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Arsenal vs. Liverpool

Ashburton Grove

28/10/09

19:45

On Sky

Arsenal v. Liverpool

Arsenal host Liverpool this afternoon in the marquee fixture of the Carling Cup fourth round. Arsene will field a slightly more experienced lineup for this round, as first team substitutes, Eduardo and Bendtner, being preferred to reserve team strikers Sunu and Watt. With Liverpool also likely to include a few starters in the first eleven, this should make for an interesting night in North London.

Vital Quotes:

Not many quotes circulating about for this game. Every bodies thoughts are still dominated by the weekend's disappointment. However here is Francis Coquelin on the Carling Cup opportunity:

'I'm really excited, I'm waiting for it,' said the 18-year-old. 'We've got a chance. It's one game, anything can happen.'

'I felt a little bit nervous but I really enjoyed the [West Brom] game and I hope to play against Liverpool. I think everyone will give 100 per cent in training and after that it's the choice of the manager.'

Arsenal Team News:

The team that took on West Brom will be very different than the team Arsene will put out tomorrow. Out comes Wilshere and Traore, due to injury. Also Watt, Szczensy, and Sunu will be relegated to the bench. Don't fret though, Nasri, Fabianski, Eduardo, Vela, and Bendtner will all be available.

Possible Starting XI: Fabianski, Gilbert, Senderos, Silvestre, Gibbs, Coquelin, Ramsey, Nasri, Eduardo, Vela, Bendtner

Player to watch: Samir Nasri

After breaking his leg in the summer, Nasri makes his first Arsenal start of the new season. He'll be a welcome addition to our injury plagued squad.

Liverpool Team News:

Big news is that neither Torres nor Gerrard will play tonight. Glen Johnson is also unlikely to feature, while Riera and Kelly are out. Dossena will make his return to the Liverpool squad. Other than those players, Rafa could go either way. He usually treats this competition very seriously, but I could see that changing this year.

Player to watch: Ryan Babel

The Dutch, Arsenal supporter will get a rare chance to impress the chubby Spaniard. If Gilbert isn't careful then Babel will inflict damage on this young Arsenal team.

Match Prediction

I see this strengthened Arsenal team being too much for a weakened Liverpool. 4-2 to the Arsenal.

Next Fixtures:

It's the North London derby on Halloween. Ooooo frightening!!




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Date:Wednesday October 28 2009

Time: 2:43AM

Your Comments

Nasri and Coquelin as our more defensive midfielders will be interesting to watch.
Tom14
If Vela is out, the will Nasri start on the wing, with Merida as a central midfielder, or the other way around?
TPowell
Can't understand why Arsene left out Vela. It seems as if Arsene has demoted Vela. He'll put on Ramsey fairly regularly as a sub but never Vela.
jaelle
Vela has picked up a knee injury, as confirmed by arsenal.com
TPowell
Maybe I'm the last one to find this out, but for all of those who live in a place where ESPN360 is available, the game will be broadcast live over the internet! that just made my day (unless we lose, in which case it will ruin my day)
TPowell
Eastmond starts ahead of Coquelin. Interesting. I've never seen him play.
gunnerkid107
oh wow, franny
TPowell
Also interesting is Eduardo gets the central spot with Nicky out wide.
GoonerLou
**** me. This is best match I've watched in a LONG time. Fantastic stuff!
gunnerkid107
Indeed Gkid! Love the passion the kids are showing too. If there's one player I really wanted to see on the scoresheet, it's Nick. He seeemed a bit less confident starting on the right. Some of his work didn't come off but I really like the way he keeps trying. That sweet goal will do him a world of good.
GoonerLou
Agreed, great game, full of energy
Gunnerman
The lads showed fantastic commitment, Gibbs in particular was everywhere, and we closed off the game well. Mature performance from a very young side. Great stuff.
Gunnerman
What a great show. I say show because it felt like theatre. Both teams played really well. I was worried with the all the experience Liverpool was bringing on late, but the boys held on for a marvelous win!
gunnerkid107
It seems everytime the kids play theres something for the senoirs to learn from. Seeing this game out in light of our last two matches has to make them sit up and take note.
MeetTheGunners
It was a good win, but I felt Pool was worse. The Arsenal players are kids, but there was some amateur steff out there, missed passes, sloppy defending. Normally, the Carling Cup produces a lot better. Perhaps, this was coz Wenger mixed some of the 1st team with the kids.
prits
The closest football has come to putting on the Globetrotters' Show! Best piece of theatre I've seen in a long time, the 'Poos played their part valiantly, but there could have been only one outcome tonight. Could just be that Arsene knows.
deledudu
Bravo! to the team. Just showed the 1st teamers how to see out a game, when one goal up. Such matured display.
Naijagunner
As good as Nasri was going forward, I thought he also put in a good shift around our own 18 yard box. Besides the obvious height difference, everything Diaby does, Nasri can do just as well or better. He probably will be too tired for the NLD, but after that, I'd like to see him given a chance in the midfield with Song and Cesc.
gunnerkid107
 

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