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Ramsey Dents United’s Title Bid : The Player Ratings

On a sun kissed afternoon with little to play for but our pride, we delivered a solid performance at the back and in attack. You could blame United’s abject play on fatigue but who cares??? The referee and his assistants did their best to ‘assist’ United but were foiled by a lone goal from Ramsey.

Szczesny- 7.5
The big man was rarely troubled in goal today, and made two big saves in the second half. Let’s end the argument of a new keeper because he’s here to stay.

Sagna 7
Solid at back and dangerous going forward even though none of his crosses found a man which can’t be blamed on him. Good outing

Djourou 8
How many times will Djourou’s commanding presence be the difference for us this season? I’ve lost count. Won all tussles with Rooney and then made the goal happy Chicharito look like Emile Heskey. Shoe in for MOTM

Koscielny8
Won all aerial balls he contested and shackled Rooney. Solid all through and confident enough to go on marauding runs on more than one occasion.

Clichy7.5
Not in a long time have I seen so much passion, desire and grit from Clichy. Bar the Fabio opportunity, he gave Nani no joy whatsoever and he assisted in attack when called upon.

Wilshere7
The young man should have scored two today for his poor finishing. Needs to work on that, asides that, along with Song he shielded the back, got forward when necessary and his interplay with Ramsey in the second 45 was a joy to behold.

Song7.5
He was so dirty and so clean and had me shouting at the top of my voice with his niggly fouls but he was an absolute beast in the first 45. Frustrated Rooney to the point of handbags. The booking the only blot on his copy book

Ramsey8.5
WOW!!! Just wow from the Welsh firebrand. Absolutely everywhere in the game. In the first half he completed more attacking passes than anyone(29), he defended well and showed heart and energy throughout the second half. What ankle injury??? ***MOTM***

Walcott7
His start to every game is always so bright and effervescent, had the beating of Evra in the opening stages and put in great crosses.

Nasri6
Not his best game in an Arsenal shirt. Wasn’t given as much freedom as he would have liked and picked up an injury which prevented him from appearing for the 2nd half.

Van Persie7.5
Played the roles of play maker, target man and shadow marker throughout the game. Dazzling footwork to create the chance for Ramsey who buried it without hesitating.

SUBSTITUTES

Arshavin6.5
Defended more than he attacked as evidenced by his 4 interceptions and the shot he blocked. Won some tackles as well.

Squillaci6
Slotted in nicely into the heart of defence and made no mistakes.

Eboue5
Came on with the game virtually won.

Well there you have it, another twist in the title race and the result for once favours us. If only we had avoided those silly draws, we’ll be closer to the title than the others.

From wherever you’re reading, have a swell day.

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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.
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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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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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Man Utd Vs Arsenal : FA Cup Quarter Final Preview

You don’t know how glad I am that there’s finally a game to play, and its one between the two most successful sides in the FA Cup history. The fallout and noise and accusations and charges that flew around after the Barca game was getting too much. Its this simple, Barca taught us a footballing lesson. Why? We sold out our footballing values. And it was compounded by RVP’s sending off at a vital point. We all know how the rest of the story goes. Its saturday and we have our season to fight for. So too does United.

Unlike previous encounters in the cup, this one is probably the most important to us both since the 2005 final(I’d give anything for the same outcome today with us progressing) seeing as failure for us to progress leaves us with just the league to focus on while United would want to avoid what everyone is calling a ‘mini meltdown’. None of these teams likes to play weakened teams against each other but United would be keeping an eye on the UCL game on tuesday and I say they have the advantage on us seeing as they haven’t kicked ball in seven days, but neither have we kicked ball since Saturday(seeing as all we did at the Camp Nou was chase the ball for 90 mins)

To team news, like we’re used to, important players always pick up knocks around this time and they haven’t failed to deliver, Fabregas(hamstring), Song(Knee), Walcott(ankle), Chezzer(finger), Vermaelen(some mysterious ancient injury that has no cure) are all missing for us meaning we should still have a solid first 11 but a mediocre bench. Good times. We can take comfort in the fact that manure have their share of absentees, Nani, Park(our tormentor), Ferdinand, Valencia won’t feature.

