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    enjoyed the game. good to see them having fun again and denilson made up for his poor performance last weekend and even got a goal

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    Match Report from Daily Telegraph

    The goal was emblematic of the performance: a glorious piece of footballing indulgence. Nasri, Adebayor and Denilson just kept passing to each other in the Newcastle box, the defenders hypnotised into stasis as the patterns unfurled around them. Eventually Denilson stroked the ball into the goal. Pure excess. This was the irrepressible Arsenal of old. Last week’s failure at Fulham was quickly out of their system. The outstanding Cesc Fabregas is back at the hub; a refreshed Robin van Persie scored twice; Emmanuel Adebayor was unplayable. When it goes right for Arsene Wenger’s team, it goes very right indeed.

    Newcastle, impressive hitherto, could do nought but watch. So stubborn up at Old Trafford on the opening weekend, you might have thought they had a chance here. But there was no quelling Arsenal.

    The home side began with alacrity and could have had a penalty after just a couple of minutes. Fabio Coloccini launched a desperate sliding tackle from behind on Van Persie, connecting with ball and the Dutchman’s foot. Referee Rob Styles said corner. That proved almost as dangerous – the first one was blocked behind but Van Persie’s second delivery was nodded on at the near post by Bacary Sagna only for William Gallas to sky the ball at the far.

    This was more like the Arsenal that began with such form and flair last season. Only Coloccini seemed to stand between them and the goal. The Argentina defender has made a huge difference to the Newcastle defence since his £10million arrival from Deportivo la Coruna and he was influential here, blocking Van Persie’s goal-bound shot and making a terrific interception to prevent Samir Nasri’s cross reaching the unmarked Adebayor.

    The gangling Togolese striker had been jeered by the Arsenal support in recent games for his perceived disloyalty in talking up moves to Milan and Barcelona, only to sign a new contract on improved terms. Wenger made a point before the game of asking the supporters to get behind Adebayor because he had turned down lucrative offers in order to stay in north London. The fans duly complied, roaring his name in the second half.

    It all did Adebayor a lot of good – he looked hungry and sharp and was instrumental in the first goal. He skipped around Shola Ameobi on the right and his cross hit the trailing arm of Charles N’Zogbia in the box. There was no intent on the part of the Frenchman but Styles had judged his arm to have been unnaturally raised. Penalty. Van Persie did Shay Given in the Newcastle goal for power.

    Given was busy. He had already saved alertly from Kolo Toure’s low drive from outside the box and was alert in tipping over Van Persie’s viciously curving free kick. By contrast Manuel Almunia was bored for much of the first half, only being disturbed when Jonas Gutierrez made a tenacious run down the right and crossed for the onrushing Michael Owen. Ameobi got in the England striker’s way though and he scuffed the ball wide.

    Four minutes later and Arsenal were two up. Again Adebayor was involved playing fulcrum in a one-two with Emmanuel Eboue, bursting forward from the right wing. Eboue seemed to have got on top of Adebayor’s return pass but improvised a back heel that Van Persie, sliding in, smashed into the roof of the net. Owen was getting little joy in front Fabio Capello but did manage to get Almunia moving when his lobbed header forced the goalkeeper to tip the ball on to the roof of the net.

    Indeed there was an improved burst from Newcastle just after half-time, despite Jose Enrique having left the field with a hamstring injury. Danny Guthrie shot firmly at Almunia after Owen’s clever dummy and Nicky Butt hit the bar from Guthrie’s corner with a header that span off his own shoulder.

    Then came Arsenal’s exquisite third on the hour. The edge was taken off the euphoria shortly after though when Van Persie left the field limping, having damaged himself hitting what will surely stand as the hardest shot of the season, skidding off the bar from a tight angle. Carlos Vela, the exciting young Mexican striker, came on to make his debut.

    There was time for a bit of late pantomime too. Thirty-two days after his release from prison and a week before his Football Association hearing for his assault on Ousmane Dabo, Kevin Keegan sent on Joey Barton as a late subsitute. The reaction was predictable and it won’t be the last time he hears it. Welcome back to football. Barton’s response? He went straight in with a foul on Nasri. Amusingly Nasri then tripped Barton moments later. But that was just a sideshow to the real performance.

    Best moment: Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner, wearing a shirt with 'King Kev’ on the back and the No 1 showed Michael Owen how to finish, downing a pint when captured by the live cameras.
    Worst moment: Cynical trip on Emmanuel Adebayor in the first half – it was the only way to stop the Arsenal striker.

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    Yeah ... it's a great response from the team. Now we need to keep building on this ... the hunger to win and the consistent performance regardless playing @ home and away! Seems like Wenger strong criticisms did the job! Also learnt that RVP hobbled off the pitch ... hope his ankle will be fine ...

    All in all, great job Gunners!
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    The team really played well as a whole. But I'm most impressed with Nasri, he can really run with the ball!

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    i hope van persie is out with a long term injury again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_84 View Post
    i hope van persie is out with a long term injury again...
    i think you are in the wrong club thread...which club fan are you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbs99 View Post
    i think you are in the wrong club thread...which club fan are you?
    sorry typo.
    think he kena studs being brush down in the ankle, hopefully he should be able to brush it off.
    his recent freekicks have been rather wasteful, maybe could have give a chance to nasri instead.
    good to have a left-footed vela replace another left-footed player.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FooFighter View Post
    But on the flip side, does any gooner here thinks Chelsea is not going to win the title this year?
    even though arsenal and chelsea are rivals, but i hope the title winners are not man u again.
    i hate the man u fans more than chelsea fans...
    last season was a nightmare to see man u collect 2 trophies in a row.
    worst is to see arsenal crashed out of all competitions within a week...
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    Excellent result! I read from the Newcastle fansite that we played really well and only Given had prevented a cricket scoreline

    But its still early days of the campaign so let's hope the Gunners can build on this result and play better and better.

