Saturday Arsenal links: Walcott, van Persie, Henry & Keane

Some excellent reading (and viewing) to keep you going until the Sunderland game:

Arsenal.com reveals that Theo Walcott will be in the squad for today’s game.

Studs Up has a typically unique take on Robin van Persie’s placenta treatment.

Soccernet takes a walk down memory lane and reflects on the good things Thierry Henry has done.

Roy Keane has a dig at the Irish FA over their attempts to have their World Cup qualifier with France replayed.

Have your say on Walcott, van Persie, Henry or Keane by leaving a comment.

25 Responses to “Saturday Arsenal links: Walcott, van Persie, Henry & Keane”

  1. Medeski
    November 21, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

    I never thought I’d say it, but I agree with Roy Keane. For the most part anyways. I think he’s being a little harsh with Given.

  2. Dan.
    November 21, 2009 at 7:48 pm #

    what is that caption with Toure doing, thought Toure no longer played for, have not got some time to replace him atleast, or come up with one more fresh n recent. i think that one has stayed there for quite a long time dont you think?

  3. Jammathon
    November 21, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    Dan, you’ve clearly not read Arseblog with his rotating banners. It’s called history and Arsenal have a long one. Toure’s part of that.

  4. shambogunner
    November 21, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    agree with keane on alot of things but hes bitter and keeps bringing things back to himself,he left us in the lurch in 2002 and berating every1 now is not going to vindicate him….bit late now to be stating the importance of world cup finals and questioning players commitment when you ran back to sir alexs bossom you hypocrite
    anyway its done now and is confined to history until the next
    big talking point
    am really lookin forward to the game and like andy am delighted to see theo back….come on arsenal

  5. Preencemeka
    November 21, 2009 at 8:50 pm #

    AW says eduardo and vela will play the CF role for now

  6. chris Agazi.
    November 21, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    walcott’s come is a boost to our dear club. but we need a win @least. dont give fuk if it’s 1/o, what matter is a win.

  7. wambam
    November 21, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    Well said Jammathon, shocking how arsenal fans seem to have short memories these days.

  8. billi
    November 22, 2009 at 1:54 am #

    not much to say for me so far, Sunderland is dangerous on the counter attacking side, Arsenal is blocked well on the other side, one reporter statement I liked: ‘Arsenal do have the tendency to have the backdoor open’, keep beleiving that Arsenal will be succesful one time and Sunderland won’t …. 😉

  9. shambogunner
    November 22, 2009 at 2:41 am #

    absolutely no cut and thrust so far,dissapointing….almunias had zero to do….lets hope it stays that way

  10. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    November 22, 2009 at 3:01 am #

    Sunderland 1-0 Arsenal. An unexpected and very disappointing result. Full credit to Sunderland though, their defensive performance was superb and they took their chance.

  11. billi
    November 22, 2009 at 3:03 am #

    unfortunately not, I would say they were too sleepy, too lazy, not sharp enough in front of the goal, too restrained, and then they were punishe, not with an counter attacking goal but afterwards it was too late, a draw would have been fair, a defeat is a bit unlucky, so they have to mobilise their forces again

  12. theicehammer
    November 22, 2009 at 3:19 am #

    Thanks 2 preencemeka & shambo for the greeting. Ive just returned from playing a vets game which we drew 4-4 and im not surprised to see that Sunderland wan a closely faught game even though i said yesterday that a point would be good. The next couple of fixtures are going to be very very important for yr boys especially as Chelsea seem to be running away with the league with some powerful and seasoned football.
    Yesterday i asked for a point for the hammers which they duely abliged, but it shows how shit we are in defending in midfield and defense as we drew 3 each from 2-0 up after 11 minutes. We are going down this season.

  13. GetGunMN
    November 22, 2009 at 3:19 am #

    Here is another international break and another defeat. We looked jaded and tired a bit but, there were a few chances to get a goal or two. As frustrating as it is, we just have to pick ourselves up and focus on the next game as there is no time to dwell on this one. CL game is coming up in mid week.

    If we don’t slow Chelsea down,they will be out of sight very soon.

  14. theicehammer
    November 22, 2009 at 3:34 am #

    Did Denilson play 2day, if so how was his performance.

  15. Geocross
    November 22, 2009 at 3:45 am #

    I am very disappointed to see the positives, we lost in the worse way with a good team (but still a mid table team), arsenal didn’t have attacking chances, something that I never saw in this team this season.

  16. theicehammer
    November 22, 2009 at 3:48 am #

    Geocross, you wont due to the injuries.

  17. Andy @ Arsenal FC Blog
    November 22, 2009 at 3:55 am #

    @ theicehammer – No, not today.

  18. Vancouver Gooner
    November 22, 2009 at 4:39 am #

    Pathetic display of being pushed off the ball by a lesser but more motivated team.
    Passes went astray all day. I am not going to point fingers at individuals; every player had a mediocre to bad day. WHERE WAS THE MOTIVATION TO PUT OURSELVES IN A GOOD PLACE FOR THE UPCOMING GAME AGAINST THE HATED CHELSKI?

