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Buying Off Arsenal

This is a new series of articles, which is often a topic of discussion when I`m down the pub (most of the time). Who would get in the Pompey team from, Arsenal to West Ham?

Information about Arsenal

London's most successful Premier League club was formed by workers at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich and was initially known as Dial Square before adopting the name Royal Arsenal in 1886. Renamed Woolwich Arsenal in 1891, they moved to Highbury in 1913 and dropped the prefix. They had to wait until the 1930s for their first period of sustained success when five Division One championships were won under Herbert Chapman and George Allison. Another pair of league trophies were lifted soon after the Second World War before further success arrived with the league and FA Cup Double in 1971. More near misses came before George Graham, a hero of 1971, was named manager in 1986 and the glory days returned. Two league titles, two League Cups, the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup were garnered during his nine-year reign. Frenchman Arsene Wenger was named Gunners boss in 1996 and the roll of honour continued. A first Premier League title made up half of the club's second Double in 1998. Their second Premier League title in 2002 - when they ended the season on a 28-game domestic unbeaten run - was also coupled with victory in the FA Cup final. Wenger guided the Gunners to the Champions League final in 2006.

Who would get in the Pompey team?

Let`s face it. Who wouldn`t? Arsenal have one of the best teams in the league but my team selection maybe controversial as I think some Pompey players would keep their position in the starting line up.

Arsenal "best team" (4-4-2)


Jens Lehmann


William Gallas
Emmanual Eboue
Gael Clichy


Alexander Hleb
Fredrik Ljungberg
Tomas Rosicky


Thierry Henry
Robin Van Persie

Lehmann V James?

This is a tuff one as David James has been fantastic this year. They are both known for making mistakes but on current form (even if we did sign Lehmann) David James gets the number one jersey.

Verdict: David James

Laueren v Glen Johnson

Not sure which one of the Arsenal defenders plays right back but not the biggest Laueren fan around I have to admit. Glen has shown great form this year but I do feel Lauren would be selected ahead of him.

Verdict: Laueren

William Gallas v Linvoy Primus

Now this is a tough one, my heart says Linvoy but my head says Gallas. Seing as I followed my heart and ended up with my wife, I won`t make the same mistake and shall follow my head in saying William Gallas. William is an incredible gifted player and don`t think Linvoy could complain if that was his replacement.

Verdict: William Gallas

Emmanual Eboue v Sol Campbell

Sol joined Portsmouth from Arsenal on a free transfer over the summer and has been superb. He is strong in the air and good at tackling. Eboue has been a bright spark for Arsenal and will grow in stature but for me Sol gets the nod.

Verdict: Sol Campbell

Gael Clichy v Dejan Stefanovic

These two are totally different with Clichy offering a more attacking option. Dejan isn`t a left back and is better in the middle. I think Clichy will step into Ashley Cole`s shoes and would definitely solve Portsmouth`s left back problems.

Verdict: Gael Clichy


Alexander Hleb V Gary O`Neil

Gary O`Neil was Portsmouth player of the season last year and has put in regular impressive performances for Portsmouth. Hleb is a new signing and from what I`ve seen, he has a fantastic reading of the game and like most Arsenal players a superb passer of the ball.

Verdict: Alexander Hleb

Fredrik Ljungberg v Matty Taylor

Matt Taylor has made the left midfield position his own. He has a fantastic cross and shot on him, the only criticism is his inability to take players on. Fredrik Ljungberg is one of my favourite midfielders at Arsenal. He can pick a pass, take players on and cross the ball, not to mention how versatile he is!

Verdict: Fredrik Ljungberg

Tomas Rosicky v Sean Davis

Sean Davis works his socks off! He always gives 100% and is one of Portsmouth`s most consistent performers. Thomas Rosicky would offer Portsmouth more of a goal scoring threat which has evaded Davis this season.

