Arsenal vs Stoke… Match Day Live…

Before you tell me, I already now… I am running late for the game…. the aim was to be there at 2pm to spend an hour around the ground, but it looks like I’m going to make it just in time for kick off (again)….

Team news ahead of the game sees a host of people out injured (again)… Theo Walcott (hamstring), Robin Van Persie (ankle), Kieran Gibbs (foot), Nicklas Bendtner (groin), Gael Clichy (back), Abou Diaby (calf) and Johan Djourou (knee) are all out injured and Alex Song joins them out by suspension, so the team line up should be something like this:

Almunia

Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Traore

Ramsey – Denilson

Nasri – Cesc – Arshavin

Eduardo

I’m virtually sure that it will be that line up unless Arsene springs a surprise or two… the gaffer is keen to get to winning ways:

“We are disheartened after recent defeats. We are not light-hearted at the moment, I don’t deny that. But I believe it is a good way to see how strong we can react. Of course I believe the players are disappointed but highly motivated and determined to get back on track in a convincing way. I believe we have been disturbed a lot by the international break. We didn’t look at all like we were suffering before and we had a period when, in fairness, we were doing well. But we had then ‘bang, bang’ and we’ve had no time to respond because we have so many players out in the same area. Now I believe that it’s important we don’t do more damage and that we respond quickly.”

Come on you Gooners….

Over to the comments for the match commentary and real team news when it’s released!

  • devday

    01 Almunia

    03 Sagna

    05 Vermaelen

    10 Gallas

    27 Eboue

    30 Traore

    04 Fabregas

    07 Rosicky

    08 Nasri

    15 Denilson

    23 Arshavin

  • Pete

    Is Eduardo injured?

  • Debs

    We haven’t got a striker!

  • Debs

    Eduardo picked up an injury today. Arshavin is playing upfront on his own! Wow!

  • goonerman

    this really is not wengers fault! how can he know he is going to have about 7 players out injure in one go! we are the unluckiest team in the world and luck aint getting on our side anytime soon !!

  • Pete

    Cheers Debs. Will be interesting to see how Arshavin does in that position. Just read that its Fabregas’ 250th game for Arsenal too.

  • Sam

    Gunners are in the mood today!

  • devday

    ‎​Arshavin should have scored – one on one – heavy touch scuffed it

  • devday

    Stoke all over us
    Almunia looks suspect

  • devday

    Confidence is so fragile

    We just missed a pen!

  • devday

    Arshavin swiped down in the area
    Cesc with the penalty
    Sorenson saves!

  • Debs

    I’m a bit sad. I do hope we win, but I fear it’ll end nil nil…

  • Debs

    We hadn’t had a penalty since the Eduardo/Celtic incident…

  • Sam

    Arsh does the damage.

  • Debs

    But Arshavin scores! Yay! I’m happy now!

  • devday

    Yes!! Arshavin puts us 1-0 up

  • Berth

    Classic goal from Arshavin

  • devday

    Cesc shot into an open goal… Should have been 2 – Eboue cleared off the line!
    WTF?

  • Sam

    Almunia can’t handle the long balls. It won’t be easy to see this one off.

  • Debs

    2nd home game in a row where a shot is cleared off the opposition’s line unwittingly by one of our own players! Lol

  • Marc Callan

    Anyone got a link to watch the game on the net????

  • Debs

    Just listening on ATVO. Didn’t check for a stream though.

  • Debs

    Our goal difference has plummeted.

  • Pete

    2-0 Ramsey scores

  • Debs

    Get in Ramsey!

  • devday

    Woooooo!!

    Ramsey with the second!

    Liverpool draw!

  • Leeroy.N

    Good win today boys. Nice to hear us playing how we like and doing the job we set out to do. Come on you Gunners!

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

  • Pete

    Good to have a win again after the last 2 weeks. Could have done with taking more of our chances, but the 3 points is good enough for today. Well done lads.

  • Leeroy.N

    How did Traore play today??

  • Debs

    Lovely to get a clean sheet as well! Woop!

  • Debs

    I hope Chelsea draw with City!