  19. sa gunnar
    November 22, 2009 at 4:51 am #

    sluggish! sluggish! why da hell does always happen? I expect more from rosicky and eduardo the reason we play with 3upfront is to attack not play passes just outside the box.11 points lost,I wonder if that game in hand will even be an advangte. well played gallas and vermeulen, but middle of the park sunderland were giving room don’t why didn’t the midfield make better use, another thing is wenger knows sunderland game plan score and sit back(anti-football: greece) and that is exactly what happen wenger should of counter that. damn it!

  20. shambogunner
    November 22, 2009 at 5:09 am #

    once again we manage to concede when wev hav the lionshare of possesion and limited our opponents to 3 shots on target,am hugely dissapointed in nasri,ros,ramsey and edu who were fresher than most and just didnt put in the necessary work to get a result there,i hate to admit it but it looked like we thought the goal and the result wud look after itself because we are arsenal…maybe im wrong but at times i feel we are border line arrogant and then cant raise our game when we get sucker punched

  21. radads
    November 22, 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    Few reasons we ve lost agst Sunderland:
    – Bad Pitch for our boys
    – Bad weather slippery ground which deeply affected the pace of our boys
    – Eduardo as Ive said couple of weeks ago isnt really match fit, he lacks games, he would have never missed that chance in front of the goal with Song, he shud have scored it himself which is not a typical DUDU.
    – Rosicky isnt also match fit
    – Nasri also needs more games to gain his confidence again.
    – Ramsey has lost lots of balls

    However, I was very contend with Wenger’s overall line up yesterday, as i totaly agree that we have to rest Arshavin, Walcott for the CL game ahead and Chelsea game.Dudu,Nasri and Rosicky were to me strong enough to break Sunderland’s defense based on their usual performance but they couldnt, due to those few above reasons.Our 4 Full back including Traore were all fantastic, Song and Fab were wonderfull as usual, but Im a bit desapointed with ramsey though by loosing many of his challenge.
    Sunderland were not even so dangerous, we dominated most of the midflied and the whole game in overall.
    Anyway, no worry fellow gooners, A home win agst Standard Liege will lift our boys up again agst Ckelski.A win agst Chelski is the Joker.I would put our 1st starting line up agst Sunderland agst Standard Liege and Put on Walcott and Arsha again just after half time Cos Dudu, Rosicky and Nasri need more games and we need those guys to perform well as they are great players.

  22. theicehammer
    November 22, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    I always get the feeling that arsenal need more physical strength when they play teams like Sunderland especially during many injuries. Far to many games have been lost like this throughout the last 4-5 seasons. Surely Wenger can promote a couple of big strong youngsters, WHO PLAY FOOTBALL, into his system to boss or beat up the midfiels. Can you remember the goal Adams scored to win the league a few years ago. That was part of wenger’s new system of play, which would never have happened under the previous managers. Jay Emmanuel Thomas, FA Youth Cup Champ Captain now on loan-WHY?- and Emman Frimpong are the type of stacha i mean. But he seems to be obsessed with the Nasri, Rosicky, Dudu, Fab, Shava, Vela, Walcott,Diaby, Wilshere, and now Ramsey type player who are all smooth and silky but not ugly enough. Song is the nearest the team has to that but its not enough. Can anyone see what i mean? Or am i talking balls.

  23. shambogunner
    November 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    i can see wot you mean ice,there all like minded and all the same type player,evenin how easily they get injured,its mad…but im not sure where we would put def minded players in a system that has served us wel thus far,i just think the players we hav didnt work hard enough to getbehind the ball yesterday and alot of it was left to song whod been on intern duty and had travelled halfway round the world to get home,like i said i was hugely dissapointed with nasri,ros and ramsey who i felt didnt put in a shift worthy of beating such a resolute opponent,even AW was exasperated after the game and offered no excuse just that you cant expect to win games/leagues on this performance…when we go down i these games its always the same,with a whimper…there were 15 mins left when we conceded and you could be sure utd and chelsea woulda got their equaliser but we simply cant re-raise our game when wer only going through the motions in these games

  24. georgetown gooner
    November 23, 2009 at 6:09 am #

    saturday was disappointing,a flat performance with a lot of players having an off day,but we move on liege on wednesday then the game which will have a massive bearing on our season against chelski.there is no way we can lose that game because if we do chelski are over the hill and far away.f.cked off rvp is injured but we have to find a way to win games with out him and b52, arshavin must start against chelski to make us more direct as we over elaborate in the final third at times.

  25. seddy
    November 23, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

    I agree with the points being made about not having had much time, but thats what defines good players from average players, a good player would always come in and make himself count on the park, i dont know i have never really been a fan of eduardo .. i have faith in Vela though hes going to make a great pairing with RVP i guess!
    and i think we missed nicky more than RVP on saturday, he would have given us the physical presence upfront as well as in the set pieces, he might not be as deadly as others but he surely has this habit of clinching important goals.
    anyways, saturday is gone and we should forget it and keep the lessons learnt!
    The League is far from over, but it is surely chelsea’s to loose now!
    As for the CL fixture, its at emirates and i think the boys will be back at their best . I would be glad if we can start with Walcott, Vela and Arshavin with Fabregas, Song and Nasri in the midfield ..
    i am happy for our future though, as we would have a tall nicky and a classy Vela upfront, with the likes of wilshere, merida, ramsey, walcott in the mids, but we have to win something this season!

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