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Udinese vs. Arsenal

Stadio Friuli,

24th August


Match Preview: Udinese vs Arsenal

Arsenal head to Italy holding a slender 1 goal advantage of the Italian side after emerging with an important clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Udinese last week.

Our Champions League season hangs in the balance tonight as we play one of the most important matches in recent history. Not only is a result important to our progression, it`s important to our belief, to our fans, to our potential transfer dealings.

The game is massive.

Vital Quotes:

Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin: "The second-leg will be more difficult than the first, It will be even harder because we have to try and score, but we must also maintain our balance."

'We cannot leave Arsenal open spaces as they are fast and can hurt us even further. Everything must be done right and we will also need a slice of luck.'

Emmanuel Frimpong in response to Jack Wilshere`s 'goodbye Nasri` Tweet: Pfffff comeon Jack.

Udinese Team News:

I`ve not read anything regarding Udinese team news so will pressume they will set up in much the same manner as the first leg. The had us on the back foot for most of the second half and they will have home advantage this time.

Player to watch: Antonio Di Natale

As with last week, Di Natale is the danger man. He proved to Arsenal last week how clever is movement is and he's deadly from a set piece.

Keep him quiet and we're in with a shout.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal will be without Na$ri (obviously), Koscielny injured his back versus Liverpool, Jack Wilshere had a set back and Abou Diaby broke a finger nail.

Johan Djourou will face a late fitness test, Song and Gervinho will get a breif reprive from their susspensions as we play in Europe and manager Arsene Wenger will be allowed in the dugout after UFEA granted him a delay in his appeal hearing.

Player to watch: Thomas Vermaelen

With goals hard to come by so far this season the preservation of a clean sheet in Italy is vital.

Vermaelen was outstanding at the weekend, and another peformance like that will surely see us through.

Match Facts & Stats

Arsenal have never lost a Champions League qualifier match, and if that stat remains in tact tonight we`ll be in the CL for the 14th consecutive season.

Match Prediction:

I'm going for a very nervy 1-0 win to the Gunners

Next Fixture:

Manchester United (a)

The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 24 2011

Time: 9:36AM

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The game couldn't be more important than it already is. Arsenal targets may track the result tonight as well. Big night for us and we have many experienced players like RvP, Arshavin, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Song, Gervinho, Sagna, Djourou and Theo who have experience in the CL qualifying and group stages. Hope they show their experience and commitment today.
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24/08/2011 10:33:00

Yeah, targets may well be hanging-on to make sure we're in the CL before signing... I feel more confident now that we've got more first-teamers available. Up the Arse!
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24/08/2011 11:16:00

Strangely enough I am quietly optimistic for tonight, don't ask me why but I am.
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24/08/2011 11:19:00

If Arshavin is played on the wing instead of behind the striker when we such a paucity of playmakers it will be safe to say that AW does not rate him as a playmaker. Both Gervinho and Walcott are in better form on the flanks and one will be stunned if AA starts there.
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24/08/2011 11:28:00

Be prepared for AA to start on the wing.....
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24/08/2011 11:47:00

Your optimism is remarkable Armory.
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24/08/2011 11:51:00

Nope just used to the managers little quirks. Still believe we will get through tonight though.
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24/08/2011 11:56:00

Wow, it's only the 24th of August and We are already facing a Season Make or Break Game! I've grown my finger nails just for Tonight!
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24/08/2011 12:55:00

Squeaky Bum Time!!!.Well,I'm actually quietly confident that although it promises to be a nervy night in Udine for the lads,We'll acually win comfortably eventually by 3-0 and 4-0 on aggregate.For once we've got a keeper who can keep us in a game with some crucial saves when it matters!!(Is "Aluminium" still at the club??...tosser!!) C'mmon you Reds!!!!
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24/08/2011 13:05:00

I think we'll do it. It's just unthinkable to be listening to that famous music on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and not being able to watch Arsenal. We'll do it boys. We've still got some good players who can punish any mistake. 1 piece of brilliance from RvP, Gervinho or Arshavin and we're through. There's no way Vermaelen will let us concede 3. No way.
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24/08/2011 13:19:00

Hopefully another England in Rome '97 moment....
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24/08/2011 13:19:00

Good luck for tonight, my prediciton is you'll scrape through with a 0-0er. And before you all scream at me for that, you'd take it wouldn't you?
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24/08/2011 13:29:00

