Flamini out for Arsenal as ‘Katita’ hoax revealed

Flamini out for Arsenal as ‘Katita’ hoax revealed

The injury list at Arsenal continues to grow as they prepare for their midweek clash away to Sam Allardyce’s Newcastle United.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed yesterday that Alexander Hleb will be missing the clash with Newcastle after he suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury against Aston Villa on Saturday and the news got worse with the revelation that Mathieu Flamini will also be unavailable for the away trip after reinjuring his troublesome thigh muscle. Wenger confirmed that the Frenchman will join Hleb as well as fellow midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Abou Diaby and striker Robin van Persie on the treatment table as Arsenal’s injury list continues to grow before the midweek game.

“We have lost Alex Hleb and Mathieu Flamini from Saturday at Villa. We have no-one back so that’s Diaby, Van Persie, Hleb, Flamini and Fabregas out for this game.”

It’s definitely bad news for the side and will see a reshuffled starting team. There is tremendous strength in depth in midfield and Wenger still has the luxury of bringing in Gilberto Silva or Denilson to assist Lassana Diarra in the centre of the park. Tomas Rosicky will continue on the left and Emmanuel Eboue will start on the right and all Wenger has to decide is whether he wants to bring in a second striker to support Emmanuel Adebayor up front or an extra midfielder to help out in the centre of the park. My suggestion yesterday was that Theo Walcott would start in behind Adebayor but with Flamini now out of the side I believe Wenger will probably play all three of Gilberto, Denilson and Diarra in the centre of the pitch and utilise his favoured away formation of 4-5-1.

Flamini will be missed, but Arsenal should still copeNewcastle shouldn’t trouble Arsenal

I’m not too worried about this fixture, even despite the little injury crisis. Arsenal were faced with a very similar challenge at home to Wigan and passed the test with flying colours. In that game William Gallas and Tomas Rosicky stepped up to the plate and delivered the goals and I am expecting a couple of players to do the same against Newcastle. On an impulse earlier today I threw down $5 on Eboue to grab the first goal so maybe it will be him. Maybe it will be Diarra. Who really knows? Either way, Arsenal have the depth in attack to trouble Newcastle and with the first-choice back five again unchanged they definitely have the strength in defence to hold the home side out. I’m going with a 2-0 Arsenal in what I predict will be a relatively straightforward match. If you want to watch the game free over the internet (like I will be) then be sure to download Sopcast and check out the program guide via FSi.

Just before I go today I have to admit that yesterday I was fooled pretty badly by a very clever little hoax. If you’ve been reading the blog over the past few days you’ll know that I’ve been assisting Jammathon over at Third Gen in trying to solve the Mathieu Flamini ‘Katita’ mystery. Well, some smart fellow over on Third Gen cleverly posed as a Japanese commenter and stated that ‘amitase katita’ was the nickname given to Arsene Wenger during his time in Japan as manager of Grampus Eight and Flamini’s message was a tribute to him. However, he later revealed his hoax with this comment:

“Hey, theres no Shusinogi Oyabe or any Japanese supporter or ‘katita’ as honorable fighter. I made that all up (with the poor English to boot) just to stir up some excitement around the blog.”

Kudos to you, you cheeky bastard. It’s people like that which make writing the blog every day as fun as it is. However, it does mean that there’s still a chance that ‘Katita’ could be the seductive, shapely European woman I spoke about yesterday. If so, I hope she gives Flamini’s thigh a good massage while he’s watching the game tonight.

What do you think?

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20 Responses to “Flamini out for Arsenal as ‘Katita’ hoax revealed”

  1. DON
    December 5, 2007 at 6:47 pm #

    BIG SHAM IS A FRIEND OF ALEX FEGUSON , AFTERALL ,THEY ALWAYS GO OUT FISHING TOGETHER AND THAT IS WHY HE HATES ARSENAL . WHEN HE WAS AT BOLTON , HE ENCOURAGE HIS PLAYERS TO BREAK OUR PLAYERS BONES BY GETTING TOO PHYSICAL , IN EXCHANGE FOR A BOTTLE OF RED WINE FROM ALEX FERGUSON , WHEN MAN UNTD COMES TO BOLTON , HE TELLS THE PLAYERS THEY MIGHT AS WELL GIVES THEM THE 3 POINTS , HE DOES NOT GET PHYSICAL WITH MAN UTD NEITHER HAS HE WON AGAINST MAN UTD , WHEN HE HEAR ARSENAL , HE IS READY TO DRINK OUR BLOOD LIKE A DRAKULA , WHEN HE NEEDS A SRIKER , HE WENT FOR ONE OF OUR EX-PLAYER IN NICOLAS ANEKA TO HELP HIM STAY IN PREMIERSHIP , THANK GOD HE LEFT BOLTON , IN COMES IN A BLOKE WHO CALLED HIMSELF MEGSON , WHO DOES NOT GIVES A FUCK ABOUT MAN UTD , OUR ANELKA GRABS THE 3 POINT FROM THEM , WENGER SHOULD SEND ANELKA A BOTTLE OF RED WINE FOR THAT GOAL AGAINST MAN UTD . WE WILL SEE WHAT THIS BIG SHAM WILL DO AGAINST US 2DAY , HE WILL TELL HIS PLAYERS TO GO FOR OUR JUNGULAR AND CUT OFF OUR NECK , BUT THESE NEWCASTLE PLAYERS ARE NOT AS PHYSICAL AS BOLTON , ANYWAY WE WILL SEE

  2. Spanish Fry
    December 5, 2007 at 7:01 pm #

    Woah, allegations of Allardyce and Ferguson going fishing and sharing wine and a Dracula reference all written in upper case. That’s one hell of a comment! I agree that Newcastle aren’t as physical as Bolton, but they’ll still probably stick the boot in.

