Arsenal vs Blackburn, Match Preview

Good morning fellow Gooners….

Today we take on Blackburn at the Emirates and it is prime time for us to gain ground on the top teams. With Man United’s surprise draw yesterday against Sunderland and of course, either both or one of Chelsea or Liverpool definitely going to drop points today, a win would see us jump into 3rd, with a game in hand.

We don’t have great record against Sam Allardyce, but we do have an awesome record against Blackburn. Last season we disposed of the Lancashire team 4-0 both home and away. Team news ahead of the game suggests that we have Niklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott in the squad. We’re most likely to start with Niklas Bendtner as his height can be used in a defensive manner too. Okay, I think the team will be…

Mannone

Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy

Song – Diaby

Bendtner – Cesc – Arshavin

Van Persie

With a bench of WS, Eboue, Senderos, Ramsey, Rosicky, Vela and the returning Walcott…

This week has been full of plaudits for Arsene, having become the club’s longest serving manager in our history. Alex Ferguson was quick to praise Arsene regarding his 13 years at the helm, and that’s nice to hear… of course. Arsene was quick though to summarise the achievements of the club so far, but insist that it’s all about winning trophies and he is determined to do so… very soon…

“I haven’t exceeded my expectations in my time here because I always expect much more. My expectation is to win every single football game I manage and I didn’t do that so I can never exceed my expectations. There are still more targets to achieve. I believe we have consistently managed to be at the top level, within our resources and while improving our structures. The Club is on a new platform to reach many more targets. Today I believe our structures – a new stadium, a new training ground, a healthy financial situation, a very young team playing at the top – means we have all the basics to be successful. But of course we want to win trophies because we have worked very hard with this team to be where we are. It is down now to us to win the Premier League, the Champions League – those are our targets.”

Our structure is a spring board for our club to become the biggest there is – with all the attributes off the pitch in place – the players are starting to come together in manner we’ve been waiting and hoping for… and Arsene is very excited at the prospect of this team starting to kick on…

Sugar… it’s time to get down to the Emirates… okay… time to cut the article short… come on you Gooners…!

  • Debs

    Very early Match Preview, Dev! Lol

  • Leeroy.N

    Wow!!!! How can a team be so sloppy but deadly at the same time?? I guess thats the Arsenal way! Very impressed with the fight to come back from behind twice. In the end it was a brilliant performance. Fabregas proved what he is made of and why he is captain of the team, lead from the front all the time he was on the pitch. As much as I like him, Diaby still has a lot of homework to do. I think we should sit him in the reserves for a while so he can learn. Beautiful strike from Vermaelen to peg us back and then each goal and build up was more than well deserved. Come on you Gunners!!!!

    Win, Lose or Draw.. Gooner Til I Die!!!

  • Yemi

    2 goals we shouldnt have conceded, 6 goals that should have been more =4th position on the table with one game outstanding and man city playing 2moro

  • Berth

    Good Arsenal side but deserves a bit more in defending

  • harry

    Just chipping in to add my voice to the chorus of approval. Arsenal were simply fantastic. Unstoppable. After RVP got us back on terms you just knew an avalanche was coming. It was a brilliant display and Fabregas was outstanding. The badge kissing thing, which can be a bit cringe -making at times I think was different as he was making a point to the fans because of the constant speculation about him going to Barca. Also I know I’m biased but I thought Blackburn were a bit lucky with both their goals. The first, the header, happened to drop right under the crossbar, which was clearly not intentional from the guy who headed it. Later Fab had a header which also sailed over the keeper but hit the cross-bar – that’s the luck see. Their second obviously was completed diverted by Gallas and should have been called an OG. As for the ‘penalty’ – Dunn was playing for that the whole way through the move – he was never going to stay on his feet and as such it’s a fake and so no penalty. Brilliant Gunners. Congrats Arsene. 13 more years please

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Good result for the mighty gooners on Saturday although we still conceded stupid goals. At times our decision making at the back astonishes me. At one point we had two player tackle each other whilst trying to clear the ball and ended up giving it straight back to them. If That were against a better team who knows how that would have turned out. I know we try to keep possesion as much as we can but sometimes we need to just whack it away.

  • EWELUM CHIEMEZIE PASCHAL

    IT IS A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL GONNERS.WHEN WE ARE IN BETTER SIDE,WE DUE CARRY THE DAY BUT WHEN WE ARE IN WRONG SIDE WE DUE LOOSE THE GAME,BUT I BELIEVE THAT THIS SEASON WILL BE THE END OF OUR TROUPHYLESS SEASON.ONCE MORE AGAIAN UP GONNERS.