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Liverpool vs. Arsenal

Anfield

21/4/09

20:00

On Sky

Liverpool v. Arsenal

After the curious and gut-wrenching heartbreak on Saturday, Arsenal get back to business today with an easy trip up the M6 to Anfield to take on the title hopefuls, Liverpool FC. Since Aston Villa has failed to win a match since February, this game lacks any real importance for Arsenal besides the usual bragging rights. Though this game means the world to Liverpool, as does all their remaining games. If they want to win the title for the first time in this millennium, you have to think this match might be do or die for the Scousers.

Vital Quotes:

Wenger had this to say about the title race. 'I want the title to be decided and won by the team who deserves it most,' he insists.

'I feel at the moment, it's difficult to say... the difference I must say at the moment has been done by Man United at home, because they have won 13 home games and Liverpool nine.

'Liverpool has done much better away from home than Man United and Man United has done better at home.'

Though he won't be playing a part in this match, van Persie identified the importance of the match. We are disappointed, but we need to get our stuff together and fight for the other two titles.

'We have to play the game against Liverpool on Tuesday now, whether you are happy or if you are not happy.

'It is the Premier League and we need those points, but I am confident because we have strong characters.

'Every experience makes you stronger, a good one and definitely a bad one.

'We have to look game by game because if you look at the schedule from now until the end of the season, it makes you a bit dizzy because we have big games every three or four days.'

Liverpool Team News:

Liverpool are without their captain Steven Gerrard. He will need to recover quickly if they are going to push United all the way to the end.

Player to watch: Fernando Torres

Torres' pace is going to cause Silvestre all sorts of problems. Toure needs to be aware of this so he can offer cover for the aging Frenchman.

Arsenal Team News:

Adebayor is 'rested' while van Persie has a 'groin' injury. I suspect neither reports are that accurate. I think Wenger's not happy at Ade for his walk off the pitch on Saturday, and there is really no need to risk Robin for this one. The Champions League is the only competition that is meaningful for Arsenal anymore.

Eduardo and Sagna are back in the squad. I personally hope Sagna is rested as well. Again no need to risk him. Dudu will start with Bendtner up front. Who knows who will start on the left wing? Maybe Arshavin should stay on the bench, because we really need Diaby's awesome physical presence in the midfield.

Gallas, Djourou, Clichy, Almunia, and Rosicky are all still out.

Predicted Starting XI: Fabianski, Eboue, Toure, Silvestre, Gibbs, Walcott, Song, Cesc, Arshavin, Eduardo, Bendtner

Player to watch: Andrey Arshavin

Joking aside, Arshavin will have a big part to play in this game. After not getting a meaningful touch on the ball until past the 80th minute on Saturday, he will be looking to shine against another big name team. If Arsenal are to win, either him or Cesc is going to have to come up with a moment of brilliance.

Match Facts & Stats

Howard Webb is the head official for this game. He is a coward, and will surely ruin this match like he does with every game he officiates.

Match Prediction:

No matter who we play, I always have some faith that Arsenal can pull off an upset. This time though, I think I will go with my better judgment. Liverpool will score 3 or 4 goals, and Arsenal will struggle to score 1. A 3-1 win for the home side.

Next Fixtures:

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

29/4 (Wed) - Manchester United (A) - Champions League

2/5 (Sat) - Portsmouth (A) - Premier League




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Date:Tuesday April 21 2009

Time: 4:23PM

Your Comments

Oh dear Coward Webb, we're going to lose this game.
GoonerLou
Oh dear Coward Webb, we're going to lose this game.
GoonerLou
Going to be an interesting game. I would like Liverpool to win the league, not least to put pressure on Man Utd. So does that mean we win even if we lose tonight...?
Gooner_Vin
Going to be an interesting game. I would like Liverpool to win the league, not least to put pressure on Man Utd. So does that mean we win even if we lose tonight...?
Gooner_Vin
Oh Dear Cowards back. I am on watch to see if he books anyone for similar challenges to the ones he sent Adebayor off for. I bet Riley doesnt get any more UTD games this year after that non award of the penalty on Sunday but we have to constantly put up with this clown.
iceman10
Oh Dear Cowards back. I am on watch to see if he books anyone for similar challenges to the ones he sent Adebayor off for. I bet Riley doesnt get any more UTD games this year after that non award of the penalty on Sunday but we have to constantly put up with this clown.
iceman10
we need to rest Arshavin, he has played 6 games this season, we dont want to put too much on him, put diaby in against mascherano and xavi they will give him the 30 seconds he needs to release the ball
bootoo
we need to rest Arshavin, he has played 6 games this season, we dont want to put too much on him, put diaby in against mascherano and xavi they will give him the 30 seconds he needs to release the ball
bootoo
haha bootoo! I agree completely, I say we play only one midfielder capable of opening up a defence again, like on Saturday.
TPowell
haha bootoo! I agree completely, I say we play only one midfielder capable of opening up a defence again, like on Saturday.
TPowell
seriously though, I suspect Nasri will start this game as well, probably swapping wings throughout the game with Arshavin... Although I'm sure Cesc will need a rest eventually, and I think Nasri could play in that position if needed.
TPowell
seriously though, I suspect Nasri will start this game as well, probably swapping wings throughout the game with Arshavin... Although I'm sure Cesc will need a rest eventually, and I think Nasri could play in that position if needed.
TPowell
I only had 15 minutes to write this before my first class today, so my apologies to Liverpool fans for such an uninformative news section on their team. Off topic here, but who do you all think is the best referee in the Premier League? For me I like Mark Halsey. I like how he lets the game go, and I think that is showed by how he always has the lowest card per game average. He makes mistakes, but he's not arrogant about it like others that shall not be named.
gunnerkid107
I only had 15 minutes to write this before my first class today, so my apologies to Liverpool fans for such an uninformative news section on their team. Off topic here, but who do you all think is the best referee in the Premier League? For me I like Mark Halsey. I like how he lets the game go, and I think that is showed by how he always has the lowest card per game average. He makes mistakes, but he's not arrogant about it like others that shall not be named.
gunnerkid107
One special thing about this match is that both clubs will pay tribute to and raise funds for Liverpool and Arsenal legend Ray Kennedy who's been suffering from long-term illness. It's a bit sad to see former players who just happened to be born decades ago give their all to football but are having financial worries in this era of Cashleys and Bentleys. Gooners and Scousers please read his story and, if possible, contribute what you can to help Kennedy through the Ray of Hope campaign: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2009/apr/21/ray-kennedy-appeal-liverpool-arsenal
GoonerLou
One special thing about this match is that both clubs will pay tribute to and raise funds for Liverpool and Arsenal legend Ray Kennedy who's been suffering from long-term illness. It's a bit sad to see former players who just happened to be born decades ago give their all to football but are having financial worries in this era of Cashleys and Bentleys. Gooners and Scousers please read his story and, if possible, contribute what you can to help Kennedy through the Ray of Hope campaign: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2009/apr/21/ray-kennedy-appeal-liverpool-arsenal
GoonerLou
I'm not feeling overconfident about this game, our team is shot to pieces. I would have been worried about this game had Villa not completely capitulated. As it is we should qualify for the CL pretty easily next season, so I won't be massively gutted should we lose. That said it's always fun to put one over the Mickeys .... espiecally on their own patch.
Rocky7
Um - HOW is Arsenal winning a game an upset? We match anybody.
julieloveshenry4ever
I'm not feeling overconfident about this game, our team is shot to pieces. I would have been worried about this game had Villa not completely capitulated. As it is we should qualify for the CL pretty easily next season, so I won't be massively gutted should we lose. That said it's always fun to put one over the Mickeys .... espiecally on their own patch.
Rocky7
Um - HOW is Arsenal winning a game an upset? We match anybody.
julieloveshenry4ever
It's a sickener because with a full squad and no worries about saving players for next week I'd have always fancied us to go there and put those eejits in their place. I can't abide Benitez. And Howard Webb is bad news alright. An idiot of the highest order.
julieloveshenry4ever
It's a sickener because with a full squad and no worries about saving players for next week I'd have always fancied us to go there and put those eejits in their place. I can't abide Benitez. And Howard Webb is bad news alright. An idiot of the highest order.
julieloveshenry4ever
Have faith, go you gunners
alwaysgunner
Have faith, go you gunners
alwaysgunner
Oh no! Coward Webb! Why? Why? Why? // On one hand I don't want to lose to these guys but on the other I don't want to help MU. I'll go for a draw, then.
jaelle
Oh no! Coward Webb! Why? Why? Why? // On one hand I don't want to lose to these guys but on the other I don't want to help MU. I'll go for a draw, then.
