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Post by Hisham El Mawan on Tue May 08, 2012 7:24 am

Here we are, guys. Once again, the end of another season. Unsurprisingly enough, this last game will probably decide for us whether or not it's been a "successful" season. And by successful, I personally mean that it's been an improvement on last season. If we win, a Champions League place is ours for certain. If we lose, we'll probably be overtaken by Tottenham and Newcastle, the papers will once again be filled with articles about Arsenal being "in crisis", Piers Morgan will resume his self-appointed post of football expert, the bidding war for van Persie will begin, etcetera, etcetera. So no pressure. Anyway, here's the starting XI I'd go with:

-----------------SZCZESNY----------------
COQUELIN--KOSCIELNY--VERMAELEN---GIBBS
SONG------------ROSICKY----------RAMSEY
GERVINHO-------van PERSIE------BENAYOUN

We all know Sagna will miss this game and the Euros (poor guy, I really wish a speedy recovery for him). So Coquelin will slot in at RB. The rest of the back four remain unchanged, but I hope Wenger's made it clear that there can't be any fuck-ups on Sunday. Midfield picks itself, as does the front three. Gervinho actually had a decent game against Norwich, so hopefully he can end the season on a high. If not, there's always Chamberlain on the bench. So yes, essentially an unchanged lineup from last week with the exception of Coquelin.

Oh, I almost forgot. If van Persie scores on Sunday, he'll equal the league record. And, obviously, a double would break that record. So let's see if he can do it. Come on, you Gunners.

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Re: West Brom

Post by CarolinaGunner87 on Tue May 08, 2012 7:43 am

I thought Robin needed 2 to equal the record? Hope you're right tho! He deserves a Prem record.

As for the lineup, let's go with Ox up the wing in place of Ramsey... No sense in saving him now... we REQUIRE these 3 pts, so let's take it to them! Hit them hard and fast, get their fans out of it early and laugh as we watch Fulham put a pound on spuds just for fun!

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Re: West Brom

Post by Jonathan Prendergast on Tue May 08, 2012 8:34 am

The 38th and final 'must win' game for us this season.

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Post by Jenson Pais on Tue May 08, 2012 10:30 am

If Song and Ramsey fail to the do their defensive duties diligently then we will struggle, especially Song who should take the responsibility and sit back and protect the back 4.

Or else play Coquelin in midfield as a holding midfielder and Jenkinson at right back for this game. Jenks will keep Thomas in his pocket.

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Post by ralph avedikian on Tue May 08, 2012 11:03 am

Jenkinson at RB and the rest is easy.

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Post by Sami Rockfeller on Tue May 08, 2012 11:27 am

Theo is fit for this game, so there is a chance he might feature in the starting line up.

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Re: West Brom

Post by Jenson Pais on Tue May 08, 2012 11:49 am

Possible WBA team:
Foster

Jones McAuley Olsson Ridgewell


Brunt Mulumbu Morrison Dorrans Thomas

MAF/Odemwingie

Brunt was hobbling around against Bolton, but might be fit. Morrison may not last the full 90 minutes. Have to watch Mulumbu as he makes late runs into the box. If Fortune starts Odemwingie might start over Thomas on the left.

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Post by Assan Touray on Tue May 08, 2012 11:51 am

ralph avedikian wrote:Jenkinson at RB and the rest is easy.

Coquelin will probably start at RB on Sunday. Jenkinson hasn't been in the team since he came on for Sagna against Wolves nearly a month ago. Not sure if it's down to injury or not, but nothing has been reported.

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Post by Zaid Derweesh on Tue May 08, 2012 12:17 pm

Curious about Jenkinson. Probably injury. I'd play the team others mentioned. If Walcott is available, he can come on as a sub later if needed.

More important than the lineup is the attitude. It's the last game of the season and all is riding on it. The players NEED to close down West Brom ALL the time; Song and Ramsey need to have some discipline; Gervinho and Benny need to track back; and Vermaelen needs to be responsible. More important than the line up, we need to play like our lives depend on it. Then we'll win.

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Post by DaveToffy on Tue May 08, 2012 1:53 pm

I am expecting to see one of the most tenacious and dominant collective performances I have ever witnessed with Arsenal. No complacency, 100% effort and focus.

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Re: West Brom

Post by Zaid Derweesh on Tue May 08, 2012 2:58 pm

Only 100%? Smile

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Post by John Foxall on Tue May 08, 2012 4:18 pm

Van Persie needs one to equal the record for a 38 game season. It would be a fitting reflection of his standing in the PL pantheon - one of the best goal scorers the Premier League has seen.

I would play Gervinho and Coquelin, they did well in the last match. This might be the kind of match Theo has no influence over anyway.

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Re: West Brom

Post by Michael Schatzky on Tue May 08, 2012 5:35 pm

Dear Arsenal,
It's very simple: win this game and you get Champion's League and M'Vila. Lose and it's Europa League, and Denilson comes back for another year.
Your choice.

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Post by DaveToffy on Tue May 08, 2012 7:06 pm

Zaid Derweesh wrote:Only 100%? Smile
*200%. Better?? Very Happy

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Re: West Brom

Post by Vanig Bostanian on Tue May 08, 2012 9:05 pm

Coquelin has to start ahead of any other option. Please don't fuck this up guys.

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Post by Subrat Koirala on Tue May 08, 2012 9:52 pm

Coquelin at RB. Rest of the team picks itself up.

Also, its amazing how Robin wasn't a classical center forward till a few years ago. But to have played an entire season upfront all on his own and scored that many goals, credit must go to him and Wenger. I expect him to score a brace again.

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Post by Jonathan Prendergast on Tue May 08, 2012 11:58 pm

Didn't Andy Cole and Alan Shearer score 34 goals in the mid 90's? How can Robin be getting the league record with 32 goals?

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Re: West Brom

Post by Zaid Derweesh on Wed May 09, 2012 12:09 am

38 game season V 42 game season right?

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Re: West Brom

Post by Andreas Wæhre on Wed May 09, 2012 8:20 am

Shit, Its 4 days from now, and I am already shaking! This is a massive one!
When was the last time we played an equally important match?
Thinking of next season we`ll have to win this one!! Said the exactly same thing last weekend, then I was confident, now I`m not!

Have a feeling Arsenal allways fucks up when they really need to be at their best.
Guess its time for the guys show their winning mentality Wenger has talked about for for so long!


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Re: West Brom

Post by Vanig Bostanian on Wed May 09, 2012 9:21 am

awæhre wrote:This is a massive one!
When was the last time we played an equally important match?
Udinese?

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