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Spare the Guy….We won 5-1…Move on to the next game!

August 27, 2009 3 comments

We have finally qualified for the champions league and showed everyone that we can compete well even with all the summer departures and lack of new signings. F*ck we never get credit for anything. As I woke up and read the news paper today all I could read was headlines calling Eduardo a cheat,diver blah blah blah…Did they forget we won 5-1? Did they forget that Celtic were totally outclassed even with all the stars missing from yesterday’s line up? I say let them do the crap talking, we have qualified for the CL, have got the qualification money in the bag and are doing pretty well.

Talking of yesterday’s game I was a bit surprised by the line up considering Wenger’s statement regarding the importance of the game. It was pretty much over when we won the first leg 2 nil but it was a risk to start with such a line up. Again it was proved that Wenger does know what he is doing. We won comfortably and dominated the game. I think Eboue has had a nice pep talk delivered to him by Wenger which is certainly showing off in his performances. It’s great news that he will be staying with us. His finishing and overall game has improved a great deal and I can see him playing a very important role this campaign.Also Eduardo looked great as did Nicklas Bendtner. Bendtner’s clever flick which resulted in the 2nd goal was a treat to watch and as was Arshavin’s finishing. The guy is true class and show what great players can do. Note to Wenger: Buying experienced and true class players is a good idea! Should do it more. As far as defenders are concerned Vermaelen and Gallas seemed to be a match made in heaven. They look good every game but really need to stop switching off towards the end and stop teams from scoring that ‘consolation’ goal.

Star of the Match: Eboue.

Coming back to the topic which interests everyone this morning.Sure it was not a penalty.But did you see Eduardo asking for the penalty? Did he do a “Ballack” style run towards the official? Did he cry and moan about it? If Eduardo gets a ban for that I think Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo should be banned for life. You got to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. FFS he suffered a horrific leg break a year back and might be a case where he was being cautious and trying to get out of the way and fell. I really don’t think it should be made such a huge issue since it really didn’t matter much. 5-1 was the final score line and I really didn’t see Celtic creating too many opportunities to actually make it difficult for us.

Anyway we looked solid at the back,midfielders also put in a good shift and strikers also did well. No complaints really but it’s how we perform on Saturday is what is going to matter the most and give an indication of what to expect. I’m sure we’ll be having Arshavin,RVP and hopefully Cesc back in the line up for the trip to OT.

Cheers and Keep Gunning!

It’s the Emirates this time..not Celtic Park…Let’s show them the real atmosphere.Match Preview.

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

It’s the return leg of the CL qualification tie which attracted great attention across Europe as the battle of the British teams and to see if Arsenal can cope with the summer departures.We won Round 1 comfortably and now it’s just a case of doing well and sealing the qualification. Wenger has already warned the players not to get complacent with probably the prestige and history of the club at stake but if recent form is to go by, Arsenal will come out winners comfortably and progress with a renewed aim of winning the coveted trophy for the first time.It’s hard to not think about the fixture against ManUtd at the weekend but I’m sure all the players will be focussed on the job at hand. Although Wenger would like to keep all his players fit and fresh for the trip to OT, he would also know that the tie is not over yet.

First leg fixture saw us dominate the game for large parts of the game with the odd counter attack causing some trouble at the back. We won by two goals,kept a clean sheet and were not really troubled by the much hyped atmosphere at Celtic Park.It’s not Celtic Park this time though, it’s the Emirates and Arsenal boast a proud record at home in the champions league. The key would be to score early and take the fizz out of the Bhoys. It will also then give an opportunity for Wenger to substitute some of the stars and keep them fresh for the United fixture.Diaby,Ramsey and Eduardo all looked good in the Portsmouth game and with Fabregas ruled out with injury,Ramsey looks certain to fill the void. Also Diaby is certain to start the game which means only one of Song or Denilson will get the nod for this game. We have looked pretty solid at the back with Gallas and Vermaelen forming a great partnership but I’d like to see Eboue at RB instead of Sagna. Eboue impressed at the weekend and has certainly worked on his crossing something which Sagna still needs to do. Although it’s difficult to see Eboue start the tie if Wenger wants to sell him before the transfer window closes which I hope is not the case. He is a great utility player and I really don’t want to see him leave. The great news is that Rosicky is fit and ready to start but has not been included in the squad for Celtic. He is expected to play some part in the weekend clash though. With Wenger quite happy with the new formation I expect him to start the same against Celtic with Ramsey filling in for the Captain.

Squad Prediction: (4-3-3)

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Subs:Denilson,Silvestre,Eboue,Eduardo,Wilshere,Merida,Mannone.

Score Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Celtic

It’s going to be cracker of a game tomorrow and the perfect preparation for the visit to OT. I hope to see Arsenal come out all guns blazing and finish off the game early.

So What is your prediction for the game?

Cheers and Keep Gunning!

