Monthly Archives: April 2011

Tottenham Vs Arsenal : More Than Just 3 Points At Stake

Good morning to gooners all over the world, and a special one for those of us who still think we have a shout at the title. Of which that shout was thrown another lifeline last night as a determined Toon Army held Man Utd to a goalless draw, normally I’d be excited but each time United play & drop points before us, we go ahead & do exactly the same. Before the players decide to shoot the clubs bid to end the drought again, the might want to consider who our opponents tonight are.

Its the 3rd fixture against our lowly and overly achieving(in the champions league this season) and the reverse league fixture, with the other being in the Carling cup(yeah the same Carling cup in which we were brilliant all the way through & then choked in the final) and I’d rather our players DIE on the pitch than see Sp*ds do a league double over us. We lost the first fixture at home despite going 2 goals up in the first 45 and playing them off the park for 60 minutes only to lose at the death. The last time Sp*ds did a double over Arsenal in the league, dinosaurs were still in existence and we don’t want a repeat of that.

Why? Well winning tonight cuts Utd’s lead to four points and keeps us ahead of Chelski just barely though. So unless we want to fight for 3rd place with City, its best we win and keep fighting. Sp*ds are not exactly at the top of the form table and neither are we so there’s a lot to play, our neighbours on the hunt for fourth place, us the title chase and surviving the pack snapping at our heels then throw in the bragging rights part. A draw is not acceptable.

To team news, (notice how I haven’t mentioned Fabregas’ interview where he apparently said Wenger would have been fired if he was in Spain, he denied saying it that way but its the truth but we don’t need that now) looks like its going to be the same squad going down the road but maybe not the same lineup & formation. A 4-4-2 won’t be a bad idea, or a 4-2-3-1 with Fabregas beside Song, van persie behind either NB52/Chammy with Wilshere on the bench to give us extra goal threat, but I don’t see AW buckling. Sagna returns to the side after missing out at the weekend. So that’s pretty much it. Our away form has topped our home form this season so hopefully we can win tonight.

Possible Formation: 4-2-3-1 : Chezzer-Sagna-Djourou-Kozzer-Clichy-Song-Fabregas-Nasri-Arshavin-RVP-NB52

Prediction : Sp*ds 1 : 3 Arsenal

We’re still keeping the faith not because we’re die hard fans(maybe a little bit) but because we keep getting lifelines, let’s take the initiative tonight and make the title fight one helluva fight.
From wherever you’re reading, have a great day. Your thoughts?

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WHAT A LIST OF ROYAL SCREW UPS!

RVP

Arsenal 2–3 West Brom (League)
Arsenal 0–1 Newcastle (League)
Arsenal 2–3 Spurs (League)
Newcastle 4–4 Arsenal (League)
Arsenal 1–2 Birmingham (Carling Cup)
Man United 2–0 Arsenal (F.A Cup)
Arsenal 1–1 Liverpool (League)

What do these games have in common?

Each of these games represent moments when we were sure of 3 points either before kick off or at half time. But at the end of the game, we managed to throw it all away.

We have mastered the art of using the self-destruct button so much that we cannot be sure of a win until the final whistle is actually blown.

I really can’t be arsed into writing another long report about a team whose players do not seem to care. We were unproductive yesterday; we scored from a penalty in the 7th of 8 minutes of added time. Yet we could not keep our acts together for just over one minute.

The question I keep asking is why this team messes up when the stakes are so high. Now we have moved from challenging for the title to a position where we are not sure of finishing in 2nd place. Yes, we are just 2 points above Chelsea!

If we win the League this season, I will celebrate it, but you’ll all agree with me that we do not deserve it. Man United have shown more mental strength than we have and if they clinch it at the end of the day, they earned it.

However, I’ll keep supporting the Arsenal, come rain, come shine, win or lose!

Have a good day wherever you are reading this from.
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Arsenal vs Liverpool : Match Preview

Greetings Gooners Far & Wide,

Its only right to pay respect to Daniel David Fiszman (9 January 1945 – 12 April 2011). May His Soul Rest in Peace.

Its another cracker tomorrow in the EPL as we welcome Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool to the Emirates. This fixture is one to look forward to as both teams have had their own fair share of ups and downs this season but from where we’re standing, we’re rooting for an Arsenal win.

