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Re: Sunderland vs Arsenal

Post by Michael Foster on Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:58 am

No joy on points lost from others today...at least we kept up....and wilshere should not have been on today....

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Post by Marko Maksimović on Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:18 am

Michael Foster wrote:No joy on points lost from others today...at least we kept up....and wilshere should not have been on today....
I hate that.... had he not played and we dropped points it would've been why wasn't Jack playing?! Damned if you do damned if you don't.

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Post by Michael Foster on Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:01 am

Marko Maksimović wrote:
Michael Foster wrote:No joy on points lost from others today...at least we kept up....and wilshere should not have been on today....
I hate that.... had he not played and we dropped points it would've been why wasn't Jack playing?! Damned if you do damned if you don't.

I know...just that all be it the game against Brazil was good for him he took some hefty whacks in that match I said to a friend it would not surprise me if he got injured in this game...low and behold...bam...hopefully not to bad....see him back very soon...

Blackburn in the cup next up..could afford for him to sit it out and get back for bayern..then onto villa...

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Re: Sunderland vs Arsenal

Post by Marko Maksimović on Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:07 am

He'll definitely sit out against B'burn... No doubts. But we'll probably find out during the week that it's a minor knock. A little pull or hefty bruise. This is me hoping Very Happy

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Post by Hisham El Mawan on Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:23 pm

Marko Maksimović wrote:He'll definitely sit out against B'burn... No doubts. But we'll probably find out during the week that it's a minor knock. A little pull or hefty bruise. This is me hoping Very Happy

Wenger has already confirmed that it'll only be four or five days, so that's good.

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Re: Sunderland vs Arsenal

Post by Vanig Bostanian on Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:50 pm

Vanig Bostanian wrote:Jack needs a rest, but against a Sunderland team that will do nothing all day and defend, we need Jack's ability to dribble the ball past his markers and send defense splitting passes (he's been doing that on a regular basis these days).
He did just that for the buildup for the goal.
I thought it was always going to be a tough game at the Stadium of Light because Sunderland are simply the most boring team in the world, for me at least. Thought everyone did fine, but Theo, Olivier, and Santi should have done a lot better in front of goal. It was stupidity/inexperience from Carl to be red carded. Sunderland kicked us in the first minute and he retaliated, got drawn into the whole situation. It was a matter of when, not if to get his second yellow. Credit where it's due, Szczesny and Sagna were excellent and their heroics won us the game. Despite being a striker, Giroud does really well helping us defend and I like pretty much everything about him. I also thought Ramsey was very good at right back. He is yet to play as a striker, a center back, and a goalie, so with time, he might do that as well.

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Re: Sunderland vs Arsenal

Post by Vanig Bostanian on Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:51 pm

Interesting that we kept two consecutive clean sheets against the same teams we had kept consecutive clean sheets earlier this season.

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Post by Vanig Bostanian on Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:52 pm

Interesting that we kept two consecutive clean sheets against the same teams we had kept consecutive clean sheets earlier this season.

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Re: Sunderland vs Arsenal

Post by Michael Foster on Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:39 am

Result Everton dropped points today....

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Re: Sunderland vs Arsenal

Post by Mike York on Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:37 pm

The Spanish midfielder believes the Gunners showed a grittier side to their game by holding on to a 1-0 lead with 10 men after Carl Jenkinson's red card at the Stadium of Light

Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal proved their mental toughness and ability to grind out results by preserving a 1-0 lead over Sunderland with 10 men at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The Gunners have now earned back-to-back clean sheets and 1-0 wins having overcome a spell of poor defensive form at the start of 2013.

And Arteta reserved praise for the Arsenal defence, which withstood a late bombardment from the hosts after Carl Jenkinson had been sent off in the second half.

"You have to win games like that," the Spaniard told reporters. "In the last five or 10 minutes they were hanging balls into the box.

"It's difficult to get the ball out when they do that, but we defended really well and Wojciech Szczesny made two or three outstanding saves.

"Criticism has to be constructive. We're not as high in the table as we have the ability to be, so we know we're there to be criticised. The only thing we can do is improve where we are in the league.

"Everyone knows we play really good football at times and create a lot of chances. Hopefully from now to the end of the season we will move upwards in the league.

"But we showed we can battle too. It's always difficult with 10 men.

"Throw on another striker like Sunderland did, and start putting balls into the box. It puts you under pressure. But I think our centre-backs and the keeper were outstanding."

Arsene Wenger's team remain outside the Champions League qualification places but will have a chance to bridge the gap of four points between themselves and Tottenham at White Hart Lane in three weeks' time.

"It's a massive game," Arteta said. "It could be decisive in the race for the top four. I know the manager's record of always getting there but 10 years ago it was easier than it is now.

"Now there are so many more sides with equal spending power. There's been a big improvement in English football.

"There is no other league in Europe where it's as tough and no other league where the levels are as hard as her to get to the Champions League. Over here there are five or six top teams."

Arsenal's FA Cup fifth round tie against Blackburn is followed by the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Bayern Munich, and Arteta admits that February could make or break his side's season.

"This is the crucial month," he said. "Everything can look brighter at the end of this month, or really, really bad. We're on a really good run. We have players hitting top form."

http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2013/02/11/3742759/arsenal-proved-they-can-battle-against-sunderland-claims

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