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Arsenal v. Stoke

Arsenal
vs.
Stoke City

Ashburton Grove

5/12/09

15:00

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


Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Saturday December 5 2009
Time: 1:46AM

Comments

0
Pivitol 3 points...but I think we'll do it comfortably...
jess_farenesh
05/12/2009 05:14:00
0
we need a good win to wipe away the horror of last week.
naija_gooner
05/12/2009 08:41:00
0
tough game!
Gooner SA
05/12/2009 09:20:00
0
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
05/12/2009 10:44:00
0
Don't know why, I'm nervous again. Well I guess I do know why.
GoonerLou
05/12/2009 13:09:00
0
aww for feck sake...
Tom14
05/12/2009 15:21:00
0
yay Arshavin should have replaced van Persie from day one.
Tom14
05/12/2009 15:27:00
0
I mean seriously, what ***** poor luck is that?
TPowell
05/12/2009 15:31:00
0
I want Eboue to score so much now!! :D
GoonerLou
05/12/2009 15:32:00
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i hate not being able to watch matches. forces me to sit through match of the day.
Tom14
05/12/2009 15:33:00
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