jaelle
Andreeeeeeeyyyyy!!!!!!!!!
GoonerLou
Andreeeeeeeyyyyy!!!!!!!!!
GoonerLou
Fabianski is having an excellent game!
jaelle
Fabianski is having an excellent game!
jaelle
Fabi's having a good game!!!
GoonerLou
Fabi's having a good game!!!
GoonerLou
Haha yeah Jaelle you beat me to that. Great credit to the boy, he looks very determined to prove the Chelsea game was a blip on his part. Fantastic character for a young guy.
GoonerLou
Haha yeah Jaelle you beat me to that. Great credit to the boy, he looks very determined to prove the Chelsea game was a blip on his part. Fantastic character for a young guy.
GoonerLou
Julie, we're at Anfield. How are we not the underdogs in this tie?
gunnerkid107
Julie, we're at Anfield. How are we not the underdogs in this tie?
gunnerkid107
And I'm completely shocked Coward Webb let Kolo and Silvestre off the hook like 2, 3 times!
GoonerLou
And I'm completely shocked Coward Webb let Kolo and Silvestre off the hook like 2, 3 times!
GoonerLou
I've always felt that Fabianski will one day become a very good keeper, maybe even great. The Chelsea game did not change my mind. In watching football for over 40 years, I've seen many young keepers struggle like that and later become very good and (sometimes) great keepers. I remember watching a very young Julio Cesar, one game in particular where he famously ran off his line all the way to the other side of the pitch totally irresponsibly, didn't help his team out in any way at the set piece and the other team scored 2 goals because of it as the game was petering out. He made some insane decisions. Today I think he's the finest keeper in Europe. Arhavin, eh? TBH, he hasn't done much in the game, but then he's right there to score the goal.
jaelle
APOLOGEY FROM WENGER I'm sorry for the lose we played our hearts out but it wasn┐t enough I'm sorry I had to play such a weak team I'm sorry for the fact I let you down That you were sitting home just wishing we Could beat Chelsea after we got the first goal I'm sorry for the times I would neglect (I am it wasn┐t the first time) I'm sorry for the times I disrespect I'm sorry for the wrong things that I've done I'm sorry I'm not always there for the fans I'm sorry for the fact that we are useless That you can't sleep when we don┐t win Because I play such a young team everyday I'm sorry for the things that I have said Like how we are the best thing in my world And how I'm so proud to have this team. I understand there are some problems And I was just to blind to look All the pain you kept inside you Even though you might not show If I can apologize for being wrong Then its just a shame on me I'll be the reason for your pain And you can put the blame on me I'm sorry for the things that he put you through And all the times you didn't know what to do I'm sorry you had to go and buy those tickets to see your team win trophies When you would rather be home and have better things to do I'm sorry that it took so long to see That they were that there were some problems I'm sorry that it took so long to speak But I was trying to prove you wrong I'm sorry for what happened the other night For the embarrassment that you felt we were Just a little young boys tryin to play men game,I should've never put them out that young I'm sorry for arsenal letting me do that I hope they manage better next time around How was I to know they would under perform In a 21 and the world they say I am just a coach tryin to entertain Cuz I love my fans I'll take that blame. Welll arse the blame is yours you are not taking from any one just let you know
collow
I've always felt that Fabianski will one day become a very good keeper, maybe even great. The Chelsea game did not change my mind. In watching football for over 40 years, I've seen many young keepers struggle like that and later become very good and (sometimes) great keepers. I remember watching a very young Julio Cesar, one game in particular where he famously ran off his line all the way to the other side of the pitch totally irresponsibly, didn't help his team out in any way at the set piece and the other team scored 2 goals because of it as the game was petering out. He made some insane decisions. Today I think he's the finest keeper in Europe. Arhavin, eh? TBH, he hasn't done much in the game, but then he's right there to score the goal.
jaelle
APOLOGEY FROM WENGER I'm sorry for the lose we played our hearts out but it wasn┐t enough I'm sorry I had to play such a weak team I'm sorry for the fact I let you down That you were sitting home just wishing we Could beat Chelsea after we got the first goal I'm sorry for the times I would neglect (I am it wasn┐t the first time) I'm sorry for the times I disrespect I'm sorry for the wrong things that I've done I'm sorry I'm not always there for the fans I'm sorry for the fact that we are useless That you can't sleep when we don┐t win Because I play such a young team everyday I'm sorry for the things that I have said Like how we are the best thing in my world And how I'm so proud to have this team. I understand there are some problems And I was just to blind to look All the pain you kept inside you Even though you might not show If I can apologize for being wrong Then its just a shame on me I'll be the reason for your pain And you can put the blame on me I'm sorry for the things that he put you through And all the times you didn't know what to do I'm sorry you had to go and buy those tickets to see your team win trophies When you would rather be home and have better things to do I'm sorry that it took so long to see That they were that there were some problems I'm sorry that it took so long to speak But I was trying to prove you wrong I'm sorry for what happened the other night For the embarrassment that you felt we were Just a little young boys tryin to play men game,I should've never put them out that young I'm sorry for arsenal letting me do that I hope they manage better next time around How was I to know they would under perform In a 21 and the world they say I am just a coach tryin to entertain Cuz I love my fans I'll take that blame. Welll arse the blame is yours you are not taking from any one just let you know
collow
"And I'm completely shocked Coward Webb let Kolo and Silvestre off the hook like 2, 3 times!" -- I know, what's up with that weirdness?? I guess he's decided to split his idiotic decisions in half -- one half against Liverpool, 2nd half against Arsenal. Very good game for the neutral, btw!
