spurs
If Porto, Fenerbahce, Roma and Villarreal aren't half-decent, I don't know what your team are. But no problemo amigo. I'm sure Chelsea and Liverpool are more than half-decent, you'll see us face them soon enough. :)
GoonerLou
If Porto, Fenerbahce, Roma and Villarreal aren't half-decent, I don't know what your team are. But no problemo amigo. I'm sure Chelsea and Liverpool are more than half-decent, you'll see us face them soon enough. :)
GoonerLou
Very good game. Watch out Manure
phreddy
Very good game. Watch out Manure
phreddy
Why do u guys bother to answer spuddies, obviously they are as poor in spirit as their club is at football
phreddy
Why do u guys bother to answer spuddies, obviously they are as poor in spirit as their club is at football
phreddy
aww ddy not ever gunner is like you
123spurs
aww ddy not ever gunner is like you
123spurs
A semi-final against Utd? I started sh***ing it as soon as the final whistle went. F****ING GET IN THERE!!!!!
Rocky7
A semi-final against Utd? I started sh***ing it as soon as the final whistle went. F****ING GET IN THERE!!!!!
Rocky7
Silvestre pass with flying colors.. And I never thought I said that.. Gibbs too. But Song work his ass off protecting the back line.
MrE._Man
every*
123spurs
Silvestre pass with flying colors.. And I never thought I said that.. Gibbs too. But Song work his ass off protecting the back line.
MrE._Man
every*
123spurs
Phreddy I'm just happy! Not only bcos of the scoreline, but the attacking performance as well. But above all, albeit against a patchy Villarreal, our makeshift defence did really well. The weaker links that we'd been worried about before the game, i.e. Gibbs, Silvestre, even Fabi, they did well tonight. :) And Theo's shown great improvement with his crosses and final balls into the box. Eboue-Theo and Nasri-Gibbs also did well on both flanks in terms of defending as a unit. In short, I'm so happy lol!!
GoonerLou
Some luck 123? we were 3-1 up at the time you mug!!
Rocky7
Phreddy I'm just happy! Not only bcos of the scoreline, but the attacking performance as well. But above all, albeit against a patchy Villarreal, our makeshift defence did really well. The weaker links that we'd been worried about before the game, i.e. Gibbs, Silvestre, even Fabi, they did well tonight. :) And Theo's shown great improvement with his crosses and final balls into the box. Eboue-Theo and Nasri-Gibbs also did well on both flanks in terms of defending as a unit. In short, I'm so happy lol!!
GoonerLou
Some luck 123? we were 3-1 up at the time you mug!!
Rocky7
@123sp*ds.. if those teams your listed are half decent.. I dont know what level should we put your team on.. quarter decent? 1/10 decent?
MrE._Man
@123sp*ds.. if those teams your listed are half decent.. I dont know what level should we put your team on.. quarter decent? 1/10 decent?
MrE._Man
how did yer reserves got on recently??? enjoy cause this is far as ye will go
123spurs
how did yer reserves got on recently??? enjoy cause this is far as ye will go
123spurs
A big shout to Arsene Wenger for his little jig, and to the Arsenal fans for singing "what the f***** hell was that" to Cesc for his attempted .... well, I'm not sure what it was. lol
Rocky7
A big shout to Arsene Wenger for his little jig, and to the Arsenal fans for singing "what the f***** hell was that" to Cesc for his attempted .... well, I'm not sure what it was. lol
Rocky7
Sorted. Bring on the manure. We got enough and then some left over. I can sense that fate has some tricks up her sleeve, ol red nose is gonna have an apoplexy, but do I care? Na! C'mon you gooners, lets go kick some arse!
deledudu
Sorted. Bring on the manure. We got enough and then some left over. I can sense that fate has some tricks up her sleeve, ol red nose is gonna have an apoplexy, but do I care? Na! C'mon you gooners, lets go kick some arse!
deledudu
Reserves? Is that all you've got??? What a bunch of losers!!
Rocky7
Reserves? Is that all you've got??? What a bunch of losers!!
Rocky7
no aint all we got it just we hear so much about the arse youngsters
123spurs
no aint all we got it just we hear so much about the arse youngsters
123spurs
So what else you got? FA Cup semi final? CL semi final? Thought not. Now run along, I've off to get ***** faced and enjoy this awesome run from my awesome football team. **wave**
Rocky7
So what else you got? FA Cup semi final? CL semi final? Thought not. Now run along, I've off to get ***** faced and enjoy this awesome run from my awesome football team. **wave**
Rocky7
Stop feeding the troll Rocky.
Armory
Stop feeding the troll Rocky.
