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Calm before the storm etc.

I'm perfectly happy having Kos/TV5 partnership, think I saw the other day that we've not lost a game (yet) with that partnership.

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I am not worried about them playing, it is more a fear of what is going to happen if something happens to one of them.

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These are the games where players and teams can write history, someone like The Ox can do a Cesc and knock one in from 30 odd yards. It's times like these where you realize just how important that 4th place is. I want these pre game feelings next season. I don't want to be dreading someone getting injured on a Thursday night.

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I am not worried about them playing, it is more a fear of what is going to happen if something happens to one of them.

Djourou and Koscielny were excellent for quite a bit of last season and then Djourou went and got injured and returned *****

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[video=youtube;E9GFqu8obLc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9GFqu8obLc&feature=related

Cannot wait for this: I'm especially excited because we might not be here next year :(

I think if we could get a score-draw here it would be a very positive result. I think it's something we should target given their recent form, having only won one of their last four games. And if Tottenham could do it last season...

'MON LADS

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Oh and PS... this is one of the early rumours of what our kit will be next year:

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I like to think this is a very bad fake but I've seen that Barcelona kit posted somewhere else before so I don't know. Still, these early rumours are usually rubbish. Although if we are taking it seriously, including black on the kit is a big mistake. It'd be basically yet another big middle finger to the fans. It looks awful.

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Apparently the black is very dark blue but the photo doesn't show it. Either way I don't approve, looks way too similar to a Utd kit.

Also rumours that the tartan on the Utd kit and the red/white/blue on the sleeves of the Arsenal kit are a nod towards Ferguson and Wenger

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I think the United kit looks alright, the other two are horrific though

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Finally dawned on Nasri that the grass isn't greener. I'd have him back, I don't care what anyone thinks. He's a quality player and we need quality players.

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All 3 of those are awful, what are Nike doing?!

But surely nothing will ever be worse than our current away shirt?

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If that is our kit, and I think it most probably will be, I think it will look quite good. The only thing: the socks! Whether it's black, dark blue whatever - from that picture, the kit looks far too much like United's colour scheme at the moment.

But surely nothing will ever be worse than our current away shirt?

I've got this season's away shirt on now :D With 'Song 17' on the pack too. COYG!

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Arsenal XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Song, Ramsey, Walcott, Rosický, Van Persie ©

Rosicky on the wings? Guess Arsene wants Rosicky to help Gibbs out.

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Gibbs does start then, interesting. I think it's the right decision at the moment though. I like that starting XI - I don't think it'd be right to start AOC here but he could have an impact from the bench.

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It looks as if AC Milan have taken some unsportsmanlike options in terms of the pitch. They've basically left the wide areas of the pitch untreated compared to the middle;

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It's only a coincidence too that AC Milan primarily play their football through the middle, channelling the ball into Ibrahimovic while Robinho and Nocerino tend to run off him. Whereas our game is primarily based on spreading the ball wide, before integrating the ball into central areas :rolleyes:

Call it what you want, but to me, it's very unsportsmanlike.

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AC Milan: Abbiati, Mexes, Abate, Thiago Silva, Antonini, Van Bommel, Seedorf ©, Nocerino, Boateng, Zlatan, Robinho

Shame, Nesta ain't playing.

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It's been like that for ages you idiot. Been relaid twice already this season, once just before the derby, but it's not had time to bed in because Milan and Inter had home games in the Coppa Italia, plus the recent snowfall = not a great pitch.

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Just heard on the radio that it was relaid on Monday though. I'm not accusing Milan of deliberately keeping it like that, but if it's true that it was relaid so recently then their groundsmen are terrible :D

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It's been like that for ages you idiot. Been relaid twice already this season, once just before the derby, but it's not had time to bed in because Milan and Inter had home games in the Coppa Italia, plus the recent snowfall = not a great pitch.

Suppose so, but there is a stark contrast between the central channel of the pitch, which looks quite good considering the adverse weather that has hit Italy as you said, compared to the wide areas. If you do know, can you tell me/us?

No need to call me an idiot too ;)

EDIT: I've just seen on Twitter that the San Siro groundsmen finished relaying the new turf at 9 AM, Tuesday...

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Suppose so, but there is a stark contrast between the central channel of the pitch, which looks quite good considering the adverse weather that has hit Italy as you said, compared to the wide areas. If you do know, can you tell me/us?.

It looks good, but it's not that much better. Have to remember those wide channels don't get the same level of light - if you watch a San Siro game on a sunny day (like in this image) and you can see the tram lines that can get created by the shadows. Not too dissimilar from those you see today.

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We really need to show some metal in this game with Chelsea already 1 down

Late but it's mettle not metal.

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I don't like the line-up.

I hate Rosický on the wing where he is just terrible and i'm worried we will be on the back foot all night.

No ball carriers is a problem.

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Vermaelen having a stinker.

Don't give up ffs Sagna.

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Shambles, need to see another team in the second half and get some away goals else we are hopeless of progressing.

Shame Ibra would perform against us as well, I've heard he's rather invisible in important matches normally.

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Geez, Vermaelen totally forgot how to be a CB. Still crying a lil inside when I saw Ramsey doing backheels.

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What an embarrassment, throwing away a champions league tie without a fight. Our defenders are a laughing stock.

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If Kos is crippled, it's pretty much game over.

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Geez, Vermaelen totally forgot how to be a CB.

Vermealan has always struggled with his positioning against clever forwards as I have pointed out time and again.

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Beyond woeful, after a couple of good results we're back to our usual selves. We could get beaten heavily here and it'll be no more than we deserve

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Shame Ibra would perform against us as well, I've heard he's rather invisible in important matches normally.

He must of been to the linesman to not get called off for that 2nd goal

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Bring on the Ox or even Arshavin at Half time FFS. We need somebody who can carry the ball forward and give us an attacking outlet.

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Welcome to modern Arsenal's defining week of the season.

Saturday - a must win league game. Play quite well, lose 1st chocie defender for 2 months and a goal in one move. Equalise but that is not enough. BANG! some help from the old Arsenal. We win.

Wednesday. Change of tactics and players as a result of that Sat injury. TV has not been poor cause he was played out of position, he was just poor. We lose the best defender for who knows how long. An offside goal as a bonus. Possibly out of CL now.

Can't wait till Saturday.

Unless we regroup and play totally different game (we did that already a couple of times) but Milan look too comfortable/experienced to allow that.

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Yes, we're two-nil down, but we're definitely not out of the tie. I agree though, our performance has been dire. Walcott's been invisible, RVP needs to get deeper in my opinion to make something happen and we need to get a grip of this game.

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bringing on Thierry Henry for Walcott, interesting, grab that 130th!

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