The team is bolstered by the return of Song for some much needed muscle in mid-field. Djourou and Szczesny also make their return in defense and goal respectively, with rumours of Vermaelen making a bench appearance. So its safe to assume that this is “The return of the first Team”. Kudos to the team that played Blackpool last weekend, Cesc , Wilshere and most surprisingly Diaby who did a fairly good job in the midfield but would need to step up their game against a very determined Liverpool side.

Playing Liverpool earlier this season was not an easy task as we were just able to scrap a point after an own goal by Pepe Reina in the 90th minute of a match that ended 1-1. At this stage of the season its in the Teams best interest not to drop any points so as to keep title dreams alive. With Andy Carrol bagging his first two goals for Liverpool on Monday he will definitely be one to look out for as he has already scored against Arsenal at the Emirates earlier this season and we don’t want him becoming the first player to score against us twice with two different teams at home. January Super signing Luis Suarez would also be another player to look out for, remember how he single handedly bamboozled the entire Manchester United defense? We wouldn’t want a repeat of that, Portuguese man Raul Meireles is also having an amazing season in Liverpool’s colors having scored some crucial goals for them this season.

In general this team is not one to be taken lightly. But if you’re talking of form, one man certainly at the top of that table is Robin Van Persie, who I fancy to grab another goal this weekend.

Possible Formation: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy, Song, Fabregas, Wilshere, Nasri, Van Persie, Walcott.

With 7 games left, let’s hope on the day of that seventh match we would see on our respective TV screen’s “Arsenal’s Recent Form : ” W W W W W W” & with some sort of miracle The EPL will be ours.

From wherever you are, Keep the Arsenal dream alive and let’s do this for Danny Fiszman if not for any other reason.

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Daniel Fiszman Is ‘Alive’, Wenger meets Kroenke & Key Trio Return

Do not be alarmed by the first part of the title, Daniel David Fiszman((9 January 1945 – 12 April 2011) who in my opinion is The Original Mr Arsenal passed away a few days ago after a long battle with illness, our condolences to his family & loved ones. As a 21 year old blogger & Arsenal fan, my knowledge of Danny is rather poor & limited to appreciate all he did for Arsenal in his time, so I’ll just say this, Danny to us Arsenal fans ‘lives on’ and will continue to be amongst us. The Emirates stadium one of his many legacies should serve as a reminder for all of us about how passionate this man was about his club and how he strived hard to take the club to where it is right now, albeit not single handedly. Gone but never will be forgotten. Danny Lives On.

So Arsene Wenger met with prospective owner Kroenke yesterday at the ceremony to honour the late Danny, wonder what the two must have discussed. Oh I know a few things Wenger might have said, 1) keep Fabregas from leaving this summer 2) don’t meddle in team affairs or I’ll go Tasmanian on you and leave 3) Same as number two. And Kroenke would agree with all and tell him one thing “I’ll provide you with the necessary funds and support, but I expect results and eventually trophies and no excuses whatsoever”. There you have it, the best 3 minute convo one could wish for.

We don’t play till sunday and our opponents are the resurgent Kop boys and am just glad we’re playing them at home, after the way they handled City on monday we might be careful the way we decide to approach them, but am not worried, with a full squad we should dispose of them easily and stop Carrol from becoming the first player to score against us twice in one season with two different teams. That would be a pretty cool feat for the youngster though.

Talking about full team and fitness, we’re boosted by the return of Chezzer, Song & Djourou and trust me am very excited to have them back for the run in and the three are most likely to go straight into the line up but sadly enough Sagna is struggling with a knock and could miss the tie so too is Rosicky but I don’t care if he’s out till 2035. Oh yeah not to miss out on the action and news, Tomas Vermaelen has a possibility of playing again this season, as reported by the official Arsenal website so don’t rule him out just yet, he’s going to be our saviour this season. Oh wait, ah nevermind.

Well, its a lovely day out there, so from wherever you’re reading do have a lovely day, if for no other reason the fact that its friday.
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Kroenke’s Revolution Of Arsenal + Szczesny & Djourou Return

Arsenal started this weekend in an unfamiliar position; a side low on confidence was in dire need of a win to revive its feeble fight against another trophyless season. 6 weeks ago, Arsene was talking up our chances of winning all six titles up for grabs, this past week though, he could be heard saying that he was contented with a 2nd place finish for the next 20 years. How fast things change?

