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 Post subject: Wolverhampton Wanderers V Arsenal - 07/11
PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:32 am 
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Wolverhampton Wanderers V Arsenal

Wolves have picked up a point in each of their last 3 games, asll 3 of which i predicted them to lose, should they get something from this game they will really surprise me.

Arsenal will be pleased with the win last week against Spurs and Wenger must be delighted with their form, they're scoring goals for fun. There is discussions about take overs going on at the moment but i don't think it will put the team off their stride and i expect them to move into 2nd by Saturday night.

Mystic Jarv predicts a 1-3 to Arsenal


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 Post subject: Re: Wolverhampton Wanderers V Arsenal - 07/11
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Arsenal will again be without defender Gael Clichy (back) and striker Nicklas Bendtner (groin) for Saturday's trip to Wolves.

Left-back Armand Traore and forward Carlos Vela (both groin) are close to fitness but will not be included, neither will midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) and goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski (thigh).

Brazilian midfielder Denilson (back) and England forward Theo Walcott (knee) should resume training following the international break, but centre-back Johan Djourou (knee) remains out.

Wolves striker Chris Iwelumo has been ruled out after he suffered a recurrence of a metatarsal problem during his full Premier League debut at Stoke last weekend - although there is no repeat of the close season fracture.

Boss Mick McCarthy has already confirmed that last season's top scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will return to the starting line-up against Arsene Wenger's side.

Blake was axed from the first XI for the trip to the Britannia Stadium despite scoring his first Premier League goal, albeit from the penalty spot, against Aston Villa a fortnight ago.

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Wolves (from): Hennessey, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi, Edwards, Henry, Castillo, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Doyle, Hahnemann, Stearman, Halford, Jarvis, Milijas, Maierhofer, Keogh.

Arsenal (from): Almunia, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Gallas, Sagna, Song, Fabregas, Diaby, Arshavin, van Persie, Eduardo, Mannone, Eboue, Ramsey, Senderos, Nasri, Rosicky, Silvestre.

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 Post subject: Re: Wolverhampton Wanderers V Arsenal - 07/11
PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:59 pm 
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Arsenal could have won every game this season with the way they've been playing and with all their players slowly coming back from injury they've started playing with the swagger we have come to expect.

The gulf is just so massive between the lower teams and the top clubs and Wolves will struggle to handle the movement of Arsenal's midfield this weekend.

Verdict: 0-2


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 Post subject: Re: Wolverhampton Wanderers V Arsenal - 07/11
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1707: Wolves v Arsenal line-ups:
Wolves: Hennessey, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Stearman, Edwards, Henry, Castillo, Milijas, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.
Subs: Hahnemann, Kightly, Keogh, Halford, Jarvis, Mancienne, Maierhofer.
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Ramsey, Diaby, Arshavin, Fabregas, Eduardo, van Persie.
Subs: Mannone, Senderos, Rosicky, Nasri, Song Billong, Silvestre, Eboue.
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)

1711: Wolves make three changes from the side that drew with Stoke, bringing in Richard Stearman, Nenad Milijas and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for George Elokobi, Michael Kightly and Chris Iwelumo. Arsenal also make three changes from their side that beat AZ Alkmaar in midweek, with Bacary Sagna, Aaron Ramsey and Eduardo replacing Emmanuel Eboue, Samir Nasri and Alex Song.

0-1 Arsenal


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 Post subject: Re: Wolverhampton Wanderers V Arsenal - 07/11
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Arsenal goal: That might be another own goal, but it's still lovely execution. A Wolves attack breaks down in the Arsenal half and it's suddenly two on one as Eduardo and Aaron Ramsey break. The Welshman tees up Eduardo and he lifts a glorious chip via the head of Jody Craddock, over Wayne Hennessey and into the net.

1808: GOAL Wolves 0-2 Arsenal


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 Post subject: Re: Wolverhampton Wanderers V Arsenal - 07/11
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Arsenal goal: Beautiful. Simplicity itself as Bacary Sagna clips a cross into the box, Robin van Persie magnificently directs the ball dead weight into the path of Cesc Fabregas and the midfielder takes a touch before rolling past Wayne Hennessey.

1819: GOAL Wolves 0-3 Arsenal


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1858: GOAL Wolves 0-4 Arsenal

Arsenal goal: It's another good strike, but more appalling defending - Mick McCarthy is going to tear a strip off them later. Wayne Hennessey punches a corner to the edge of the box and Nenad Milijas can hardly be bothered to challenge Andrey Arshavin for the ball - so the Russian slides a right-foot shot into the bottom right-hand corner.


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 Post subject: Re: Wolverhampton Wanderers V Arsenal - 07/11
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Arsenal moved into second place in the Premier League after dismantling Wolves with another fine attacking display.

The Gunners were a touch fortunate with their opener as Ronald Zubar turned a Cesc Fabregas corner into his own goal.

And Eduardo's chip went in off Jody Craddock's head to make it 2-0 before Robin van Persie's exquisite touch set up Fabregas to score a classy third.

Andrey Arshavin struck with a low shot from the edge of the area before Craddock headed in a late consolation.

The result means Arsenal leapfrog Manchester United, who play leaders Chelsea on Sunday, and it also leaves Wolves in the bottom three.

For Arsenal the signs are growing that they can make a real challenge for the title this season, but Wolves are set to face a battle to stay in the top flight.

Wolves' biggest problem is their lack of a goal threat as the first 15 minutes of this match demonstrated.


Playing a direct brand of football and hustling Arsenal into errors, the hosts looked to gain an advantage as they racked up the set-pieces.

But Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake missed good chances with headers from corners, while Christophe Berra misdirected his header from a free-kick.

The hosts' start might have given boss Mick McCarthy hope that he could mastermind only his second victory over Arsenal - and Wolves' first since 1979.

But 20 minutes into the game, Arsenal served warning they were about to step through the gears as an interchange between Abou Diaby and Arshavin almost opened up Wolves.

Diaby was forced off injured shortly after and was replaced by Alex Song, who had been rested with Aaron Ramsey drafted in.

Yet Arsenal's misfortune soon turned on its head when Fabregas' corner came off Zubar's thigh and went into his own goal.

It served to settle Arsenal, and have the opposite effect on Wolves.

Ramsey headed straight at Wayne Hennessey, and then the Welshman over-hit a pass that would have played in Eduardo as the visitors took control.

Wolves were opened up again as they committed far too many men forward, and at the end of a rapid counter-attack Eduardo's shot clipped Craddock to leave Hennessey stranded as the ball went over his head.

With McCarthy's men still reeling, Arsenal carved out a superb third, when Bacary Sagna's cross was brilliantly laid off by Van Persie for Fabregas to slot home.

Almost inevitably it led to a subdued period after the break as Wolves looked to regroup, while Arsenal stroked the ball around with little urgency.

Then an injection of pace from Arshavin saw him test Hennessey with a stinging shot.

And from the resultant corner, the Russian rifled in after Hennessey had punched the cross away.

Eduardo almost added a fifth goal but was denied by Hennessey who did well to smother the striker's low effort.

More fluid approach play carved out another chance for Arsenal as Van Persie pulled the ball back for Fabregas but the Spaniard blazed over.

Instead it was Wolves who were to score the next goal, as Craddock thumped in a header from a corner.


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