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Arsenal vs. Pompey

Emirates stadium

16/12/70

15:00

Time to Shine

Another chance to prove the doubters wrong? Or time for the upstarts to get their come-uppance?


Time for the Arsenal once again, last season was an absolute spanking by half time, 4-0 down at the interval and Thierry Henry running riot it was a much of a no-contest as you can get in football, Arsenal were in their usual top four position and Pompey were in theirs down at the bottom. This season however only one point separates Pompey from the gunners and third position, I`m sure most Arsenal fans will be expecting three points at the Emirates again, but this is a more resilient Pompey to last season and this year its Kanu of Pompey as top scorer in the Premiership and not Thierry Henry of Arsenal.
Henry is obviously going to the major injury disappointment for the gunners, his influence will always be missed on the park, and its now Cesc Fabregas who most men in red look to for inspiration in times of need. Pompey`s task would be much easier if he was to take a rest on Saturday!
If Pompey are to gain anything at the Emirates, they must take their lead from where Fulham and the like gained success earlier, in attacking rather than defending, almost like standing up to a playground bully, if you let Arsenal boss you, you will get torn apart, go toe to toe and they don`t like it.
Pompeys task will be that much harder if Kanu is ruled out with his twisted knee, Benjani is already ruled out with a tight hamstring and the rest of our strikers are already crocked for the next few weeks.
Mendes will be available after his suspension, but will have to displace either last weeks man of the match Davis, or the ever improving Fernandes, either who could feel rightly aggrieved to be dropped. Matt Taylor hopefully can carry on his purple patch, another screamer wouldn`t go amiss!
Sol Campbell insists he has nothing to prove to his old employers, but surely he will be right up for this one, as will the ex-Spurs contingent in our ranks, Pamarot, Mendes and Davis, maybe even Sol himself will be considered an ex-yid again now he has departed.
Third place beckons once again Pompey, this season has been all about proving critics wrong, once again maybe?

Play up Pompey

Paul

Vital Quotes:

Joe Jordan on stand-by!

Arsenal Team News:

Still no Henry and Gallas

Player to watch: Fabregas

Class shines through

Pompey Team News:

Benjani, Cole and Lua Lua all still out, Kanu 50-50
Mendes available

Player to watch: Taylor

Man in red hot form

Match Facts & Stats

Hammered last year

Ref Watch:

Steve Bennett

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The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 15 2006

Time: 9:14PM

Your Comments

Sadly, I expect us to do what we did so well at Liverpool & try to stop them from scoring. If they score we're beat. Here's hoping for 0-0.
storagematt
striker shortage is a concern, maybe a certain midfielder can bale us out again?
paultsmouth
i am looking forward to this game, hopefully 3pts for arsenal, but pompey are much improved and kanu is playing out of his skin, never was this prolific for us ! then again twlight years !
PUREGOLD
kanu never realy got a chance at arsenal his record there was almost a goal every other game something like 30 goals in 63 games i think
retro hat
We came, we scored, we almost conquered.
pompeygray
 

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