jaelle
"And I'm completely shocked Coward Webb let Kolo and Silvestre off the hook like 2, 3 times!" -- I know, what's up with that weirdness?? I guess he's decided to split his idiotic decisions in half -- one half against Liverpool, 2nd half against Arsenal. Very good game for the neutral, btw!
jaelle
English collow, do you not know it?
TPowell
English collow, do you not know it?
TPowell
Who's this t wat collow, D.H..
alwaysgunner
Who's this t wat collow, D.H..
alwaysgunner
I'm following the gooner commentary on arseblog and they're complaining about the sky commentary (Redknapp and Gray being anti-Arsenal). One of them just posted this: "hadnt thought about sky wanting the result to go liverpools way to kepp the subscribers on board!!"
jaelle
I'm following the gooner commentary on arseblog and they're complaining about the sky commentary (Redknapp and Gray being anti-Arsenal). One of them just posted this: "hadnt thought about sky wanting the result to go liverpools way to kepp the subscribers on board!!"
jaelle
Really sloppy play from Sagna, wtf!! And who is this idiot collow???
jaelle
Really sloppy play from Sagna, wtf!! And who is this idiot collow???
jaelle
How predictable - we've conceded.
Gooner_Vin
How predictable - we've conceded.
Gooner_Vin
I really can't see us beating Man Utd. This is pathetic, amateurish defending, and a poor performance. So much for all the talk about teams fearing us.
Gooner_Vin
I really can't see us beating Man Utd. This is pathetic, amateurish defending, and a poor performance. So much for all the talk about teams fearing us.
Gooner_Vin
And how many times has Silvestre given dangerous back-passes to Fabi? Fabi's having a great game and that muppet's ruining it!
GoonerLou
And how many times has Silvestre given dangerous back-passes to Fabi? Fabi's having a great game and that muppet's ruining it!
GoonerLou
What a shambles. And still AW takes ages to make substitutes.
jaelle
What a shambles. And still AW takes ages to make substitutes.
jaelle
Seems like all you have to do is put some kind of relentless pressure on Arsenal and we'll capitulate.
Gooner_Vin
Seems like all you have to do is put some kind of relentless pressure on Arsenal and we'll capitulate.
Gooner_Vin
Does Cesc care anymore?
jaelle
Does Cesc care anymore?
jaelle
This game must be fantastic for neutrals, mistakes on both sides, great goals too lol..
GoonerLou
This game must be fantastic for neutrals, mistakes on both sides, great goals too lol..
GoonerLou
PLEASE CAN I JUST GIVE THAT LITTLE RUSSIAN A MASSIVE HUG??? EVEN IF HE DOES CALL THE POLICE ON ME?? Again, he hasn't done much but there he is when we need him!
jaelle
PLEASE CAN I JUST GIVE THAT LITTLE RUSSIAN A MASSIVE HUG??? EVEN IF HE DOES CALL THE POLICE ON ME?? Again, he hasn't done much but there he is when we need him!
jaelle
WHY THE HELL DIDN'T THIS BOY PLAY ON SATURDAY???
jaelle
WHY THE HELL DIDN'T THIS BOY PLAY ON SATURDAY???
jaelle
Err...speechless!
Gooner_Vin
Err...speechless!
Gooner_Vin
Oh dear oh dear, we can't stop shipping easy goals.
Gooner_Vin
Oh dear oh dear, we can't stop shipping easy goals.
Gooner_Vin
Sigh, our hard work in attack undone by defensive mistakes...
GoonerLou
Sigh, our hard work in attack undone by defensive mistakes...
GoonerLou
Can silvestre get a virus or something and be out for the rest of the season? Wilsher could do a better job.
jaelle
Can silvestre get a virus or something and be out for the rest of the season? Wilsher could do a better job.
jaelle
Any argument that Song and Arshavin were rightly left on the bench on Saturday has been proven dead wrong this afternoon.
gunnerkid107
Any argument that Song and Arshavin were rightly left on the bench on Saturday has been proven dead wrong this afternoon.
gunnerkid107
I hate Coward Webb. I hate Coward Webb. I hate Coward Webb. I hate Coward Webb. I hate Coward Webb. I hate Coward Webb.
jaelle
I hate Coward Webb. I hate Coward Webb. I hate Coward Webb. I hate Coward Webb. I hate Coward Webb. I hate Coward Webb.
jaelle
"Any argument that Song and Arshavin were rightly left on the bench on Saturday has been proven dead wrong this afternoon." -- exactly, thank you.
jaelle
"Any argument that Song and Arshavin were rightly left on the bench on Saturday has been proven dead wrong this afternoon." -- exactly, thank you.
jaelle
I've just fainted.
jaelle
I've just fainted.
jaelle
Arshavin can't play in the CL. :) :) :). What a great game to watch, Liverpool 4 Arsenal 4.
k_chelski
Arshavin can't play in the CL. :) :) :). What a great game to watch, Liverpool 4 Arsenal 4.
k_chelski
Arshavin doesn't deserve this joke.
jaelle
Arshavin doesn't deserve this joke.
jaelle
Liverpol 4 Arshavin 4*
k_chelski
Liverpol 4 Arshavin 4*
k_chelski
where the f&*k did the 5 minutes extra time come from????????
Gooner_Vin
where the f&*k did the 5 minutes extra time come from????????
Gooner_Vin
What a bloody clown Silvestre!!! >_<
GoonerLou
What a bloody clown Silvestre!!! >_<
GoonerLou
Great game from the lads. It's just a shame with our defensive struggles. Song was f-ing brilliant. And what can you say about Arshavin?!?!?!? Brilliant game, and even though we were leading, I'm happy with the result. Damn injuries.
gunnerkid107
Great game from the lads. It's just a shame with our defensive struggles. Song was f-ing brilliant. And what can you say about Arshavin?!?!?!? Brilliant game, and even though we were leading, I'm happy with the result. Damn injuries.
gunnerkid107
Vin I was asking that question too. But this is Coward Webb we're talking about, no surprise there. And you know we'd be feeling worse had we been in the title race. I can imagine the Scousers must have been to hell and back and back to hell and back to earth again. I don't know how their hearts deal with that last CL at SB and then this. I'm very worried a few people are being rushed to clinics and hospitals right now. CRAZY OLD GAME!!
GoonerLou
Vin I was asking that question too. But this is Coward Webb we're talking about, no surprise there. And you know we'd be feeling worse had we been in the title race. I can imagine the Scousers must have been to hell and back and back to hell and back to earth again. I don't know how their hearts deal with that last CL at SB and then this. I'm very worried a few people are being rushed to clinics and hospitals right now. CRAZY OLD GAME!!
GoonerLou
tut tut ye remind me of some spurs defending a few years back, ALL OVER THE SHOP invest on defensive coach