I’m hoping SAF does us favour by starting say, Obertan, Brown, Gibson, then we can re-enact the murder at Anfield last week. Simply put, we have to win this game, by any means, yes its at OT, so what? Its not Nou Camp and they’re not Barca but neither were Sunderland when we drew blanks. We can afford that, drawing blanks that is, but I’d rather play this tie once and avoid a replay. We need to win something this season and even though most people want the league I want the league and cup double and a win today keeps that dream alive

Possible Formation

      Almunia

Sagna Kozzer Djourou Gibbs

    Wilshere Diaby

Bendtner Nasri Arshavin

      RVP

Well let’s hope for a great spectacle today shorn of moronic refereeing decisions and horrific injuries. Hopefully get an early goal and see Rambo come on for the last fifteen minutes to grab the winner.

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Song Out For Barca Tie, Fabregas Returns

***UPDATE*** The post had to be tweaked a little to bring you news that just reached us from Arsenal which is Fabregas is 90% fit to face Barca while Alex Song is definitely out ouf the tie, which might see Diaby deputise for him.

Morning to all you readers out there, what a weekend. First we blow the chance to eat well into Manure’s lead and then Lady luck favours us as Manure were ‘Kuyt Napping’ at Anfield. Get the joke? Oh well unto the tie which Arsene Wenger blamed as being a distraction for the players against S’land. Its Barca at the Nou Camp.

Ever since the first leg was concluded, the odds slightly shifted in our favour to progress at their expense but in that period we’ve lost the Carling Cup to B’ham, defeated Orient by 5 goals and found Sunderland impossible to beat not to mention the injuries to key players RVP(in the form of his life), Fabregas(who is fit to start on tuesday) and Song(already ruled out by some media outlets).

I really hope we won’t have to point to their absence as an excuse should we not progress after all they have problems of their own with their first choice centre back pair (Puyol and Pique) missing through injury and suspension. Barca have never been known for their defensive prowess so it might not bother them a lot but I sense it will depending on the forward who plays for us. Should we go with Bendtner who flattered to deceive on Saturday after bagging a hat-trick against Orient, or go with the more seasoned Chamakh who looks to be returning to full fitness? Whoever gets the nod must play like Tevez or Ji Sun Park come that night.

Another scare was avoided after Wilshere picked up a knock only for him to assure Arsenal fans via his twitter account that he’s fit. Whew. Thank God for that. The midfield is where the game would be won. We don’t want to speculate on team news for now till Arsene gives his press conference but am guessing at least two enforced changes would be made with Sagna returning from a suspension, and Arshavin for the injured Theo.

Whatever the team, whoever plays must give 150% on the pitch and if there must, ‘Let there be blood‘ Fabregas for the inspiration, Nasri for the spark and creativity, Wilshere for the hardwork and doggedness and the defence for a mission impossible, which is to keep Barca from scoring. If we score first, we’ll be home and dry that I know of.

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Arsenal Choke…. AGAIN : Sunderland Player Ratings

We’ve seen it happen over and over again. Arsenal FC’s fetish with De Ja Vu’s is really appalling. How can you continue to blow away chance after chance to either win the title or close the gap on the leaders? Are we cursed as a club or is winning a trophy, any trophy unattainable heights for Arsenal or are our players werewolves and vampires (allergic to silverware)? On a day when polished performance by certain players is going to be overlooked due to failure to bag the 3 points. Below are the ratings.

Szczesny- 8
One superb save in the opening 15 minutes followed up by another superb one in the closing stages. Showed no after effects of the Wembley loss.

Sagna 7
The only Arsenal defender shorn of mistakes the season. Another solid outing.

Djourou 7
Relatively untroubled asides from being on the receiving end of Muntari’s fingers n elbow.

Koscielny6
Sloppy, shaky, erratic with his passing. Needs to up his game asap before the game at Nou Camp.

Clichy6
Had trouble dealing with Sessegnon early on in the game but recovered in the second 45.

Wilshere8
Asked to play the fabregas role in the first 45 and would have been rewarded with two assists if not for profligate finishing from the forwards.

Diabyminus 0.00000001
Relatively useless, continually incurred the wrath of the Arsenal faithful by ruining counters and losing the ball. Shocking game.

