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Can Arsenal Gun Down Manchester United ?

The die is cast.

Tommorow at Highbury, Arsenal will lock horns with United.

Who is going to win?

Personally, i think Manchester will beat them at Highbury.

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i dont really think so. Even though dey are goin 2 beat dem .dey won't find it wesy at all.

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kola, you're begining to look for serious trouble o. eh!

@nice, so its barca, i see.

anyway you got my support against chelsea, after that......

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abegii! this mouth don too much.

una just be local champion and even that sef na just for a blink of an eye.

wait and see.

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@Bagoma

When Chelsea win now, you people will be saying, we are lucky..

Count your team lucky that you are not paired against Chelsea today in the FA cup pairing.

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@NiceToHave

Just continue to be clubless else....

@Bagoma

Our match against Barca.. I can't wait...I will throw a party on this forum... YES ONLINE PARTY !

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well lets see au far the records get straight

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Maybe you'll understand this better

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I've been away from this section of nairaland for a while and it appears that in that time, more Arsenal-haters have reared their ugly heads.

@Kaylala

I think you need reminding what the term "loser" means: "someone who loses consistently", "a contestant who loses the contest "--> Manchester Utd.

Now let me expantiate:

* Which club has consistently finished behind Arsenal in the last 2/3 seasons? .......that's right,Manchester Utd.

* which club has gone the last 2/3 seasons without a trophy? ......Manchester Utd.

* which club crashed out in the group stages of the UCL having lost to the almighty Lille? .........Manchester Utd.

*which club lost in the final of the FA CUP to ARSENAL? ........oh yes, Manchester Utd.

Let's contrast that with the great Arsenal:

* which one club has never been relegated from the top-flight? ........Arsenal of course.

* which club has not finished out of the top two since 1997? ......Arsenal, of course.

* which club was the first british side to progress past the group stages of the UCL? .....of course, that would be Arsenal

* which club outlasted Manchester Utd. to win the last FA cup trophy? ......Arsenal, of course.

* Which EPL club has won a trophy every other season (or at least gotten to a major final), over the last ten years? .......Arsenal FC.

Need I go on?

Just in case you need graphical illustration, here it is.

Enjoy.

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Do I look like asewo?

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@Chxta

How you no go hate Chelsea.

You better come and join Russian revolution in Stamford bridge.

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This came a little late, I've been on the road for the past 2 days...

A 0-0 extravaganza in a game that neither side really deserved to win but in which United probably had the better chances. Arsenal started with a 4-5-1 formation which I really, truly hate (I prefer 3-5-2) but I understand why Arsene Wenger used it. While a win would have been great for them, losing would have been a tragedy so it was safety first.

Arsenal's chances in the first half consisted of a Fabregas shot which went just wide when a clearing header fell to him on the edge of the box, a Thierry Henry free kick which also went just wide and a Robert Pires shot which looked like it was heading just inside the near post but van der Sar made a superb save. ManU's only real chance in the first half came when Lehmann saved a van Nistelrooy shot and Ronaldo blasted over the rebound when he really should have done better.

In the second half Henry and Gilberto had shots blocked in the area and Arsenal might have had a penalty when Fabregas seemed to be bundled over by Gary Neville. The replays I've seen are unconvincing and it did look like the ref's view was blocked by a United player. I've seen some of such given though, but to be fair to Mr. Poll, that call was one of those that are destined for the controversy parade...

For ManU's part they started to have some success getting behind Cygan, who was pretty solid for oncec nonetheless. Ronaldo found Giggs at the far post but his shot went out of the ground it was so wild, van Nistelrooy had a great chance when Kolo played him onside but he smashed it wide, Gary Neville got around the back from a Rooney ball and Arsenal fans can be thankful it was a full back and not a forward on the end of that ball and from a corner in the dying minutes Wes Brown's header was cleared off the line by Eboue.

Moment of the match? It has to be Lauren's tackle on Ronaldo which almost sent him into orbit. Classic!

