Date:Wednesday December 26 2007
Pompey welome Arsenal back to Fratton park for the first time since Graham Poll disallowed 'that goal'
Pompey are on the back of two straight defeats, tha last time that happened we set off on a long unbeaten run, Arsenal won't be an easy proposition to kick off a new one though.
Here at Pompey we seem to admire footballing sides, none come more purist than Woolwich Arsenal, and to be fair none would I prefer to watch as a neutral. all this from the son of a Spurs fan!
Goals have been a bit of a shortfall since Readings trouncing an age ago, Pompeys misfiring blues have saved all the good stuff on the road, Fratton has resembled more of a no mans land in terms of both entertainment and goals.
Pamarot is alledgedly back in the reckoning, not a bad thing if Hermanns last performance is anything to go by, Sean Davis would be welcome back if his hamstring is up to it.
Up front Kanu is pushing for a start, but with Benjani finding the net again will probably have to make do with a spot on the bench. All this depends on which formation Redknapp plumps for, the fans are crying out for a more attacking approach at home, the lone striker does not work at home, the statistics do not lie, September 29th was al ong time to wait for both a home goal and a win.
I feel the wardrobe has been lacking a bit of late, along with both Muntari and Mendes, who just cannot hit the heights of last season yet.
Arsenals midfield is their key, if we cannot get a grip and 'in their faces' as Redknapp has demanded, the game will be over in a flash.
Van Persie is a doubt with a muscular problem, Bendtner may earn a call after the winner against Spurs, Eboue seems to have shaken off the knock he got at Chelsea.
He is the best player in the Premiership, and this season by some distance, Muntari has been quoted in saying he would fancy playing for one of the big four in the future, if he is to get his wish, then the ilk of Fabregas is what he will have to overcome, and if he can achieve that with consistency, we WILL be in the bloody top four!
At Fratton, it is not as bad as you would fear, 2004 was the last time Arsenal left with maximum points, but the 5-1 thrashing in the cup stands out as a beacon to those who need reminding what an on-form Arsenal can do.
S.Claus (known for his genoristy to starved home fans)
Festive treat or a cold turkey? Place your bets here.
Gary O'neils Middlesborough roll into town on the 29th
Date:Wednesday December 26 2007
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