Of course. 0-0ers away from home in the CL are bread and butter. That said I still think we'll get a win.
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24/08/2011 13:40:00

Assuming you lot can get 11 together for your cup final tonight, and someone to pick the team and stand on the touchline, I just wanted to wish you all the very worst of luck. I hope you get a good pasting and are duely knocked out of the CL. .... Don't worry I'm sure you'll cheer up in time to fair better than we did against the Manc's.
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24/08/2011 15:16:00

We won't go the 90 minutes without conceding, so will have to score. Need Arshavin to put in a performance, he's been woeful in recent times and not befitting a 16m man. RVP needs service (in other words, Cesc). Gervinho needs an end product. Frimpong needs to keep his head. I don't see us surviving tbh.
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24/08/2011 15:17:00

The emergance of Frimpong is making me excited to watch Arsenal,this boy has got arsenal running through his blood,and he is dam good!already his comments are already making him one of my favs.I would rather watch him play with the passion and desire knowing that he genuinly loves this great club,than some money grabing ******** merscenary,if it wasn`t for his leg break last season we would have seen him sooner.He along with jack will soon be the heart of the club with pure Aresnal DNA that no amount of money can buy.
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24/08/2011 15:22:00

Rocky, if we dont score then two goals are enough from their end to knock us out. We need to score today because we are best when are attacking and whenever we solely defend we inevitably lose because thats not our style.
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24/08/2011 15:34:00

whats to say the europa league wouldn`t be good for one season,win it(Fulham got to the last final) and it would give this young team a massive boost,qualify for the CL and eventully we will lose to the officals who want to see spanish or the mancs taking up the final places.realistly i don`t think we would the CL this season with what other team have invested in,but i think we could next season if all goes well this one
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24/08/2011 15:34:00

Don't kid yourslef arsenor - they may have come through the youth system at arsenal, they may even be boyhood fans, but footballers and their agents are out to look after themselves, and if l'arse don't make the Champions League for a few seasons will you really be that shocked if either Frimpong or Wilshere move on to better their careers? Jumpers for goalposts and other fond memories of the past are just that - memories.
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24/08/2011 16:04:00

We were surprised how good Roma, Shakhtar and other clubs are at their own stadiums and I think we will be surprised by the intensity, work rate and commitment that Udinese will display tonight. Expecting a score draw as a best case scenario not a clear cut 2-0 win to us.
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24/08/2011 16:06:00

We need to defend a one goal lead, and this team is not good enough to do that. So, we need to score, and that is going to be difficult, considering there is little creativity in mid field. It will have to be from one good move, or a good solo goal from RvP (who is not having a great start to the season), or one of Gervinho, Arshavin or Theo. I dont have a very good feeling about this. I'd love a 0-0, if thats what it takes.
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24/08/2011 16:10:00

It's going to be very nervy tonight for fans and players. Considering how they outplayed us for periods in the game, I have no doubt Udinese will put us under a lot of pressure all through the game. If we can just get the 1st goal, that will serve to swing the balance somewhat. We should just scrape through, though, considering pedigree.
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24/08/2011 17:01:00

just heard that everton have turned down a 15 million pound bid by us for jagielka they want 18 million for gods sake arsenal pay it and stop frigging around time is running short
cornish gooner
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24/08/2011 17:02:00

18m for Jags is quite steep, but this wouldn't have been so if we didn't wait this long and now appear desperate. But, I agree: Pay it and let's move on.
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24/08/2011 17:23:00

Is it fair to say that this game could shape the next 3-5 years of Arsenal Football Club?
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24/08/2011 17:44:00

Fenerbache have just been kicked out of the Champions League for match fixing...though there has been no official statement on who/how they will replace them for tommorow's draw, there could be a situation where the place is given to the highest placed team in the runner-ups, which f you were to lose tonight would be you i believe. So dont take this as gospel, it is mainly based on my opinion at the moment but even if you do lose tonight (which i reckon you wont but anyway) you could STILL make it into the draw tommorow. Ease a few nerves or not? lol
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24/08/2011 18:00:00

I hope you get a pasting, all delivered to us in glorious technicolour. But if you win, given the extraordinary level of pressure and negativity around the club, then you deserve credit for that.
Tony Rocky Horror
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24/08/2011 18:38:00

Nah U4L I still think we are going to win this.
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24/08/2011 19:04:00

Good call Armory!
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24/08/2011 21:50:00

stick that in your pipe and smoke it TRH and YidEdy!
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24/08/2011 22:38:00


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