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Let’s get this done…no drama!

Training to destroy

I guess it is only fair to say everyone had a very good weekend Arsenally (yeah, that’s a new word from me), considering the fact that we got all three points on the same day Manchester United and Chelsea dropped two each. I wish I had something to say about Liverpool but apparently they have more games than points which is rather sad for a club of their pedigree. But that is not why I’m writing this, so I won’t get all emotional over their plight. I’m simply trying to put you in the right frame of mind, going into our Champions League Match against Shakhtar Donetsk tonight.

First let’s take a look at the facts, Arsenal have won three of their four Champions League home games against Ukrainian opposition, the exception being a 1-1 draw with Dynamo Kiev played at Wembley Stadium in 1998. Arsenal and Shakhtar were drawn against each other in the 2000-01 Champions League Group Stage and the Gunners came back from 0-2 down to win 3-2 thanks to two late Martin Keown goals; remember his celebration?

We have only lost two of our last 35 Champions league home matches and those were both against English opposition.Also, Arsenal have only lost two of their last 35 Champions League home matches and those were both against English opposition(United and Chelsea, I guess). The Ukrainian champions also have 6 points from two games so the boys should not assume this would be a walkover. It is like a battle for the top spot!

There is a man in the middle of all these, a certain Crozilian, Eduardo Da Silva and he might play a part in Shakhtar Donetsk attack. In his press conference,Eduardo got very emotional and touched on a few things.
Said he,

“I don’t think I’ll celebrate if I score. I had great moments there and I have respect for the supporters, for Mr Wenger and the club”.

WE HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT AND LOTS OF LOVE FOR YOU TOO DUDU!!!

Seven of Dudu’s eleven appearances for the Ukrainian champions have come from the bench and he also has four goals to his name. Not a bad start, you say?

Arsenal are set to welcome back inspirational captain Cesc Fabregas as he has returned to the squad over the weekend although a starting place is not guaranteed, with Arsene Wenger saying on the club’s official website that he did not know whether or not to start him. My guess is we’ll see the same team that started on Saturday with maybe the exception of Theo on the right. Cesc and Nikky B should be on the bench. Everyone is rooting for Theo to play and work some of that “Usain Bolt magic” .

So, we need to get this game behind us and focus on the Citeh game. We started the engine well against Birmingham, so we should have enough to finish off this game early and rest some of our best legs for the cracker against the Northern Chavs. I’m looking forward to a huge win, reminiscent of those great European nights at the Grove, 3-0 , 4-0, 5-0 perhaps; or will we be stunned again? I really hope not because I’m not in the mood for any drama whatsoever.

Probable Starting XI: Fabianski; Eboue, Squillaci, Djourou, Clichy; Nasri, Song, Wilshere; Walcott, Chamakh, Arshavin.

We are the Arsenal, let’s do this!

From wherever you are reading, have fun still. It may be an unforgettable night.
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What Arsenal team will show up against Partizan?

Wenger thinks of what to do

Okay, I am done sulking and making noise simply because we lost over the weekend. Yes, we lost to West Brom, yes, Odemwingie ripped into our defence, yes we conceded 3 goals, so what? Even Barcelona lost at home to Hercules and still bounced back in style in the next game. So who says we won’t win the league because we dropped 3 points in week 6? There are still 32 odd games to go and the faster we got this behind us, the better.

We travel to Serbia on tomorrow (Tuesday) to face Partizan Belgrade. They lost on Matchday 1 to Shakhtar Donetsk so they will be desperate to impress in front of their home crowd. The squad list was released some hours ago and some names were notable absentees.

Arsenal squad to face Partizan Belgrade:

21. Lukasz Fabianski
53. Wojciech Szczesny
3. Bacary Sagna
22. Gael Clichy
6. Laurent Koscielny
7. Tomas Rosicky
8. Samir Nasri
11. Carlos Vela
15. Denilson
17. Alex Song
18. Sebastien Squillaci
19. Jack Wilshere
20. Johan Djourou
27. Emmanuel Eboue
23. Andrey Arshavin
29. Marouane Chamakh
28. Kieran Gibbs
46. Henri Lansbury

Diaby and Almunia are the most notable names missing from the squad travelling to Serbia. Almunia reportedly has an elbow injury and will be out for some time, while Diaby has been dropped from the squad after his dismal showing over the weekend. He was obviously not fit against West Brom and made us pay for his lack of fitness.

