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Arsenal vs. Stoke City

Ashburton Grove

5/12/09

15:00

Arsenal v. Stoke

After losing three domestic matches on the bounce, the positive vibes that were bountiful around the Grove have vanished. Arsenal host Stoke today, in a game that is now a must win.

Manchester City host Chelsea in the evening kickoff, and if Chelsea knock off the Citizens at Eastlands, then fair play to them. But if not, we could close the gap at the top, with a game in hand.

Vital Quotes:

Emmanuel Eboue has given an apology for the recent results: 'This week was very, very difficult for us because we lost two games, one against Chelsea and then Manchester City,' Eboue said. 'Now we try to forget those two games and try to win on Saturday against Stoke.

'Personally I just want to say sorry to the fans for both games. It wasn't easy for us but I promise we will give our best and show on Saturday that we can win because we know it will be good for the fans.

'They buy tickets to support us and then we don't win the games. We are sorry and we will try our best on Saturday.'

Arsenal Team News:

Well, surprise, surprise. Theo Walcott has suffered another injury. This time it's his hamstring. Surely this is what kept him from playing midweek. In other news, Sagna has an ankle problem, but he should be fine for today. Also, Song is suspended.

Predicted Starting XI: Fabianski, Sagna, Vermaelen, Gallas, Traore, Nasri, Fabregas, Denilson, Arshavin, Rosicky, Eduardo

Player to watch: Lukasz Fabianski

I'm interested to see who starts in goal. If it wasn't for an ill timed injury, I thought Fabianski would have already claimed the starting spot. After Almunia's horror show against Chelsea, I hope the Pole keeps his spot.

Stoke City Team News:

Amdy Faye is Pulis' only absentee due to injury, though Dean Whitehead will serve a one game suspension for yellow card accumulation.

Possible Starting XI: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Collins, Faye, Huth, Lawrence, Whelan, Diao, Etherington, Fuller, Beattie

Player to watch: James Beattie

Stoke hit the jackpot with Beattie. He scored in this fixture last season, however it was on his own goal. He'll be looking to make up for that.

Ref Watch

Mark Clattenburg will be the head official today.

Match Prediction:

I think we'll rebound from our poor run of form. If we can get an early goal, the flood gates might open just like last season.

Next Fixtures:

9/12 - Olympiakos (a) - Champions League

13/12 - Liverpool (a) - Premier League

16/12 Burnley (a) - Premier League




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Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 5 2009

Time: 1:46AM

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Pivitol 3 points...but I think we'll do it comfortably...
jess_farenesh
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05/12/2009 05:14:00

we need a good win to wipe away the horror of last week.
naija_gooner
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05/12/2009 08:41:00

tough game!
Gooner SA
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05/12/2009 09:20:00

Get behind the boys lads....now is the time they need our support more than ever....we need to help pick them up
naija_gooner
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05/12/2009 10:44:00

Don't know why, I'm nervous again. Well I guess I do know why.
GoonerLou
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05/12/2009 13:09:00

aww for feck sake...
Tom14
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05/12/2009 15:21:00

yay Arshavin should have replaced van Persie from day one.
Tom14
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05/12/2009 15:27:00

I mean seriously, what ***** poor luck is that?
TPowell
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05/12/2009 15:31:00

I want Eboue to score so much now!! :D
GoonerLou
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05/12/2009 15:32:00

i hate not being able to watch matches. forces me to sit through match of the day.
Tom14
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05/12/2009 15:33:00

Er but tom I thought you're an expert in the you-know-what source online.
GoonerLou
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05/12/2009 15:36:00

They are banned at uni.
Tom14
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05/12/2009 15:46:00

ITS LIKE CHINA! But nowhere near similar, if you get me.
Tom14
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05/12/2009 15:47:00

so i guess handballs in the box are no longer penalties?
TPowell
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05/12/2009 15:49:00

Argh, tell me about it - if you get me too! Somehow we're defending okay. Nasri has just taken a shot - pen claim there with the defender apparently raising his arm as the ball flies past him in the box. Half time now.
GoonerLou
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05/12/2009 15:51:00

TP I was amazed too Nasri and AA weren't protesting too persistently. What a bunch of nice guys. lol
GoonerLou
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05/12/2009 15:55:00