Denilsonminus 10
Was he even on the field?? Oh yes he was, he was tackled poorly twice. Five years in the first team and no improvement whatsoever. Sad

Arshavin6
Should have done better with the two chances he had, he can point to Bramble’s push for skewing that chance but a player of his quality should have scored.

Bendtner6
Barring the excellent snap shot he had in the first half which the keeper did well to stop, he was a shadow of his former self. Still looking for his first PL goal in 2011.

Nasri7
Played very well in the second half, unlucky to be surrounded by the likes of Diaby and denilson, showed real drive and promise. Should have scored from a set piece. Unlucky.

SUBSTITUTES

Chamakh6
Hit the post with a header when it was easier to score.

Rosicky0
Over 15 minutes and no notable contribution. How he recovered from the knock against Orient surprises me.

Sunderland

Mignolet9
I had to rate the lad, he was the difference between both sides, excellent showing, save after save. Take the plaudits son. Good game.

Referee & Linesman100
Both men receive the award for ‘Men of the match’ for excellent and error free performance from both of them. We need more referee’s like them.

Well, like we always say, keep the faith, we still have the game in hand and hopefully the scousers can do us one hell of a favour tomorrow against Manure. Your thoughts?

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Arsenal vs B’ham : Carling Cup Final Preview

Its here fans, the final we’ve waited and dreamed for the last five years. Oh wait, we’ve been to two different finals in that time and came up short on both. Pardon me, its been a while since we tasted silverware other than the annual Emirates Cup. From being the platform to raise youngsters and future first teamers to an all to important trophy for the players, coach and fans world wide. Carlin Cup final is the event, Wembley is the stage and the opponents, Birmingham.

From the first match we played this season in the competition, it was obvious the pressure on the coach to deliver something this year, and I for one am glad we changed our approach to it. And the benefit is a final appearance and here’s hoping Wenger’s drought in this competition can end, for those that don’t know, this is the only domestic trophy to have eluded Le Boss. He’ll have to that without his influential skipper Fabregas and Walcott, both who picked up injuries at the win against Stoke. Its a huge blow to both players but should be no excuse as the current crop can’t and must not fail to bring home the trophy.

This final win might just be the catalyst the players need to galvanise themselves and move forward and win more trophies. We would all agree if I said one trophy win could do serious help to the team. On to team news, Le Boss has appointed Van P skipper on the day and Wilshere has been handed the torch to play the Fabregas role. Diaby and Kozzer are set to return in what is likely to be a slightly changed team to that against Stoke.

For majority of the players, this would be their first final as Arsenal players and there’s the incentive to break their ducks and bring smiles to faces of frustrated fans. I’m looking forward to the battle with Brum as they certainly would be no pushovers, the constant pumping of balls to giant front man Zigic and their tireless midfielders. We won both duels in the league but this is a different ball game and they’ll definitely fancy their chances.

For inspiration let’s look no further than Samir Nasri who’s art and craft is going to be essential, for creativity and orchestration, Wilshere holds that and for precise and deadly finishing, RVP steps into the shoes. Our rearguard action has to be top notch for us to win. An early goal and two before half time would put the tie to bed. Let’s hope the players are shorn of any complacency and are as pumped as the fans.

POSSIBLE FORMATION

    Chezzer

Sagna Djourou Kozzer Clichy

    Diaby Song

Nasri Wilshere Arshavin

      RVP

Let’s go out there and end the trophy wait, its been long coming and deserved. I hope the players remember this when they take to the field.

Your thoughts?

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One Nil To The Arsenal : The Stoke Player Ratings

One Goal Two injuries and Three Points. Not a vintage performance performance by any means but definitely as a classic one as we showed mettle to bag a vital win. Here are the player ratings.

Szczesny- 7
He’s got to be the most untested goal keeper in the premier league. Another uneventful game.

Sagna 7
Ran the rule on the right wing and was barely tested, took a knock for his troubles in the second half.

Djourou 7
Strong, committed and disciplined at the back. Handled the threat of Carew with ease

Squillaci7.5
Another win for the combo of Squillaci & JD as tonight makes it 5 wins when the duo have started. Scored his first goal for the club which proved the winner

Clichy7
Gave Pennant a run for the money as he had more time to attack than defend. Very assured performance.

