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    Gunners are still leading, nwc really did throw everything at us. haaa
    So i guess gunners got to win the next one, to keep the lead, and not let ferguson's mind games get to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FooFighter View Post
    I woke up to watch the match and Arsenal was already up 1-0 before the image in my TV came up.

    From the slow-mo replay, Adebayor's goal is class

    But Newcastle grafted and came back from Steven Taylor goal.

    In all fairness, 1-1 seems like a good result considering we were without Fab, Hleb, Persie, Flamini...
    Yup, Adebayor's goal was class.. but that was probably the one and last shot at goal that Arsenal could muster... for the next 90 mins (incl. 4 mins of additional time), Arsenal played like headless chickens - couldnt string passes together, ball watching, mistimed tackles etc.. how else could you explain Taylor's equaliser?

    Considering the fact that while several key players were missing, we could still have the likes of Rosicky, Eduardo, Gilberto on the field.. one conclusion from this game - the curtains has closed on Gilberto, it's time to let him go

    Bye bye Gilberto... it's clear your heart's not at Emirates anymore..

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    December has always been tough for all EPL teams, especially for those who are still in the hunt for the various cups and such ... fixture pile-ups are no joke ...

    Guess this is one of the key tests ...

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    Wah ... just learnt about this!

    Mark this down on your calender people ... battle(s) of the titans ... Man U against Liverpool and Arsenal vs Chelsea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Goi View Post
    Wah ... just learnt about this!

    Mark this down on your calender people ... battle(s) of the titans ... Man U against Liverpool and Arsenal vs Chelsea!
    Ok... just realised...

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    wtf! I will be in HK for holiday during that period! agggrrrhh.. Its all the woman's fault I tell you!

    Back to the game, we may have lost 2 pts but now we know:

    1. Diarra is another good buy!
    2. DuDu not ready yet.

    Roll on boro....

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    Quote Originally Posted by FooFighter View Post

    1. Diarra is another good buy!
    2. DuDu not ready yet.
    Diarra good buy? how so? I still rate Flamster way ahead of Diarra.. for all his rants about breaking into the arsenal 1st team, i din see him doing much of an impact in the Newcastle game... shdnt he be the one marking Taylor when he scored?

    As for Dudu... yeah.. aint called dudu for nothing..

    I have never seen an arsenal team so overrun for an ENTIRE half.. we could have so easily lost that unbeaten league run at Newcastle..
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    Thats the beauty of the game, we could both watch the same match on TV and yet come up with different opinions

    I still think that Diarra played well individually but because this is his first time pairing with Gilberto in midfield (can anyone verify this?), and the fact that Gilberto had an off-day (he was a passenger), the pairing didnt work that smoothly and protect the backline.

    Some gooners are thinking of Diarra and Denilson midfield pairing tonite (double D's yeah!) due to our injury situation and the newcastle performance.

    We need a win this week!

    Not my fault I don’t sign English players, says Arsene Wenger

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    Arsène Wenger admitted yesterday that he once sought English talent for Arsenal in the transfer market to satisfy fans’ cravings for home players, only to abandon the policy because it would not allow him to compete with Manchester United and Chelsea.

    The manager’s propensity to select all-foreign lineups has been criticised in a Professional Footballers’ Association report that blames falling standards among English players on the increasingly large numbers of overseas signings in the Barclays Premier League. But Wenger defended his approach, claiming that the wealth of United and Chelsea means they take the best this country has to offer and that the remaining players are not good enough for a title-chasing team.

    Wenger spent a combined £14 million on Richard Wright and Francis Jeffers in 2001, but neither made an impact at the club. Since then, only two of his 35 signings have been English, both of them teenagers, while United have spent more than £20 million to acquire each of Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney and Chelsea have done so for Shaun Wright-Phillips.

    “Yes, of course, it was a conscious effort [to buy English players],” Wenger said of the purchases of Wright and Jeffers. “I know that I am in England and that people will want to see that I play English players.” The Frenchman then explained why he has looked abroad instead for players. “You have not produced enough top-quality English players in the past ten years,” he said. “Those reduced number of top-quality players who have been produced have gone to clubs with more financial power than we have.

    “I have to compete with Manchester United and Chelsea in a different way. We had to make a choice and this is to buy young [foreign] players. We have young English players who are very good. Maybe they will come out and play. There is still [Theo] Walcott and [Justin] Hoyte, who are top players.”

    Wenger feels that his team have been a force for good. “When a guy sits in the stands at Arsenal and he sees a fantastic cross and a volley into the goal, he doesn’t think, ‘Oh, where is he from?’ He just enjoys it.

