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Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough

Emirates Stadium

26/4/09

13:30

On Sky

Arsenal v. Middlesbrough

Results earlier today confirmed Arsenal's stronghold on fourth place, but it also made catching Chelsea even harder. The Blues are currently nine points ahead of us, and they have a superior goal difference. So in all honesty, Arsenal has nothing to play for in this match, but the same can't be said about our opposition. Boro are fighting for their Premier League lives, and with only four more games left after this one, it's now or never for the Riverside club.

Vital Quotes:

Arsene had this to say on the opposition. "They are always difficult," conceded Wenger. "They are a good side who made a bad start in the season.'

"Because they are a young side, the lack of confidence has given them a big problem this season. But I believe they are a good team, they have a good young promising manager and the future will show that."

Injured fullback Gael Clichy praised Anfield hero, Arshavin. 'Andrey is a phenomenon, who never doubts,' he told L'Equipe Magazine.

'In less than two months he has already learned English, dares to say what he thinks to everyone and can make the difference at any moment on the pitch.'

Southgate knows the importance of this match. He said: 'We have to win a game that we are not expected to in the next few'

'We have got players who can deliver, but for me when I look at the next two fixtures, there is no pressure on us in those two fixtures, although we understand the importance of them.

'The players have just got to go out and have a go at them and keep ourselves in there with a fighting chance, and there's no reason why we can't do that.'

Arsenal Team News:

There has been many reports suggesting that Djourou, Almunia, and Adebayor will be back in the squad, but I doubt they will be. Arsene won't risk rushing them back too early. Also I expect that Wenger will rest many of the big guns, which will contribute to a Boro result.

Possible Starting XI: Fabianski, Sagna, Toure, Silvestre, Gibbs, Eboue, Denilson, Diaby, Arshavin, Eduardo, Bendtner

Player to watch: Eduardo

I hope the Crozillian will be able to make his first Premier League start since that incident tomorrow. Dudu is probably foaming at the mouth to play with Arshavin. Eduardo makes clever runs into great areas, and Andrey can pick out a pass to meet the run. I think they'll do well together.

Middlesbrough Team News:

Gary O'Neil and Didier Digard return to the Boro squad to boost their chances at the Emirates. Southgate has had the privilege to start the same eleven in the last two games against Fulham and Hull, which has seen them gain 4 points.

Chris Riggott and Emanuel Pogatetz are out.

Player to watch: Tuncay Sanli

The Turkish international is a great talent. Reports linking him with a move to bigger clubs has unsettled him a bit, but the quality is still there. Denilson will have to keep him in check.

Match Facts & Stats

Arsenal have scored four goals in their last two games.

Three of the last four games between Arsenal and Boro have ended 1-1.

The next game for both of these clubs is Manchester United.

Toure will be making his 100th Premier League start for Arsenal.

Ref Watch:

Chris Foy will be the head official for this match. He has managed 22 matches this season handing out 78 yellow cards and 2 reds. This gives him a 3.64 card per game average.

Match Prediction:

As I said above, I think Arsene will take this game lightly. We have locked up fourth, and unfortunately 3rd is out of reach. Why shouldn't he prioritize the Champions League? It's a long shot, but its our only shot at silverware. Boro need points and I think they'll get at least a draw, maybe more. I predict a 2-2 draw at the Grove.

Next Fixtures:

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

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

5/5 (Tue) - Manchester United (H)- Champions League




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Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 26 2009