123spurs
tut tut ye remind me of some spurs defending a few years back, ALL OVER THE SHOP invest on defensive coach
123spurs
Yeah Gkid, I'm proud of everyone except Silv! Fabi especially had a great game, he didn't deserve to concede 4 for goodness sake! You have to feel for him, after such a setback at Wembley, he came back and was so brave and solid, kept us in the game the whole time, etc. His performance deserved a win and would've earned it if not for that clown!
GoonerLou
Yeah Gkid, I'm proud of everyone except Silv! Fabi especially had a great game, he didn't deserve to concede 4 for goodness sake! You have to feel for him, after such a setback at Wembley, he came back and was so brave and solid, kept us in the game the whole time, etc. His performance deserved a win and would've earned it if not for that clown!
GoonerLou
If wenger brings in some decent defenders you guys are gonna be the ones to watch next season. Even with so many top players missing and a goal disallowed you got a draw at anfield. Its all dependent on signings, but I'm predicting 4th place for liverpool next season.
tuscan3000
I'm really not upset at all. I'm proud of everyone, bar Silvestre. Gibbs and Sagna both made mistakes, but the rest of the time they were brilliant. Three games in a row now Gibbs has cleared off the line. On Song, we haven't seen a midfield presence like that since Viera left.
gunnerkid107
If wenger brings in some decent defenders you guys are gonna be the ones to watch next season. Even with so many top players missing and a goal disallowed you got a draw at anfield. Its all dependent on signings, but I'm predicting 4th place for liverpool next season.
tuscan3000
I'm really not upset at all. I'm proud of everyone, bar Silvestre. Gibbs and Sagna both made mistakes, but the rest of the time they were brilliant. Three games in a row now Gibbs has cleared off the line. On Song, we haven't seen a midfield presence like that since Viera left.
gunnerkid107
How the hell did you not lose that game
HuddersfieldYiddo
How the hell did you not lose that game
HuddersfieldYiddo
Fabianski and Gibbs were EPIC. Sagna's not match fit and Silvestre? Oh god, please, Arsene....put anyone else in his place! Imagine this defense against Man Utd next Wednesday. I don't think I'll be able to watch, it'll be too painful.
jaelle
Tut tut yeah right, we really have to listen to someone who supports a team that's conceded 36 goals to tell us about our shambolic defence that's made up of 3 backup players, so right, now go back to VS would you 123?
GoonerLou
Oh yes Lou. How can I forget about Fabianski! Great match from him too. Maybe his best at Arsenal even with the 4 conceded.
gunnerkid107
Fabianski and Gibbs were EPIC. Sagna's not match fit and Silvestre? Oh god, please, Arsene....put anyone else in his place! Imagine this defense against Man Utd next Wednesday. I don't think I'll be able to watch, it'll be too painful.
jaelle
Tut tut yeah right, we really have to listen to someone who supports a team that's conceded 36 goals to tell us about our shambolic defence that's made up of 3 backup players, so right, now go back to VS would you 123?
GoonerLou
Oh yes Lou. How can I forget about Fabianski! Great match from him too. Maybe his best at Arsenal even with the 4 conceded.
gunnerkid107
LOL, HY! Good question! Two reasons: Liverpool keep conceding goals and our little Russian is a helluva player.
jaelle
LOL, HY! Good question! Two reasons: Liverpool keep conceding goals and our little Russian is a helluva player.
jaelle
thats why u have a squad not my problem ye dont have a good back up keeper oh excueses excuess
123spurs
thats why u have a squad not my problem ye dont have a good back up keeper oh excueses excuess
123spurs
pool gifted ye half of yer goals neways fun to watch though :D
123spurs
pool gifted ye half of yer goals neways fun to watch though :D
123spurs
only back up is gibbs yer no1 was even a back up
123spurs
I really miss Gallas so very much right now!!! :( MotM = Fabi for me. His defenders were to blame for the goals. As you guys said, can't blame Sagna as this is his 1st match back from illness. Gibbs made some mistakes too but he's a rookie and has an immense again. Kolo doesn't have the organisation that Gallas brings to the backline. Silv is just a shambles despite his age. Everyone bar Silv did us proud really. As I'd said before the game, I gladly take one point from this game. Well done boys!!
GoonerLou
only back up is gibbs yer no1 was even a back up
123spurs
I really miss Gallas so very much right now!!! :( MotM = Fabi for me. His defenders were to blame for the goals. As you guys said, can't blame Sagna as this is his 1st match back from illness. Gibbs made some mistakes too but he's a rookie and has an immense again. Kolo doesn't have the organisation that Gallas brings to the backline. Silv is just a shambles despite his age. Everyone bar Silv did us proud really. As I'd said before the game, I gladly take one point from this game. Well done boys!!
GoonerLou
I actually thought we had a good chance for a draw. It's just that for awhile there I thought we could actually get a win. But Liverpool played very well, we were lucky not to lose. I don't think Denilson played well. Bendtner was just ok. Song was titanic again. Cesc was hit and miss.
jaelle
I actually thought we had a good chance for a draw. It's just that for awhile there I thought we could actually get a win. But Liverpool played very well, we were lucky not to lose. I don't think Denilson played well. Bendtner was just ok. Song was titanic again. Cesc was hit and miss.
jaelle
Well I said Liverpool would score 3 or 4 in the preview, but I also said Arsenal would struggle to score 1! How wrong I was.
gunnerkid107
Well I said Liverpool would score 3 or 4 in the preview, but I also said Arsenal would struggle to score 1! How wrong I was.
gunnerkid107
What are spuds doing on here criticizing us? Midweeks for you guys are for watching EASTENDERS now go away!
iceman10
What are spuds doing on here criticizing us? Midweeks for you guys are for watching EASTENDERS now go away!
iceman10
thank god that game is over I just dont think I could stand anymore. Had to take extra heart tablets. The lads did great that was well worth watching what a great game. That equals the 5 4 game played by us against the old manure team before the crash. Gibbs take a bow along with wonder AA, song Theo no they all played well.