Armory
Yeah right 123, our 3rd-string kids were beaten by David Bentley, a dumped ex-kid of ours. Some of the better kids played in EUROPE today, others made the bench - no time for reserves and professional bench-warmer cum England's new hope Bentley you see. Our kids are also a massive 23 points clear in the kids league, looking forward to the 2nd leg in the kids cup semis. Just as the big guns have 2 semis to prepare for, you see.
GoonerLou
Yeah right 123, our 3rd-string kids were beaten by David Bentley, a dumped ex-kid of ours. Some of the better kids played in EUROPE today, others made the bench - no time for reserves and professional bench-warmer cum England's new hope Bentley you see. Our kids are also a massive 23 points clear in the kids league, looking forward to the 2nd leg in the kids cup semis. Just as the big guns have 2 semis to prepare for, you see.
GoonerLou
Sorry Armoury, let's get back on topic - yaaaayyy we're going to Rome! Before that, we're going to Wembley this weekend! :D
GoonerLou
Sorry Armoury, let's get back on topic - yaaaayyy we're going to Rome! Before that, we're going to Wembley this weekend! :D
GoonerLou
I was very disappointed to see the lower stands practically empty in the 86th minute.
gunnerkid107
I was very disappointed to see the lower stands practically empty in the 86th minute.
gunnerkid107
I23spurs, are you a glutton for punishment? Or do you have masochistic tendencies? Oh well, I guess you must be one of the above to enjoy the ordeal of supporting a ne'er do well team like Spuds! Loser.
deledudu
I23spurs, are you a glutton for punishment? Or do you have masochistic tendencies? Oh well, I guess you must be one of the above to enjoy the ordeal of supporting a ne'er do well team like Spuds! Loser.
deledudu
Phew, arsenal.com says Sagna had a virus, THANK GOD he's not injured!! :D
GoonerLou
Yea about the reserve games. David Bentley justified his move last summer to a 'big' club by scoring two goals on a Tuesday night. It's just too bad those goals weren't in the Champions League like he had hoped, but instead in a reserve team match. Congratu-********-lations Bentley, you are back exactly where you were 5 years ago with us, in the reserves.
gunnerkid107
Phew, arsenal.com says Sagna had a virus, THANK GOD he's not injured!! :D
GoonerLou
Yea about the reserve games. David Bentley justified his move last summer to a 'big' club by scoring two goals on a Tuesday night. It's just too bad those goals weren't in the Champions League like he had hoped, but instead in a reserve team match. Congratu-********-lations Bentley, you are back exactly where you were 5 years ago with us, in the reserves.
gunnerkid107
Alright! Great start to these next 7 days... good to see us back to the old 4-4-2, our best formation. Silvestre and Gibbs will have to be focused yet again in just a few days! And 123, seriously mate, reserves games?... you hear about our kids because you saw that our u-18s beat yours 3-1 just a few weeks ago. Unfortunately we couldn't play our first teamers in a reserves match due to the fact that we're still in 3 competitions you see.
TPowell
Alright! Great start to these next 7 days... good to see us back to the old 4-4-2, our best formation. Silvestre and Gibbs will have to be focused yet again in just a few days! And 123, seriously mate, reserves games?... you hear about our kids because you saw that our u-18s beat yours 3-1 just a few weeks ago. Unfortunately we couldn't play our first teamers in a reserves match due to the fact that we're still in 3 competitions you see.
TPowell
123spuds - I guess u have answered this question before I ask it - ARE YOU WATCHING, TOTTENHAM? ARE YOU WATCHING ! You can watch us at Wembley this weekend too !
Will-i-am10
123spuds - I guess u have answered this question before I ask it - ARE YOU WATCHING, TOTTENHAM? ARE YOU WATCHING ! You can watch us at Wembley this weekend too !
Will-i-am10
What's your MotM guys, Theo anyone? :)
GoonerLou
What's your MotM guys, Theo anyone? :)
GoonerLou
For me it has to be between Song or Walcott, though Fabianski deserves a shout too. Personally, I will go with Song. I just thought he was outstanding tonight. Tough choice though.
gunnerkid107
For me it has to be between Song or Walcott, though Fabianski deserves a shout too. Personally, I will go with Song. I just thought he was outstanding tonight. Tough choice though.
gunnerkid107
will wembely for a semi final it aint a final ur easily excited enjoy day out i said come up agianst a better them then roma an villa.........n well see.......man u an chesea will topple you hahhaha
123spurs
will wembely for a semi final it aint a final ur easily excited enjoy day out i said come up agianst a better them then roma an villa.........n well see.......man u an chesea will topple you hahhaha
123spurs
This is what u get when u keep on feeding the ******** troll.
