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Don’t we just love replays? Player Ratings + Amazing injury news.

Leyton - Arsenal

I was already writing a post on a win but then the tables turned when we had a ‘Tiote Moment’ with a well taken strike from the French man Tehoué. Last minute breakdown and lack of communication was the cause. Wenger used no substitutes at all as he wanted to rest the players considering a week of premiership football & Carling Cup final.

Just when we were anticipating a mouth watering clash with Manchester United at OT, Leyton equalized and we will now have to hold on a bit longer to finish the job (hopefully) at the Emirates.

Almunia: wasn’t really bothered as the orient strike team didn’t pose much of a threat. Could have done better to keep out the goal as the ball went through his legs. 6

Sagna: Composed as always the first choice right back. Available on offense and defense when needed. Could do a bit better with his crossing though. 7

Squllaci: Had to display some level co-ordination in defense playing with someone 12 years younger. Was on hand to make make a block with his face after a well played Orient attack. 7

Miquel: The young 18-year old was shaky at first but settled into the game. Not a bad debut from the Spanish defender snatched up from Barcelona. The next Pique perhaps? Time will tell. 7

Gibbs: Quiet outing for him as he wasn’t really challenged on the flanks by the Orient side. 6

Rosicky (C): Started as captain,hopefully it with affect his overall game play. Started in the middle of the park and spread the ball when needed. Was on hand to score a goal with a well placed header in the 52nd minute for his first goal in an arsenal shirt in over a year. 7.5

Song: Played his defensive role well, was always on hand to bully the Orient midfield when needed. 7

Denilson: A bit sloppy in the middle of the park. Couple of incomplete passes from the Brazilian almost put him in trouble. There’s always room for improvement, though. 6.5

Bendtner: Full of confidence in the early minutes, taking shots at will, something we wish Chamakh did. Fizzled out out later, as his touch became really awful. His major highlight was his cross to Rosicky which led to the goal. 6.5

Chamakh: The Moroccan frontman had something to prove. He cut a frustrated figure atimes and had a couple of chances he didn’t make the best of. Really needs to find that spark he had earlier in the season. 6

Arshavin– Drifted in & out of the game most times. Looked our best bet for a goal and had a chance to score in the 38th minute but couldn’t really wrap his foot on the shot. Lovely run in the 86th minute but was denied by the post. 7.5

Not the best of outings for the Gunners as this was a game we could have easily wrapped up. You would be forgiven to think that Leyton Orient had won the tie judging by their celebrations. All the same, we welcome Leyton Orient with open arms to Emirates. We all know how that’s going to play out but it’s the stress of going through yet another FA Cup replay that annoys me.

It’s all good though, at least we are still in the competition, a team on the West of London will die to be where we are at the the moment.

Oh to be a Gooner!

P.S: ***Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes could be out for up to six weeks after suffering knee injury in training. The keeper is likely to need surgery, meaning that Jose Pinto will be required to deputize during a crucial spell of Barca’s season.***

From wherever your reading this, have an amazing week ahead.

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Let’s get our senses back/Chamberlain deal close?

Leyton Orient chairman

I know a lot of us gooners will still be in cloud 6 (most people left cloud 9 the next day); blown away by our win against arguably the best team in the history of the game. We did not just get a scrappy win, we won after going a goal down with all odds against us. We played the game of our lives and delivered a 2-1 win only a few will begrudge of us. But that’s where it all ends, we have a tougher second leg game in 3 weeks and an equally important game tomorrow.

We visit Leyton Orient tomorrow in the 5th round of the F.A Cup and we’ll definitely be in the highest of spirits following Wednesday’s game. But if we think this is going to be one easy ride into the next round, then we are in for a shocker. Leyton have won their last three games, scoring 10 goals in the process, and undefeated in 11 in all competitions. They have not lost since Brighton’s 5-0 hammering at the Withdean on New Years’ Day and are looking for a 15th home game without loss, having not suffered defeat at Brisbane Road since September.

They are really brimming with confidence and will definitely fancy their chances against an inevitably over-confident Arsenal side. How we manage this is what determines what we leave the game with.

An intriguing part of this tie is what Arsenal team lines up. Will we see most of our regulars rested for the League game against Stoke in midweek? Or will Arsene stick to his words, and give it a go on all four fronts? Personally, I feel Szczesny, Van Persie, and Wilshere should get some rest. Nasri just got back from injury, so this game might just help with his recovery process. Djourou is suffering with a back problem and should not be rushed; Sagna is back from suspension but Walcott has a hamstring problem.We definitely need Cesc to “keep us ticking” and Song to give us some grit, Almunia can return in goal for this one, just to make sure he’s not bored at the club.

Whatever team we line up, they must have it at the back of their minds that we are just 3 games away from another final. Let’s get past them and see what kind of draw we get. My bet is something reminiscent of our Carling Cup run.

Meanwhile, our move for Southampton teenage sensation, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may just have been resuscitated with news that our young goalkeeper just signed for The Saints on loan for a month. It does not add up for us to give out a player on loan to a club that recently denied us the services of one of their players. The only sense I can make out of this is that new events have emerged, and the Shea loan is just a way of solidifying the “friendship” between both clubs. This means we may be getting our man after all. I hope he’s as good as the hype surrounding him.

So we escape the media ballyhoo for a few days and unless we beat them by a very wide margin, we might not make headlines on Monday. This is good for the boys as I think it will make them get away from all the Barcelona hype.

It should be an extremely tough encounter, like the Ipswich one but do not bet against us making the front pages of all papers in England come Monday morning, and for the positive reasons too. We are on a good run, a quarterfinal slot is at stake.Let’s grab this with both hands.


Have fun and enjoy the game wherever you are.

P.S: In a few hours, I’ll be playing competitive soccer with my mates in the school League, so please wish me luck!

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