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Wolverhampton vs. Arsenal

Molineux Stadium

7/11/09

17:30

Wolves v. Arsenal

Arsenal travel northwest for this weekend's Premier League game, the final match before the last set of international matches of the year. With the top two playing Sunday in West London, this game could even be called a must win., and van Persie agrees with me

Quick Vital Quotes:

The most in-form midfielder in the world right now had this to say on Wolves match. 'We will have to be at our best as usual because today there are no small teams in the Premier League, everyone makes it difficult if you are not up for it, so we will have to be motivated to beat them,' said Cesc Fabregas. It is noticeable that the 'big four' teams have lost a number of matches so far between them. In my opinion, that is better for the league because it means other teams are improving. Everyone is striving to be better and that is making it difficult for the top teams.'

'Maybe we are seeing teams throughout the division playing a little more football and trying to make passing combinations,' he added.

'We should never forget that people pay a lot of money to watch football and do not want to see players just kicking the ball up into the air.'

Wolverhampton Team News:

A lot of praise was sent Tony Pulis' way last season for the way Stoke handled themselves in the EPL. I think Mick McCarthy should receive the same sort of praise. It'll be some nervy moments for Wolves fans, but I think they'll make the cut come May.

Chris Iwelumo, Foley, Jones and Ward are all out for Wolves.

Player to watch: Kevin Doyle

I really liked Doyle when he was at Reading. He was a big part of the success Reading had in their first Premier League season. He is Wolves top scorer at the moment, and he'll be up for the big game.

Arsenal Team News:

Hooray! For the first time in a while I get to say we have no new injuries. Looking up the Arsenal team news for previews is always a depressing adventure for myself.

Vela and Traore are back in full training, though they won't feature this weekend. Walcott and Denilson are close to being back. Young Guns blog reported today that Craig Eastmond will be included in the squad to face Wolves. After his impressive first team debut in the Carling Cup against Liverpool, this is a huge compliment from Arsene Wenger for the young man. Eduardo was on the bench for AZ, but Wenger said he rested the Croatian, so I expect Dudu being reinstated to the starting lineup.

Possible Starting XI: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Song, Diaby, Fabregas, Eduardo, Arshavin, van Persie

Player to watch: Cesc Fabregas

We've got Cesc Fabregas, we've got Cesc Fabregas.

The young man is on fire. Literally, if you watch this video. 8 goals and 12 assists in 14 appearances. He is the best midfielder in the world right now, and he will be keen to continue his form in the Northwest.

Match Facts & Stats

Wolves have not won in six league matches and have drawn their last three.

The Gunners have won all six meetings with Wolves under Arsene Wenger. Four of those games came in cup competitions, while the Londoners won both fixtures when Wolves were last in the Premier League in 2003/04.

Robin van Persie has netted seven times in the Gunners' last seven top-flight games, scoring the opening goal five times.

Ref Watch:

Steve Bennett will be the head official for this match.

Match Prediction:

This match is so important because of the match on Sunday. I do think it is a must win, and we will win. 4-1 to the Arsenal.

Next Fixtures:

There is an interlull after this one.

21/11 (Sat) - Sunderland (a) - Premier League

24/11 (Tue) - Standard Liege (h) - Champions League

29/11 (Sun) - Chelsea (h) - Premier League



The match is on ESPN in England, and FSC in the States. Have a good weekend everyone!




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Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 6 2009

