The Offside - Arsenal Archives for January 2008

North London Derby

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Tonight is a huge game for the fans. But is it as important for the current crop of Arsenal players? I came across an article that highlights a point - a lot of the foreign imports playing at Arsenal would rather beat the likes of Chelski or Man United than Tottenham. A valid point, but the fans care.

West Ham 0-2 Arsenal

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No dramas on the road this past weekend, although it wasn't easy. Trip to West Ham can be nervy at times, and that was the case this time around.

The start was pretty sloppy - the midfield couldn't hold onto the ball very well, and West Ham enjoyed a significant portion of the possession, leading to a few chances for the Hammers.

On the Weekend

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Yesterday, the big news came from the AGM and it was mostly good news. Arsene chatted up with fans, shareholders, and journos who came out for the spectacle. Of note, Stan Kroenke was out for a little meet and greet, although no sign of Alishar Usmanov, which is probably a good thing.

The squad is healing quickly ahead of this weekend and Gallas, Toure, and even Sagna for next week against Spurs.

Fenerbahçe 2-5 Arsenal

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Well how about that for another great performance. As previously mentioned, I was unable to watch or see any part of the game thanks to a day trip down to D.C. Coming back to see a 5-2 result, on the road, you couldn't ask for anything better really. Goals poured in from all over the place - Theo, Adebayor, Diaby, Song, and even Ramsey, who gets his first in all competitions.

Arsenal 3-1 Everton

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Optimism reigns after this win? Not yet. Three points is three points, especially after a shaky start. But it wasn't as easy as the final score might indicate. Plus, Kolo Toure will now miss an undetermined amount of time with a shoulder injure. That could mean the starting centrebacks, Gallas and Toure, might not feature midweek.

Everton Game Thread

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It's a big one today. Arsenal have been as stable as the Dow over the past few weeks and need a result today. I'll join anyone who feels like dropping in to watch on FSC. It'll be a tough match up, that's for sure - time to see what this team is made of. Lots of injuries to worry about, but we'll see what happens on the pitch.

Tall task ahead this weekend

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The injured list is lengthy heading into this weekend's crucial clash with Everton. After dropping points in the past two matches, it's vital to pick up three points. It'll have to be done without William Gallas, Nicklas Bendtner, and Bacary Sagna, all three picking up knocks on international duty.

All that’s going on

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This is an accurate description of what is going on in Arsenal-land. I just can't muster a WCQ recap this time around. I did, however, find this cliche picture:

I refuse to acknowledge these rumors, simply because I'm in denial to Cesc possibly leaving. That, and it's October. I'll rejoin you all this week.

Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal

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That's two more points dropped on the road. Expecting Arsenal to win every game is dangerous, but it's something that I come to expect - not necessarily every single game, but perhaps when taking on a team like Sunderland, three points is the expected outcome.

For the second weekend in a row, I felt like turning the game off.

Back on Track

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What a difference a few days make. After a pretty dreadful performance from Arsenal last Saturday, they were given a wake up call by some of Wenger's threats prior to the game against Porto. Turns out his bark is worse than his bite, as the only change from Saturday was Samir Nasri in for Emmanuel Eboue.