So, Fabianski is poised to replace the injured Almunia, Gibbs also makes the squad following a return from the foot injury sustained against the Spuds. Lansbury is rewarded for an outstanding performance against Spurs as he also travels with the team. It should be noted that we are still without Fabregas, Robin, Theo, Bendtner and Vermaelen, although Cesc and TV5 may make the team for the crunch tie over the weekend. Partizan Belgrade are back in the Champions League after a 7 year absence and will be out to show what they have learnt during that time. Arsene recognizes the importance of bouncing back with an assured performance.

It is important to get a good result against Partizan Belgrade. First of all, it gives us a good opportunity to qualify if we can then win our home game afterwards. As well, it is important before going to Chelsea that we have a good performance”.

We need the sort of response the boys gave at Shite Hart lane after the Sunderland game.This is to hoping our boys can put up a classy performance, play beautiful football, score goals and most importantly get our season back on track. We need a big boost before the game against Chelski this weekend, and a huge win will go a long way in lifting the spirits around the club.

Keep the faith gooners, it just might be one of those magic European nights for us. It’s me again, back from my three-month break, doing my thing for Memoirs of a Gooner.

C’mon you Reds, let’s do this!

From wherever you are reading, have fun.
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Emirate Cup Begins: The Young Guns To Watch Out For

Come one ,Come all. Its the start of another season of wonderful football from your one and only Arsenal Football Club. In usual tradition a couple of pre-season matches have gone down and we round it up with the Emirates Cup.

In normal fashion, Le Boss renowned for his tightfisted approach when it comes to new signings would be giving the younger players a run out on the pitch. Watch out for a couple who could break their way into the first team this coming season. Players such as Wilshere, back from his loan at Bolton, got plenty playing time and his overall game would have increased considerably. Other players to watch out for are Simpson who netted a brace against Barnett, Gibbs,Frimpong just to mention a few. So we’ll be taking a look at what makes these youngster’s the one’s to look at for.

Emmanuel Frimpong
A powerful midfielder with poise on the ball, and unrivalled ability to make the transmission between defense and attack. Although Ghanian born, he has played for England at youth level and has been identified as one with a genuine chance of making the grade at Arsenal. Already eighteen, he played in last season’s FA Youth Cup final and was handed a starting role against Barnett last week and his display was beyond his years as his terrier like tackling and darting attackin runs were a joy to behold. Also a threat from set-pieces. Could this be our new Vieira???

Henri Lansbury
A strong, aggressive and talented central midfield playmaker, able to play on the wings as well. He shone during a loan spell with Watford last season alongside Man Utd’s Tom Cleverly, where he scored 4 goals in 16 games. Made a cameo appearance against Barnett and showed some good touches.

Jack Wilshere
This young man needs no introduction to Arsenal fans. Already the youngest goal scorer in the history of our club and youngest player to ever play for the first team. A dimunitive playmaker/attacker who has been earmarked for a future spot in d English starting 11 thanks to his surging runs,eye for a killer pass and composure reminiscent of Dennis Bergkamp. He made 7 first team appearances last season before going on loan to Bolton where he drew plaudits for his maturity,physical and Mental strength and also grabbing his first premier league goal against West Ham.

Other players to look out for include Jay Simpson who is currently fighting for his Arsenal after 3 seasons out on loan. Keiran Gibbs who can be considered a senior youngster even though he’s just 19,will be a welcomed face after missing the last half of the season due to injury. Nordveit is another player after spending the whole of last season on loan in the german bundesliga. The jury is still out on the new signings so the Emirates Cup would provide the perfect platter to put to bed any doubts.

From wherever you’re reading this have a fun-filled day as you sit back and enjoy the tournament.

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