alwaysgunner
Yes jjaelle. Plus a massive amount of luck. What makes it worse is that despite 12bids 12 months of stories and 3 come and get me pleas to Tottenham we didnt actually sign the little ****. Levy decided to play hardball with Zenit for once holding out for 1million less, despite sanctioning crazy signings in the past like Bent and Bentley etc
HuddersfieldYiddo
Thinking rationally we should be pretty p*ssed off that we've thrown points away again ..... but we watch football because it's exciting, thrilling, unpredictable ... and you don't get much more entertaining than that.
Rocky7
thank god that game is over I just dont think I could stand anymore. Had to take extra heart tablets. The lads did great that was well worth watching what a great game. That equals the 5 4 game played by us against the old manure team before the crash. Gibbs take a bow along with wonder AA, song Theo no they all played well.
alwaysgunner
Yes jjaelle. Plus a massive amount of luck. What makes it worse is that despite 12bids 12 months of stories and 3 come and get me pleas to Tottenham we didnt actually sign the little ****. Levy decided to play hardball with Zenit for once holding out for 1million less, despite sanctioning crazy signings in the past like Bent and Bentley etc
HuddersfieldYiddo
Thinking rationally we should be pretty p*ssed off that we've thrown points away again ..... but we watch football because it's exciting, thrilling, unpredictable ... and you don't get much more entertaining than that.
Rocky7
well GK, when we play more than one creative midfielder, we're actually a pretty good team...
TPowell
well GK, when we play more than one creative midfielder, we're actually a pretty good team...
TPowell
Anyone who questions our 'backup keeper's performance is an absolute idiot. Period.
GoonerLou
Anyone who questions our 'backup keeper's performance is an absolute idiot. Period.
GoonerLou
Rocky, for me the league games against the other 'Big 4' the rest of the way are all about bragging rights, not points, we don't need many more to secure CL
TPowell
Rocky, for me the league games against the other 'Big 4' the rest of the way are all about bragging rights, not points, we don't need many more to secure CL
TPowell
The only reason im a bit hacked off is Song and Arshavins performances compared to Denilson and Diaby on saturday. It gives you a sense of what might have been. Arshavin is something else and it was the equivalent of Rafa leaving out Torres or Gerrard in a semi Final.
iceman10
The only reason im a bit hacked off is Song and Arshavins performances compared to Denilson and Diaby on saturday. It gives you a sense of what might have been. Arshavin is something else and it was the equivalent of Rafa leaving out Torres or Gerrard in a semi Final.
iceman10
Great point seeing as this match means very little and we were playing away against a team DESPERATE to win after only 3 days and half our team is out. VERY satisfying AND we are still unbeaten in the league since November! Oh shut up SPUDS, you MINNOWS eating our dust as usual.
julieloveshenry4ever
Great point seeing as this match means very little and we were playing away against a team DESPERATE to win after only 3 days and half our team is out. VERY satisfying AND we are still unbeaten in the league since November! Oh shut up SPUDS, you MINNOWS eating our dust as usual.
julieloveshenry4ever
Is there a doctor in the house?
JohnDoe
Is there a doctor in the house?
JohnDoe
If someone's questioning/chuckling cos we conceded 4 goals with a back-5 made up of 3 backups (for you 123 cos you obviously didn't know: Fabi, Gibbs and Egg Head, while Sagna had just came back from illness and Kolo only played half the games this season) at Anfield, what would they say about the HOME team supposedly fighting for the title with a 4/5 of their first-choice back-5 (and Agger was their first-choice last year actually)? It's a great game for neutrals, if we managed to enjoy it despite conceding so many goals, why would they choose to take pleasure from some weak digs at us instead of the great game itself I wonder?
GoonerLou
If someone's questioning/chuckling cos we conceded 4 goals with a back-5 made up of 3 backups (for you 123 cos you obviously didn't know: Fabi, Gibbs and Egg Head, while Sagna had just came back from illness and Kolo only played half the games this season) at Anfield, what would they say about the HOME team supposedly fighting for the title with a 4/5 of their first-choice back-5 (and Agger was their first-choice last year actually)? It's a great game for neutrals, if we managed to enjoy it despite conceding so many goals, why would they choose to take pleasure from some weak digs at us instead of the great game itself I wonder?
GoonerLou
Man .... if "Double A" was eligable for the CL Manure would be *****ting bricks. That dude is phenominal ..... scored almost as many goals in one league match as another (equally expesnsive) Russain has scored all season.
Rocky7
Man .... if "Double A" was eligable for the CL Manure would be *****ting bricks. That dude is phenominal ..... scored almost as many goals in one league match as another (equally expesnsive) Russain has scored all season.
Rocky7
Rocky some time later i might agree feeling let down that we did not take the tree points but what a match. Julie there just *****-ants not worth talking about. Next we will hear we stole AA from them. The lad wanted to play for a real football team, didnt want anything to do with a Con artist for a manager and a crap team.
alwaysgunner
Rocky some time later i might agree feeling let down that we did not take the tree points but what a match. Julie there just *****-ants not worth talking about. Next we will hear we stole AA from them. The lad wanted to play for a real football team, didnt want anything to do with a Con artist for a manager and a crap team.
alwaysgunner
Exactly Iceman, I was thinking the same thing too. I'm sure AA was determined to prove the boss wrong for not picking him against Chelsea on the physical ground. The way he didn't avoid the contact at all (he even outdid Carragher in a physical duel I remember). He looked as though he wanted to show he's brave to go into those physical battles. Together with other instances in previous games, this disproves the theory that AA's too lightweight! What if, what if!!!
GoonerLou