Time: 7:54PM

Your Comments

away win for me! easily!
merlin
I still dont know who would play if all the squad was fit. Now that nasri is back, is it bench time for diaby. Maybe who plays depends on the particular game. i.e when play the orcs. diaby is needed ...etc hav one last chukle. http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/tottenham_hotspur/8991/funny-old-game-tottenham-dvd-commemorates-first-42-minutes-of-arsenal-derby.html .
NeoGunner
easy win ill go for 5-0, nice dvd, but tbh we gave ye 3 of the softest goals an ye think yer world beaters, here take a look at this, REALITY = http://www.nashie.info/coppermine/albums/userpics/10001/Empty_Cabinet.png
123spurs
oh no, it appears as though 123spuds' poor grasp of the English language goes beyond his horrendous grammar... the poor guy doesn't understand the meaning of the word 'reality'
TPowell
Ye still finding the pain a little raw 123spud? What would a spud know about reality? If ye are comparing trophy cabinets ye are going to find it even more painful ye know.
Amos.
ah come on we all no its a bit of banter, from the post above me
123spurs
honestly my days of the stupid an foolish posts are gone for me
123spurs
What? You mean that isn't a real Spud commemorative dvd? Looks genuine enough to me.
Amos.
i have sense of humour, an though its funny, we also have a 3 minute video
123spurs
A 3 minute video ? Not even recent enough to make dvd? Must be the Spuds greatest moments of the last 100 years then - in black and white.
Amos.
opps ment dvd...lol
123spurs
don't you muppets ever tire of running your mouth off, your new hovel aint even built yet and it'll likely bankrupt you in the process but here one of your execs are giving it the billy big ones befor a single brick has been laid! joke club http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/New-Tottenham-stadium-will-be-better-than-Arsenal-s-and-earn-more-for-naming-rights-than-Chelsea-s-claims-Spurs-exec-article213059.html
nikolaijns
Fingers crossed for a Dazza Bent hat trick tomorrow too yu know he's gonna be itching to punish you tossers!
nikolaijns
we were also linked with rio, pls dont believe everything u read
123spurs
van Persie will receive the Barclay's Player of the Month award before kickoff today. Congrats Robin.
gunnerkid107
I see an upset to Wolves and social crawling arse fans crying into their alcopops
Uskok
I wonder what provoked the Sp*rs to come and mouth off in an Wolves vs Arsenal pregame writeup?
Sajit
they're pathetic, end of
TPowell
8 goals and 12 assists in 14 games is a remarkable stat. And with RVP in career best form also, it is hard to see us losing this one. I've got a soft spot for Wolves though, so I hope they survive the drop.
Ozi Gooner
I would hv understood if it was Wolves fans on the site but wehave the whole place srawling with SPUDS. All we need was knock you spuds back to yr level - below 4th position. If you guys are not nice to us we might request a maulng in the return encounter.
phreddy
Nah I tokk a look at the spuddies site and it is like a mourge no wonder they prefer to come over here.
Armory
This game against Wolwes will be harder than the one against the spuds, expetations are much higher and lot of fans are exspecting an easy win, there is no such thing in the prem and on top of that Wolves have no inferiority complex regarding The Arsenal like the spuds.
Armory
I agree. Today's match will be much tougher than last week's.
julieloveshenry4ever
Wenger needs to hurry up and drop Diaby. The dudes *****ed up way too many times, way too many. Having faith in your players is all good but its going way too far. He's not a good player. Really is not.
FuiKaka
Oh shut up with the Diaby hating.. Dont you ever learn? Song and Eboue isnt enough proof that AW knows more about his players than you.
MrE._Man
good point MrE._Man
Armory
MrE._Man, you're acting like there haven't been players that have failed at the Arsenal before...
TPowell
Of course players have failed at Arsenal before but Wenger has rarely persisted with them for any length of time.
Amos.
he hasn't really persisted with diaby that long, this is easily his longest stretch of starts, and if Denilson were healthy he wouldn't be starting now either (probably). that said i'm not a Diaby hater, he just seems to frustrate me more than any of our other players.
TPowell
Diaby has played 115 games (including 30 sub appearances) in a little under 4 years. Wenger sees something in him. Whether it's enough to get him in ahead of a fully fit Denilson I'm not sure. My preference is for Denilson but with Song heading off to the ACN there isn't too much in the way of Diaby getting quite a few games this season with the current options as they are - even with a fit Denilson.
Amos.
Denilson will most likely replace him, but Diaby will most likely replace Song in January. Then we will see how much Wenger see's in him.
Tom14
no doubt about it tom, but my point is that I think Wenger sees Diaby as a useful squad player ultimately, and he will be on the bench so long as most of the other midfielders are healthy (which is of course never)
TPowell
Citey down at half time 1 2 Toure's weakness really exposed
phreddy
tricky 10 minutes so far
arseneknows
should have been a pen
TPowell
loved the way eduardo was apologetic about the goal...'it wasn't me'
arseneknows
la..dee.dah
arseneknows
Delightful chip that one!! :P
GoonerLou
THAT's a proper Arsenal attacking move! :) Great through ball from AA, great ball in from Sagna, great lay-off from RvP, great strike from Cesc!!
GoonerLou
wow... the third one was a beauty.. just simply wow
arseneknows
Best midfielder in the world
Tom14
best player in the world! tom
TPowell
Thats two more different scorers on the gooners list of scorers this season LOL
DBerg
Can someone please tell me what was written on Eduardo's jersey.. That chip deserved a goal tbh.
Sajit
i'm guessing jaelle could tell you Sajit, it looked like portuguese
TPowell
We know RvP, Cesc and AA have been awesome, Eduardo coming back very well. But I really want to add that Sagna has been fantastic, especially with his crossing improved significantly. He also doesn't seem to be bothered by the fact that he shares some of his playing time with Eboue. It's a great move to let Booboo play some games and give Sagna some rest and motivation to do well.
GoonerLou
Btw I quite like Cesc's new red boots. ;)
GoonerLou
Joe Royle is a massivus Bellendius.