    “I think Arsenal have done a lot for the popularity of the game all over the world and that is more important for me then to see where the players come from. You cannot want the best league in the world and only have English players. That would create mediocrity.”

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    Next stop Riverside ... Reading have just ended Liverpool's unbeaten EPL run thus making the Gunners the only unbeaten side now, which it makes beating us a real incentive at least for bragging rights ...

    Boro can turn out to be another Newcastle-experience (at least) to the Gunners so we need to be on our toes for the 90 minutes ... plus the stoppage time! Forsee another kitchen sink flying our way!

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    Next stop Riverside ... Reading have just ended Liverpool's unbeaten EPL run thus making the Gunners the only unbeaten side now, which it makes beating us a real incentive at least for bragging rights ...

    Boro can turn out to be another Newcastle-experience (at least) to the Gunners so we need to be on our toes for the 90 minutes ... plus the stoppage time! Forsee another kitchen sink flying our way!

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    Yeah this is a shock result!

    Goes to show you can't take any team for granted. Its too early to say if this would affect Lpool's season..

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    Boro deserved the win! Guess the lads must be really tired ... even the passes were poor ...

    Next match against Chelsea ... wah that'll be tough ...

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    Boro deserved the win! Guess the lads must be really tired ... even the passes were poor ...

    Next match against Chelsea ... wah that'll be tough ...
    very tough. i hope fabregas, hleb and flamini can make it back for the chelsea game

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    Yah hope the stars be back in time for chelsea match, and probably liverpool to win one over the chasing 2nd placed team to widen the gap again. Hehe
    Liverpool just lost recently to Reading, hopefully that should be the
    tonic for a fired up performance for the next big game.
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    The last two unbeaten team in BPL beaten last weekend. What a day!

    North East: title graveyard?

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    The North West used to be Arsenal's bogey region. But is it now the North East, with one point out of six, there this week?

    The signs of this performance were obvious in the second half at Newcastle - where a tired Arsenal hung on for a point.

    Here some players looked off the pace. Gilberto, certainly - and then Diarra, who seems to start brightly and fade. Adebayor had an appalling game, losing the ball eight times in the first - and TEN in the second. But there again - he didn't expect to lead the line without the support of van Persie for nearly three months.

    Eduardo looks out of his depth - and probably needs to be loaned out to come to terms with the speed and physicality of the Premiership. He also needs more mental toughness to help him stamp himself on a match.

    The Brazilian born Croatian lost the ball five times in the first. His anonymity is becoming glaringly conspicuous. He is not on the same wavelenghth as Adebayor. One example of the few attacks, Adebayor pulled away in space and was free on the right. Eduardo took it left and into trouble.

    There was a gaping gap between Arsenal's central midfield, often square and static, and the dysfunctional attack. Rosicky had an opportunity to step up to the plate, but he was peripheral. That put more pressure on an already tired defence after three hard away games on the trot.

    Arsenal are unlucky to have injuries to four key players in this heavily congested week. But the critics will question whether the squad is of sufficient depth to challenge for the title [and Champions League for that matter].

    In the first couple of minutes, Rochembach came in heavy on Diarra. A foul. But it was a sign of things to come.

    In the fourth minute Aliadiere [who buzzed around with a kind of demonic karmic energy that was out to prove Wenger wrong] overplayed but ran diagonally into the Arsenal area. Almunia rushed out. Toure was unsure so went to tackle the ex-Arsenal man, and unnecessarily nudged him over. A soft penalty? The previously anti-Arsenal biased Howard Webb was the referee - so a clear penalty in the circumstances.

    Almunia got a hand to Downing's spot kick - and maybe should have saved it.

    A couple of decisions - goal-kick instead of an obvious Arsenal corner and a free-kick instead of another away team corner - was further evidence, if evidence was needed of this Northern born referee's bias.

    But having said that, he did let Eboue get away with a clear face slap in a midfield tussle.

    Arsenal's first shot on the Boro goal came when Rosicky swivelled it tamely wide of Turnbull's left hand post.

    And an Adebayor header from an Eboue free-kick and two charged down Toure efforts represented Arsenal's only real attempts of the half.

    Boro's tactics were to harry and hassle - give Arsenal players no time on the ball. But also to play, stretching the game wide and exploiting gaps in the middle.

    This was seen when Aliadiere dummied a low cross, leaving Boateng to fire just wide.

    Arsenal looked sharper and better in the second half with Bendtner [providing shape, stickability and precise passing] on for Eduardo, and later Denilson and Walcott on for Eboue and Diarra.