Wilshere7.5
Started the game brightly and did well to boss the midfield when Fab went off with a hamstring. He’s growing in strength with each game.

Song7
Defended a lot more than usual especially after Fab went off, won a lot of tackles and was rarely caught in possession.

FabregasN/A
Hard to rate someone that lasted a little above 10 minutes. We all wish him speedy recovery ahead of the Wembley showdown.

Walcott6
Bright start, causing all sorts of problems but faded as the game went on. Spurned a good chance in the second half.

Nasri7.5
He wasn’t his spectacular best but he was solid enough. Dropped deep after Fab went off and dovetailed with Wilshere to dictate the tempo of the game.

Nikky B6.5
Got an assist. That was as eventful as his night got. He should have worked harder and stayed in the opposition box more than often. Still a good showing.

SUBSTITUTES

Arshavin7
Added some creative spark after coming on. worked hard throughout the game as well.

Denilson6
Added an extra body in the middle of the park and thank God he didn’t give away the ball although he gave away a needless foul.

Chammy5
Not enough time to make an impact.

So there you have it, three vital points which came at some cost with the ankle sprain to Theo who’s expected to now miss the Carling Cup final and the hamstring to Fabregas who would be assessed tomorrow. The return of Ramsey all the more important now.

From wherever you’re reading, have a great night.

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Gunners Tame Wolves : The Player Ratings

Song

With the team that defeated Manure the previous week visiting the Emirates, the lads had to be on their toes to avoid any slip ups. Le Boss resisted the urge to rest anyone and sent out the team most likely to play Barcelona midweek. It was most likely to be a walk in the park. Below are our ratings.

Szczesny- 6
Slow afternoon for the Polish man who also kept a clean sheet for his country midweek. Wolves didn’t have a shot on target all evening so he wasn’t really bothered.

Sagna 7
Routine outing for the French full back who was also on International duty mid week. Didn’t show any sign of fatigue as he was on hand to provide width in attack when needed and also falling back needed.

Djourou 7.5
Almost scored a goal similar to that at Newcastle after an Arshavin free-kick. Calm at the back as his combination with Koscielny kept the wolves front men quiet throughout.

Koscielny7.5
Another good outing. Good to know we can keep a clean sheet. Looking forward to see who Le’Boss pairs with Vermaelen when he’s fully fit.

Clichy7
Played so much better defensively today as he was on hand to put in some crucial tackles when needed. Always shines when playing with weaker opponents. (Tongue out)

Wilshere8.5
The commentary team had nothing but praise for him. Lovely display from the young English man in the middle of the park. Stole the show from Fabregas today waltzing his way through the wolves defence & dishing out passes with so much ease. Taken off in the 76th minute to get some rest.

Song7.5
Did good in the middle of the park with the perfect blend of defence & attack. Good to have him back after the injury scare. Would be a huge plus for the team later this week.

Fabregas7.5
His combination with Wilshere is starting to look like a match made in heaven as both of them are capable to find that killer pass with only an inch of space. His magic touch would really be needed mid-week. Provided the assist that led to the first goal.

Walcott7.5
Switched wings with Arshavin early in the game. Was able to break out and dish the ball to RVP for his second goal. Commentators said the lines man couldn’t keep up with his speed to tell whether the pass was offside or not. Unfortunate not to get a goal.

Arshavin6
Missed a couple of sitters, was always looking to dish the ball out when needed. Not a bad outing for him. Substituted for Chamakh in the 71st minute.

Van Persie8.5* (MOTM) On hand to put the ball at the back of the net with the first real move. Sublime finish. Scored the second with a well taken shot after a routine counter attack from the team. Man of the match performance as he provided the only goals for the game.

SUBSTITUTES

Bendtner5
Made some rash decisions when he came on. Had some chances to dish the ball but went for glory

ChamakhN/A
Denilson- N/A

So 2-0 against Wolves Home & Away this season. We should have scored more goals as there were countless chances but all that mattered is that we got the 3points and the race is still on with Manure. Its Champs League football on Wednesday at the Emirates, we play defending champions Barcelona & that’s a match the whole world is looking forward to. Here’s hoping for the best *Fingers Crossed*

From wherever you’re reading this,
Have a good evening.

Faf

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