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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:32 pm

Anyway....

We are up and running!!!
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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:33 pm

LINE-UPS - Stoke v Arsenal
Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant, Cameron, Whelan, Kightly, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Jones, Upson, Delap, Shotton, Jerome.

Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Diaby, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud, Gervinho. Subs: Martinez, Andre Santos, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Djourou, Coquelin.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:34 pm

Stoke consider American midfielder Geoff Cameron fit enough to start in place of the suspended Dean Whitehead despite the 27-year-old only arriving in the UK on Friday after work permit issues. Jermaine Pennant replaces the injured Matthew Etherington.

Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone is in for Wojciech Szczesny while Olivier Giroud makes his full debut as Theo Walcott drops to the bench alongside the fit again Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:35 pm

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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:35 pm

5 mins gone looking patient.....
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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:37 pm

stoke had the ball in.....offside flag up...lucky in some way...
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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:37 pm

BBC football reporter Jacqui Oatley tweets: "Wenger looks like he loves the Britannia. Banner: Arsene, probably the best chief scout in Manchester. Cheeky..."


fucking wankers!!

makes you laugh tho....the team everybody rights off and yet everybody wants our players...
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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:44 pm

Giroud spanks one down at the corner flag...hahaha just a bit off son..just a bit!!
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Post by Mike York on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:46 pm

Good little run from Podolski
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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:46 pm

freekick just on the edge of the area...

good chance for us!!
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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:47 pm

that was poor....very poor.
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Post by Mike York on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:47 pm

Shame. Should have worked the keeper from there.
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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:48 pm

Mike York wrote:Shame. Should have worked the keeper from there.

agreed....you see the news about song mike??
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Post by Mike York on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:48 pm

Nope. What's that?
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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:51 pm

apparently he did not want to leave and wanted to sign a long term contract...

lol..no idea what to really make of it...

could it have been all the talk of his agent handed him the out..
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Post by Mike York on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:51 pm

Stoke put so many people behind the ball it hurts my eyes. Great Gibbs tackle.
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Post by Meshaal on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:51 pm

Great recovery tackle by Gibbs.

Another positive - did you see the number of Arsenal players chasing back on that break?

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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:53 pm

we need a goal...got to settle our nerves..
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Post by Mike York on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:53 pm

Wouldn't be shocked if he has been advised to say that by someone. I've also ready articles where he says he's always wanted to play for Barce. And cannot see Wenger selling Song with no-one in the same mould already there to replace him without good reason. Plus I bet Song is earning more at Barcelona than he did here. I may be wrong but I can't see him being forced out without a reason.
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Post by Mike York on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:53 pm

Meshaal wrote:Another positive - did you see the number of Arsenal players chasing back on that break?

Was very ncie to see. Hope it stays that way Smile
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Post by Elisabeth Studentschnig on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:54 pm

i#m actually impressed, we're playing really well and work hard. defensively, we've been quite solid too. hope we can get a goal before HT!
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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:55 pm

Mike York wrote:Wouldn't be shocked if he has been advised to say that by someone. I've also ready articles where he says he's always wanted to play for Barce. And cannot see Wenger selling Song with no-one in the same mould already there to replace him without good reason. Plus I bet Song is earning more at Barcelona than he did here. I may be wrong but I can't see him being forced out without a reason.

think he has gone for 90k a week..sure i read it somewhere,well we shall see if he was asked to say it cannot see wenger staying quiet over that kind of comment..
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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:55 pm

podolski looking better out on the left than central...looking good so far..
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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:59 pm

quite impressed with diaby aswell...
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Post by Marko Maksimović on Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:59 pm

Michael Foster wrote:
Marko Maksimović wrote:
Michael Foster wrote:It's laughable how bad they are!!

It's actually laughable how negative people on this and other Arsenal forums are... Or how judgemental you can be after watching a keeper (who is a professional footballer and probably younger than you) after a few games in the first team and dismiss them as useless. If I remember correctly, Fabianski had a slump (Porto etc) and when Almunia got dropped had a good run of form, saving a penalty against Partizan, great performance against City and then he got injured. He was Poland's number 1 for a reason. Had it not been for injuries and Szceszny he probably still would be. As for Mannone, he's young and lacks experience but for someone who's played very little top-flight football he has done well...

Ok fair point to he'd had a great run....look at it this way,

He has been with us for nearly 6 years dropped some awful clangers that have cost us some serious points not to mention THAT game against spurs in the cup...not to mention his stats

5 seasons: Played 62 games
C/S 18 games
G/C. 67. That is a lot of goals!!!

Szezesny played 74 games
C/S. 30 games
Cannot find G/C for szez


Hardly a goal keeper that feels me with strenght in games.....




Well right there, Szceszny has played 12 more games and had 12 more clean sheets. That just shows you Szceszny's quality. Fabianski isn't better, fair play. But as a backup he does well enough.
Anyway... game on.
Really like how we're looking. Very solid defensively. In the air they don't seem to running over us. Just need to keep the ball moving quick, tire them out and get in behind.
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