Armory
This is what u get when u keep on feeding the ******** troll.
Armory
Just got back from the game. I definitely thought Song was our most oustanding player today, his improvement recently has been astonishing, he looks so assured now. Confidence hey. The nerves make these games difficult to enjoy and I can only dread what the Man U game is going to be like! Funny, coz I felt we kind of missed Denilson's contribution today, have gotten used to his presence in the team so much. I think the Chelsea game is so massive for us now because it will prove that we can handle and get through the big games. It's difficult for me to tell, but is our team forging a new identity do we think?
Gooner_Vin
Just got back from the game. I definitely thought Song was our most oustanding player today, his improvement recently has been astonishing, he looks so assured now. Confidence hey. The nerves make these games difficult to enjoy and I can only dread what the Man U game is going to be like! Funny, coz I felt we kind of missed Denilson's contribution today, have gotten used to his presence in the team so much. I think the Chelsea game is so massive for us now because it will prove that we can handle and get through the big games. It's difficult for me to tell, but is our team forging a new identity do we think?
Gooner_Vin
tpowell make me laugh, small memories u have there mate, oh its our 1st teamers when we beat ye but when we beat ye 5-1 it was yer reserves, an followin weekend 90% of them were in yer squad for next game, when last did bale campbell bentely rocha etc play game for us. for a so called top club have nothing to show for in 4 years, ye are not as good as ye think, kep in believing the hype of 4 eyes wenger
123spurs
tpowell make me laugh, small memories u have there mate, oh its our 1st teamers when we beat ye but when we beat ye 5-1 it was yer reserves, an followin weekend 90% of them were in yer squad for next game, when last did bale campbell bentely rocha etc play game for us. for a so called top club have nothing to show for in 4 years, ye are not as good as ye think, kep in believing the hype of 4 eyes wenger
123spurs
Just seen the highlights GoonerLou and its hard to judge from them, did'nt show enough of Song to maka an accurate call but from what I saw Theo was superb and Eboue played well so did Ade.
Armory
Just seen the highlights GoonerLou and its hard to judge from them, did'nt show enough of Song to maka an accurate call but from what I saw Theo was superb and Eboue played well so did Ade.
Armory
Armoury tbph Ade's tricks and touches didn't come off, but ooooh that goal, all's forgiven! :D And I thought the great thing's that every single player worked hard today. Fabi was excellent, Silvestre and Gibbs were solid. Eboue-Theo contributed to a lot of attack on the right flank, Capdevila couldn't live with them. Gibbs was so assured and Nasri tracked back and supported him well, though they didn't attack as strongly as Theo-Eboue. Cesc and Song were sharing both attacking and defensive work nicely. I agree that it's a tough call between Theo and Song, who've shown great improvements, but Theo's beautiful, beautiful chip just nicked it for me. Bring on Chelsea!
GoonerLou
Armoury tbph Ade's tricks and touches didn't come off, but ooooh that goal, all's forgiven! :D And I thought the great thing's that every single player worked hard today. Fabi was excellent, Silvestre and Gibbs were solid. Eboue-Theo contributed to a lot of attack on the right flank, Capdevila couldn't live with them. Gibbs was so assured and Nasri tracked back and supported him well, though they didn't attack as strongly as Theo-Eboue. Cesc and Song were sharing both attacking and defensive work nicely. I agree that it's a tough call between Theo and Song, who've shown great improvements, but Theo's beautiful, beautiful chip just nicked it for me. Bring on Chelsea!
GoonerLou
You're just embarrassing yourself harping on about your 'reserves' triumph 123spud. Your reserves cost more than the first team we put out against Villareal tonight. A bit of banter is all well and good but you should try to find some half intelligent basis for the crap you are posting.
Amos.
You're just embarrassing yourself harping on about your 'reserves' triumph 123spud. Your reserves cost more than the first team we put out against Villareal tonight. A bit of banter is all well and good but you should try to find some half intelligent basis for the crap you are posting.
Amos.
After many arduous hours of contemplation (and drinking might I add) I think Alex Song just about deserves MOTM, with Theo second by miniscule proportions. Fine displays from both, but despite Songs, I'll call it "overeagarness" in the tackle ..... he really was superb!!
Rocky7
After many arduous hours of contemplation (and drinking might I add) I think Alex Song just about deserves MOTM, with Theo second by miniscule proportions. Fine displays from both, but despite Songs, I'll call it "overeagarness" in the tackle ..... he really was superb!!
Rocky7
LOL, 123spurs, you just wish your team is still in Europe. Don't worry, you still have a chance qualifying to that competition that changed itself with a pretty gay name (forgot name) next season.