At Blackpool, with Almunia ABSENT, Mad Jens made a surprise return to the Arsenal starting 11, injured Alex Song was also replaced by Abou Diaby and Cesc played his 300th game for the club. Both teams started impressively but two quick fire goals from Diaby and Eboue made things a bit comfortable for us. We went into half time with a two goal lead.

Trust Arsenal though, our defence crumbled under pressure and Blackpool pulled one goal back. The dude who wrote the script for our amazing 4-4 draw at Newcastle seemed to have a hand in this one too, only that this time he was kinder with the ending. At 2-1, the game was in the balance, Blackpool with their vociferous fans had the momentum; they kept pushing and it was a matter of which team got the next goal. We could all see a pattern, Spurs, Newcastle… however, the trend did not continue. We managed to keep our calm and Van Persie got the all important winner. 3-1 it ended.

It felt like we had not won a game in years, the players were visibly delighted as was Arsene. The traveling fans were magnificent once again; you could see the relief on their faces and it was great news that we have started winning again. More defining news was to come later in the day though, and at boardroom level too.

On to more important news, Stan Kroenke aka Silent Stan has launched a bid to takeover our beloved club, the news broke just after the win on saturday and has so far being welcomed by almost everyone affiliated with Arsenal. I for one am highly delighted, being clamouring for Peter Hill Wood to leave the helm seeing as he had no plans or no direction whatsoever for Arsenal. Ever since the depature of David Dein, Arsenal has faltered where it matters the most which is on the sporting front but continue to be buoyed on the financial front. Oh well, good times awaits us.

I’m not going to bore you with the boring details of the whole takeover, if you want that, I encourage you to open this link to read and most likely calm whatever fears you have about a takeover. Here you go Is Stan The Man For Arsenal.
But we’ll reveal the basics which most of you would know by now. Kroenke who previously had 29.9% of the shares, moved for the 15.9% owned by Lady Bracewell-Smith and Danny Fiszman’s 17.1 to take his tally to 62.9% and it was revealed that Usmanov who has a 27% stake tried his best to prevent that, thank God he failed. And after that, Kroenke is considering going the whole 9 yards and may even make a bid for Usmanov’s stake who would rather sell off now and make profits than later on.

Becoming the 10th Premier League club to fall into foreign hands is not as bad and won’t be as bad as the others that precedes ours. Most people are not getting their hopes up seeing as this takeover is more of an evolution than a revolution, so expect changes but not wholesale. I’m glad to hear Kroenke call Wenger a fantastic manager and one which he’s planning on building Arsenal’s dynasty with and the feeling is mutual from Wenger who says the American has the club at heart. So there you have it, a union blessed in heaven. Don’t expect a transfer chest come end of season but you can expect funds to be available to purchase players and as for the pre season tour, you can expect the annual Austria trip to be replaced by a tour of the United States.

I sense good times ahead for Arsenal, and this feeling is been shared by fellow fans all around the world. Just imagine being able to compete finally on a fair ground with two or three solid signings and maybe on title next season. I’m sure you like the sound of that. We also got some good news in time for the game against Liverpool at the Emirates, Wojech Sczesney has resumed training and is pressing for a start and AW may hand it to him as he might not want to play Lehmann in back to back games, not to stop there but Johan Djourou too is in contention to start the game but that decision is up to the physios and Le Boss. No news on Song yet so it looks like we’re back to full strength just in time for the title run in which Wilshere still thinks we can win. Your thoughts?

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Diaby Stars As Arsenal Win : The Blackpool Player Ratings.

Surprise start by Lehmann who replaced the ill/injured(depending on who you believe) Almunia. Diaby, Eboue, Fabregas came in for Song, Theo & sagna. 2 goals in each half saw Arsenal run away with the 3 points. Below are the ratings.

Mad Jens7.5
Second First debut for the overly eccentric german. Handled himself well, came out and dealt with crosses, even composed enough to round an on rushing blackpool striker and a good save after Clichy faltered.

Eboue 7.5
Stunning finish from the much maligned overly loved fullback. Ran the wings well and put in one or two tackles and also caught out of position. Good day.

Squillaci 8
High rating because of that last ditch tackle that preceded the 3rd goal. With the game at 2-1 and Blackpool one shot away from levelling, he came through BIG. Probably his first ever tackle since joining Arsenal.

Koscielny7
Was comfortable against the threat of just one Blackpool forward. He was ok throughout and covered well for Clichy.

