Man City Preview & Odds

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Jan 052011
 

I’m Arsenally fired up for this one. A win would put us right behind ManUre. We must keep the pressure on them by beating their rivals. Citeh may have the riches, and an enviable list of players – excepting one c*nt, I mean you Adebayor – but we’re at home, we’re playing well, and dammit, I want to kick their arses.

The key to a victory, I reckon, is putting a close leash on Tevez, the ugly munt. He’s been involved in 9 of City’s 12 goals this season, and scored 28 times in 31 league outings. And on the negative side of things, the ref is going to be Clatten-pillock. We’ve lost 5 of the last 7 games we’ve played with him in charge. I hope that’s a freak of statistics.

Kolo’s injured, but his brother Yaya is increasingly running the Man City show. Song, Fabregas, and Denilson must get a handle on his powerful runs forward. While I rate Kompany, I’d like our strikers to exploit the general over-ratedness of Lescott.

We’ll miss Jack the lad’s creativity in midfield (he’s suspended) so it’s imperative that Denilson has a good all-round game. We’ve got to make sure that Barry, de Jong, and Yaya don’t out-muscle us, and that we keep playing the kind of attacking football that saw us defeat Chelski.

Speaking of attacking football, I’d love to see a front three of Arshavin, Chamakh and v Persie, but I fear that we’ll only see one of RvP / Chamakh. I think Chamakh will start as he’s been rested recently, and is hopefully ready to return all guns blazing.

Given their physical strength in midfield, I imagine we’ll see Nasri play further forward with Chamakh and Arshavin, and Denilson added to Song and the captain in midfield. Theo’s a possibility, especially as their defenders are hardly known for their pace. But I reckon AW will be cautious and leave him on the bench.

It’s pretty much anyone’s guess as to the combination at the back, but I think the manager will start with Koscielny and Djorou, with a nod to the form of the Swiss, and the speed of the Frolish.

So I expect:

Fabianksi – Sagna – Koscielny – Djourou – Clichy; Fabregas – Song – Denilson; Arshavin – Chamakh – Nasri

and from Citeh:

Hart – Boateng – Lescott – Kompany – Bridge; de Jong – Barry – Yaya Touré; Tevez – Adebayor – Silva

Having to type that Togolese tw*t’s name is sending me into paroxysms of rage. I hope he gets crushed by his team bus as it arrives at the Grove, and gooners can laugh while they witness the end of his worthless career. A bit harsh? I think not.

As for the odds, as I said, I’m feeling bold and I’m going for 2-0. I was tempted by 3-2 at 28/1 with BlueSquare but I’m plumping for 2-0, 9/1 with Sky Bet. For my long shot 4-0 is available at 40/1 with William Hill.  As for goalscorers, Song to score first at 25/1 with Coral has to be worth a couple of quid, while for the less adventurous, the captain to score first is 8/1 with Stan James. An additional bet I may well place is the thug de Jong to get booked first at 8/1 with Sky Bet.

Some friction within the Citeh camp – between Kolo Touré and The C*nt (who else?) – gives me hope that we can defeat them by class alone, but sadly, the contest isn’t held in terms of who has the best club. We have to beat them on the pitch – win the midfield battle, muzzle Tevez, and please back 5, no mistakes.

COME ON THE ARSENAL!

Arsenally well up for it,

Will

Vermaelen, transfer and loanee news

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Jan 052011
 

At the latest press conference, we had some welcome news about the Verminator. We’re playing so well up front at the moment, it’d be such a boost to have him return and add some stability to the back five. What could we achieve with our current front 6 and a stronger back 5? I’m creaming myself to think of it. AW said:

Should Thomas Vermaelen not come back quickly, that’s an area we would be short because we have only three centre backs available at the moment. But I’m confident he will come back. There’s a big test for him this week, he starts to run again so the first signs of how he feels will be very important.

The implication that some have drawn is that we might have to buy another centre half if TV doesn’t get back to full match fitness soon. I don’t think it would be a bad thing if we strengthened our defence regardless of the Verminator’s fitness.

According to the Metro, Liverpool are trying to hijack “our £8.5 bid” for Werder Bremen’s Per Mertesacker. Quoting figures when discussing Arsenal transfers is laughable as these issues are always kept as secret as possible, but nonetheless this is at least feasible so it gets a 4 on the transfer bullsh*tometer – 1 being pure sh*te and 10 being quite likely. It’s poo-shaped, with a guilty looking cow next to it, but it is at least possible, and desirable too. I think he’d make a great signing, though I have to say I’m unsure he’s got enough pace for the English game.