Rosicky injured?!?! :S
GoonerLou
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05/12/2009 16:13:00

Back to his best ,AA
ajwb
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05/12/2009 16:15:00

maybe, maybe not, lou
Tom14
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05/12/2009 16:16:00

'boue injured :<
ajwb
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05/12/2009 16:17:00

Sigh, Eboue's limping off. ARGHHHHH
GoonerLou
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05/12/2009 16:19:00

I just hope we don't concede one of those silly late late goals to rue all these chances that we've failed to put away!
deledudu
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05/12/2009 16:34:00

Nice goal from Ramsey
ajwb
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05/12/2009 16:42:00

Thank God for that. Now to relax and enjoy the game.
deledudu
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05/12/2009 16:50:00

Liverpool still 0-0
Tom14
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05/12/2009 16:51:00

GG
ajwb
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05/12/2009 16:58:00

If you look to your right, you'll see Vital Arsenal finally has a new poll!
gunnerkid107
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05/12/2009 17:02:00

Yeah Tom Liverpool are the only thing that's reminding me that it could've been worse and we shouldn't take things for granted... :P
GoonerLou
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05/12/2009 17:07:00

A little off topic, here. Man City V Chelsea: Adebayor has just scored and with his back to goal..... Ooops! Wrong goal.
Naijagunner
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05/12/2009 17:45:00

Boy did we need that win, good to see some nice attacking play, though we should have won more comfortably. And guess which former greedy player just scored an OG verses the chavs LOL.
DBerg
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05/12/2009 17:47:00

Dammit NG you beat me LOL!
DBerg
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05/12/2009 17:48:00

dudu wasn't even in the bench! if only the chavs draw today
Gooner SA
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05/12/2009 17:50:00

Hahaha. Adebayor just made my day!
gunnerkid107
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05/12/2009 17:52:00

Now, the world class striker we sold to Man city goes and score. At the wrong end! Just when you need him to play well for a change.
deledudu
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05/12/2009 17:52:00

....He scores another goal. This time, at the right end. To be fair, City reacted very strongly to going one goal down and put the Chelsea defence under intense pressure, it must be said. Turning out to be an interesting match. Bet Sir Alex is rooting for the Blue half of Manchester today.
Naijagunner
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05/12/2009 18:12:00

As much as it pains me to say I hope for a man city win also.
DBerg
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05/12/2009 18:24:00

Yeah! Points dropped for Chelsea means we are still in with a shout, but will need to get a string of wins going. The 2nd half will be a different Chelsea side, I think.
Naijagunner
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05/12/2009 18:38:00

Well, what do you know? Cech makes the same error Almunia made with the Drogba free kick. Btw, I was wrong, not yet a "different Chelsea side" in the 2nd half. Looking at SWP's runs and contributions, I can only ask; when (O!when) will Walcott come good?
Naijagunner
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05/12/2009 18:52:00

Wenger has said Rosicky's going to be out for a while with a groin injury. How many feckin injuries do we get????
Gooner_Vin
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05/12/2009 18:56:00

Man I hope wenger plays the bloody under-17's for the champions league match we cannot afford anymore injuries (how often do we say that!). Does anyone know how far off are bendtner and clichy to fitness?
DBerg
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05/12/2009 19:11:00

Bendtner and Clichy are about two weeks away. Looking at how City have handled Chelsea points to the reason the Manager stated that the Chavs were beatable. We need to take some lessons from this game, even though we know City only saves up for the big games and will,likely, lose or draw to/with a lower placed team.
Naijagunner
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05/12/2009 19:41:00

but what this game has shown us again is that anyone can be beaten, I just can't help thinking what a great position we would have been in had we beaten Chelsea last weekend.
DBerg
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05/12/2009 20:43:00

Yes Dberg, Wenger said he'd play the youngsters against Olimpiacos for them to show that they could do better than they did at City. He also mentioned that Gallas, Traore and Eboue could be back in a few days (not sure if that's soon enough for the trip to Athens) but Rosicky is out a bit longer... And yes the thought that we could be 5 points or even 2 points behind Chelsea with a game in hand is burning a hole in my brain right now!! >_<
GoonerLou
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06/12/2009 07:55:00

 

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