    But that didn't stop Boro nearly carving out a second, with Aliadiere setting Tuncay through to knock his effort just wide of Almunia's right hand post.

    Walcott maybe should have done better with a clear opening, but he elected to go wide, instead of hitting it first time.

    Neutrals, though would say Boro deserved a second goal, as Almunia parried out a shot by O'Neil (on 74), only to see Tuncay coming in from the left and fire it over his head with a slight deflection off Gallas.

    The game was virtually over when Bendtner dummied a low cross from the left, for Rosicky to fire a low diagonal shot past the hitherto untested Turnbull.

    Those that see life in terms of a glass half full, would say: Arsenal can regroup with key players coming back; they no longer have the burden of an unbeaten run; and at least the record of scoring in every Premiership game, this season, is still intact.

    Those that see life as a half empty glass would say: it is the beginning of the end of the title challenge; and the squad lacks experience and depth.

    Only time will tell who is right.

    Arsene Wenger said: "We lost the game because we deserved to lose it. It's that simple. Middlesbrough were sharper in the fight. We missed the start of the game by giving them too much room and it cost us a penalty. From then on, it was down to us being a little bit jaded physically.

    "It was our fourth away trip on the trot. We gave absolutely everything to come back. We lacked creativity, sharpness in our passing, so therefore we were not dangerous enough to come back into the game.

    "They defended well, Credit to them, they were sharper than us and you could see, once we were 1-0 down, if we did not come back before half-time, it would be difficult.'

    "At the moment we miss many in the same area. Maybe it handicaps a bit our creative potential."


    Aliadiere said: "This is the first time I've played against them [Arsenal]. I was very motivated. We wanted to work really hard from the kick-off."

    Downing said: "They let you play a lot. So we moved the ball a lot."

    Gareth Southgate said:"It was down to the players. Their approach and attitue was fantastic. We felt that after three away games and players missing it was a tall order for Arsenal. On the day we played good football, worked, scrapped - and gave a good account of ourselves.

    "We felt we had to be positive. Get on the front foot. If they are allowed space and time they destroy you. We wanted to get about them and upset them - Not physically but by pressurising them. We didn't want to let them settle into the afternoon.

    "We deserved the win. We played really well."

    Middlesbrough: Ross Turnbull, David Wheater, Jonathan Woodgate (Robert Huth 73) Luke Young, Emanuel Pogatetz, Gary O`Neil, Fábio Rochemback, George Boateng, Stewart Downing, Tuncay Sanli (Adam Johnson 90) Jeremie Aliadiere (Julio Arca 81) .Subs not used: Jason Steele, Dong-gook Lee

    Arsenal: Manuel Almunia, Emmanuel Eboue (Theo Walcott 60) Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, William Gallas, Bacary Sagna, Lassana Diarra (Denilson 60) Gilberto, Tomas Rosicky, Eduardo (Nicklas Bendtner 45) Emmanuel Adebayor.Subs not used:Jens Lehmann, Philippe Senderos

    Referee Howard Webb



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    The game went really bad for arsenal. Players were booked for fouls they never commited !!!

    and free kick always went in

    boro favour. Was the refee blind or simply baised ??? Aliadiere just went charging in from the

    back onto Toure and Toure got yellow carded instead ! Rubbish

    Eduardo was horrible.....

    We must start winning games again !!!!!
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    Referee Howard Webb

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    Arsenal played like Wimbledon of old in the first half, long ball after long ball. Really missed Fabregas and Hleb but no excuses. Eduardo looked completely lost. Hmmm...guess the Gunners don't like two trips up north in a week.

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    We all know AW is a bad loser and hates loosing football matches, so for him to admit that Arsenal deserved to loose the game says alot. I can't remember when (if ever) AW admitted that Arsenal played badly, deserved to loose and the other team played better.

    Honestly, the whole team didnt play well. The whole team wasn't hungry enough. The whole team looked tired and without ideas.

    Have Arsenal reached rock bottom? I hope so, cause now the only way is up. I expect the team to play badly only once a season. So thats out of the way (me optimist?)

    The last two unbeaten team in the BPL were beaten in away games last week.

    This coming weekend these two teams will play ManU (Lpool) & Chelsea (Arsenal) at home. Could both teams bounce back and win both games?

    Let's keep each other updated on the team news and build up to the matches on Sat/Sun

    We're still top of the table and still incharge.

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    We won 2-1 at home against Steaue (??). Goals from Diaby & Bendner in the 1st half

    The knockout stages will commence in Feb next year so no point fussing who Arsenal will meet in the next round. What ever will be, will be

    Next opponent, Chelsea!

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