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Philips Stadion

20th Feb 2007

19:45

Arsenal restart their Champions League campaign on Tuesday as they travel to Eindhoven to face an out of sorts PSV for the first leg of their last 16 tie.

There will be more to this game than the 22 players on the pitch, Arsene Wenger and Ronald Koeman have something of a history. The 2 managers came head to head during Koeman`s stint at Ajax, when Wenger lambasted the Dutchman for his boring tactics.

Since the managers last met Koeman has been the mastermind behind both Liverpool and United`s exit from Europe during his time at Portuguese club Benfica.

The Gunners have suffered one defeat in this season`s competition - an undeserved 1-0 defeat away to CSKA Moscow. A game in which Henry had a goal chalked off in the last minutes of the game for using his mysterious third arm to control the ball before slotting the ball past Igor Akinfeev.

PSV have suffered 2 defeats in the Champions League this season, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool and a 3-1 defeat away to Bordeaux.

Vital Quotes:

Thierry Henry says it would be a 'great feeling' to win the Champions League this season: 'It would be amazing if we won the trophy because I've never won it and the club has never won it,' Henry told Sky Sports. 'So it will be a great feeling.'

PSV Team News:

Portuguese defender Manuel da Costa and midfielder Ibrahim Afellay (both ankle) face a race against time to be fit to face Arsenal.

Player to watch: Jefferson Farfan:

Farfan is PSV's top scorer this season with 16 goals, he is a good all round foward. Despite his impressive 16 goal tally, he isn't the most clinical player in front of goal.

Arsenal Team News:

Julio Baptista, Jens Lehmann, Alex Hleb, Denilson and Johan Djourou all return after sitting out the match against Blackburn for various reasons.

Eboue is still suffering from an ankle injury while Justin Hoyte picked up a hamstring injury against Blackburn.

Theo Walcott will be rested with Sunday's Cup final in mind.

Player to watch: Tomas Rosicky

The Czech midfielder has been in great form recently. Not in terms of goals but his team play and assists have been outstanding.

Form Guide

Arsenal have been in good form since their 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United.

PSV's form would best be described as patchy.

Last 6 games: Arsenal - P6 W3 D3 L0
PSV - P6 W3 D1 L2

Match Prediction:

I'm quite confident about this match. Arsenal are unbeaten in 12 games. I'm going with a 3-1 Arsenal win. Farfan to put PSV ahead before Henry, Rosicky and Hleb strike back to secure a comfortable win for The Arsenal.


Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Monday February 19 2007
Time: 6:03PM

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Comments

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i think we will score, but i think a score draw might be the ticket here, and for us to finish it off at home.. as Henry i too would like to get to the final as i fancy Athens in may, bit of Oozo in the bars and some nice bubble and squeek ladies !!!! erm, i hope mrs gold doesn't read this !
PUREGOLD
19/02/2007 18:08:00
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i predict a 1-2 score .... i am 100 percent confident dat we will reach athens in may....!!
HENRY`14
19/02/2007 18:29:00
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oh boy... wont it be gr8 to win it this year :) too far away right now although i think we are gonna win the game 2-1 tomorrow
Spartan Gooner
19/02/2007 19:34:00
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The news in Holland is that Farfan is struggling to be fit for tomorrow. It could all be bluffing by koeman, but he is definitely a major threat for them and would be a big loss. I will go fo a 2-0 victory. Adebayor and Henry.
Arsenal Almere
19/02/2007 19:48:00
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I'll go with PG on this one. I'm sure we will score and I hope we can pull off a win, but a draw looks realistic. It wont be a bad result too, coz we're unbeaten at home and will surely finish off PSV at the grove.
prits
19/02/2007 19:51:00
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1-2 Rosicky and Ade to do the biz me reckons!
flv
19/02/2007 20:13:00
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we better score! I will be there ffs! Come on Arsenal! Come on Arsenal! Come on Arsenal!
G4L
19/02/2007 20:34:00
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another gibber goal after 4 seconds will do nicely. And then 3 more to follow for the gooners soon after... »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
19/02/2007 22:08:00
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these guys will sit back if past tacics are something to go by. then we will score first which will force them to come out and we,ll finish them off with 2 more quick counter attacking goals from rosicky...(mmmm hat trick)
mish
19/02/2007 22:31:00
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I think this is one game where TH14 will be out to prove his credentials, if not on the score sheet, then in assists. More likely both. I would like to see how this new understanding between him and Adebayor works out in the Champs Lge. Good to see our dynamic midfield (hleb/lil mozart/fabulous) trio to back them up too. 3-1 to the gunners.
Kenyan_Gooner
20/02/2007 06:06:00
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