Exactly Iceman, I was thinking the same thing too. I'm sure AA was determined to prove the boss wrong for not picking him against Chelsea on the physical ground. The way he didn't avoid the contact at all (he even outdid Carragher in a physical duel I remember). He looked as though he wanted to show he's brave to go into those physical battles. Together with other instances in previous games, this disproves the theory that AA's too lightweight! What if, what if!!!
GoonerLou
Great display, Gunners)) very excited by the performance of th team. rocky, you are not fair with United, we are not even rivals. only competing together every year for the title:-)))
Leonax
Great display, Gunners)) very excited by the performance of th team. rocky, you are not fair with United, we are not even rivals. only competing together every year for the title:-)))
Leonax
Well, well, look at what we missed on sat? But then, hindsight is just a B I T C H init? You could even see that the players, especially Cesc was pretty unhappy. Unlike our neighbours down the road, we can confidently look forward to next season as long as Adebarndoor is the only one sold and a Sol Campbell clone arrives in the summer.
deledudu
Well, well, look at what we missed on sat? But then, hindsight is just a B I T C H init? You could even see that the players, especially Cesc was pretty unhappy. Unlike our neighbours down the road, we can confidently look forward to next season as long as Adebarndoor is the only one sold and a Sol Campbell clone arrives in the summer.
deledudu
Shall we release a DVD of our 4-4 draw like some other lesser teams??
LondonGooner
Shall we release a DVD of our 4-4 draw like some other lesser teams??
LondonGooner
LG, that would actually be a pretty good dvd to have. Two top class teams, frenetic pace, amazing goals.
jaelle
LG, that would actually be a pretty good dvd to have. Two top class teams, frenetic pace, amazing goals.
jaelle
Wow, what a game! The pace was face, the action end to end, and 8 goals, Phew! Only negatives were the disallowed goals for us and where did the 5mins extra time come from, and Webb played an extra min on top of that!
hackneyval
Wow, what a game! The pace was face, the action end to end, and 8 goals, Phew! Only negatives were the disallowed goals for us and where did the 5mins extra time come from, and Webb played an extra min on top of that!
hackneyval
u only release 1 if you win something so that counts ye out again
123spurs
u only release 1 if you win something so that counts ye out again
123spurs
maybe ye shud of spent some of arse shavin money on a few defenders so ye wont be makin excueses
123spurs
maybe ye shud of spent some of arse shavin money on a few defenders so ye wont be makin excueses
123spurs
You re;eased a dvd of the 4-4 draw this year. What exactly did you win you mug? The 10 years without beating Arsenal in the leauge trophy
paul_ownz
You re;eased a dvd of the 4-4 draw this year. What exactly did you win you mug? The 10 years without beating Arsenal in the leauge trophy
paul_ownz
Excellen finishing today from Arshavin, but also what a great performance by Song. His recent performances have been amazing 8-)
flv
Excellen finishing today from Arshavin, but also what a great performance by Song. His recent performances have been amazing 8-)
flv
now that was an exceptopn a classic 2 min to go against ur fierce rivals, an guess what u no rest
123spurs
now that was an exceptopn a classic 2 min to go against ur fierce rivals, an guess what u no rest
123spurs
123 what happend in eastenders mate?
iceman10
123 what happend in eastenders mate?
iceman10
I see a lot of praise for Song tonight .... I take it I'm the only one who thought he was extremely sloppy? (Cue Amos with some statistics to make me looks stupid ... lol)
Rocky7
I see a lot of praise for Song tonight .... I take it I'm the only one who thought he was extremely sloppy? (Cue Amos with some statistics to make me looks stupid ... lol)
Rocky7
now that was an exceptopn a classic 2 min to go against ur fierce rivals, an guess what u no rest - 123spurs So basically it's ok if you do it? LOL typical Spurs logic, although we consider Liverpool more of a rival than you so I suppose by your logic we should release a dvd then.....If you want to talk titles, do you really want to go down that route with a team far more successful than yours ? Again, probably not.
LondonGooner
now that was an exceptopn a classic 2 min to go against ur fierce rivals, an guess what u no rest - 123spurs So basically it's ok if you do it? LOL typical Spurs logic, although we consider Liverpool more of a rival than you so I suppose by your logic we should release a dvd then.....If you want to talk titles, do you really want to go down that route with a team far more successful than yours ? Again, probably not.
LondonGooner
Well Rocky I noticed a couple of bad passes from Song too, but overall it's an excellent performance. Kind of like Gibbs who also made a couple of mistakes - credit to Kuyt, Benayoun and Torres who forced them - but the boy still came out of the game with good credit. That's how I see it anyway. Yes the stats would be interesting. I don't think we've ever taken so few shots and earned so few corners but scored so many goals! (+AA -Ade the stats are entirely different.)
GoonerLou
Well Rocky I noticed a couple of bad passes from Song too, but overall it's an excellent performance. Kind of like Gibbs who also made a couple of mistakes - credit to Kuyt, Benayoun and Torres who forced them - but the boy still came out of the game with good credit. That's how I see it anyway. Yes the stats would be interesting. I don't think we've ever taken so few shots and earned so few corners but scored so many goals! (+AA -Ade the stats are entirely different.)
GoonerLou
I don't think we had any corners did we? Which is probably why we scored four goals ..... our corners just run down the clock, without them we have more time to score. lol
Rocky7
I don't think we had any corners did we? Which is probably why we scored four goals ..... our corners just run down the clock, without them we have more time to score. lol
Rocky7
I thought Song was great! Denilson just let the game pass him by tho, he isnt in the best of form at the moment. Silvestre is a disaster. Cygan, Senderos, Luzhny, Grimandi are all better centre backs. Id experiment with a Sagna Toure pairing against boro with booboo right back, he was that bad.
iceman10