Verdict: Tomas Rosicky

Fabregas v Pedro Mendes

I, like most Pompey fans, am a big admirer of Pedro Mendes. He scored some crucial goals for us last season and arguable the goal that turned Portsmouth`s season on it`s head. Fabregas however gets Arsenal`s midfield to tick. He is a wonderful passer of the ball and is a top top player.

Verdict: Fabregas


Thierry Henry V Kanu

Kanu has been the surprise package of the Premiership this year. He is currently the Premierships joint top scorer and has learnt how to score with his head! His height helps but his skill at his feet has been what`s impressed me most. Thierry Henry however is different class! He always gets a fantastic reception when he plays at Portsmouth. I have no doubt that Henry will end up the Premiership`s top goal scorer this season.

Verdict: Thierry Henry

Robin Van Persie v Benjani

Benjani has become a fans favourite, which is amazing considering how bad he is at shooting. He does work tirelessly for the team however and he deserves every goal that he manages to get. Although Van Persie has a nasty streak to him, he is one of the most gifted footballers in the Premiership and the sort of player Pompey fans would love.

Verdict: Van Persie


Arsene Wenger v Harry Redknapp

Formally known as Judas, Harry Redknapp took Portsmouth from the depth`s of the championship to the premiership. After he established us there he left and took the saints down and kept them there before returning to save us from relegation and mount a European push. Arsene Wenger has done a fantastic job at Arsenal and is responsible for bringing some top class foreigners to the Premiership. This could be controversial but I don`t think Wenger could do the job Harry has done.

Verdict: Harry Redknapp

The Team

David James

William Gallas
Sol Campbell
Gael Clichy

Alexander Hleb
Fredrik Ljungberg
Tomas Rosicky

Thierry Henry
Robin Van Persie

Manager: Harry Redknapp

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Date:Friday December 22 2006

Time: 11:16AM

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I don't rate Rosicky so i would have Davis instead and Taylor instead of Ljunberg (because he's injured lol)
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22/12/2006 11:20:00

You have failed to mention in your information about Arsenal that they have been the most crooked side in the history of English football from Herbert Chapman offering bribes to get promoted, to George Graham accepting back handers and dodgy deals with continental feeder clubs
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22/12/2006 11:43:00

johnson would be in instead of lauren(lauren has been out for a while) and taylor is currently doing way better the fredrick. and its a close call between pedro and cesc
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22/12/2006 11:52:00

Ah Sir Harry, you're whingeing isn't just restricted to our site. As a Gooner I only disagree on two counts. Firstly, I think Redknapp is one of the best around and would have made a much better England manager than McLaren, but I would go for Wenger everytime. Secondly, on current form Taylor pips Ljungberg everytime. Freddie is finished whereas I think Taylor has really found his niche as a left winger- he scores more than Ljungberg too. The keeper situation is the hardest. Lehmann was the best in the world last season, but he's dropped a little this year and I think James has been outstanding. (He's much better than that fat oaf who is the current incumbent of England's no.1). Good article, when you do the Spuds one, don't forget to mention that they haven't won the league in forty seven years but still think they are a big club!
Little Dutch
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22/12/2006 11:55:00

*your. Oh and Gilberto is easily in our best XI, he's our most important player behind Henry and Cesc. Keep up the great atmos at Fratton Park, but please, have a roof built by the time we visit in May!
Little Dutch
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22/12/2006 11:57:00

where to start.well firstly lauren is not the current rb. he's been out for almost a year. you are talking about eboue. kolo toure play at cb not eboue. please get your fact straight. as for harry over wenger. you must still be drunk from last night. as an arsenal fan i would prefer taylor to ljungberg on current from. outside of that i like pompey,like harry and think you are great supporters of your club.the best in the country.
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22/12/2006 11:59:00

enki henry is out aswell it's just an article saying the best 11 when fit
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22/12/2006 12:03:00

i think harry redknapp is a much better manager, arsene is loosing the plot!!
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22/12/2006 12:04:00

Au contraire, Arsene just has more vision than people credit him with. When you think the average age of our side is 22 or 23, they are just going to get better and better. It's the only way that we can compete with the Chavs long term.
Little Dutch
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22/12/2006 12:12:00

