Boxing Day Portsmouth Preview

Posted: December 25, 2007 in Arsenal

Looking ahead of the match on Wednesday,

This will be our first of two away matches in four days. The next one is against Everton on Saturday 

We will be without the services of Walcott and most probably Van Persie who has a thigh muscle strain. Bendtner looks like a good shout for a start but  I would expect Arsene to field the same lineup that started against Spurs.

In Portsmouth corner, we have a quite a few recognizable faces in Lauren, Kanu and Sol Campbell. The first two left us amicably but for poor old Sol however, it was a different matter altogether. Who can forget how the media reported that he left Highbury at halftime after being substituted for a bad performance against West Ham(which we lost) He then went missing to find his bearings before reporting back to the squad a few days later. He was duly dropped for about two months whether forced by an injury to his nose or by his disciplinary issue. Who knows?

They have been winless for six matches in a row and Harry Redknapp has called for his players to press our passing play and “get in our faces” I guess this is the tactic most other managers have called for their players to do in order to beat us. No worries. We have proven more than once in this season that we are up for the fight and that we can scrap for a win regardless of the match form. 

Le Boss has come out with two views

 One: We will be missing Eboue and Toure for the Afican Cup of Nations in January. Song could be gone too. If so, we are left with Senderos and Gallas as the only centrebacks. Djorou is called back from Birmingham for this although his form has not been that good for them recently.

Two: Being on top at Christmas is not an assurance of the title despite the media wanting to show that the last four winners have been just that. On top of the table at Christmas.  

Other news include Toure conceding that it was indeed a penalty. Fair enough. Although I think that most fans could see that it was one after the replay. 

  1. freekicker says:

    Sad result and we are behind Man Utd now 😦
    nice blog bro. Are you in AFSCM?

  2. I agree. Not a good result for us. Particularly when the MU fans rub it in. But it is not the end of the world. Already looking forward to the Everton match now.

    Thanks. No I’m not. Read about the membership perks and fees. Just never got round to joining it due to one reason or another. I reside in Penang by the way. A dearth of Gooners here. 🙂

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