  • Debs

    Apparently Thomas Sorensen has saved two and conceded only one goal from the last five penalties he has faced in the Premier League. I feel better about the penalty now! Lol

  • goonerman

    more important that any scoreline is the fact we got a cleansheet! that is so important. only downer is that eboue and traore went off with knocks and it looked like arshavin was limping off at fulltime. luckily the big boys get a weeks rest becuase weneger will rest them for the champions league game! it sounds like arshavin was slipping through on goal a lot today! COME ON YOU MAN CITY beat the SCUM

  • Debs

    Apparently Real are going to bid 40m Euros for Fabregas as soon as the transfer window opens…

  • Pete

    Adebayor has just scored an own goal in the City – chelsea match :D

  • Fabrez

    I’d like a City win since I think we can still win the league. Adebayor just makes things difficult for us…he did the same when he was a Gunner…hmm… Very happy with our win, bemoan the 5 injuries we got today tho (Eboue, Edu, Rosicky, Traore, Gallas). Sounds as if Traore had a decent game Leeroy…didn’t c it myself tho. And Debs, if that’s true, Arsene should reply to that bid with an e-mail…and all that the e-mail will say is “lol”… short and sweet…they’ll need to go figure!!

  • Kuka

    ….. I never knew I’d say this, but am rooting for Man City. A draw will great for us. Keeps us ahead of city and in sight if Chelsea

  • Fabrez

    2-1 to City!

  • Debs

    Didn’t want Citeh to win, because Mark Hughes disgusts me, but a win for them means the title race is back on for us! I’d take a draw though!

  • http://worldofarsenal. Josiah

    glad to get back from our run of losses, hopefully everybody will be rested for the champions league game, and any niggly knocks will be ok by the time we play liverpool. Glad city are winning 2-1, gives us chance to close the gap. Get in lads.

  • Debs

    Penalty to Chelsea!

  • Debs

    Saved!

  • Debs

    3rd penalty save of the day- interesting!

  • JDD

    everyone said the title race was over last week because we were 11 points behind look what can change in a week.we could be 8 behind with a game in hand a game at home against bolton that we should win therefore we could be 7 behind with half the season still left.its not looking so bad antmore is it? if we can stay within 7 points of the leaders by january we will still have good chance.

  • JDD

    *5 behind

  • Debs

    5 even much better than 7, isn’t it? Lol

  • Fabrez

    Yeah Debs…i think wanting a draw is having a fear of City beating us to 4th or 3rd but if we have that ambition to win the league, 5 points is perfect (of course assuming we win that game in-hand)! :D

  • Debs

    No, not worried about Citeh finishing ahead of us- just didn’t want them to win because I can’t stand Mark Hughes’ smugness. Also, they’d drawn their last 7(?) games, and I wanted to laugh some more if they did draw again. But now the media’ll go on that Citeh have only lost once this season, and that was in extra-time to Man U.
    We should win our game in hand- it’s against Bolton, and at the Emirates as well. Bolton can’t seem to buy a win- let’s just hope I haven;’t jinxed it! Lol

  • Fabrez

    Well yeah…normally, I’d b thinkin like that Debs…wouldn’t usually give up a chance to laugh at Mark Huges myself! lol But I meant personally, if I wanted a draw, the reason would have more been a fear of Citeh bein in front of us. But we fear no1!! We think like champions don’t we! And I’ll remember this comment if we lose to Boltin Debs!! :P

  • Fabrez

    *Bolton

  • Debs

    I won’t! Haha! Hopefully we don’t lose though. Really worried about the knocks we picked up today. Thank God we’ve already qualified in Europe, so we don’t have to risk anybody and can even play the Carling Cup squad if we so wish!

  • yemi

    carling cup squad for europe it is!! let the others rest since we’ve qualified. no more injuries pls & i wish all those out injured speedy recovery!

  • goonerman

    so hopefully diaby is back next week and that will give us a full midfield with the choice of either denilson or diaby and obviously song will carry on his defensive mid position! nasri has to play on one of the front free and arshhavin done 10 times better than eduardo did through the middle so eddy can play on the wing coming inside and let arshavin carry on in the middle! just out luck as we have none liverpool could have gerrard torres and aquilani ready to play next weekend which is a joke as they havent played together all season! we have to just go for them becuase i dont think they will be able to handle a fully firing gunners! COME ON GOOONERS !!!!