Clichy6
Would have gotten a 7, but the stupid lapse in concentration in the dying minutes of the game could have cost us. He seems to do it every season, remember City & B’ham a few years back.

Wilshere7
Solid going forward and defending, found himself on the wrong end of the oppositions tackling but his character shone through. Picked up a booking trying to prevent a counter.

Diaby8.5
I think the last time diaby got a rating this high must have been in a Fifa 11 video game. Started the game on fire, profiting from good build up play between Cesc, RVP, Arshavin. He was immense in the midfield and stupidly picked up a booking but showed considerable strength & grit in the second 45.

Fabregas8
Pass after pass, lob after lob, he lost me with his precision and decision making and the number of chances he created in the opening half alone. Set Theo on his way for the assist to RVP’s goal and Arsenal’s 3rd. Good outing.

Nasri7
Not his best game for Arsenal, but for the goalkeeper he would have gotten his name on the score sheet.

Arshavin6.5
Was more out of the game than in the game. Posed little threat but he defended well.

Van Persie7
On another day he could have scored 5. Poor refereeing coupled with profligate finishing cost him. Made amends after being offered a good assist by the speedy Theo

SUBSTITUTES

Walcott7
Came on with the game finely poised and he turned it on its head with his pace and laid on the winning goal for RVP after great play by Eboue, Cesc & Diaby.

GibbsN/A

RamseyN/A.

Man of the MatchAbou Diaby

Good to see us pick up a vital and necessary win. The gap is back to seven points with a game in hand.
From wherever you’re reading have a great day.

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BlackPool Vs Arsenal : The Match Preview

Hallo fellow gooners, sorry I’ve posted nothing in a while, more out of disappointment than anything else and then my work schedule hasn’t quite been forgiving so I’ve had to take a bit of a hiatus whether I wanted to or not (I did actually) but that’s not quite why we’re here is it.

So we have a game against a team that has won just two in their last seventeen games in the league, lying in…well…seventeenth place and we’re in second place. Seems easy enough yes? Well our form’s been pretty horrid and let’s face it if Blackpool’s going to get anything out of this game, now represents their best chance doesn’t it? We’re seven points adrift with a game in hand, we win that we’re actually four points adrift. I can still see United losing two games b4 the end of the season, against Chelsea and against us, so its not all doom and gloom is it?

But then the task at hand is most important.
Now, we’re without Alex Song and that’s a pretty big loss too and Almunia’s in the line up….again so too kozzer and the squid, Samir, Walcott, RVP, and all the usual suspects seem fit and well, so also our captain.

Blackpool have played some pretty neat stuff all season, or have at least tried to, so I suppose they won’t try to park the bus and we’re hoping history repeats itself and we get to hit them for six goals again but I doubt it. Let’s hope Arsene talks major sense into the lads this afternoon and if possible a pre match hair-dryer treatment, cause there’s actually quite a bit to play for in the league still. I mean I cannot remember the last time Arsene said plainly and simply ‘We were not good enough’ after a game.

Gooners we still have an outside chance but it must start today. So let’s keep our chin up and do what we’ve done all season; support our great club
Come on you gooners!!!

ITA

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It’s beef for Ade, Nasri going nowhere + PFA nominations

For all the doom and gloom that has been associated with anything Arsenal over the past week, last night’s Champions League game between Real Madrid and Spurs gave me enough reason to smile. I watched as Real’s £220m starting XI walloped a Spurs team that cost just above £75m, 1,2,3,4 goals to nill. And all I could do was pity a team that was not ready to be where they found themselves. Adebayor renewed his rivalry with the Spurs side and scored two fantastic headers. Not like he did not warn them. So it’s 10 in 13, eh? Well done son.

Make no mistake about it, Spurs have had a dream Champions League debut but it’s been basically trial and error for them. They topped their group but conceded even more goals than us. Then in the round of 16, they played a Milan side that was not interested in playing football. They got an away goal and cancelled each other out in London, booking an appointment with Real.

Quite a number of non Arsenal fans mentioned how far Spurs went and the point that we could not laugh at them since we did not make it that far. Even though we did not make it that far, we can be proud of our achievement; we beat arguably the best team the game has ever seen, in London and lost 3-1 at the Camp Nou. Some Spurs fans point to Peter Crouch’s sending off as the turning point in the game, but the fact is unlike our game against Barca, they were already behind and can have no complaints whatsoever about the decision.