    On the flip side, Deco is my fantasy team captain.. but I think Chelsea Spurs might be a draw tonite..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_84 View Post
    sorry typo.
    think he kena studs being brush down in the ankle, hopefully he should be able to brush it off.
    his recent freekicks have been rather wasteful, maybe could have give a chance to nasri instead.
    good to have a left-footed vela replace another left-footed player.
    Speaking of left footed players, how long till Eduardo comes back? He's less wasteful with chances than Adebayor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FooFighter View Post
    Excellent result! I read from the Newcastle fansite that we played really well and only Given had prevented a cricket scoreline

    But its still early days of the campaign so let's hope the Gunners can build on this result and play better and better.

    On the flip side, Deco is my fantasy team captain.. but I think Chelsea Spurs might be a draw tonite..
    Chelsea vs Spurs 1 - 1 ! Good odds! Did you win any money? hahah

    Anyway, its still early, but at least we narrowed the gap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_84 View Post
    sorry typo.
    think he kena studs being brush down in the ankle, hopefully he should be able to brush it off.
    his recent freekicks have been rather wasteful, maybe could have give a chance to nasri instead.
    good to have a left-footed vela replace another left-footed player.
    haha ok...next time edit edit...might mislead, sometimes got boliao people coming in to troll. Lucky so far none.
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    If Liverpool doesn't win tonight, then the playing field will be more levelled ...

    I'm not sure about you guys but I think this season will be a more interesting one ... I have this impression that the rest of the league will be giving the Big 4 tough tests ... they are not going sit back and let them run them over ...
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    Hmm ... some more late transfer news ... Real Madrid's German International Christoph Metzelder could be joining us on loan ...

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    AW raiding Chelsea again - for Kalou?

    I am not sure if it is a good idea looking at the previous buys from Chelsea - Gallas (soon to be replaced by German?) and Diarra (now working with Tony Adams).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    Chelsea vs Spurs 1 - 1 ! Good odds! Did you win any money? hahah

    Anyway, its still early, but at least we narrowed the gap.
    Dont remind me, I didn't buy!!! Went for Nike Human Race and by the time I finish the shops closed liao... darn, the WHOLE week I have been telling my "used to support Spurs, Liverpool & Chelsea" fren that it will be a draw... but in the end didn't buy.

    Sorry if anyone offended by my OT talk on soccer betting

    Back to soccer, there were some talk among gooners that PV4 may come back, but at 34, he too old to play at Arsenal liao lah...

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    Still not confirmed transfer news from Arsenal ... Wenger may not sign anyone or may just slip someone (or two) in as the clock strikes 12 ...

    Come on Wenger ... who will he be?
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    AW didnt manage to get xavi on a last minute improved deal.

    Xavi last minute by The Independent News
    [via NewsNow: Arsenal]

    List of transfers on soccernet

    sianz...next transfer window see if got anything coming in.
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    Oh my goodness,

    Berbatov to Man U (no surprises here), but Robihno to Man City??

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    Thats it man, too many rich clubs in EPL. But it is getting interesting, new owners come in and immediately slap CHelski and Manure by signing Robinho and making manu pay more than they wanted for birdbirdtov.. power

    Donno how it would work out, but Robinhno don't look like a happy man.

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    Bad news for Arsenal : Man City's new owners richer than Roman

    By Myles Palmer


    Today's Manchester City takeover is bad news for Arsenal and Liverpool.

    Arab money could threaten their grip on 3rd and 4th place in 2009 and 2010.

    In 2005, the oligarch's Chelski bought Shaun-Wright Phillips from Man City, who could not afford to keep him. Last week Thaksin Shinawatra brought SWP back where he belongs.

    But Shinawatra agreed to sell the club last night and the statement says, "Manchester City can confirm that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Abu Dhabi United Group and Manchester City Football Club Limited. A period of due diligence for all parties, including the FA Premier League, has now been entered."

    New board member Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim said, "Our goal is very simple: to make Manchester City the biggest club in the Premier League, and to begin with to finish in the top four this season."

    Very odd to sell your football club on deadline day. But foreign ownership has made the EPL the biggest circus in the world, and too many billionaires want to be a ringmaster in the biggest circus.

    And, of course, Thaksin Shinawatra is not your average owner. As I revealed here months ago, the former Thai PM has been staggered by how much it costs to run a football club. At first he probably thought : If I can run a country, surely I can run a football club? But two months ago he started to look for a buyer. Partly because the Thai government are seeking to freeze even more of his assets

    Right now rival clubs look at Arsenal and think : too many kids, maybe they won't be Top Four this year

    They look at Liverpool and think : the Yanks started well but fell out with each other, and Rafa is a big headache to the Yanks, and they can't build a stadium in a credit crunch because banks won't consider a loan of more than £150m

    So rivals think :Arsenal and Liverpool could be vulnerable, so let's throw money at it and grab a Champions League spot

    Joe Lewis probably wants to sell Spurs as a Champions League club, so they've bought Corluka, a very classy Croatian defender, to join his mate Luka Modric. If Bent and Pavyluchenko score enough goals, Spurs might push into the top four.

    Randy Lerner is a good owner for Aston Villa and is very hands-on these days. Martin O'Neill has built a solid outfit who can already draw with the big boys.

    Chelsea and Manchester United will remain as the top two, as they have been for the last four years.

    Some wannabe clubs will scrap to get above Arsenal and Liverpool. Everton tried that last year but finished fifth. They now lack the resources to step up. But Manchester City can now step up. These Abu Dhabi guys have more money than Abramovich. Spurs have just accepted their £30 million offer for Berbatov and Mark Hughes will meet the Bulgarian later today.

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