All in all a decent point for both sides, not a bad performance by either and some things to build on...

For Arsenal, the defence has gone 4 games without conceding but in all honesty they didn't look like scoring unless it came from a free kick. I won't mention corners or free kicks where the ball is crossed because they look as clueless as ever when it comes to those. Reyes was a livewire and full of energy if little end product, Pires had his best game for some time, Gilberto actually got stuck in and Sol Campbell, his penchant for silly long passes aside, was better than in recent games.

For ManU, they struggled for long stretches to cope with the 5 man midfield that Arsenal had on parade, and that Keane size gap in the centre showed clearly. (Alan Smith is doing a good job there mind you, but he wasn't on the pitch that day. Implication: ManU have to find a central midfielder fast during this transfer window). I was actually impressed by the Ferdinand-Brown central defensive combo for once. Although as per usual, Rio failed to get dirty. What kind of defender is that?

The main reason that Arsenal never looked like scoring was the formation though. If you play 4-5-1 you need a big hideous Well as your striker (exhibit a) and a midfield to provide him with the ball which he holds up and allows the wide players to get forward and cause problems. Thierry Henry is not that kind of forward. Didier Drogba - *spit* - is that kind of forward. As well as that there was nothing coming from the centre of midfield. Gilberto and Hleb like to pass the ball sideways and backwards, in fact anywhere but forwards and Fabregas looked like he was the only one with any creativity. It got so bad at one stage that Henry was dropping so far back into midfield to try and get the ball that when it broke to Pires he was the furthest man forward with no striker to pass it to. As I said above I understand why Arsene Wenger chose to play that formation but I hate watching teams play like that. It also means that if Arsenal persist with it then they're going to need one of two things. 1 - a big hideous striker (I hear John Hartson might be available) or 2 - another midfielder who can create. I really can't see either of those things happening. They had better learn how to play fast though, Madrid look like they're beefing up!

Someone asked me why I analyse Arsenal so much, whether I am a fan. My answer to that: No I am not an Arsenal fan. I have done serious analysis on 3 clubs in the EPL thus far this season, Arsenal, Ch€£$k¥, and ManU. Because they are the only 3 clubs really worth analysing from England at the moment, although to be honest, Liverpool and Spurs are coming into the picture.

Let me once again state that I am a bianconero, that is a Juventus fan. As for the 3 English clubs mentioned: if Arsenal win, fine, if they don't, fine. I am indifferent to them. If ManU win, fine, if they don't, better. I don't like them. If Ch€£$k¥, win, bad, if they don't, great. I hate the cunts!

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beef dey oh! Me I beef arsenal baaaaad! They have nothing on Man U. Manu U rules!!!

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Happy new year to all you gooners... Wishing you lots of headaches this season and always.....

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yeah!!!!!!!!!!!but it's better that way rather than having to witness arsenal being beat by those.............. :-Xi'll save it!!!

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i can assure you that whenever manchester beats arsenal then it had to be just luck....arsenal are th real players and i'm sure they ain't giving in to manchester this time.....

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man united will win easy last season we did the double over arsenal and beat them 4-2 on there own ground and beat them in the caling cup.we are unbeated in ten matches them in three matches.

man united will win 2-0

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Larest from Highbury

Arsenal 0 vs M. United 0 (72 mins)

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I ve always hated Man Utd for their pompous nature and im pretty happy that Chelsea are the top dogs. But can Man utd beat the Bottom, i dount it. Both teams lack the quality but Arsenal have Thierry Henry, Man have a crap defence. 1-Nil to the Bottom

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I think ManU might just edge it. This particular Arsenal class have given no indication whatsoever that they are up for a battle that will likely be physical. ManU on the other hand can...

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AM a die hard Man u fan.

So Man u will beat Arsenal

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@Bagoma

I am sure you wont come to the forum tommorow

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The game will end up in stale mate.

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