To “more Arsenal” news, Nasri’s agent has confirmed that the French man is happy with us and will not leave during the summer transfer window. Alain Migliaccio pointed out that the 23-year old could be interested in playing in the Serie A but that will not happen next season as the player is focused to do well with Arsenal. Probably our player of the season, Samir has scored 14 goals in all competitions, 9 in the League, 2 in the Champions League, 1 in the F.A. Cup and 2 in the Carling Cup. This is a welcome development as we were already preparing for a summer full of rumours about the futures of Nasri and Cesc.

Meanwhile, the nominations for both the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards have been announced and I am a bit surprised. The nominees for Player of the Year are Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, our own Samir Nasri, Blackpool’s Charlie Adam, Man United’s Nemanja Vidic, West Ham’s Scott Parker and Man City’s Carlos Tevez. I wonder why Van der Vaart and Nani are not on the list. However Nani’s name comes up in the Young Player’s category, alongside Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, Nasri, Jack Wilshere, Manchester City’s Joe Hart and Everton’s Seamus Coleman. So Samir has the chance to make it a clean sweep of both honours, following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo (2006/07) and Andy Gray (1976/77).

As an Arsenal fan I’d like if our players made a clean sweep of the awards, Nasri for the main gong and Wilshere for the young player award, but its rare to see the main gong go to a player whose team didn’t win any trophy unless of course the player in question was excellent all season, so I’d say Vidic is the early front runner for the gong. But everyone on the list deserves it as well.

Still a few days till our next game away at Bloomfield road against B’pool, and NO this won’t be a walk in the park, this is going to be VERY tricky seeing as we’ve stumbled against teams like this and we all know survival sometimes trumps title fight so let’s hope our players can do the deed and finally win a game. Rumours of Song’s injury flaring up again will be softened by the return of fitness to Emanuel Frimpong, the English-Ghanian youngster damaged ligaments in pre-season and played for the reserves yesterday, I hope he’s promoted immediately I really don’t want Denilson in the team again.

From wherever you’re reading, here’s hoping tonight’s game between Utd & Chelski can live up to yesterday’s with goals aplenty.

Yemi Jr

Fab & The Gang Return : The Blackburn Preview

Another must win game. I wonder how many times this has been said or mentioned on blogs and in the media in general. And yet, we’re still in the thick of it with United, BUT make no mistake, we lose this game or drop points coupled with a United victory and its ‘over’. Why? Add a chelski win to any points we may drop and you have us fighting to stay in the top 2 instead of the title.

Mathematically, anyone in the top four can still win the race, but to limit the chances of the 3rd & 4th placed teams, Arsenal & United need to keep winning, most especially Arsenal. Hopefully with some good luck on our side and bad luck on United’s, we can ‘smile to the bank’ come end of May.

Fresh off the dreaded international break, the only casualty seems to be RVP and according to reports, its not that serious. A lot of players were involved during the break with some being used like donkeys e.g Nasri, Wilshere, Bendtner while some got off lightly by playing one game instead of two. Aided by the return of influential captain Fabregas, wing wizard Walcott, Anchorman Song, we’ll be looking for nothing less than the 3 points required and what better way to do that than against Blackburn at the Emirates; but we all know its against teams like this ESPECIALLY at home we always mess it up.

To team news, as said earlier, Fabregas along with Walcott, Song have all returned from various knocks and the likes of Ramsey, Bendtner should be fit to tackle the opposition. Lehmann was a clown in his second audition so Almunia would probably retain his place and the back four too should be unchanged. Due to Wilshere’s involvement in two games in four days, I reckon a rest maybe on the cards for the youngster. As revealed by Arsenal.com, this would be our 50th game this season and even though now is no time to rest players, Wilshere is due rest. So fancy the team to look something like this.

    Almunia

Sagna Squillaci Kozzer Clichy

Song Fabregas Nasri

Walcott RVP Arshavin

So there we have it. Players are back, most of them fresh and relaxed and roaring to go. I feel Theo is going to be key in our title run in so it would be great if he doesn’t get injured again. 3 points and we’re still in it, dropping points coupled with Chelski picking up points, puts us in between a rock and a hard place. I don’t mind us conceding silly goals, (let’s accept it that with the CB pairing we will) so long we score in abundance in the same game.

From wherever you’re reading, do have a swell day. Faf would be here with the ratings come Saturday evening.

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