Celtic Park – Fortress? Arsenal lucky??Cmon Give us Some Credit…

August 19, 2009 4 comments

So we have all but qualified for the group stages unless our defence goes on a holiday and we have Jack Wilshere playing in goal for the return leg. We are just the 2nd British team to win at Celtic park and considering the likes of Milan,Barcelona and ManUtd couldn’t do it, it is certainly an achievement. And those talking of how lucky Arsenal were I think should go and check the game stats. We dominated possession,had 3 times more shots on goal and certainly didn’t look like giving a goal away. A slice of luck in both the goals but it was down to how we created the chances and forced the goals.We score 6 goals against Everton at Goodison Park and are told that Lescott wasn’t in the right frame of mind….I really don’t know what Arsenal need to do to get people believing and appreciating them.Anyway we don’t mind what people say as long as we keep winning.

Talking of the game, Celtic had certainly planned to disrupt our passing game by going hard at us and playing long balls up field.It wasn’t going to work today with Gallas and Vermaelen forming what looks like to be a very very good partnership at the back.Once Arsenal got into the groove there was no looking back. Arsenal fielding the same XI from the weekend seemed to have great cohesion and were creating alot of chances.I have to say Song looked really up for it in the midfield and has certainly improved from last year. Another notable performance came from Vermaelen who seems to be adapting pretty quickly to our style of play and certainly reads the game very well. And Gallas who seems to be intent on being in the top scorers this season put in a good shift at the back and chipped in with his one goal which he celebrated as if it was practised all week.Anyway a good performance all round which will certainly give the team a lot of confidence.

Next up is Portsmouth before the return leg.It’s going to be interesting to see how Wenger rotates the players for that game since we have Man Utd and ManCity coming up. It also remains to be seen if Wenger adds some new names to the team before the window shuts.Van der Vaart,Hangeland,Matuidi are the names floating around at the moment. It looks pretty good right now at the Emirates. Hope the players keep the same levels all year round and finally land some silverware.

 

Player Raitings:

Manuel Almunia: Didn’t have alot to do in the game but did look solid. 7/10

Bacary Sagna: Need to work on his crossing other than that he was good. 7/10

Gallas: Solid at the back,Nice runs forward and also scored a goal. Came up with an important block to deny a goal and helped us keep a clean sheet.  8.5/10

Vermaelen: Has the pace and reads the game very well. 9/10

Clichy: Need to work on his positioning and concentrate more on his defensive duties.Did provide a good cross for the second goal though. 6.5/10

Song: Looks really good this season but needs to concentrate for the whole 90mins.Seems to take his mind off towards the end of the game. 7/10

Denilson: Wasn’t seen too much,had a shot on goal and didn’t really make an impact. 6.5/10

Fabregas: Looked good in the midfield,had a nice game setting up chances and also took the free kick which resulted in the goal. 7.5/10

Arshavin: Had a goal disallowed and didn’t really make a big impact. 7/10

Bendtner: Not much to do,I’m not sure he is enjoying his role on the Right Wing. 6.5/10

RVP: Didn’t make alot of effort yesterday,seemed to lack some kind of motivation. Had a couple of week shots on target. 6.5/10

MAN OF THE MATCH: Vermaelen .

 

 

Cheers and Keep Gunning!

Another ‘Arshavin like’ signing on the cards? and Arsenal vs Celtic in CL..

August 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Arsenal fans should ready themselves for another last minute signing as Wenger revealed his transfer plans in a press conference last evening.

“We can still make do with one or two players more. One could be in the defensive areas, and one in the attacking areas. We make a few enquires for players, but we are nowhere near to signing anybody at the moment. Usually the transfer market only speeds up from August 26 up to midnight on August 31 – and especially in the last two hours.”

Now we have a better idea of what to expect from Wenger this summer. Chamakh is the player heading the players list for  “attacking area”. Chamakh would only be a luxury signing but we all know Wenger’s addiction to attacking football. A DM and CB is what we need the most but now that he has revealed his plans we should expect just one of the two. A CB looks more likely with Senderos almost certain to leave before the season starts. Wenger did give a hint that he would be interested Hangeland if Senderos left which could only be good news for Arsenal fans. Senderos is a good player but we would rather have a tall and no-nonsense defender like Hangeland in. I really don’t see the reason to wait till the last week when we have our targets set and money in hand. But again it’s Wenger and Arsenal we are talking about and i am sure not many fans would be surprised if went to the wire or even a day after the window closed.

Also he’s been quite relaxed on the PV front too which doesn’t sound too good. So we should be ready for another season of Song and Denilson  and Diaby in the midfield. Oh! Diaby is injured too!..

In the CL draw Arsenal will face Celtic in their qualification for the group stages.It’s not going to be easy but even with the current sqaud i think we have enough quality to go through. If Not…It’s not going to be sunny at Emirates this season.

Next up is Arsenal vs Valencia which should be a good game before the season starts.

Till then

Cheers and Keep Gunning!