Here’s an interview with Alan Davies from the online version of Football Focus. He’s a funny guy and I couldn’t agree more with his statement that we could do with a 21-year-old Martin Keown in our current squad.

So on to some transfer news/speculation. According to the Mirror, Carlos Vela could find himself on his way to a loan spell at Bolton. I think it would be a good move, a chance for him to show AW that he’s worth keeping.

As it is he’s never reached the heights I’d hoped for. He’s a natural finisher, but needs to toughen up and to learn how to hold the ball up and track back better. Bolton would be a good place to add those qualities; he could do worse than learn a thing or two from Kevin Davies.

Given that Jack the lad’ had a successful loan spell under Owen Coyle, this gets a 6 on my bullsh*tometer. So this is possible with a mild whiff of cow poo.

On the subject of loans, according to Billy Davies, Aaron Ramsey has been a credit to himself, Arsenal, Forest, and everything he touched turned to gold. Shame he didn’t play more and I respect Davies immensely for holding him back. I hope he returns to us fired up and ready to face tougher foes than the likes of Scunthorpe and Doncaster.

Don Vito Mannone of the enormous hooter returns from his load at Hull, where he was injured in their draw with Reading. Apparently Hull are after another keeper, so there’s little chance he’ll return for the rest of the season.

According to the excellent Young Guns Blog, Ryo Miyaichi has serious pace – 10.84s in the 100m – which suggests that there’s more to him than just an opening into the Asian market. Technical, two footed and speedy – qualities we know AW looks for. Maybe I was a bit hasty in writing him off as an economic purchase rather than a footballing one.

City preview and odds to follow really shortly.

Arsenally Yours,

Will

Hi folks, I’m feeling arsenally fired up about this game with City.

At AW’s

<a title=”BBC – Alan Davies” href=”http://http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/football_focus/9336852.stm” target=”_blank”>Here’s an interview with Alan Davies</a> from the online version of Football Focus. He’s a funny guy and I couldn’t agree more with his statement that we could do with a 21-year-old Martin Keown in our current squad.

So on to some <strong>transfer news</strong>/speculation. <a title=”Mirror – Vela loan at Bolton?” href=”http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Transfer-news-Bolton-waiting-for-Arsenal-to-green-light-Carlos-Vela-loan-switch-article663075.html” target=”_blank”>According to the Mirror</a>, Carlos Vela could find himself on his way to a loan spell at Bolton. I think it would be a good move, a chance for him to show AW that he’s worth keeping. As it is he’s never reached the heights I’d hoped for. He’s a natural finisher, but needs to toughen up and to learn how to hold the ball up and track back better. Bolton would be a good place to add those qualities; he could do worse than learn a thing or two from Kevin Davies. Given Jack the lad’ had a successful loan spell under Owen Coyle, this gets a 6 on my bullsh*tometer – 1 being pure sh*te and 10 being quite likely. So this is possible with a mild whiff of cow poo.

On the subject of loans, <a title=”Official Site – Ramsey” href=”http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/davies-ramsey-is-a-credit-to-arsenal-” target=”_blank”>according to Billy Davies</a>, Aaron Ramsey has been a credit to himself, Arsenal, Forest, and everything he touched turned to gold. Shame he didn’t play more and I respect Davies immensely for holding him back. I hope he returns to us fired up and ready to face tougher foes than the likes of Scunthorpe and Doncaster.

Don Vito Mannone of the enormous hooter returns from his load at Hull, where he was injured in their draw with Reading. <a title=”YoungGunsBlog – Don Vito” href=”http://younggunsblog.co.uk/2011/01/ramsey-signs-off-randall-scores-plus-plus-miyaichi/” target=”_blank”>Apparently</a> Hull are after another keeper, so there’s little chance he’ll return for the rest of the season.

According to <a title=”YoungGunsBlog – Miyaichi wun fast” href=”http://younggunsblog.co.uk/2010/12/miyaichi-rivals-walcotts-100-metre-time/” target=”_blank”>the excellent Young Guns Blog</a>, Ryo Miyaichi has serious pace – 10.84s in the 100m – which suggests that there’s more to him than just an opening into the Asian market. Technical, two footed and speedy – qualities we know AW looks for. Maybe <a title=”Arsenally – Ryo Miyaichi” href=”http://arsenally.com/2010/12/20/fixture-congestion-ryo-miyaichi-youth-news-and-mental-fragility/” target=”_blank”>I was a bit hasty</a> in writing him off as an economic purchase rather than a footballing one.