Maybe if you look at the goals against column in the league 123 spurs you'll see that it was probably a good thing you didn't spend money on Arshavin in the end, you could always use it to shore up your defence. Still, you feed a troll and look what happens, will I ever learn?
LondonGooner
I thought Song was great! Denilson just let the game pass him by tho, he isnt in the best of form at the moment. Silvestre is a disaster. Cygan, Senderos, Luzhny, Grimandi are all better centre backs. Id experiment with a Sagna Toure pairing against boro with booboo right back, he was that bad.
iceman10
Maybe if you look at the goals against column in the league 123 spurs you'll see that it was probably a good thing you didn't spend money on Arshavin in the end, you could always use it to shore up your defence. Still, you feed a troll and look what happens, will I ever learn?
LondonGooner
Yeah Icey, Silvestre wants a slap round the back of his overly large head. He is useless. How does he deal with every problem? An extremely under hit back pass ..... I could do that exact same thing for a fraction of the price.
Rocky7
Yeah Icey, Silvestre wants a slap round the back of his overly large head. He is useless. How does he deal with every problem? An extremely under hit back pass ..... I could do that exact same thing for a fraction of the price.
Rocky7
Right on Cue - it's true (statistically) Song was the least accurate in pass completion of any of the 5 midfielders.
Amos.
Right on Cue - it's true (statistically) Song was the least accurate in pass completion of any of the 5 midfielders.
Amos.
I bet Denilson had the highest didnt he!
iceman10
I bet Denilson had the highest didnt he!
iceman10
Hey hey hey!! Amos' statistics back me up for once!! lol I can die a happy man now!!
Rocky7
Hey hey hey!! Amos' statistics back me up for once!! lol I can die a happy man now!!
Rocky7
there was late drama, in eastenders u wud not belive it iceman
123spurs
there was late drama, in eastenders u wud not belive it iceman
123spurs
Rocky you're right, no corners, I haven't seen this ever happening to us before. And AA has scored 7 goals in 7 games now. (This is the 100th post here so I wanted to add something worthier than 0 corner lol.)
GoonerLou
Rocky you're right, no corners, I haven't seen this ever happening to us before. And AA has scored 7 goals in 7 games now. (This is the 100th post here so I wanted to add something worthier than 0 corner lol.)
GoonerLou
My post about Amos backing me up was the 100th ..... what a beauty it was too!!
Rocky7
My post about Amos backing me up was the 100th ..... what a beauty it was too!!
Rocky7
Yeah oops you guys beat me to that. But you're right, no mean feat there! lol
GoonerLou
Yeah oops you guys beat me to that. But you're right, no mean feat there! lol
GoonerLou
7 goals and 4 assists for the man so far. You gotta say that his signing has appeared to have lifted us out of trouble in the league, and given everyone a boost. Just imagine how good he will be when he settles in!!lol
Rocky7
7 goals and 4 assists for the man so far. You gotta say that his signing has appeared to have lifted us out of trouble in the league, and given everyone a boost. Just imagine how good he will be when he settles in!!lol
Rocky7
Cheers 123 can we get you on here with regular Eastenders updates? were a bit busy midweeks to watch it. Can we also book you in for this slot starting from January next year seen as you wont be doing anything.
iceman10
Nope - Denilson was 2nd best - behind Nasri.
Amos.
Cheers 123 can we get you on here with regular Eastenders updates? were a bit busy midweeks to watch it. Can we also book you in for this slot starting from January next year seen as you wont be doing anything.
iceman10
Nope - Denilson was 2nd best - behind Nasri.
Amos.
Could be the fact it has rained solid where I am for nearly a week but am battling to see through the gloom at the moment. The undoubted star is someone we could have bought at the start of the season (but wouldn't pay the money we obv had) and was left out of such a huge match last week. We gave up the lead 3 times, not that this is new to us. It happened at home to the same opps, and spurs of course and last week and in the run in to the end of last season against the top 2. Great entertainment but found out again and again when the pressure is cranked. Could be the rain, could be the arsenal, either way I'm reaching to the back of the closet for my old The Smiths albums...
th41
Could be the fact it has rained solid where I am for nearly a week but am battling to see through the gloom at the moment. The undoubted star is someone we could have bought at the start of the season (but wouldn't pay the money we obv had) and was left out of such a huge match last week. We gave up the lead 3 times, not that this is new to us. It happened at home to the same opps, and spurs of course and last week and in the run in to the end of last season against the top 2. Great entertainment but found out again and again when the pressure is cranked. Could be the rain, could be the arsenal, either way I'm reaching to the back of the closet for my old The Smiths albums...
th41
Sorry Rock, he has 6 or 7 assists now according to Arsenal.com page that I saw yesterday, I cannot remember which exactly. But definately one or the other, that is phenominal for someone who has played only 10 games or so for us. he would of been so wasted at the mouth breathers up the road it's not even funny!
LondonGooner
Sorry Rock, he has 6 or 7 assists now according to Arsenal.com page that I saw yesterday, I cannot remember which exactly. But definately one or the other, that is phenominal for someone who has played only 10 games or so for us. he would of been so wasted at the mouth breathers up the road it's not even funny!
LondonGooner
What? It's a GREAT point considering we didn't even need it. BTW how would 4-4 do at Old Trafford? : ) I'd love a score draw there.
julieloveshenry4ever
What? It's a GREAT point considering we didn't even need it. BTW how would 4-4 do at Old Trafford? : ) I'd love a score draw there.
julieloveshenry4ever
"Can we also book you in for this slot starting from January next year seen as you wont be doing anything. iceman10" Class!!!
LondonGooner
"Can we also book you in for this slot starting from January next year seen as you wont be doing anything. iceman10" Class!!!
LondonGooner
 

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