Oh yeah and Kolo Toure would be in my world XI. If he did a few nike adverts or prostituted himself as a celebrity a la Lampard and Gerrard, he'd be thought of as such. Seriously, do not underestimate how goot Kolo is.
Little Dutch
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22/12/2006 12:13:00

Toure for sol. Who would pick sol in a team. A team without kolo is no team
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22/12/2006 12:18:00

Good article fella. Sir_Harry, get out more.
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22/12/2006 12:28:00

Good for us that you would never manage Arsenal, as I find your team selection totally ridiculous. The current arsenal best team if Henry and Gallas are included is: Lehman Eboue, Toure, Gallas (or Djourou), Clichy. Hleb, Gilberto, Fabregas, Rosicky(or Freddy). Henry, Adebayor(RVP). From these players, Arsenal may have a bad in office like against CSKA Moscow at the Grove, but trust me, this formation, when fully fit, will always challenge the current top two in the league.
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22/12/2006 12:50:00

For what it's worth, I must admit that Arsenal are the most entertaining team to watch play good article, just a shame that not many Pompey players make the cut
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22/12/2006 12:53:00

vitdacnet, the bloke has written the article in good faith and been more unbiased than most of us could muster and you still moan. Be honest, could you have named Pompey's best 11 if he hadn't mapped it out for you??
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22/12/2006 13:11:00

Matty Taylor would get in a head on Freddie on the left in my team. Always rated the guy even if others haven't. Would offer more versatility, younger, less injury prone and offers a great goal threat. Hleb would get in ahead of O'Neil on the right though, but only on hits seasons form, not that I'm saying O'Neil has played bad, Hleb has just found his level...
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22/12/2006 15:56:00

It's a tough call between Jamo and mad Jens. I'd go with Jamo because he doesn't have the temperamental issues Lehmann does, plus I think on current form he is better...
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22/12/2006 15:56:00

Fabregas is one of the best midfielders in the world despite his young age and will only get better! Him and Gilberto Silva would be in the middle for me ahead of Davis and Mendes...
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22/12/2006 15:56:00

Eboue and Campbell play in different positions, so Campbell would always win that battle. Toure would be in my Pompey or Arsenal team as he's pure class and has proved this year in year out. So it would be Gallas and Toure in central defence for Arsenal and Pompey for me ahead of Sol and Optimus Primus, if I had to choice between Sol and Primus to cover for injuries I'd go with Linvoy...
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22/12/2006 15:56:00

Cliche is as good as Ashley Cole in my opinion, or at least will be so he'd keep Stefanovic out. Eboue verses Johnson would be my right back options. Johnson is very good but still makes too many needless errors, letting people go for example then just watching them as they go without tracking them...
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22/12/2006 15:56:00

So here's my Pompey/Arsenal team: James (GK), Cliche (LB), Toure (CD), Gallas (CD), Eboue (RB), Taylor (LM), Fabregas (CM), Gilberto (CM), Hleb (RM), Henry (FW), Benjani (FW)
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22/12/2006 15:57:00

Henry would be in anyone's team so he'd be in mine ahead of Kanu. This will cause some argument but I'd go Benjani ahead of Van Persie! Van Perise is quality but Benjani would offer more to the team all round wise. There would be enough goal threat in the rest of the team so Benjani would work for the whole team offering more...
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22/12/2006 15:57:00

none of em could get into your team as they are all scum bag maggotts maybe toure because u happen to have cam**ell at the back and that is extreme.
THFC Keano
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23/12/2006 19:57:00

The only thing missing from Arsenal,to make them a complete club,is a Fratton End ! There support is very fickle,and since the move to the Emirates is in severe danger of becoming another member of the "prawn sandwich" mob. Great to watch going forward though !!
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24/12/2006 09:42:00

Arsenal showed this attacking threat in all its glory on Saturday didn't they...
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24/12/2006 15:00:00


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