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Pompey Gunner survive?

Pompey
vs.
Arsenal

Fratton

30/12/09

17-45

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Pompey come to their ultimate game at the end of their annus horriblus, good old Arsenal face us, a team we have yet to beat in the Premiership, and also a team pushing hard for a title shot.

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All the build up to the match has centred around the usual financial constraits surrounding our terminally club. This week sees news claiming players won't be paid once more, the departure of James/Begovic/Belhadj/Kaboul and Dindane, with an embargo still in place, Paul Groves may have to lace up!!

Avram Grant has spoken of his desire for Pompey to 'get nasty', we have the players to do this in Brown of course, but what he really wants is a dogs of war mentally throughout the side I think.

Pompey Team News:

O'Hara is a big blow, his 5th card of the season rules him out, luckily Yebda is around for one more game before his African adventure, he, along with Belhadj and Kanu should be up for selection, while Begovic remains in goal in place of the, ahem, 'injured' David James.

Player to watch: Boateng

Buster could only play a cameo against West Ham, his arrival certainly lifted the side at half-time, he came closest to scoring and the energy levels soared.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal have major doubts over top man Fabregas, he scored twice aginst Villa in a half hour cameo.
Denilson is also a doubt, bur Rosicky may return.
Nicklas Bendtner (groin), Gael Clichy (back), Kieran Gibbs (foot), Robin van Persie (ankle) and Johan Djourou (knee) remain sidelined.

Player to watch: Arshavin

The Ukrainian takes on mantle as top man for this one, with van Persie and Fabregas the onus will be on the man who tore Pompey apart last season.

Match Facts & Stats

The closest we have come against arsenal was a disallowed Kranjcar goal on the last day of the season a couple of years back, Matt Taylor scored twice in December 2006 as we took a half time lead, otherwise besides a few notable acceptions we lose, in fact we haven't registered a win since 1958!

Ref Watch:

Jimmy Pursey

Match Prediction:

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Next Fixtures:

Coventry in the cup at home, before a trip to form side Fulham


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Tuesday December 29 2009
Time: 10:39AM

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Comments

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Ummm. Last season Arsenal fielded their reserves & we got stuffed 3-0. Sadly a draw maybe the best we can hope for. They do draw a few away from home against 'lesser' teams. We live in hope & yhere ain't much of that about!
storagematt
29/12/2009 11:01:00
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Could be the last chance to see a few players in blue - It will be interesting to see who is pulled from the team for the cup tie, they won't want there assets cup tied. PUP
NorfolknBlue
29/12/2009 11:14:00
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Arshavin is Russian not Ukranian...still one to watch though!
gun 'em down
29/12/2009 12:12:00
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I'm afraid after wasting another ton of money on an away day I've sought of started to lose faith in the club, I can't ( today anyway) even find it in me to waste a tenner on a Pompey win; We are going to get absoloutely Wengered
russellm
29/12/2009 14:31:00
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dead in the water...administration round the corner..fratton sold to developers
plymouth graham
29/12/2009 17:06:00
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haha i think that may be 1 of the best titles i've seen in quiet awhile :D
pompeym@
29/12/2009 17:22:00
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A draw would be a fantastic result! OK can't think of anything else even remotely positive to say. I just hope it's not too freezing cold tomorrow night.
tracyc
29/12/2009 18:08:00
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"their annus horriblus" - and for the fans Paul. This year has been like my worst nightmare. It's been so unbelievable. If we lose to Arsenal, if we lose players, if the embargo remains - will AG stay? I don't know how the players are going to get themselves up for this game. I think the fans will play a big part but if it's quiet we'll be in for a pasting. PUP and let's end the year on a high note - you deserve it for all your effort (even though we've criticised various players) in what must be the worst footballing season any of you have experienced.
PFCblue
29/12/2009 18:47:00
0
good luck lads - you might need it!
merlin
29/12/2009 19:07:00
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I live in hope of a draw, good luck to the good ship Pompey, and lets hope that 2010 see's some improvement. PUP !
BarneyArmy
29/12/2009 19:55:00
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