Rocky7
Andreeeyyyyy!! :D
GoonerLou
Verminator, the kung fu fighter!
deledudu
I wonder if the bookies are adjusting the odds of goals > 2.5 of our games these days hehe..
GoonerLou
So ******** stupid why do we always allow the oppisition to get a goal a clean sheet is not a crime.
Armory
We just can't stop scoring. Nor can we stop conceding those late silly goals.. :P
GoonerLou
the turning point was definitely when Song came on for the injured Diaby... not that Diaby was playing poorly or anything, we just needed that holding presence in midfield
TPowell
Listen I'll take 4-1 in every game thanks very much! Another 3 points.
julieloveshenry4ever
No disrespect to the guy, but I hope Diaby is more than a 60 minute injury. Song back in his strongest position and Nasri, Rosicky and Ramsey for the more forward berth
bseymour
Another 4 goals? go on then! thought it was gonna be one of those days for the 1st 20 odd mins. Have to say Songs arrival was the catalyst for an infinitely more cohesive performance. Commentary on ESPN was so poor - come to hate The Arsenal, they only come to hate The Arsenal. Our 3rd and 4th were pure class. Eduardo showed his class in disclaiming the two deflections (unlike Fat Lumpard who would be off kissing his sovvy ring) and still those wolves' numplings boo him.
nikolaijns
Still smirking from the 3 points earned from this game. Now, we need more of the same grind against Sunderland; then ensure we beat Chelski, come Nov 29th. That point, all will take notice of the possibilities from this team.ESPN were amongst 'pundits' who did not give Arsenal a chance this season. They need to appear relevant and must keep up with the hating. I look forward to a lot many analysts eating Humble pie at the end of the season.
Naijagunner
Diaby coming off definitely made a difference to our balance. Much more fluid movement in midfield with Song anchoring the back.
Wyn Mills
Here's what Eduardo said : http://arsenalanalysis.blogspot.com/2009/11/eduardos-message-to-world-revealed.html The man just reeks of class.....
sunaadh
The double standards in the game never cease to amaze me. Darren Bent's blatent dive yesterday to win a penalty for Sunderland was glossed over on MOTD, with Shearer seemingly congratulating the England striker on 'making the penalty'. Unbelievable. Rewind several months and Eduardo is being burnt at the stake for much less.
Wyn Mills
here's a comment i picked up from another blog who had inturn picked it up from another lol, but it's worth a read.. I know its slightly off subject, but Im copying this to a few Gooner blogs because its hilarious and Im sure all Gooners will be rolling around on the floor when they read it. Below are a couple of comments copied from a Citeh blog and trust me, there are also many more like these on Citeh blogs: Quote - Adebayor looked off the pace and lazy today. I hope those Arsenal fans weren't right about him. Quote - I was screaming at the screen today...Adebayor just didn't want to move, it was infuriating!! I just wish he'd shut up, he talks in the media all week about Arsenal then performs like that again. He needs to get over Arsenal and focus on us. Arsene Wenger really does wear a magic hat the man is a genius.
luckys_10
Not sure Diaby's substitution affected the game at all. The 1st goal changed the game, from then on in Wolves didnt stick to their game plan and we punished them with a very clinical and professional performance.
iceman10
I hated their goal at the death, but if you give me a 4-1 to The Arsenal at the beginning of every game, ***** the clean sheet, I'll take that!
Gaga
No coincidence that we wrestled the initative away from Wolves after 20 minutes because that's around the time Diaby departed. I thought with Song in the team we broke Wolves' play up and broke forward much quicker. It seemed to release Fabregas and Ramsey. The own goals came about because of applied pressure. No-one talks about Arsenal being unlucky when we dominate games and give away cheap goals at the death. Its usually about how dodgy our defending is under pressure. Wolves were simply put under pressure and couldn't handle it. They pushed forward and left themselves open to the counter-attack, an attack that in my opinion became more efficient when Diaby went off.
Wyn Mills
Gibbs is really impressing me. He's a taller stronger version of Clichy, with perhaps even more skill. Dunno where Wenger and co unearth these gems. There must be some gene cloning experiments going on back at Colney. The lad has a huge future if his development continues on its current upward trajectory.
Wyn Mills
We're scoring so may goals at the moment yet the likes of Eduardo and Arshavin are still not at their sharpest. I think we are going to only keep on improving this season. We just need to avoid any major injuries to our defensive players and we should be in a good position to challenge Chelski for the title. Nice of Eduardo not to claim the first goal as his own, thats what I like about him, such an honest player ;)
bowiecokemirror
I guess we`re title rivals again. May the best team win. And by best team, I mean Chelsea. ._.
k_chelski
disappointed with the goal we conceeded. this team needs a attitude change. when they think they've won the game, defensively they switch off 5% and it's that little difference between us and the other two that cost us the title in 2008. the west ham wasn't a one off, it will surely happen again. yu won't see chelsea or united switching off even when they are winning 5-0. this is one thing that this team just refuses to learn. and i'm a bit disappointed with Arsene saying well it's because of the way we play that yu have to accept such things. it doesen't work that way. this time it didn't matter, but at West Ham at did, and such defensive lapses can hurt us in the run in and in the knockout stges of the CL..
luckys_10
lol Kevin yu havent won the title for a few years now as well and yu also just briefly challenged for the title in those years, so go easy, one game at a time..
luckys_10
At present we have the best goal difference in the PL. While we can maintain that we shouldn't get too fussed about conceding one for every four we score. It would be nice to be a little more defensively reliable but I can live with us switching off if it's only when we are 4 to the good. It's a different problem when we do so when only 2 up.
Amos.
 

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