BMF
LOL, 123spurs, you just wish your team is still in Europe. Don't worry, you still have a chance qualifying to that competition that changed itself with a pretty gay name (forgot name) next season.
BMF
Easy on 123spurs, he got nothing to talk about in Vital Spuds so that's why he came here. I guess, he got tried of constant talk of Top 4 finish between the other spuds.
BMF
Easy on 123spurs, he got nothing to talk about in Vital Spuds so that's why he came here. I guess, he got tried of constant talk of Top 4 finish between the other spuds.
BMF
Hilarious, some many big things to focus on and theres a little spud in the corner craving attention. lol, thank you Jesus I aint a spud.
Song has to be MOTM for me, exactly what we need next to Fabrages. Have to say, so pleased Wenger went with Van Persie AND Adebayor in a game of such importance.
ian7
Hilarious, some many big things to focus on and theres a little spud in the corner craving attention. lol, thank you Jesus I aint a spud.
Song has to be MOTM for me, exactly what we need next to Fabrages. Have to say, so pleased Wenger went with Van Persie AND Adebayor in a game of such importance.
ian7
Gibbs got a knocked late in the game. Is he out for chelski match? He did quite well tonight. Traore must be sweating that Gibbs is going to be the 2nd choice LB now.
BMF
Gibbs got a knocked late in the game. Is he out for chelski match? He did quite well tonight. Traore must be sweating that Gibbs is going to be the 2nd choice LB now.
BMF
Gibbs looked to be just fine after walking it off.
gunnerkid107
Gibbs looked to be just fine after walking it off.
gunnerkid107
Good god I feel rough this morning. But it was worth it!!!
Rocky7
Good god I feel rough this morning. But it was worth it!!!
Rocky7
<------Smug time! "I think we'll batter them 3-0. " Nicely done! lol
LondonGooner
<------Smug time! "I think we'll batter them 3-0. " Nicely done! lol
LondonGooner
how did yer reserves got on recently??? enjoy cause this is far as ye will go 123spurs---Your reserves cost over 50 million!!! I think you'll find ours cost about a 10th of that.....bentley for 15 million, truly a great reserve eh?
LondonGooner
how did yer reserves got on recently??? enjoy cause this is far as ye will go 123spurs---Your reserves cost over 50 million!!! I think you'll find ours cost about a 10th of that.....bentley for 15 million, truly a great reserve eh?
LondonGooner
Games left to play this season, Man Utd (A) twice, Man Utd (H) once, Chelsea (N) once, Chelsea (H) once, Liverpool (A) once. Nothing like an easy end to the season eh? Still, I'd rather be playing these games for trophies than trying to scramble a Europa Cup place in the league LOL
LondonGooner
Games left to play this season, Man Utd (A) twice, Man Utd (H) once, Chelsea (N) once, Chelsea (H) once, Liverpool (A) once. Nothing like an easy end to the season eh? Still, I'd rather be playing these games for trophies than trying to scramble a Europa Cup place in the league LOL
LondonGooner
Appart from the result, a great & deserved ovation for Bobby Pires. Infact through out the night we chanted his name. I love that guy.. Not in a gay way, but almost..
paul_ownz
Appart from the result, a great & deserved ovation for Bobby Pires. Infact through out the night we chanted his name. I love that guy.. Not in a gay way, but almost..
paul_ownz
Yeah great reception for Pires and also great that he responded so well to it. Seeing him play yesterday, although he didn't do anything extraordinary, you just feel that had we kept him the last few years, what a difference he could have made to our side. And all because of an extra year on his contract...
Gooner_Vin
Yeah great reception for Pires and also great that he responded so well to it. Seeing him play yesterday, although he didn't do anything extraordinary, you just feel that had we kept him the last few years, what a difference he could have made to our side. And all because of an extra year on his contract...
Gooner_Vin
Gooner_Vin, never look back mate, seems to be Wenger's philosophy. Great player and an Arsenal legend, but lets hope Nasri or Arshavin can eclipse his superb Arsenal achievements!
LondonGooner
Gooner_Vin, never look back mate, seems to be Wenger's philosophy. Great player and an Arsenal legend, but lets hope Nasri or Arshavin can eclipse his superb Arsenal achievements!
LondonGooner
Gibbs and Song ruled! Walcott returned to Ljungberg form, the role he should always be deployed in. Don't let him have the ball for more than five touches, just play it through to him!
Tom14
Gibbs and Song ruled! Walcott returned to Ljungberg form, the role he should always be deployed in. Don't let him have the ball for more than five touches, just play it through to him!
Tom14
 

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