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01/04/2006

3pm

(Note to self, remember to be positive, only speak for yourself and say nice things).

Sh*t, we are going to Highbury and facing a resurgent and confident Arsenal.

(Note to self, not quite what I had in mind).

Vital Quotes:

O'Leary said: 'If a few people want to take it out on me, that's fine, as long as they stay away from the players because the players are doing the best they can.' (So we are 16th and he is telling the players that they are doing the best they can! Ok).

Arsene Wenger said: 'I'm sorry, from where I was sitting, I didn't see it.' Funny thing is, that was before anyone asked him a question!

Arsenal Team News:

Freddie Ljungberg (calf injury) and Sol Campbell (painful attitude problem - apparently!) are both out, as is Ashley Cole (long term ankle injury). Pascal Cygan, Lauren and Dennis Bergkamp are also out. Phew! (from): Lehmann, Almunia, Eboue, Toure, Senderos, Hleb, Flamini, Fabregas, Gilberto, Pires, Henry, Adebayor, Djourou, Song, van Persie, Reyes, Diaby, Walcott.

Player to watch: Henry

Boring I know, but it has to be Henry, his goal mid-week v Juventus was magic.

Aston Villa Team News:

Baros is a major doubt but will face a late fitness test on his injured ankle. Mellberg is out with flu and a hamstring problem, Berger hasn't returned to fitness yet (shock horror!) and Milner is still suffering from a virus that he has had for weeks now. Fingers crossed the reports suggesting he has glandular fever are wide of the mark. Delaney is also still missing from action. (from): Sorensen, De la Cruz, Hughes, Ridgewell, Bouma, Hendrie, McCann, Davis, Barry, Phillips, Moore, Jumper-Jumper, Angel, Taylor, Agbonlahor, Gardner, Cahill, Baros.

Player to watch: Gareth Barry

According to my friend Kiltie, it would be Gareth Barry because he has nice thighs! I couldn't possibly comment, but do think without him we'd have stood a fair chance of being relegated this season.

Match Facts & Stats

Last season: Arsenal 3-1 Villa (Pires 19 pen, Henry 45, Pires 72) (Hendrie 3)

This season: 0-0

Ref Watch:

Martin Atkinson, 13 matches, 1 red, 42 yellows.

Match Prediction:

Mystic mug says 'oh balls, this is tough'. Right, thanks for that! 2-0 to Arsenal (and by that I really mean Villa will be so good today that we will wipe the floor with them and leave with happy memories in our last visit to Highbury. Bit early for a drink I know; but that hasn't stopped me).

Next Fixtures:

09/03 Yim Yams (WBA) 12noon
16/03 Small Heath 12 noon.
Both at home and both crucial for David O'Leary in his fight to keep his job.


Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday April 1 2006
Time: 1:12PM

Comments

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Any predictions chaps? Can we go there and win in our current run of form? Couldn't even face looking at the stats today!
The Fear
01/04/2006 13:13:00
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Any predictions chaps? Can we go there and win in our current run of form? Couldn't even face looking at the stats today!
The Fear
01/04/2006 13:13:00
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As long as we give it a go, put on a decent, committed performance, then I guess in our current situation we'll have to be happy. I'd be delighted with a point, but I'm certainly not holding my breath.
glensider
01/04/2006 14:50:00
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As long as we give it a go, put on a decent, committed performance, then I guess in our current situation we'll have to be happy. I'd be delighted with a point, but I'm certainly not holding my breath.
glensider
01/04/2006 14:50:00
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Yeah, 2-0 down, so doesn't look good!
The Fear
01/04/2006 15:37:00
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Yeah, 2-0 down, so doesn't look good!
The Fear
01/04/2006 15:37:00
0
5-0 and Barry injured. Roll on the local derbies and then the end of the season, we've been left with nothing to play for.
The Fear
01/04/2006 17:51:00
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5-0 and Barry injured. Roll on the local derbies and then the end of the season, we've been left with nothing to play for.
The Fear
01/04/2006 17:51:00
0
Bless those players of ours. They are determined that we wont experience any meaningless games between now and seasons end. They want to keep us on our toes, which means no doubt that we'll again go into our final home game of the season, a game where Sunderland are the visitors, desperately still needing points to secure safety. You have to love 'em.
glensider
01/04/2006 20:01:00
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Bless those players of ours. They are determined that we wont experience any meaningless games between now and seasons end. They want to keep us on our toes, which means no doubt that we'll again go into our final home game of the season, a game where Sunderland are the visitors, desperately still needing points to secure safety. You have to love 'em.
glensider
01/04/2006 20:01:00
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