  3. blah blah
    December 5, 2007 at 8:25 pm #

    This is going to be a tough battle. Newcastle do have a number of players capable and willing to put the boot in. Newcastle cannot continue being as bad as they are for much longer. Martins is due a goal or three. Meanwhile our casualty list seems to lengthen by the hour. We’ll do well to earn a point.

  4. Spanish Fry
    December 5, 2007 at 8:27 pm #

    Interesting. This could be the game to make a big statement though – we win this game in hand and we go six clear at the top. I think Arsenal will do, I’m confident of it.

  5. Jay
    December 5, 2007 at 8:43 pm #

    Newcastle may not be as physical but Big Sham will have a quiet word with JOEY BARTON to stud someone, he is a really, really dirty player. If we win, then our only other big test is Chelsea!

  6. ArsenalKenya
    December 5, 2007 at 11:43 pm #

    We will win with a 2-0 margin and i am very confident about this as i was confident for the Aston Villa game. The midfield will step up its game and it’s Gilberto’s turn to prove critics wrong by scoring with a header.

    COME ON ARSENAL AND LEAVE FAT WALRUS TAKING HIS RED WINE FROM DEMENTO ASHAMED AND AMAZED.

    OUR FIGHTING SPIRIT WILL ONLY GET BETTER AND EVEN BETTER DESPITE THE CURRENT INJURIES..

  7. India-Gunner
    December 6, 2007 at 4:48 am #

    Big suprise today. Eboue/Sagna/Clichy to score tonight. Bendtner/EDS will score too. Final score:
    Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2
    Look at what Torres can do to the Toon few weeks ago. I believe AW will start Walcott in this game. Have to admit Torres is far more better than Walcott but in term of pace they are more or less the same. Still remember how Toon’s defence caught off guard by Torres’ pace. I really hope Fat Walrus will play long ball. They ain’t Bolton and hopefully Viduka can’t perform hence nobody can head the ball properly.

  8. Jay
    December 6, 2007 at 5:18 am #

    Torres didnt score agaisnt Newcastle and like I said a lot is at stake for the club if they lose so they will be up for it.

  9. Spanish Fry
    December 6, 2007 at 5:46 am #

    Quick pre-game update. Arsenal’s starting lineup is:

    Almunia;
    Sagna; Gallas; Toure; Clichy;
    Eboue; Diarra; Gilberto; Rosicky
    Eduardo; Adebayor

    There is a possibility that Eduardo may move onto the left and Rosicky may play in behind Adebayor in the “Hleb” role but pre-game I’d suggest that Wenger is going for a 4-4-2.

  10. Jay
    December 6, 2007 at 5:57 am #

    1-0 – Adebayor volleys in 4th min. Go Arsenal.

  11. Spanish Fry
    December 6, 2007 at 6:38 am #

    Sensational control and volley for the goal. Newcastle have fought back well though and are challenging quite hard. Almunia tipped a header onto the post and Martins close on a couple of occasions. The midfield needs to lift and assert themselves a little bit more here in the second half.

  12. Le Gunner
    December 6, 2007 at 7:07 am #

    1-1 It was coming. We can’t keep sitting deep like this. We need some pace upfront to trouble the newcastle defence.I could see Walcott coming on at some point

  13. Spanish Fry
    December 6, 2007 at 7:45 am #

    A fair result – perhaps even a lucky one for Arsenal, although Adebayor did get fouled twice there at the end. Newcastle were pumped and they played well, there wasn’t much Arsenal could do about it. We really missed Hleb, Flamini and Fabregas tonight – Diarra and Gilberto were not at their best.

  14. Le Gunner
    December 6, 2007 at 7:56 am #

    Newcastle worked very hard.It just had to be against Arsenal. lots of long balls into the box caused us all sort of problems. Our performance wasn’t good enough. We need our senior players back. Eduardo was nowhere to be seen and Diarra lost possession on a number of occasions. It was strange to see Bendtner coming on he is very similar to Adebayor. Every time Walcott comes on he changes games so I was surprised and disappointed not to see him coming on. I thought we needed some pace upfront to test the Newcastle defenders. Never mind we are still 4 points clear.

  15. amiaq_ferguson
    December 6, 2007 at 2:21 pm #

    15-Dec-07
    EPL
    Arsenal v Chelsea, 15:00

    22-Dec-07
    EPL
    Arsenal v Tottenham, 15:00

    26-Dec-07
    EPL
    Portsmouth v Arsenal, 15:00

    29-Dec-07
    EPL
    Everton v Arsenal, 15:00

    1-Jan-08
    EPL
    Arsenal v West Ham, 15:00

    by new year MANuTD will top the table… seriously how many points can u get from above fixtures??? away to Portsmouth and everton.. hikhikhik.. let the injury list continue…..

  16. Le Gunner
    December 6, 2007 at 6:08 pm #

    Liverpool will be pumped up and ready for you amiaq. You will drop points there no doubt. then everton follows the scoussers will do the double on you

  17. antssmarching
    December 7, 2007 at 1:43 am #

    i think the replacement mfs have to make more off the ball runs because it seems our options are very limited without hleb and cesc and flams. even rosicky has lost a bit of his spark without them; as far as i know he’s somewhat of a dictator of play (not the evil ones in autocracies), but without any supportive henchmen alongside him we sometimes lose the creative battle

  18. amiaq_ferguson
    December 10, 2007 at 12:26 pm #

    yea yea drop another 3pts..

  19. kimono kemono hentai
    September 5, 2008 at 6:48 am #

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