Time: 12:36AM

Your Comments

I disagree,3d is not out of reach, we still have to play Chelsky at home and win that we have a chance. I predict 3 - 1 to Arsenal, Benthner to score at least 1.
Armory
I disagree,3d is not out of reach, we still have to play Chelsky at home and win that we have a chance. I predict 3 - 1 to Arsenal, Benthner to score at least 1.
Armory
take every game serious without gaining injuries, helps momentum.. 2-1 walcott late winner
49ers
take every game serious without gaining injuries, helps momentum.. 2-1 walcott late winner
49ers
Totally offtopic.. but haha @ sp*ds!
MrE._Man
Totally offtopic.. but haha @ sp*ds!
MrE._Man
Play to win as always ..... but I'm completely relaxed about the game. I'm looking forward to an afternoon of putting my feet up, drinking beer and watching the Arsenal.
Rocky7
Play to win as always ..... but I'm completely relaxed about the game. I'm looking forward to an afternoon of putting my feet up, drinking beer and watching the Arsenal.
Rocky7
We are playing well but we need another goal to put this game to bed.
Armory
We are playing well but we need another goal to put this game to bed.
Armory
Will you bring on next season already! Arseshaver is pure class, he improves everyone playing around him. The way we're playing, we actually evoke memories of the immortal invincibles and with a Campbell clone in next season, we're gonna kick some a r s e!
deledudu
Will you bring on next season already! Arseshaver is pure class, he improves everyone playing around him. The way we're playing, we actually evoke memories of the immortal invincibles and with a Campbell clone in next season, we're gonna kick some a r s e!
deledudu
Why God why? Why can't we have Arshavin play in the CL?!?!?!
Gooner_Vin
Why God why? Why can't we have Arshavin play in the CL?!?!?!
Gooner_Vin
We need another goal or we could be paying the price, maybe put Ade on for the last 20 min.
Armory
We need another goal or we could be paying the price, maybe put Ade on for the last 20 min.
Armory
Like the doctor ordered.
Armory
Like the doctor ordered.
Armory
well done hope u stuff the mancs
TimBoro
hope Amos you've got that record the lads achieved today, 100 year record broken, even the invincibles could not do that. Well done lads now for Manure.
alwaysgunner
well done hope u stuff the mancs
TimBoro
hope Amos you've got that record the lads achieved today, 100 year record broken, even the invincibles could not do that. Well done lads now for Manure.
alwaysgunner
Nice to see Nasri slot straight in to the middle when Cesc went off, it's a position that he seams to be very comfortable in.
Armory
Nice to see Nasri slot straight in to the middle when Cesc went off, it's a position that he seams to be very comfortable in.
Armory
What 100 years record AG? I came home late, only saw the last 20 mins, it seemed that we're in cruise control, yes?
GoonerLou
What 100 years record AG? I came home late, only saw the last 20 mins, it seemed that we're in cruise control, yes?
GoonerLou
you chose a good game to miss GL. The poorness of Boro is burned into my soul. Cruise control indeed.
iceman10
you chose a good game to miss GL. The poorness of Boro is burned into my soul. Cruise control indeed.
iceman10
It was a nice comfortbale win for us, just what we needed before the Man U game. The Smoggies were poor today but I really like the club, they play good football and their fans are down to earth. I really hope Boro manage to stay up and Hull go down instead.
jubair
It was a nice comfortbale win for us, just what we needed before the Man U game. The Smoggies were poor today but I really like the club, they play good football and their fans are down to earth. I really hope Boro manage to stay up and Hull go down instead.
jubair
most number of clean sheets consecutively at home. (Is that not right Amos?)
alwaysgunner
most number of clean sheets consecutively at home. (Is that not right Amos?)
alwaysgunner
Yeah, it was a easy game for us maybe too easy, as we couldhave got caught out and Boro could have made it 1-1. At times our passing was poor and we were showboating abit as well. Which is dangerous when still only 1 nil-up, even when we were 2-0 we had chances to really batter Boro. Maybe we felt sorry for them?!
hackneyval
Yeah, it was a easy game for us maybe too easy, as we couldhave got caught out and Boro could have made it 1-1. At times our passing was poor and we were showboating abit as well. Which is dangerous when still only 1 nil-up, even when we were 2-0 we had chances to really batter Boro. Maybe we felt sorry for them?!
hackneyval
Good game, but sad to see Middlesbrough getting closer to relegation. I rather get Hull bite it than them. I wonder if that tackle Downing did to Cesc was for the spud fans since he's linked with them.
BMF
Good game, but sad to see Middlesbrough getting closer to relegation. I rather get Hull bite it than them. I wonder if that tackle Downing did to Cesc was for the spud fans since he's linked with them.
BMF
"Like the doctor ordered" Armory - Was that not the most pathetic, arrogant, lazy 20 minutes you have seen from an Arsenal player? I was at the game and he was a f***ing disgrace when he came on. The sooner the giant, gangly, muppet is sold the better, 100k per week, your havin' a laugh Arsenal.
LondonGooner
"Like the doctor ordered" Armory - Was that not the most pathetic, arrogant, lazy 20 minutes you have seen from an Arsenal player? I was at the game and he was a f***ing disgrace when he came on. The sooner the giant, gangly, muppet is sold the better, 100k per week, your havin' a laugh Arsenal.
LondonGooner
LondonGooner I was'nt refering to Ade when I wrote "Like the doctor ordered." but to the first part ie we needed another goal. And I agree he was not good enough, if he plays like that on Wednesday I'll give up on him.
Armory
LondonGooner I was'nt refering to Ade when I wrote "Like the doctor ordered." but to the first part ie we needed another goal. And I agree he was not good enough, if he plays like that on Wednesday I'll give up on him.
Armory
Sorry fella, i thought you were referring to Adebayor coming on. Wasn't having a go anyway, just highlighting how arrogant and crap this over paid schmuck really is!
LondonGooner
Sorry fella, i thought you were referring to Adebayor coming on. Wasn't having a go anyway, just highlighting how arrogant and crap this over paid schmuck really is!
LondonGooner
 

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