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Arsenal vs. Newcastle

Emirates Stadium

26th January 2008

15:00

Gunning for them

So here we go again. As we once trudged down to Highbury in anticipation of an FA Cup exit now we head down to the Emirates for part one of our Gooner Games double header. The club allege 5,000 tickets have been sold for the match, which, I believe, is a bit of a pisser as aren`t we supposed to get 15 - 20% of the stadium allocation? Never mind. Following the 0-0 draw against the Bolton Wrestling XI last week it should be a more stylish affair against the Arse.

Amidst all the hype of King Kev`s return little did people realise how hard the fixtures around his return would be. Having nailed Stoke and drawn with Bolton, the step up in class to Wenger`s side is simply enormous. Watching them get torn limb from limb against Spurs was an interesting experience, in the sense that you saw the best and worst of them in a microcosm.

The good? Adebayor. Another stunning goal akin to the ones he scored against Spurs and ourselves in the league, launching a hammer of a shot past Cerny in nets. Some of their passing play was sublime, as per usual, and the way they surged forward looking for goals was tops to watch.

The bad? Falling apart like a pack of cards when the pressure was on them. Abou Diaby and his inability to control a ball. Bendtner`s defense of set pieces. Theo Walcott`s dribbling skills.

The ugly? Squabbling like spoilt bairns amongst themselves. Avoiding an FA charge for it (Big Four bias by the FA? Never…).

Lets not kid ourselves though - they`re light years ahead of us on the pitch at the moment and they`re going to have to be seriously off their game and us be amazingly on ours. A lot depends on how they handle the infighting and bitterness of being humped 5-1 off their nearest and dearest.

Pre match hype?

To follow...

Arsenal Team News:

For the Gooners, Clichy and Senderos return. Eboue, Toure and another fringe lad are off at the ACN. Expect Almunia to return in goal, a midfield consiting of five - Hleb playing loose - and Sagna and Clichy marauding on the left and right flanks.

Player to watch: Adebayor

A more than amble replacement for the arrogant prick that was Henry. A totally different player but no less effective. Netted a belter earlier in the season in our 1-1 draw at SJP.

Newcastle Team News:

For ourselves, Smith and Butt come back from their recent indisciplinary bans though Emre is still out. Viduka is still deemed too far away to be ready. Faye, Martins, Beye and the former Captain Crapstick, Geremi, are away sunning themselves in Ghana. Barton remains in Cell Block H. Expect a 4-4-2 with Owen and Smith up front. Rozenhal is likely to miss out for Butt.

Player to watch: Steven Taylor

Has to combat Adebayor and hold things together at the back. The moment he slips up, we get humped harder than Ashley Cole`s hairdresser

NUFC v AFC in the cup

1901/02 1st Round won 2-0 (a)
1905/06 Semi Final won 2-0 (n)
1931/32 Final won 2-1 (n)
1935/36 5th Round drew 3-3 (h)
1935/36 5th Round rep lost 0-3 (a)
1951/52 Final won 1-0 (n)
1997/98 Final lost 0-2 (n)
2001/02 Quarter Final drew 1-1 (h)
2001/02 Quarter Final rep lost 0-3 (a)

Match Prediction:

Boldly taking a 1-1 draw for this one.

Up next?

Arse away - next Tuesday - followed by the Fiddlers at home on Sunday.




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Writer: Ross Molyneux Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 25 2008

Time: 3:36PM

Your Comments

When your the best in the world at the thing you do Im sure you can be a little arrogant! I know I am after sex! But I dont think the rest of footbal would agree with your opinion of Thierry Henry.
vavavoom14
Good player but I'd rather pay to watch Kaka, Ronaldinho, Messi rather than him.
SirLes
You were entitled to 9,000 tickets, but Newcastle only accepted 5,000 because they knew you wouldn't sell them all.
Little Dutch
How can it be a stylish affair with route one cloggers like Newcastle involved?
Snout
carnt see you lot touching them yet as come round a bit quick after keegans return. 3-1 to the gunners
mick66owl
goodbye keegan. i cant understand where u geordies r all coming from if u really think that t wat is gona save u? hes never done anything positive in management and never won anything so what makes u think hes gona turn u into CL contenders? it was a massive mistake appointing him and ull all be cursing him in 3 months time when ur struggling at the bottom of the table with bolton and derby and 2 b honest i hope it does happen just 2 make u lot realise there is life outside tyneside! Arsenal 3 - 0 Newcastle, start as u mean 2 go on...
ExiL
Shame that the FA didn't have the bottle to give Adebayor the three match ban he deserved - maybe the outcome would've been different. After all, what was the difference between the A**nal handbags and the Bowyer/ Dyer incident, other than the fact that the FA didn't want to punish their favourite team!
ParkLane67
and no offense meant but y other than 4 more money, would woodgate want 2 join u? he would be turning down a chance 2 play 4 Juande Ramos and in front of louder more passionate fans, 2 play 4 englands equivalent of "inbred hicks"
ExiL
Little Dutch - how come Spurs didn't get that many recently then!
merlin
Two games in and King Kev's attack-attack-attack side haven't scored a single goal. You've just gotta laugh!
Boro 01
merlin, that was down to police advice. Spurs have a few fans whose bahaviour in games at Arsenal is, ahem, "questionable" and the police wouldn't allow them to bring 9,000.
Little Dutch
 

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